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Director of Information Technology (IT)

The James Beard Foundation
New York, NY
  • Expired: November 06, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.

The James Beard Foundation (JBF) is a vital cultural institution with deep roots honoring and advancing the culinary arts and industry for over 30 years. JBF’s mission is to celebrate, support, and elevate the people behind America’s food culture and champion a standard of good food anchored in talent, equity, and sustainability. The organization has experienced a historic period of organizational transformation and an increase in philanthropic support as it focused its efforts towards supporting the independent restaurant industry to rebuild and recover in the wake of the pandemic.

As a 501c3 national organization, JBF brings its mission to life through the annual James Beard Awards, industry and community-focused initiatives and programs, advocacy, partnerships, and events across the country. We are looking for an experienced Director of Information Technology to oversee all IT functions for the James Beard Foundation. Reporting to the CFO, you will partner with and manage an external IT service provider. Manage all of the company’s technology operations, and the implementation of new IT systems, processes and policies.

The Director of IT has a solid technical background and excellent staff management and communication skills. The ideal candidate will be experienced in creating and implementing efficient IT processes and systems to meet organizational needs and objectives. The goal is to ensure IT systems and people are effective and functioning within the limits of budget, time, and specifications of the Foundation. This role is currently hybrid due to COVID-19 and based at our New York City office.

JBF requires that all employees reside in the New York Metropolitan Area and be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19 unless a medical or religious accommodation is needed in accordance with applicable law. Responsibilities Oversee all technology operations (e.g., network security) and evaluate according to established goals, ensuring proper integration of systems and system controls. Devise and establish IT policies and systems to support the implementation of strategies set by upper management. Analyze the business requirements of all departments to determine their technology needs, Purchase efficient and cost-effective technological equipment and software. Inspect the use of technological equipment and software to ensure functionality and efficiency. Identify the need for upgrades, configurations or new systems and report to upper management. Stay abreast of developments around cybersecurity and recommend and oversee adjustments to maintain the security of data. Control budget and report on expenditures. Assist in building relationships with vendors and creating cost-efficient contracts. Requirements 10 years progressive IT experience. Proven experience as an IT Director or similar role. Must have experience in managing an external service provider. Experience in analysis, implementation and evaluation of IT systems and the specifications. Sound understanding of computer systems (hardware/software), networks etc. Experience in controlling information technology budget. Excellent organizational and leadership skills. Outstanding communication abilities. Benefits There are many benefits to a career at the James Beard Foundation. In addition to working to promote a good food world through thought leadership, education, and advocacy, JBF offers its employees a dynamic work environment with benefits including medical, dental, life insurance, 403(b) retirement savings, and generous paid time off. Additional perks include TransitCheck, discounted health club memberships, and much more. The salary range for this position is $85,000 - $110,000 and is dependent upon level of experience.

The James Beard Foundation


New York, NY