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Director of Infrastructure Operations

Location: 

New Haven, CT, US, 06510

Category:  Information Technology

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The Knights of Columbus is a tax-exempt Catholic fraternal benefit society that provides financial security to members and their families through our life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability income insurance, investment and annuity products. Charity is at the core of our missions: our profits are donated to help those in need and to support our faith - $1.73B over the past ten years.

 

While we have many employees who are not Catholic, we follow the Church’s teachings in our investment strategies and our employee benefits. As part of our religious mission, we support the pro-life cause by contributing to the March for Life and pregnancy resource centers, we oppose assisted suicide and euthanasia, we are evangelists for the Catholic faith, and we help Christians who are facing religious persecution in the Middle East.  We all work together to support our two million members as they volunteer to help others in their parishes and communities around the world.

 

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Overview

Manages ITS support teams responsible for open systems application administration, enterprise job scheduling and data center operations. Directs 24X7X365 delivery of support services, ensuring and advocating for the stability and performance of client-facing and/or revenue generating applications. Leads a team of full-time and contract associates, including multiple direct reports. Works with multiple disciplines across ITS and the KofC business units.

Core Responsibilities

  • Manages staff responsible for the following functions Open Systems Applications Support, Mainframe Application Support and Data Center Operations. Responsible for staff/employee administration (staffing recommendations, performance appraisals, coaching and counseling, work assignments, training, resource planning, etc.).
  • Oversees day to day support and service delivery related to the aforementioned functions. Assists in defining internal service level agreements and operating level agreements between support teams. Leads internal meetings to address service level issues and planning. Directs major ITS incident events acting as Major Incident Manager in rotation with other SSS managers.
  • Manages/oversees project related activities associated with his/her functional responsibilities. Encompasses working with project management professionals (internal and external), as well as self-management of less complex project activities in accordance with established project management processes and procedures.
  • Manages vendor relations for the department; assists with vendor identification and selection, contract negotiation and statement of work (SOW) reviews. Manages licensing and service agreements with vendors; ensures hardware and software is appropriately licensed. Meets with vendors and leads contract, licensing and service level discussions.
  • Evaluates and recommends technology solutions; participates in decisions regarding purchase and selection, in-house development and modification, assessment and implementation. Responsible for the management of purchase requests and invoices related to the technology. Works closely with customers, business analysts and team members to understand business requirements that drive the analysis and design of quality technical solutions.
  • Determines overall objectives for organization and contributes to formulation of operational, tactical and strategic plans related to the functions he/she is responsible for.
  • Adheres to ITS/SSS policy, process and procedures and proactively seeks opportunities to enhance existing ITS ITIL processes (service requests, incident and problem management, change management, etc.).

Skills Qualifications

Required:
  • Significant experience leading teams responsible for providing IT customer support/services
  • Computer operations, job scheduling/production support and open systems application management/administration
  • Systems analysis, design and solid understanding of development, quality assurance and integration methodologies
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to facilitate/manage meetings with multiple participants representing different functions/disciplines
  • Sound judgment in decision making
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Strong knowledge and practical experience designing and implementing ITIL practices
  • Life insurance enterprise products: Ingenium, Life70, IDM, AWD, etc.
  • Microsoft Office Products: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Requires in depth technical expertise of information technology functions incumbent is responsible for managing

Education

Required:
  • BS or BA in Computer Science, Information Systems or related field or equivalent combination of experience and training
  • 10+ years IT experience including insurance industry experience and supervisory responsibility or equivalent combination of training and experience
  • ITIL Foundation certificate Preferred:
  • Advanced ITIL certifications desired.

Physical Demands

Must be able to remain in a stationary position for a majority of the workday.

KofC Cares

Our mission is focused on family and faith, and we support our employees in seeking a balanced life.

 

Employee benefits include:

 

Time Away: 13 paid holidays per year in addition to vacation and paid sick leave, and flexible workweek schedules.

 

Professional Development: Certifications, designation, and tuition reimbursement.

 

Retirement Benefits: 401(k) retirement savings plan with matching company contributions, and cash balance retirement plans fully funded by the company.

 

Health and Wellness:

 

  • Short-term disability and term life insurance fully paid for by the company;
  • Up to 12 weeks of childbirth leave under STD policy.
  • One week of fully paid parental leave for all new parents, including adoptive and foster parents.
  • A variety of health insurance options, including premium-level family coverage and a pre-tax Health Savings Account with employer contributions. The Order's health plans do not cover abortion, sterilization, or contraception, and the Order has helped advocate for other employers who do not want to provide coverage.
  • Long-term disability insurance;
  • Dental insurance;
  • Vision insurance;
  • Health club membership reimbursement;
  • Employee Assistance Program

 


Nearest Major Market: New Haven
Nearest Secondary Market: Hartford