Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Job Description

The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) is responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of the company.  The CTO works with Executive Management to grow the company through the use of technological resources. Using an active and practical approach, the CTO will direct all employees in the software team to attain the company’s strategic goals established in the company’s strategic plan and vision.

A Chief Technology Officer should contribute in ambitious growth plan by developing and leading our technology team. Reporting directly to the CEO, this person will help develop cutting edge technology, which will enable online learning for schools, and training centers around the world. 

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Responsibilities/Duties: 

•    Establish the company’s technical vision and leads all aspects of the company’s technological development.
•    Responsible to lead rapid development team to the completion of design and development under aggressive timelines.. 
•    Define standards, policies, procedures, measures, and organizational enhancements to meet company goals for the Product & Technology Management group. 
•    Develop and monitor department budgets and forecasts. 
•    Establish key performance indicators 
•    Mentor staff members in order to assist them in cultivating their skills. 
•    Establish compensation, training, short and long-term goals. 
•    Review technical designs created for conformance to development standards, appropriate design choices. 
•    Create technical design for large and complicated projects
•    Create implementation plan and documentation to be followed by development staff. 
•    Research and evaluate third party software for usage in development lifecycle to aid efficiency and/or quality. 
•    Define development standards and methodologies. 
•    Define design documentation methodology and philosophy. 
•    Utilize ingenuity and inventive thinking to evaluate options for design and deriving the best solutions based on sound analytical judgment, team input and the customers’ best interest. 
•    Manages all research, development, and product design initiatives. 
•    Manage the overall department of Information Technology.

Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Competency Requirements
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: 

•    Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Collects and researches data; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures. 
•    Design - Generates creative solutions; Translates concepts and information into images; Uses feedback to modify designs; Applies design principles; Demonstrates attention to detail. 
•    Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in-group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics. 
•    Project Management - Develops project plans; Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget; Manages project team activities. 
•    Technical Skills - Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others. 
•    Managing People - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services.; Continually works to improve supervisory skills. 
•    Planning/Organizing - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans. 
•    Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.