9 Oct

5 Skills for a Director IT Job in Toronto

Posted by John Brandwagt

What skills do you need for a director IT job in Toronto? It’s a question job seekers and hiring managers alike ask! Job seekers want to know if they have what it takes to land the position, while hiring managers might wonder what they need to write in the job description to get the right applications on their desks. 

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If you’ve been asking yourself this question, for any reason, here are some of the skills you’ll want to consider for this job.

1. Communication Skills

This role requires the candidate to have excellent communication skills. Why? It serves as a contact point for all areas of the business, including sales, operations, customer service, and other departments. As the “gateway” to IT, the job demands someone who can communicate with others effectively, in written form and face to face. 

While communication is a necessary skill for just about any job, it takes on added importance when someone is in a senior position such as director IT. These professionals are one of the important voices in the company, so they need to use that voice effectively.

2. Superior Organization

The director IT job demands someone organized. Why? It’s a big job, and keeping things straight is no small demand! If your director IT is disorganized, the IT department will likely suffer for it—and other departments may as well, as policies and problems may not be communicated nor dealt with efficiently. 

This role demands someone who can prioritize and organize. Since there’s so much going on in IT and between IT and virtually every other department or division in a company at any given time, you need someone who knows which tasks to give top billing to and which ones to set aside.

3. An Analytical Mind

Analysis is a hot topic in IT departments, but many people talk about data analytics or business analytics. The director IT doesn’t necessarily need to specialize in one area or another, but he does need to be someone who has the skills to deliver quick analysis—and a plan of action.

Business acumen is probably key here, but directors IT may also need to analyze security operations or IT operations as a whole. They also need to keep an eye on their workforce and on the systems they’re using. In short, a director IT is going to be analyzing a whole lot of things!

4. Leadership Skills

One of the things that sets those in director roles apart is their leadership skills. These people aren’t going to shy away from a challenge, and they’re going to encourage and inspire their teams to tackle challenges. They’ll promote teamwork and initiative, as well as encourage innovation and good work habits.

A leader leads by example, so this person will also serve as a good role model for the rest of the IT department.

5. Technical Savvy

Managers sometimes lack the depth of knowledge their staff have. As a result, they sometimes suggest unrealistic plans of action or propose improbable solutions. They might even end up advising employees about how to do something, even if they have no idea how to do it themselves.

Obviously, this isn’t ideal for someone taking on a director IT job. This person has to have the technical savvy and know-how to both help and direct staff members. If directors don’t know anything about the systems the company is running, you’re going to run into trouble. Someone with the in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience will suggest better solutions, offer better insights, and lend better assistance to staff who have questions or concerns.

If you add these five skills to your job description or you can list them on your resume, this role is as good as filled.

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John Brandwagt

John is a Practice Leader at Inteqna. He’s been working in IT Search in Calgary since 1997. He works best with selective job seekers—those who excel at what they do and enjoy their current jobs. Since they don’t have time to look for themselves, he helps them find their dream jobs. From a client perspective, he helps organizations find the talent that will propel their business. John is involved in several of Calgary’s technical user groups and has held board roles in non-profit groups. He is a single dad of four boys who try to beat him at every physical activity from hiking to rugby.

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