Steptoe & Johnson PLLC is a NLJ Top 250 law firm with core strengths in energy, labor & employment, litigation and transactional law. In 2013, Steptoe & Johnson celebrated 100 years of helping clients reach their goals. The firm’s 275 lawyers span 15 offices across the United States, and its work encompasses 40 substantive practices of law.
About the Position
Our firm is currently seeking a qualified, law firm experienced Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CIO is a strategically important senior leadership position responsible for developing and delivering the firm's information technology and technology risk management strategies. This position reports to the firm’s Chief Operating Officer (COO).
The successful candidate has a proven record of identifying, selling, advancing and leveraging technology investments and resources that support lawyers’ practices and client relationships. The CIO, who will be based in one of our eastern or southeast offices, will provide strong, practical strategic technology direction and leadership to the firm’s practitioners and staff. This leader will continue to drive our focused and evolved cloud evolution, reduce risk via balanced compliance and risk mitigation, support maturation of IT delivery best practice, ensure retention of our strong IT talent pool, support the highly responsive culture of the organization and provide exemplary client services to the varied constituencies within the firm. The CIO is expected to work closely with the firm’s COO, practice management, the administrative leadership team and the IT organization to plan and execute on an annually agreed and budgeted technology program.
Overall education, experience and performance requirements include:
BA or BS degree. Master’s Degree related to technology or MBA a plus.
Fifteen plus years of progressive IT leadership and broad-based information technology experience and management in a legal setting.
Identification and prioritization of substantive legal practice and client driven business needs and strengths in communicating needs, plans, goals and expectations to users and management.
Knowledge of current trends along with an awareness of new, relevant and applicable technologies to support the firm’s evolution.
Demonstrated expertise in industry standard and current legal software applications, solutions, support, education, risk management, vendor management and systems. In addition to law firm software products, experience with litigation support technologies and applications considered a plus.
Proven organizational and IT leadership, problem solving, and communications skills, coupled with the ability to excel and achieve results in a fluid and fast-moving environment.
Sustained and direct supervisory experience leading technology teams comprised of 10-20 IT professionals. Strong team management and mentoring skills required.
Demonstrated success continually providing and supporting high performance, high availability, and flexible computing/automation environments to meet user needs.
Successful application of program and project management processes and methods to ensure successful daily technology operations delivery and strategic technology projects in an ever-changing multi-city, multi-office law firm.
Technology or business consulting experience and/or former business ownership, also considered a plus.
A strong client service philosophy to provide technology and support services in a highly responsive environment.
Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, with all levels of a professional services organization. Ability to explain technical concepts to a non-technical audience and provide guidance by balancing functionality, risk and Return on Investment when providing recommendations.
Possess impeccable ethics and a familiarity dealing with highly sensitive data.
Open minded, team oriented and strong interpersonal skills.
Ability to travel where required.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits Summary
•Mutually agreed relocation assistance
•Steptoe & Johnson offers a robust and competitive suite of benefits for our business operations leadership team including flexible paid time off, a 401(k) Profit Sharing plan including a firm contribution and profit sharing, paid holidays, affordable Health and Life Insurance including Dental & Vision coverage, AD&D, LTD, LTC, Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) and Health Savings Account (HSA).
We are fully committed to the importance of diversity within the legal profession, as well as all workplace environments and strongly encourage the interest of diverse candidates in the firm.
Equal Opportunity Employer.
Please send cover letter and resume to: CIOSearch@unbiasedconsulting.com. Please note that this search is being managed by Unbiased Consulting, a leading consulting provider to the legal market. We ask that you do not contact the firm, its lawyers or staff, relative to this search.