IT Director GKFF®
Tulsa, OK George Kaiser Family Foundation
Job Type

About the Organization

George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF®) is a charitable organization dedicated to providing an equal opportunity for young children in Tulsa, Oklahoma through investments in early childhood education, community health, social services, and civic enhancement.

Position Purpose

The IT Director is responsible for the IT strategy for GKFF and its programs; and for the ongoing maintenance of all IT infrastructure and operations. This role ensures alignment with the organization's mission and values, and the delivery of capabilities required to achieve community impact. The IT Leader participates in and contributes to overall organizational strategy development, bringing a current knowledge and future vision of leveraging information and technology in organizational design, process reengineering, and products and services development for all GKFF staff. This position reports to the Chief Operating Officer. 

Responsibilities / Essential Duties

  • Own all IT infrastructure, IT strategy, and planning for both GKFF and its entities (subsidiary LLCs of GKFF)
  • Set the IT mission and vision of the organization (both GKFF and its entities)
  • Create and implement IT frameworks for application within GKFF and its entities
  • Lead the development of IT strategy and its implementation, ensuring its integration with the organization's strategy and mission. This includes managing all relevant vendor relationships on behalf of GKFF and its entities
  • Ensure appropriate communication and change management practices are deployed as GKFF and its entities experience technological change
  • Act as a trusted advisor and build and maintain relationships with other leaders to develop a clear understanding of organization needs; ensure cost-effective and high-quality delivery of IT services to meet those needs; respond with agility to changing organizational priorities. Bring innovative shared solutions to the achievement of organization goals.
  • Participate in and contribute to assessing external digital opportunities, threats, and internal technology capabilities required to achieve compliance requirements
  • Assess organizational need to insource/outsource IT services, security, and other areas; provides oversight of such areas whether insourced or outsourced
  • Keep up to date with developments in IT standards and technology
  • Work with entity leaders to meet technology needs and align with GKFF frameworks and baselines
  • Develop and maintain a comprehensive technology roadmap that aligns with the GKFF mission and objectives, including establishment of software and hardware standards
  • Determine resource needs; potentially onboard and manage a team over time
  • Develop and manage the IT budget, optimizing resource allocation and cost-effectiveness
  • Set and ensure IT security and reliability standards
  • Other duties as assigned

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a technology-related field
  • Minimum five years of technology experience with progression into leadership roles (e.g. increased roles within strategy development, systems change, management of people and/or vendors)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with:
  • Managing people, partners, projects, and vendors
  • IT systems and platforms, including Microsoft Office 365, Google Business Suite, networking equipment, computer hardware and software, data storage infrastructure, data analytics tools, and web applications. 
  • IT security standards, systems and platforms
  • IT reliability standards, systems and platforms
  • Best practices and frameworks for data security, including NIST
  • Emerging knowledge of AI systems and how they can effectively and securely support ongoing operations
  • Experience in a non-profit environment (highly preferred)

Skills and Abilities

  • Commitment to the mission of equal opportunity, social justice and equity
  • High versatility across technology strategy, hardware, and software
  • Ability to prioritize, plan and execute multiple tasks in a timely manner
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to communicate with personnel of all levels, technological proficiencies, and backgrounds
  • Accepts constructive feedback in professional manner with a growth mindset/commitment to improvement

Physical requirements

  • Prolonged periods of time sitting or standing and working with a computer
  • Position continually requires and the ability to talk and hear both in person and over the phone

Hours and Location

  • This is an in-person position based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 
  • Exact daily schedule for possible remote work days to be determined with supervisor