Social & Scientific Systems (S-3)

Vice President, Technology

Location US-MD-Silver Spring
Job ID
Information Technology/Programming
Regular Full-Time


Social & Scientific Systems (SSS) works to improve public health worldwide by providing technical, research, and program management services to government, nonprofit, and commercial clients. The SSS team offers a synergy of expertise in clinical research services, epidemiology and public health studies, health data management and analysis, and program evaluation and policy analysis. Please join our dedicated staff of employee-owners in an environment that values diversity and supports health, well-being, and professional growth.

The Vice President of Information Technology is responsible for directing the planning and implementation and financial management of enterprise wide IT infrastructure applications, business intelligence and systems integration.  The successful candidate will articulate a vision and lead the development and implementation of the system platforms that support the SSS enterprise.  This leader will collaborate with the operating groups across the company to support our client's application development and integration efforts and security requirements and ensure alignment across the company.  The candidate will also define key processes, design architectures, oversee development in a CMMI level 3 enviornment.  We are seeking a top-level technology expert to challenge the status quo and implement platforms that willl help the organization build build its business and efficiently manage our assests.  Reporting directly to the Chief Operating officer, the Vice President of Information Technology will work with key leaders across the organization to ensure that our systems are efficent, reliable and secure.  As a thought leader and visionary, the succesful candidate will not only build relationships with senior leadership, but also inspire and motivate our team of high-performing and engaged employees.  From long-range planning to day to day operations, we require a dynamic leader who can transform their vision into a best in class IT structure.


  • Set objectives and strategies for the IT department.  Partner with business leaders to establish technology strategies that improve operational efficiency, enhance capabilities, and reduce operational costs.
  • Design, implement and maintain systems to improve internal and external customer experience.
  • Lead continuous process improvement initiatives to enhance service to internal and external customers.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the department including directing teams who support computing, networking, user services, telecommunications and other information technology functions.
  • Oversee the technology infrastructure in the organization to ensure optimal performance.  Maintain a proactive, disciplines operational environment based on ITIL and other operational best practices.
  • Effectively manage communication with the user community, company management and partners. Assess and mitigate operational points of risk to ensure availability of key services.
  • Organize and direct new technology initiatives and other project activities.  Plan the implementation of new systems and provide guidance to IT professionals and other personnel within the organization.  Routinely report project status and risks as well as esculate impactful issues and resolutions in a timely manner.
  • Manage the ongoing performance and development of team members within the organization.
  • Coordinate & manage the company technology budget, approve purchases of technology products, and consistently evaluate opportunities to reduce operational costs.  Proven capabilities in translating technology needs into budgetary requirements.
  • Oversee Change Management to ensure orderly updates and implementation of new features.  Define operational performance metrics that align with the company's business objectvites.  Provide routine performance reporting against those objectives.
  • Identify, evaluate and report on information security risks in a manner that meets compliance and regulatory requirements, and supports the risk posture of the enterprise.  Define policies, standards and processes to ensure that our practices address points of risk.
  • Ensure the creation of information security and risk management awareness training programs for all employees, contractors, and approved system users.  Ensure the security of IT.


  • Thought-leader and visionary who is well-versed on information technology trends and can apply new technology to solve business problems.
  • Bachelor's degree and 15+ years of increasing responsibility; Master's degree is preferred
  • Committed and motivated individual who leads by example.  Ability to manage multiple priorities and execute under tight timelines.
  • Aptitude for establishing and maintaining effective and trustworthy relationships with internal business leaders.  Ability to collaborate with internal stakeholders to identify, develop, implement, and support technology solutions for the organization.
  • Strong interpersonal skills as well as verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must have substantial leadership experience in formulating, planning, leading, directing and controlling complex, broad, and highly technical functions.  P&L experience a plus.
  • In-depth knowledge of emerging technologies, trends, methodologies, and resource management principles
  • Wide range of technical understanding across IT disciplines
  • Proven ability to conceptualize and execute deadline driven projects with strong bias for action and ability to prioritize multiple and competing projects
  • Demonstrated ability to create and implement a technology empowered business strategy
  • Experience managing projects in a CMMI level 2 or higher organization.

SSS is committed to fostering a diverse workforce and is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other classification protected by law.


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