Chief Technology Officer

Reports to the Mayor’s Office and the Smart City Commission. Evaluates and challenges current practices throughout the City, works collaboratively with City and Regional agencies, establishes relationships with technology vendors, and establishes outside industry partnerships. Leads technology consultants, advises on more efficient technological and operational methods, supports technology implementation and programming, and provides technical expertise throughout City departments. Drives city operations forward, placing St. Louis in an ideal position for the use of new technologies and tools.

Title:  Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Salary Range:  $102,000.00 - $160,000

Reports to:  Mayor’s Office and the Smart City Commission

Hiring Agency: St. Louis Development Corporation


Qualifications include a Master’s Degree in organizational management or closely related field. 10+ years overall strategic management experience with proven success contributing to the leadership of the organization by aligning the relationship between the organization, other stakeholders, and systems. 8+ years leadership experience in one of the following: 1) a private sector firm with a culture committed to performance improvements/best practices; 2) a management consulting firm focused on organizational efficiencies, cost saving analysis, and performance improvements; 3) a forward -thinking government entity with a proven track record of embracing change and innovative technologies; or 4) an entity with national experience with best practices. Deep understanding of trends in the technology, ideally through experience in the private sector in a senior leadership role. Ability to creatively apply new technology to public sector challenges and effectively communicate its value to city staff and the public. Familiarity with public sector technology policy issues and ability to promote the city’s priorities to relevant parties (i.e. private sector companies, other governments, etc). Strong skills in communication, media relations, public speaking, writing, and storytelling.


  • Serves as a spokesperson for the city government to the technology sector to position the St. Louis as a leader in the industry and a “destination of choice” for new businesses
  • Facilitates recruitment of Smart City and Software consultant(s) that have experience in the field, leadership skills, and an ability to be objective
  • Engages and educates the community and industry partners
  • Advises the Task Force on technology-related policy and programs, including but not limited to telecom policy, hardware, software, and database platforms and connections
  • Manages & maintains a Smart City Lab
  • Markets and showcases Pilot Projects and initiative(s)
  • Tracks projects and creates/delivers all relevant reporting
  • Coordinates with City departments, local and regional agencies on needs and efforts
  • Coordinates with aldermen and nonprofit activities in the Pilot areas
  • Develops a short-term strategy for Smart City pilot projects, including a project ranking system
  • Develops a budget and timeline for review and approval of each Pilot Project to ensure Pilot Project and equipment budgets are expended by grant deadlines
  • Develops partnerships with various vendors
  • Develops a long-term strategy for system infrastructure and future programming needs
  • Develops a long-term strategy for future public-private partnerships
  • Monitors trends in the technology industry, communicates these to various departments, and works them to test new solutions
  • Partners with nonprofit and volunteer groups to create additional technology capacity for innovation for city government through fellowships, internships, and events
  • Supports economic development in the city by attracting and retaining technology companies and talent in the region through evangelizing the city’s existing tech community
  • Works with industry providers to address tech issues such as the digital divide and digital literacy to ensure equitable access to the opportunities technology affords for residents

The intent of this position description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.


Requires St. Louis City residency within 180 days of successful completion of the probationary period.


  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment
  • Requires the ability to lift and carry files/papers of up to ten pounds
  • Requires the ability to distinguish objects clearly in near vision for writing and computer work


St. Louis Development Corporation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran's status or marital status.

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