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Chief Technology Officer

Washington, DC, USA | Leading Non-Profit / Social Enterprise Company

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    IT / Information Technology
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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The Chief Technology Officer will oversee Media Matters’ information technology infrastructure. This role will be a combination of strategic decision making, personnel management, hands-on problem solving, and both short- and long-term project management. The Chief Technology Officer must be a strong leader and a team player and will thrive in a startup-like culture with all-hands-on-deck and rapid-response moments. The Chief Technology Officer will work closely with Senior Advisor on enterprise initiatives.

Reporting Structure:

Reports To: The Chief Technology Officer reports to the President of Media Matters.

Reporting To: The following positions report directly to the Chief Technology Officer: Software Developer (x1), Network and Systems Administrator (x2), User Support Manager (x1).

The Chief Technology Officer would also be responsible for managing/overseeing designated current and future technology consultants retained by the organization.


Strategic Oversight: The Chief Technology Officer must have the vision and ability to develop, recommend, direct, execute, and report on strategic initiatives that satisfy technical organizational requirements. The Chief Technology Officer will work in a consultative fashion with senior leadership and department heads as an advisor on technologies that may improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Information Security: The Chief Technology Officer will be responsible for verifying the integrity and safety of all organizational and proprietary data and will be responsible for development of information security methods for emerging threats. In addition to active threats, the Chief Technology Officer will develop and manage disaster recovery policies, procedures, and practices.

Operations: The Chief Technology Officer is responsible for day-to-day technical operations and 24/7 support of all systems, which include both internal and external facing services. The Chief Technology Officer will work closely with the Senior Advisor to manage planning and purchasing related to all technology needs, as well as vendor relationship management.

Infrastructure: The Chief Technology Officer will provide strategic and tactical solutions for the design, implementation, and support for all virtual and physical servers, systems, networks, and communications infrastructure.

Application Development: The Chief Technology Officer will be responsible for managing all efforts and staff related to software development, including strategy and planning, project management, and quality assurance.

Management and Mentoring: The Chief Technology Officer is a multifaceted technology subject matter expert. As such, an ability to mentor team members regarding industry standards, technical and procedural best practices, and advanced technical knowledge and troubleshooting is required. All Technology Department personnel will report directly to the Chief Technology Officer. In addition to managing and mentoring Technology team members, the Chief Technology Officer will work directly with Media Matters’ staff on technical and project management activities regarding ongoing and future projects.



Master’s degree in Computer Science or similar field, or equivalent professional experience.

Professional experience:

10+ years of information technology experience

3+ years of information technology technical team management of 5 or more technicians.

3+ years of technical project management, with software development management experience preferred.

Platforms, environments, and tools preferred:

Cloud hosting and virtualization environments, both private and public (AWS, Azure, VMWare, HyperV, etc.)

Cloud services environments (G Suite, Office 365, etc.)

Enterprise deployments and management of:

Microsoft products and services, including servers, desktops, Office suites, enterprise applications, and licensing

Linux; preferably Ubuntu

Other OSS (Open Source Software); OpenVAS, cacti, juju, gluster, etc.

Drupal CMS; preferably Drupal 8

Salesforce CRM

Deployment and management of SAN/NAS devices. Media Matters hosts very large data warehouses of audio and video files that fall under the purview of the CTO.

Familiarity with Object-Oriented Programming preferred. A qualified CTO candidate will understand high level application development methodologies and approaches and will have the ability to communicate with and manage programmers who work in different languages, such as:




Understanding and ability to manage the details and projects in web development, scripting, and markup languages such as:



Javascript (Node.js)



Other technology preferred:

Experience with digital video recording and editing systems

Video and audio acquisition and archival systems

Video and audio encoding, transcoding, decoding, and streaming

Networking and security hardware and software

Ability to learn and implement new technologies quickly

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