Director, Information Technology - Washington, DC

Company Overview

Cogent Communications is a multinational, Tier 1 facilities-based ISP, consistently ranked as one of the top five networks in the world and is publicly traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market under the ticker symbol CCOI. Cogent specializes in providing businesses with high speed Internet access, Ethernet transport, and Colocation services. Cogent's facilities-based, all-optical IP network backbone provides IP services in over 215 markets globally. Since its inception, Cogent has unleashed the benefits of IP technology, building one of the largest and highest capacity IP networks in the world. This network enables Cogent to offer large bandwidth connections at highly competitive prices. Cogent also offers superior customer support by virtue of its end-to-end control of service delivery and network monitoring. Cogent offers competitive compensation and a full benefits package that takes effect within 30 days of employment. Matching 401k and stock options are also included.

Job Summary:

The Director of Information Technology will possess technical expertise and provide strategic leadership, vision, planning, and management to all areas of corporate IT. The Director will develop and oversee company-wide technology policies, procedures, services, and facilities. The Director will work collaboratively with the CIO and other leadership to develop effective strategies for integrating and advancing our technology.

The successful candidate will be a hands-on manager, leader and mentor. Candidate must have the ability to develop and lead strategic and operational initiatives and will possess exceptional communication, collaboration and customer service skills.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the development, implementation, and enforcement of information security standards and procedures in accordance with the cybersecurity program plan based on industry standards including NIST CSF.
  • Develops overall technology roadmap and plans, formulates, sets and implements polices for current and future information/communication/ telecommunications systems and activities
  • Analyzes IT infrastructure and systems performance to assess operating costs, productivity levels, upgrade requirements, and other metrics and needs.
  • Manages IT staff including recruitment, performance management and evaluations, and professional development
  • Prepares, submits, and manages operating and capital expenditures for technology needed to support the organizations technology projects
  • Oversees the purchase, installation, and maintenance of computer hardware, software, networks, telecommunication equipment on premises and the cloud environment
  • Collaborates with Director of IS on development, staging and production platforms
  • Collaborates with Director, Cybersecurity on risk assessment, response and remediation
  • Provides weekly updates and strategies on all projects to CIO and CEO
  • Perform reviews and updates, promote and ensure policy awareness, track exceptions, and perform testing / auditing / monitoring on policy compliance.
  • Keeps abreast of new knowledge, research, products, and services in technology that will benefit the organization.


  • Computer Science or related bachelor’s degree and 10+ years of relevant IT experience
  • Minimum 6 years of leading IT Teams and operations.
  • Prior experience in a hands on technical roles of systems, network, storage and database administration
  • Strong experience in Windows and UNIX operating systems
  • Experience with VMware and NetApp a plus
  • Implementation and project management of large-scale technology implementations
  • Determine skills of current staff align resources for best fit/future state, staff development/mentorship
  • Manage vendor relationships and negotiations
  • Establishing and maintaining accountability and adaptability
  • Excellent communication and organization skills
  • Ability to write and present formal documentation

Physical Requirements:

  • Remains in a sitting/stationary position continually or almost continually during the work day
  • Operates a computer and performs desk-based computer tasks continually; frequently viewing a computer screen
  • Rarely lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling objects and/or equipment that weighs up to 50 pounds

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Cogent Communications is an Equal Opportunity Employer.