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Director of IT



IT, Education
Boulder, CO, USA
Posted on Monday, September 25, 2023

Who we are:

Electra is electrifying ironmaking to decarbonize steelmaking and eliminate 3.7 gigatons or 10% of global CO2 emissions. Leveraging proven industrial-scale electrochemical and hydrometallurgical processes, and backed by leading sustainability-focused venture capitalists, our team is developing lower cost, scalable solutions utilizing intermittent renewable energy to forge a cleaner, greener future for the trillion-dollar steel industry.

With a uniquely collaborative culture, endless passion for developing disruptive technologies, and the opportunity to revolutionize carbon-intensive manufacturing industries, careers at Electra offer challenge, reward, and the chance to bring to market solutions that dramatically improve the health of the planet.

What you will do:

The Director of IT will primarily provide strategic leadership to the company's application management, IT infrastructure, and information security functions. The role involves expanding and guiding the in-house IT function for a next generation manufacturing company. In this role you will:

  • Establish and drive the company's IT vision and strategy, fostering a safety-first culture and mindset while supporting operational needs.
  • Support the migration and installation of data warehousing, and other IT infrastructure.
  • Assess current IT infrastructure, applications, and operations for strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities.
  • Advocates for and leads significant IT initiatives that provide a clear ROI and long-term value for the company.
  • Establishes departmental goals and KPIs in alignment with organizational strategies.
  • Develops and oversees the implementation of Information Security and IT Governance frameworks, policies, and procedures to ensure proper oversight and alignment of IT initiatives with organizational strategies.
  • Establishes departmental norms of operation and behaviors to ensure team safety, collaboration, and inclusion.
  • Identifies, selects, and oversees implementation of business support applications and systems including ERP and MES applications, and enhancing usability and functionality of existing systems. Oversees application development and/or customization where needed.
  • Distills and presents complex IT topics to senior leadership, ensuring clarity, relevance, and timeliness to drive informed decision-making.
  • Collaborates with company leaders across the company to understand their technology needs and ensure IT initiatives support those needs.
  • Manages IT budget and forecasting.
  • Ensures IT projects are delivered on time and within budget.
  • Continuously elevates and improves IT processes to enhance efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Leads team culture, workforce and succession planning, performance management, employee relations, and team development.
  • Creates and fosters relationships with key internal teams, leaders, and external partners.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What we need you to bring to the team:

  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, or related field of study; or an equivalent combination of related education and experience
  • 12 years of related IT experience including experience leading IT security, infrastructure, and application management teams.
  • 4 years of Manufacturing IT experience
  • Experience configuring, deploying, and managing productivity technologies such as ERP, CRM, PDM, cloud servers and services, document control, project management, etc.
  • Advanced proficiency and experience configuring and managing MS365 suite products including Entra ID (Azure AD), Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, etc.
  • Advanced knowledge of IT infrastructure design, concepts, principles, practices, and procedures
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Advanced individual proficiency and Microsoft Office suite of programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneDrive, and SharePoint

What we want you to bring to the team:

  • Experience training users in MS365 Suite products (Office suite, SharePoint, Teams, etc.)
  • Experience working in a startup environment
  • Experience in an operational technology (OT) environment (preferably including OT Security)
  • Experience configuring, deploying, and managing productivity and automation tools such as Power Automate, etc.


  • The anticipated starting pay range for this position is $160,000 - $220,000 annually and may be more or less depending upon skills, experience, and education.

Benefits For You:

  • 100% paid premiums across all medical, dental, vision, telemedicine, short-term disability, long-term disability, and basic life insurance plans
  • Unlimited PTO
  • $1,800 in annual employer HSA contributions (health savings account)

Benefits For Your Family:

  • 100% paid premiums across all medical, dental, vision, and telemedicine plans
  • $3,600 in annual employer HSA contributions (health savings account)
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave and flexible return-to-work options

Benefits For Your Future:

  • 401k with up to 5% matching contributions which vest 100% on day one
  • Eligibility for incentive stock options