1+ months

Deputy Chief Technology Officer

ICANN - Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Job Summary

The Deputy Chief Technology Officer (DCTO) will support and assist the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in managing the Identifier Research, Operations, and Security (IROS) department at ICANN by overseeing, at the direction of the CTO, the Office of the CTO (OCTO) teams that provide advice, recommendations, and strategy to align the technology vision and the corresponding strategy of the ICANN organization as well as assisting, as appropriate, the VP - IANA in the administration of the IANA Functions. The DCTO will act as a resource to the Internet community, a thought leader, and a trusted partner to the CTO, the VP - IANA, and the ICANN Executive Team. The DCTO’s role includes being operationally responsible for the implementation of strategies developed by OCTO, providing insights and advice on that implementation to the CTO and the ICANN Executive Team, and will stand in for the CTO when required.

Key Responsibilities & Duties:

  • At the direction of the CTO, oversee the implementation of ICANN’s technical vision; including oversight of Internet identifier research and special projects; establishing technical standards; anticipating major technological changes; collaborating with internal teams and functions, the Executive Team, and others as appropriate to identify, document, and assess new and evolving technologies and their implications to the community and/or organization.
  • In partnership with our stakeholders, the IROS and other ICANN teams and functions, and the Executive team, identify opportunities and risks related to the technologies ICANN helps coordinate, including opportunities for innovation, and assessment of marketplace obstacles, evaluation of avenues for abuse, and identification of technical hurdles to the success.
  • Working in concert with internal and external stakeholders, evaluate and identify appropriate business needs in regard to the Internet’s system of unique identifiers and the implications of those identifiers in the context of meeting the Internet community’s requirements for a secure and stable identifier system.
  • Support the CTO in strategic planning to achieve thought leadership on technological development, related to the Internet’s system of unique identifiers, both internally and externally.
  • Working with the OCTO team, analyze privacy and security requirements and implications for Internet identifier systems and oversee the development of recommendations to ensure a balance between the highest level of privacy and operational security requirements.
  • At the direction of the CTO, review and oversee development and execution of plans to ensure the security and stability of top level of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers within ICANN’s remit.
  • Assist in sharing knowledge, mentoring, and educating the organization’s Board of Directors, management, staff, partners, customers, and stakeholders on topics related to the Internet’s system of unique identifiers, how those identifiers are used and misused, and related opportunities and challenges.
  • Participate in company level strategic planning within the IROS department and across departments.
  • At the direction of the CTO, act as one of ICANN’s technological spokespeople by presenting papers and presentations at ICANN meetings, community events, and other external stakeholder events which position the company as a technology leader in our space.
  • Monitor industry market trends and provide intelligence on the competitive landscape and key trends occurring in the industry.
  • Identify, evaluate, and participate in new technology and standards developments that enhance the security and stability of the Domain Name System (DNS), the Internet’s numbering system including IPv4, IPv6, and Autonomous System Numbers, and protocol parameters used in Internet technology standards.
  • Communicate, coordinate, and collaborate with key leaders both within the ICANN community and external to that community in meetings with governments, industry, civil society, academia, and elsewhere.
  • Oversee and engage in work with law enforcement, governmental organizations, inter-governmental organizations, and non-governmental organizations in efforts to identify, classify, and mitigate abuses of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers.
  • Assist the CTO in providing thought leadership on the technologies related to and deriving from the Internet’s system of unique identifiers and the implications of those technologies, both internally within the organization and community as well as externally to the Internet-using community at large.
  • Help the CTO in managing the IROS department, including working with OCTO and IANA team members in formulating budgets, proposing, implementing, and publicizing IROS activities, and representing the IROS department and ICANN both internally and externally.
  • Act as member of the IROS management team.
  • Other duties as assigned or requested

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):

  • Deep technical understanding of the Internet’s system of unique identifiers including the Domain Name System, Internet numbering, and protocol parameters and is able to apply that understanding to ensure the IROS department operates effectively and efficiently.
  • Able to deeply and critically analyze and synthesize complex or diverse information and technologies understand the potential implications in the context of ICANN’s mission and to develop clear conclusions and actionable recommendations.
  • Strong problem-solving skills to enable problems to be identified in a timely manner through deep data analysis and to develops alternative solutions either in a individual or group situation.
  • Advanced level of technical competence and is current with and deeply understands technologies relevant to ICANN’s mission to enable meaningful contributions to the development of those technologies either directly or by leading teams to this end.
  • Demonstrates stong communication skills, both orally and written, and to present information effectively and persuasively in positive or negative situations and is able to listen, question and clarify to ensure all relevant points of view are properly considered.
  • Well developed interpersonal skills and is able to effectively resolve differences of opinion and be open to divergent points of view.
  • Strong team player and is able to balance team and individual responsibilities, contribute to building a positive team spirit and build group commitments to goals and objectives while maintaining morale during times of difficulty or slow progress.
  • Experienced people manager able to ensure inclusive planning and decision making, facilitate process improvement, provide constructive feedback and encourage and ensure individual growth and development and has excellent organization-wide management skills for a large, highly diverse workforce across multiple languages, time zones, and cultures.
  • Visionary leader able to display passion and optimism, inspire respect and trust, mobilize other to fulfill the vision, and provide inspiration to peers and subordinates.
  • Experienced in change management to communicates changes effectively, overcome resistance and build commitment and facilitate sustainable implementation plans.
  • Strong business understanding and able to analyze the implications of decisions.
  • Cost Conscious and able to develop and work within an approved budget and develop & implements cost saving measures.
  • Highly motivated to sets and achieve challenging goals and persevere to overcome obstacles.
  • Able to effectively prioritize and plan work activities to use time & resources efficiently develops realistic action plans.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Master’s degree (M.A. or M.S.) in Computer Science or a related field or equivalent experience.
  • Overall twenty 20 years or more experience in Internet identifier technologies with an emphasis on the DNS, its operation, management, concepts, and implementation.
  • At least 15 years’ of experience managing technical teams.
  • At least 10 years’ experience with Internet standards development organizations such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), etc., including personal knowledge of the organizations’ standardization processes and structures.
  • Familiarity and/or experience with communication technology and Internet-related industry groups such as GSMA, 3GPP, ETSI, ITU, DNS-OARC, etc.
  • Familiarity and/or experience with governmental, inter-governmental, and non-governmental groups involved in communications networking and Internet-related matters including ITU, OECD, APECTEL, CITEL, Regional Internet Registries, Internet Society, etc.
  • Familiarity and/or experience with law enforcement and anti-abuse organizations such as the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), Message Mobile Malware Anti-Abuse Working Group (M3AAWG), etc. in the context of identifying, classifying, and mitigating abuse of domain names, IP addresses, or other identifiers.
  • Strong connections with the Internet community.
  • Fluent written and spoken in English is required; at least one additional language at business competency level is strongly desired

Working Conditions & Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to travel globally and frequently


Posted: 2020-02-18 Expires: 2020-04-18

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