Making a Career Change and Asking a Question

I’ve been working in Information Technology for 17+ years. My primary responsibilities have generally been systems focused although I’ve oftentimes had the opportunity to develop software as a secondary or tertiary focus. I’ve decided I want to flip that – to make software development my primary occupation.

I’m currently IT Director for Liquid Church, a multi-campus organization and I’ve discussed with them my plans and they have been supportive. I like to do things well and so I’m taking a phased approach to leaving. We are currently actively recruiting for my replacement and I am seeking to provide as smooth a transition as possible.

At some juncture in the near future I’ll be stepping out of the IT Director position so someone else can step in. I’ll still be at Liquid helping this individual get up to speed and supporting systems in the meantime – but I won’t be the IT Director anymore.

The question I’d like to ask you today is – what do we call me during this transitional period and how should this be reflected on my resume? IT Director Emeritus (I jest)? IT Consultant? Software / Web Developer (as I transition out of the IT Director role and I’m needed less in that arena, I’ll be picking up more in the interim on the development side)?

Maybe I’m overthinking this, but I’m a little concerned about how to reflect this on my resume as I pursue new opportunities. I can’t imagine I’m the only one facing / having faced this situation. So what would you recommend?

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