Chief Information Officer

Mary Institute and Country Day School - St Louis, Missouri - Full time


The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is a powerful symbol of the story of our country’s growth and expansion. In the beautiful suburbs of St. Louis sits Mary Institute and Country Day School (MICDS), a JK-12 school that has an equally compelling history with roots going back 160 years. After the merger of two elite schools in 1992, MICDS stands as one of the premier independent day schools in the country. Serving a diverse student body of over 1,200 students on a 100+ acre campus, the school boasts outstanding facilities, offers a multitude of programs, clubs, and sports teams, and just completed a $100M capital campaign.

As the current strategic plan (2015 – 2022) enters its final years, and as the current head of school completes his second year, one thing is clear: technology will be essential for MICDS. With the impending retirement of the current technology director, the school has elevated its technology leadership role to chief information officer. MICDS seeks a visionary, talented, and collegial leader to run a department of twelve. The CIO will oversee all areas of technology: infrastructure, data and web applications, support services, and instructional technology. The CIO will be asked to establish partnerships throughout the school, but will work most closely with the CFO and a new assistant head of school for teaching and learning. This position starts July 1, 2021 and reports to the head of school.

For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.


Applications Accepted Starting: December 10, 2020

Application Deadline: January 18, 2021 at 5:00pm CST

Semifinal Round: January 26 and 27, 2021

Final Round: February 8 – 11, 2021

Decision Announced: February 28, 2021

Start Date: July 1, 2021


Technology Strategy

Lead a collaborative process to develop a strategic vision for technology that is aligned to the school’s overall strategic plan, values, and culture, as well as individual departmental needs, and oversee the implementation of that strategy.

Run a technology department that supports academic innovation in a scalable and sustainable fashion while adhering to best practices for an enterprise environment.

Academic, Administrative, and Operational Partnerships

Maintain close working relationships with the school’s Go-6 team, which currently comprises the head, assistant head, CFO, and the three division heads.

Build departmental connections with academic, administrative, and operational constituents throughout the school, including JK-12 department chairs, the coordinator of pedagogical innovation, and the directors of numerous non-academic and mission-critical departments.

Establish and maintain local, regional, and national partnerships to support the strategic goals of the school’s technology program.

Operations Oversight

Oversee technology governance, planning, policies, and procedures within a management framework that both department members and constituents support.

Oversee and evaluate the deployment of all hardware, software, systems, back-end infrastructure, and services from various perspectives, including: cost-effectiveness; customer satisfaction; compliance; asset management; quality of service; and performance.

Ensure that the department responds to end-user needs, provides a reliable IT backbone, designs and delivers excellent end-user training, and aligns procedures to all-school needs.

Ensure IT data security, risk management, disaster recovery, and planning processes are in place and receive regular review for currency and adequacy.

Departmental Administration

Oversee multiple functional units—IT infrastructure, data/systems, and instructional technology—and all operations, project coordination, and staff supervision within those units.

Allocate time and resources toward sustaining a positive departmental culture, including goal setting and team building, and ensure that each member of the department has an opportunity for professional growth.

Manage the departmental budget and perform other duties as assigned.


Professional Qualifications:

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is a minimum requirement, though a graduate degree is highly desirable

Director-level knowledge of departmental leadership, staff supervision and development, change management, and setting and achieving departmental goals

Experience in major areas of technology planning and administration, such as: enterprise systems design and implementation, instructional technology innovation, dataflow and data interoperability, project management, fiscal planning and oversight, end-user training, and capital construction

Leadership and Personal Qualities:

An enterprise approach to technology management that supports individual needs within a scalable framework for a large department at a large K-12 school

An ability to plan and oversee concurrent technology-related programs and projects, and empower departmental leads to ensure completion and success

A passion and interest for managing all areas of technology—IT, data/systems, and instructional—even if prior experiences in these areas are not equal

An ability to build consensus among diverse groups, facilitate critical discussions within large groups, and instill confidence in colleagues during times of transition

A thoughtful but determined approach to team building and staff development

Genuine commitment to growing formal leadership capacity and creating organizational and operational structures within a large department

Immersion in diversity work, both in training and in implementation

Inspirational and diplomatic leadership sensitive to the needs of a diverse faculty

A collaborative, cooperative, empathetic, collegial, innovative, and patient mindset

Exceptional communication skills: written, verbal, presentation, and training

An understanding of the diverse technology needs and organizational complexities of a large, high-achieving, multidivisional, and independent school

A commitment to the mission and values of MICDS

Confidence and humility, together with a sense of humor and warm personality


For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.

A commitment to diversity and inclusiveness beats at the heart of our school mission. MICDS provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic disposition, gender identity, military status or other classifications protected by law.

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Mary Institute and Country Day School

After the merger of two elite schools, MICDS stands as one of the premier independent day schools in the country. The school boasts outstanding facilities, offers a multitude of programs, clubs, and sports teams, and just completed a $100M capital campaign.
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