Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking

San Diego Jewish Academy - San Diego, CA - Full time

San Diego Jewish Academy - San Diego, CA - Full time

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It is not often that a PK-12 institution creates a position that singularly represents a new strategic vision for the school. A position that will lead the entire community on a journey to not only reimagine traditional teaching and learning, but of equal importance develop transformative partnerships with external research institutions, universities, and innovative companies. A position that sits squarely and authentically at the intersection of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurialism, serving as the conduit between those disciplines and the traditional academic program of the school.A position for which so many at the school have high expectations and great anticipation, but also one that will have a chance to build a new program from the ground up through iteration and experimentation.

That school is San Diego Jewish Academy, a PK-12 school in the Carmel Valley community of San Diego. And that position is Director, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking. This new role, which begins in July 2018 and is the first step of a bold and exciting strategic vision, reports to the Head of School and serves on the senior leadership team.

For more information please download the opportunity statement, which contains complete application instructions:


Post Date:November 27, 2017

Application Deadline:January 15, 2018

Decision Announced:February 28, 2018

Start Date:July 1, 2018 (or earlier if mutually agreeable)


Promote a culture of curricular innovation

  • Design, deliver, and manage major professional development and growth experiences for faculty in areas of curricular innovation
  • Establish strong partnerships with members of the faculty to explore new instructional methods, innovative technologies, and externally-focused learning opportunities for students
  • Run on-campus workshops, trainings, clubs, design challenges, and other similar experiences for teachers and students for the purpose of promoting innovation, risk taking, and entrepreneurialism

Oversee instructional and information technology services

  • Supervise the technology faculty and staff
  • Evaluate emerging technologies, and guide senior academic leaders on strategic and operational decisions involving instructional technology hardware and software
  • Ensure the successful delivery of information and infrastructure technology services

Develop external partnerships focused on innovation and entrepreneurialism

  • Participate in the local, national, and international communities of academic innovation, entrepreneurialism, educational technology, and innovation design
  • Establish partnerships with research institutes, universities, local companies, and other organizations to develop experiential learning opportunities for students and enhanced pedagogical resources for faculty


  • Serve on academic, operational, innovation, and technology committees at all levels of the school: board, senior leadership, divisional, and student
  • Develop and maintain departmental budgets, policies, and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned


San Diego Jewish Academy is looking for candidates who can demonstrate:

  • Experience as a director or coordinator of innovation, technology, instructional design, design thinking, or professional development at a school; a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is a minimum requirement, though a graduate degree in innovation, technology, instructional design, educational leadership, or related field is highly desirable
  • A successful history of designing, implementing, and improving a broad spectrum of professional development experiences for educators
  • Experience proposing, piloting, assessing, and managing new strategic initiatives in a school, with a particular focus on areas of technology and innovation
  • A proven track record of establishing partnerships between schools and external organizations, for the purpose of enhancing both traditional classroom teaching and experiential student learning
  • Experience as a supervisor and organizational leader, including: direct personnel management, project management, staff development and training, and committee leadership
  • A passion for educational technology, instructional design, pedagogical innovation, and professional growth, and a capacity to instill that passion in others
  • Capacity to oversee a school’s technology department
  • Excellent relational and communication skills
  • A collaborative, cooperative, and patient mindset.
  • Visionary leadership aligned with the needs of a dynamic and diverse faculty and staff.


For more information please download the opportunity statement, which contains complete application instructions:

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District / School Edtech Coordinator

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San Diego Jewish Academy

San Diego Jewish Academy is a pluralistic preschool – 12th grade school that was founded in 1979.  The school has approximately 600 students and sits on a 56-acre campus, located in the Carmel Valley of San Diego, bordered by open spaces, and overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

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