Director of IT and Information Services

Park School - Baltimore, Maryland - Full time

SUMMARY

The Park School, a PK-12, independent day school located on 100 acres in Baltimore, celebrates core values rooted in the progressive educational philosophy of John Dewey. At Park, there is an unshakable belief in children’s capacity to enjoy learning, to act rationally, and to grow when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers. A fundamental commitment to inclusiveness and equity guides all programs and activities. Building on that commitment, the school recently developed a comprehensive anti-racist action plan shaped by students, alumni, parents, and employees.

Since the pandemic, Park has seen an increased reliance on technology services and enterprise applications. Because Park does not expect this demand to subside post-pandemic, the leadership team has created a new director-level position, director of IT and information services (DITIS), to oversee support services, all back-end technology operations, as well as the school’s enterprise data / systems environment. In parallel, the school created a new instructional technology position (director of library services and instructional technology) that, along with the DITIS and two associate heads of school, will form a new Technology Cabinet. This collaborative model of technology governance aligns with Park’s approach to shared leadership and consensus-driven decision making. The director of IT and information services starts July 1, 2021 and reports to the associate head of school for finance and operations.

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

www.EdTechRecruiting.com/jobs/park/ITIS

IMPORTANT DATES

Applications Accepted Starting: February 18, 2021

Application Deadline: March 20, 2021 at 5:00pm EDT

Remote Semifinal Round: March 29, 2021

Final Round: April 5 – 9, 2021

Decision Announced: April 23, 2021

Start Date: July 1, 2021, or earlier by mutual agreement

SPECIFIC DUTIES

IT Operations

Oversee and evaluate the deployment of all hardware, software, and systems from various perspectives, including cost-effectiveness; customer satisfaction; compliance; asset management; migration, rollout, and transition; and performance.

Evaluate internal IT systems for performance, efficiency, and customer satisfaction; and oversee and manage all accounts, contracts and financial issues related to the department.

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

Information Services

Oversee the maintenance and reliability of the school's enterprise data / systems environment, including major systems such as: SIS, LMS, CMS, financial and accounting, and advancement.

Work with senior leadership and various operational and academic departments to ensure they have the necessary access to, and reporting of, data.

Coordinate technology projects with other departments and outside entities.

Serve as the school's primary project manager for enterprise-wide data transitions.

Leadership and Strategy

Oversee the hiring, supervision, evaluation and growth of all IT/IS technology staff, and ensure that the department structure supports the school’s needs and goals.

Lead and direct IT governance, planning, policy development, and procedures, including those for architecture, security, disaster recovery, standards, purchasing hardware and software deployment, and service provision.

Anticipate the needs of diverse constituents, monitoring trends and innovations in the industry and making actionable recommendations.

Work in concert with the director of library services and instructional technology, and under the direction of the associate heads of school for academics and finance and operations, to develop and implement a technology vision that meets the needs of faculty and students.

Manage the IT and information systems budget.

Serve in the Technology Cabinet and on various academic and operational committees, and perform other duties as assigned.

PARK IS LOOKING FOR CANDIDATES WHO CAN DEMONSTRATE

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 experience with departmental leadership and supervision, including staff development, evaluation, training, and goal setting

Experience with systems and technology planning, development and implementation, including: enterprise systems design and administration, instructional technology distribution, data flow and data interoperability, project management, fiscal planning and oversight, end-user training, and plant redesign

Director-level knowledge of the principles and practices of information technology management in a large organizational setting, including client services, compliance, risk management, backup, recovery, network, security, and policy development

Leadership and Personal Qualities:

Immersion in diversity work — both in training and in implementation — and a commitment to the goals and ideas outlined in Park’s anti-racist action plan

A willingness to execute a shared model of technology governance in collaboration with an instructional technology director and two members of the leadership team

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, combined with strong motivational skills to ensure completion and success

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 approach to team building, leadership development, and staff growth

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

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

TO APPLY

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

www.EdTechRecruiting.com/jobs/park/ITIS

The Park School of Baltimore, Inc. seeks to have a diverse workforce and has a non-discriminatory policy as to employees and applicants for employment. All employment decisions, from hiring through termination, will be based on an impartial judgment of the individual's capabilities and professional qualifications. The school does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, ancestry, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or any physical or mental disability unrelated to a reasonable performance of an employee's duties.

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Role

District / Charter Chief Information Officer

Experience Level

Senior Level

Park School

Park’s core values, rooted in the progressive educational philosophy of John Dewey, sustain an unshakable belief in children’s capacity to enjoy learning, to act rationally, and to grow when inspired by highly qualified, caring teachers.
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