Director of IT and Information Systems

Westmark School - Encino, California - Full time


Westmark School is a creative and supportive college preparatory school dedicated to educating, empowering, and celebrating students with distinct learning styles, providing the tools necessary to achieve successful and fulfilling futures. Over the past forty years, the school has earned acclaim for transforming the lives of Grades 2–12 students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and other diagnosed language-based learning differences (LBLD). Situated in Encino, California, about ten miles north of UCLA, it currently serves approximately 250 students. A new facility for its Lower School, scheduled to open in fall 2023, will make it possible to expand enrollment in Grades 2–5 and deepen the school’s commitment to early intervention.

The director of IT and information systems at Westmark School will play a crucial role in leveraging the school’s brand new, state-of-the-art elementary building and cutting-edge technology infrastructure. With 1:1 devices provided to all students, faculty, and staff, the director will ensure the smooth operation of these devices and the overall IT infrastructure. This includes managing the school’s network, servers, software applications, and user support systems. A full-time systems technician works in the department and will report to the director, who will also have support from a third-party managed services provider.

Reporting to the chief academic officer (CAO), the director will collaborate closely with a director of educational technology, who will also be a member of the CAO’s cabinet. Both directors will forge a dynamic partnership to empower teachers and students to leverage cutting-edge technology and to align the IT services with the school’s educational goals. By effectively managing and maintaining the technology resources, the director will help to create an environment that fosters innovation, enhances learning experiences, and meets the diverse needs of learners with language-based learning differences (LBLD). This is a new role that the school hopes to bring onboard at the start of the academic year, which begins in late August.

Ed Tech Recruiting is running the search on behalf of Westmark School. Applications submitted by August 7 will receive priority review. For application instructions and the full job opportunity statement, please visit:


Applications Accepted Starting: July 14, 2023

Priority Deadline: August 7, 2023

Start Date: Late Summer 2023

Reports To: Chief Academic Officer

Salary Range: $140,000 to $150,000


  • TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY: Develop and implement a strategic technology plan aligned with the school’s goals and objectives. Identify technology needs and propose solutions to enhance educational programs and administrative functions.
  • NETWORK AND INFRASTRUCTURE MANAGEMENT: Manage the school’s core technology infrastructure. Ensure the network is secure, reliable, and scalable to support the needs of students, faculty, and staff.
  • HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE MANAGEMENT: Oversee the procurement, installation, maintenance, and replacement of hardware and software systems deployed to end-users, individual departments, and the entire school community.
  • DATA MANAGEMENT AND SECURITY: Develop and enforce data management policies and procedures, including data backup and disaster recovery plans. Ensure compliance with data privacy regulations, and protect sensitive student and staff information from unauthorized access or breaches.
  • TECHNICAL SUPPORT AND TROUBLESHOOTING: Oversee help desk services to students, faculty, and staff for hardware, software, and network-related issues. Ensure that needs and requests are addressed promptly and professionally.
  • USER TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Collaborate with the director of educational technology to develop and deliver technology training programs for faculty and staff. Stay updated with emerging educational technologies and provide recommendations for their adoption.
  • IT BUDGET MANAGEMENT: In coordination with the director of finance and operations, develop and manage the IT budget, ensuring cost-effective utilization of resources. Coordinate with vendors and service providers to negotiate contracts and ensure the delivery of high-quality services within budgetary constraints.
  • COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION: Collaborate with school administrators, teachers, and other stakeholders to understand their technology requirements and provide appropriate solutions. Communicate effectively about technology initiatives, upgrades, and outages to the school community.
  • POLICY DEVELOPMENT: In partnership with the director of educational technology, develop and implement IT policies, procedures, and guidelines. Educate the school community about these policies and evaluate them regularly.
  • STAY INFORMED AND INNOVATE: Stay updated with the latest trends and advancements in technology. Research and evaluate new hardware, software, and systems that could enhance the learning experience and improve the school’s operational efficiency.
  • GENERAL ADMINISTRATION: Supervise the systems technician, oversee all A/V support and services for events, and oversee the work of the managed services provider. Report to the chief academic officer, and perform other duties as assigned.


Qualifications and Experience

  • Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with advanced coursework in information systems or a related field desirable
  • Experience coordinating or managing technology projects and initiatives, preferably in an educational institution
  • Experience designing and delivering technology workshops and trainings
  • Experience administering data systems or enterprise applications
  • Prior experience supporting IT operations, including: security, networking, backup, disaster and recovery planning, risk management, or hardware deployment
  • Proficiency with sound and projection systems, and experience providing A/V support for events
  • Immersion in diversity work and a commitment to fostering culturally competent trainings and work environments

Leadership and Personal Qualities

  • An eagerness to step away from the office and seek out colleagues across campus, in the spirit of cultivating meaningful and supportive relationships
  • Curious, strong passion for technology, and a highly skilled problem solver
  • Excellent budgeting skills with the ability to plan strategically and cost-effectively, as well as prioritize resources
  • Leadership and project management skills to successfully lead large-scale change initiatives
  • Exceptional communication skills: written, verbal, presentation, and training
  • An understanding of the diverse technology needs of an urban, independent school
  • A commitment to the mission and vision of Westmark School
  • Capability to lift up to 25 pounds and access hardware in hard-to-reach spaces


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

Westmark School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and job performance. School policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical conditions (including genetic characteristics or information), sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, and local laws.

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District / Charter Chief Information Officer

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Senior Level

Westmark School

Westmark School is a creative and supportive college preparatory school dedicated to educating, empowering, and celebrating students with distinct learning styles, providing the tools necessary to achieve successful and fulfilling futures.
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