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Job Category: Director
Functional Area: All Technology
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Summary

In the heart of Houston, a vibrant PK-8 school is developing well-rounded student leaders based on Christian principles for an increasingly complex, technologically advanced, and diverse world.  To do so, this school inspires students to contribute to their community through service and leadership, equips students to persevere and grow through adversity, and exposes students to a variety of experiences that will ultimately shape their own passions.  At the center of all this is a robust technology program, which serves as the engine for many of the school’s current and future strategic goals.

River Oaks Baptist School (“ROBS”) seeks a talented, experienced, and visionary Senior Technology Director to lead the technology program as the school moves forward with bold new innovation, technology, and STEAM initiatives.  This is a new position reporting to the Associate Head of School for Academics and serving on the Leadership Team.

Please download the attached opportunity statement to view a detailed description and application instructions for this extraordinary position.

Specific duties

Leadership and Strategy

  • Develop and maintain strategic and operational plans for technology that are aligned with the mission and values of the school and that support the goals of the various divisions and departments
  • Oversee the planning and implementation of major professional development experiences for faculty in areas of technology integration and curricular design
  • Help develop a culture of creative innovation to meet the dynamic and evolving needs of an excellent 21st century school
  • Ensure that the entire technology team models and supports best practices in innovation, experimentation, technology integration, and instructional design
  • Support and guide senior leadership and various division directors on strategic and operational decisions involving both educational technology and information technology, and manage or help manage major transitional projects as needed
  • Manage and develop the technology budgets, both for operations and capital investment
  • Serve on and/or oversee technology-related committees at the leadership, faculty and staff, and student levels
  • Participate as an actively engaged member of the broader Leadership Team
  • Develop professional growth plans for the technology team to ensure that ROBS maintains a top-tier technology program
  • Maintain an active presence in the local, regional, and national educational technology communities
  • Ensure the successful establishment and maintenance of local, regional, and national partnerships to support the strategic goals of the educational technology program

Operations

  • Manage the three technology functional units and all operations therein: Information Technology, Technology Integration, and Technology Curriculum
  • Ensure that all members of the community receive sufficient internal and external educational technology training, integration support, and help desk support
  • Establish and evaluate technology policies, procedures, and processes in areas such as: end-user support, data management, network security, content filtering, hardware deployment, capital investment, and AV services
  • 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; efficiency; and performance
  • Maintain and evaluate all third-party vendor relationships
  • Oversee the hiring and supervision all technology staff
  • Other duties as assigned

Professional Qualifications and Personal Qualities

ROBS is looking for candidates who can demonstrate:

  • A strong set of information technology and educational technology skills, and relevant professional training.A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is a minimum requirement, though a graduate degree in management, instructional technology, information systems, or related field is highly desirable.
  • Significant experience as a technology and/or information services leader, including areas such as: project and personnel management, enterprise systems management, technology integration, instructional design, end-user training and support, and financial planning.
  • Experience working in a technology department of an educational institution.Prior classroom teaching experience is desirable.
  • A penchant for strategic thinking, as well as a commitment to tactical management.
  • An eye on the horizon of emerging educational technology systems and paradigms, with a resistance to jumping on technology bandwagons.
  • An authentic understanding of how educational technology is but one part of curriculum design, and an ability to lead an entire school around this principle.
  • Excellent people management skills.
  • A successful history of implementing and growing large-scale professional development experiences for employees, particularly faculty.
  • Strong communication skills — written, verbal, presentation, and training — that support a broad set of school employees: teachers, staff, and administration.
  • A desire to working in a faith-based school environment.
  • A thoughtful but determined approach to change management and department unification — while still remaining true to organizational goals and community culture.
  • A collaborative, cooperative, and patient mindset.
  • Visionary leadership that is in tune with the needs of a dynamic and diverse faculty.
  • Capability to lift up to 25 pounds and access hardware in hard-to-reach spaces.

To apply

Please download the attached opportunity statement to view a detailed description and application instructions for this extraordinary position.

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