Director of Information Technology

Job Level
Senior position
Job Category
  • Technology
Job Status
Areas of Responsibility
  • Information Technology

The Director of Information Technology’s role is to provide vision and leadership for technology initiatives. This role is responsible for supervising the team that manages the School’s data, analytics, technology, information security, technical services, and professional development for non-teaching staff related to these areas of responsibility. The role directs the planning and implementation of enterprise IT systems in support of School operations in order to improve cost effectiveness, service quality, and School development. The director proposes budgets for programs and projects, purchases and upgrades equipment, supervises computer specialists and IT workers, and presides over IT-related projects. The qualified candidate is a culturally competent team player with five years of experience in technology, and ideally 2-3 years of experience in leadership. The Director of Information Technology works closely with nearly every department chair or supervisor at the School.

For this position in particular, employees hired to fill the role will inherit a mature and high-functioning team that has been led directly by the current Chief Operating Officer for 12 years, and will benefit from ongoing knowledge transfer and support while coming up to speed to take direct leadership of the day-to-day operations of the department. This new position will take over nearly all day-to-day technology management, and will report to the COO along with several other departments.

Essential Functions

  • Provide strategic leadership of the School’s technology programs and information services, guiding the direction, management, operation of shared information services across the School
  • Lead, guide, and oversee the institutional technology budgeting process
  • Following the School’s mission as well as the guidance of the Director of Educational Technology and other School’s academic leadership, determine the priorities, projects, and future directions of the School's information services
  • Lead and coordinate the development and implementation of integrated, strategic IT plans and policies for the School
  • Maintain client-facing documentation for new and current employees on a variety of systems and applications in common use at the school
  • Consult with administration, faculty, and staff to exchange information, present new approaches, and to discuss equipment/system changes
  • With the Technical Support Manager, conduct vendor contract negotiations for all new computer equipment and software purchased for the School
  • Produce a cost-benefit analysis as well as supporting a detailed definition of data requirements and departmental workflows
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the Technology Department including directing staff who support administrative computing, networking, user services, software development, A/V services, telecommunications and other technical and information functions
  • Assess and anticipate technology projects and recommend appropriate action and resources
  • With the Infrastructure Administrator, assess and mitigate cybersecurity risk in the area of information security by implementing systems and processes for reporting and developing policies to protect the School
  • Manage projects with the Senior Web Developer to maintain and expand the School’s one-of-a-kind web-based infrastructure
  • Propose hardware/software solutions to accomplish the company's business objectives
  • Identify user needs and resolve problems
  • Attend local, regional, and national conferences to seek out personal and School-wide professional development, and to bolster and continue the School’s nationwide leadership in the field of independent school innovation and technology
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of current and developing information systems technology, equipment, and systems

Recommended Employment Qualifications

Master’s Degree, or equivalent; or 6-10 years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience .

Additional Experience

  • Must have exemplary communication skills, and the ability to effectively manage trainings and presentations on complex and sometimes controversial topics to all constituents of the school
  • Must have proven problem solving skills, be self motivated, and adaptable
  • Proven strong analytical skills and interpretation skills required
  • Strong leadership skills are required as a supervisor

Additional Requirements

  • Must be able to comply with background checks, including fingerprints, as required by the agency and / or state regulations
  • Must be committed to work in a diverse environment and inclusive culture that values and respects difference across race, ethnicity, religion, and orientation or identity
  • Must have regular access to reliable vehicle
  • Must possess personal qualifications as required, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene and physical and mental health that do not interfere with responsibilities.

Working Conditions

Evening and weekend hours may be required from time to time. Lifting and carrying of equipment up to 50 pounds may be required. Lifting of at least 50 pounds. Other working conditions include climbing stairs, walking around campus, sitting, standing, and significant computer use including extensive close use of a computer monitor. Working near moving mechanical parts. Working with moderate to loud noise levels (mostly due to computer equipment).

How to Apply

Interested candidates should complete an application and submit their credentials via the McDonogh School Career Portal. Please contact Janet Graham, Director of Human Resources with any questions (