Director of Technology

Qualifications

Education & Certification

  • University degree required. Master's degree preferred.
  • Supervisor Certification preferred.

Knowledge & Experience

  • Commitment to education and dedication to the Montclair Public Schools' Mission and Vision demonstrating the belief that all children, regardless of circumstances, can achieve at high levels
  • Demonstrated passion and belief that all students can achieve success through education
  • Capability to work independently, develop strategies, and build alliances to reach stated professional development goals
  • Superior understanding of the district's goals and objectives.
  • Strong written, oral communication, and public speaking skills
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and ability to work cooperatively with different types of personalities
  • 3 years experience managing and/or directing an IT operation.
  • Experience in strategic planning and execution.
  • Working knowledge of a current Student Information System and NJSMART reporting requirements, preferably Genesis.
  • Considerable knowledge of business theory, business processes, management, budgeting, and IT office operations.
  • Experience in an educational environment required.
  • Substantial exposure to data processing, hardware platforms, enterprise software applications, enterprise infrastructure, and networking
  • Experience with Cisco network products including switches, routers, and VoIP products.
  • Experience with virtual server systems and storage.
  • Experience with Windows servers systems.
  • Exposure to environments running a mixed platform of Windows and Macintosh preferred.
  • Good understanding of computer systems characteristics, features, and integration capabilities.
  • Experience with systems design and development from educational and business requirements analysis through to day-to-day management.
  • Proven experience in IT planning, organization, and development.
  • Excellent understanding of project management principles.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply IT in solving educational and business problems.
  • In-depth knowledge of applicable laws and regulations as they relate to IT.
  • Strong understanding of human resource management principles, practices, and procedures.
  • Proven leadership ability.
  • Proven ability to manage a team

Personal Attributes

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Strong negotiating skills.
  • Ability to present ideas in business-friendly and user-friendly language.
  • Exceptionally self-motivated and directed.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Superior analytical, evaluative, and problem-solving abilities.
  • Exceptional service orientation.
  • Ability to motivate in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.

Work Conditions

  • On-call availability outside of normal business hours including weekends and evenings
  • Sitting for extended periods of time
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse, and other computing equipment.
  • Physical lifting of up to 40 pounds
  • Drivers license and mode of transportation for travel throughout the district on a regular basis

Responsible to Superintendent

Job Goal

The Director of Technology's role is to provide vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology initiatives in a school district environment. Reporting to the Superintendent, the Director of Technology directs the planning and implementation of enterprise IT systems in support of educational and business operations in order to improve cost effectiveness, service level quality, and development. This individual is responsible for all aspects of the organization's information technology and systems.

Performance Responsibilities

Strategy & Planning

  • Participate in strategic and operational governance processes of the district's organization as a member of the senior staff.
  • Lead IT strategic and operational planning to achieve educational and business goals by fostering innovation, prioritizing IT initiatives, and coordinating the evaluation, deployment, and management of current and future IT systems across the organization.
  • Develop and maintain an appropriate IT organizational structure that supports the needs of the district.
  • Establish IT departmental goals, objectives, and operating procedures as they relate to the district short long term technology plans.
  • Identify opportunities for the appropriate and cost-effective investment of financial resources in IT systems and resources, including staffing, sourcing, purchasing, and in-house development.
  • Assess and communicate risks associated with IT investments and projects.
  • Develop, track, and control the information technology annual operating and capital budgets.
  • Develop business case justifications and cost/benefit analyses for IT spending and initiatives.
  • Direct development and execution of an enterprise-wide disaster recovery and business continuity plan.
  • Assess and make recommendations on the improvement or re-engineering of the IT organization.

Acquisition & Deployment

  • Coordinate and facilitate consultation with stakeholders to define educational, business and systems requirements for new technology implementations.
  • Approve, prioritize, and control projects and the project portfolio as they relate to the selection, acquisition, development, and installation of major infrastructure and information systems.
  • Review hardware and software acquisition and maintenance contracts and pursue master agreements to capitalize on economies of scale.
  • Define and communicate plans, policies and standards for the organization for acquiring, implementing and operating all technology systems.

Operational Management

  • Ensure continuous delivery of technology services through oversight of service level agreements with end users and monitoring of IT systems performance.
  • Ensure IT system operation and users adhere to applicable laws and regulations including all FERPA requirements.
  • Establish lines of control for current and proposed information systems.
  • Keep current with trends and issues in the IT industry, including current technologies and prices. Advise, counsel, and educate district staff, faculty and management on their competitive or financial impact.
  • Promote and oversee strategic relationships between internal IT resources and external entities, including local government, vendors, and partner organizations.
  • Supervise recruitment, development, retention, and organization of all IT staff in accordance with budgetary objectives and personnel policies.
  • Manage team of Network Administrator, Manager of Technical Services, Manager of Data System, other IT support staff and Computer/Technology/Data Analysts.

School-Level Support

  • Provide leadership and vision around educational technology and the integration of technology for/with instruction.
  • Visit classrooms and communicate with instructional staff to identify technology needs to support instruction as well as leveraging technology in the delivery of instruction.
  • Provide support to school leaders in decision-making around technology integration.
  • Collaborate with Senior Staff Members to support the following school needs:
    • Assistive Technology with the Director of Pupil Services
    • Budget and Operations, Facilities and IT maintenance with the Business Administrator and Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds
    • Instructional Technology with the Director of Curriculum and Instruction
    • Professional Development and Training for instructional technology with the Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Terms

12 month as contracted, salary and benefits; non-affiliated, as determined by the Board.

Evaluation

Performance of this job will be evaluated annually in accordance with the Board's policy on evaluation of certified staff.

The Montclair Public School District encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category.

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