With over 1200 students and 150 faculty members from across the Los Angeles metropolitan area, Viewpoint School in Calabasas, CA is a vibrant community of teachers and learners from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The school values all the best principles of a forward-thinking educational institution: excellence, compassion, leadership, individuality, respect, service, and confidence.
Under the stewardship of a new leadership team, Viewpoint is developing a transformative vision, in which technology and innovation will play a key role. From a new innovation space to an exploding robotics program, the educational horizon for creativity and design at Viewpoint is practically endless. With this backdrop, the school has created a critical new leadership position — Chief Innovation Officer — not only to oversee the school’s existing technology department and STEAM programs, but also to develop and implement new initiatives as the school explores bold ideas for curricular change and program growth.
Position: Chief Innovation Officer
Reports to: Head of School
Organization: Viewpoint School
Post date: February 8, 2017
Application deadline: March 6, 2017
Decision announced: March 31, 2017
Start date: July 1, 2017 (or earlier if mutually agreeable)
K-12 VISION FOR TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION
In partnership with the leadership team and with input and participation from the faculty and staff, develop and implement a strategic vision for innovation, academic technology, instructional design, and cross-curricular STEAM initiatives
Ensure that all areas of technology and innovation, from operations and infrastructure to instructional and integration, are aligned with the strategic vision and mission of the school
INTERNAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Design, deliver, and oversee major professional development and growth experiences for faculty in areas of technology integration and instructional design
Inspire the technology team and the broader faculty community to model and support best practices in innovation, technology integration, and curricular research
Help develop a culture of exploration, experimentation, and innovation to meet the dynamic and evolving needs of an excellent 21st century school
MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION
Oversee the entire Technology Department, which is currently about 9.5 FTE
Hire and supervise the managers and directors of each technology functional unit
In addition to supervision, provide exceptional leadership, guidance, and support for all technology integrators, instructional designers, and STEAM-related faculty
Maintain ultimate responsibility for all areas of technology operations, including: academic technology integration, data services, and information technology
Manage and develop the operational and capital technology budgets, and anticipate future technology needs to meet the strategic goals of the school
EXTERNAL PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Under the direction of the Head of School, research, design, and implement initiatives to help the school expand programmatically, operationally, and financially
Establish and maintain local, regional, and national partnerships to support the strategic goals of the innovation and technology program at Viewpoint School
ADMINISTRATION, POLICY, AND PROCEDURES
Establish and evaluate technology policies, procedures, and processes in areas such as: end-user support, data management, network security, compliance, content filtering, hardware deployment, capital investment, and event services
Serve on and/or oversee technology-related committees at the administrative, faculty and staff, and student levels
Ensure that the technology needs of all departments and directors are being met
Other duties as assigned
Professional Qualifications and Personal Qualities
Viewpoint School is looking for candidates who can demonstrate:
A combination of (a) experience managing instructional technology or curricular innovation, and (b) experience managing or administering major components of an organization’s infrastructure technology. 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.
Experience having designed, launched, and managed strategic projects and curricular innovations, ideally in a large educational organization.
Significant experience as a leader of people, including: direct supervision, project management, personnel growth, staff training, and committee stewardship.
Other areas of technology leadership, including: enterprise systems management, end-user training and support, setting and designing policies, and financial planning.
Senior administrative experience in an educational institution.
Experience working in a technology department of an educational institution. Prior classroom teaching experience is desirable.
An ability to inspire visionary thinking among junior staff, while ensuring that operational and tactical needs are being met across the organization.
Experience connecting disparate initiatives together into a unified arc, and in particular experience uniting innovative curricular programs across multiple divisions.
A passion for educational technology, information systems, instructional design, pedagogical research, professional growth, and innovative curricular ideas.
Excellent relational and communication skills.
A successful history of implementing and growing large-scale professional development experiences, preferably for educators.
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 aligned with the needs of a dynamic and diverse faculty and staff.
Capability to lift up to 25 pounds and access hardware in hard-to-reach spaces.
Ed Tech Recruiting is acting on behalf of Viewpoint School to recruit exceptional professionals to fill this extraordinary opportunity. Please direct any inquiries to:
Principal, Ed Tech Recruiting
Applications will be considered through March 6, 2017. Candidates should send the following five separate PDF attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Cover letter introducing yourself to the Viewpoint School search committee
CV or résumé
A list of four references (include each person’s name, organization, title, phone number and email, though we will obtain your permission first before contacting references)
A no more than two-page document summarizing two innovative educational initiatives that you designed, led, and implemented, and what you learned in doing so
Statement of educational philosophy that addresses the following prompt:
What excites you the most about the future of education? In what areas of education do you hope independent K-12 schools will take more risks and invest more resources? What are some bold examples of innovation in independent school education, from which other successful schools could learn invaluable lessons?
A member of the California and National Associations of Independent Schools, Viewpoint School enrolls 1,200 boys and girls in Kindergarten through Twelfth Grades, on 40 acres in suburban Los Angeles. In September 2011, the School completed construction of its final phase of the $57 million dollar Master Plan, and opened a 75,000 square foot Upper School academic building and gymnasium. Recently ...the School opened a new Primary School building for Grades K-2 with an innovation space and library serving students in Grades K-5. The School graduates approximately 120 seniors every year. The School offers 26 AP classes and 16 Honors classes, is a member of the Cum Laude Society, and sends its graduates to a wide variety of colleges, including the most selective.