Phillips Brooks School (PBS) in Menlo Park, California, offers a child-centered education that balances outstanding academics and a fully integrated social-emotional learning program. PBS is embarking on a new chapter for its teaching and learning program, eager to incorporate the best principles of academic technology.
PBS has created a new role, Director of Educational Technology, to lead its technology program. Under the supervision of the Director of Teaching and Learning and in collaboration with the senior leadership of the school, the Director of Educational Technology will support the integration of technology, develop a new vision for innovation and design, and oversee IT support and operations. In addition, this new position will be responsible for uniting multiple aspects of the technology program, establishing an overall IT strategy, and creating a plan to lead/mentor teachers in delivering a first-class approach to technology integration into the curriculum.
Position: Director of Educational Technology
Reports to: Director of Teaching and Learning
Organization: Phillips Brooks School
Post date: March 1, 2017
Application deadline: March 20, 2017
Decision announced: April 9, 2017
Start date: July 1, 2017 (or earlier if mutually agreeable)
Working under the direction of the Director of Teaching and Learning, develop and implement a strategic vision for innovation, academic technology, instructional design, and cross-curricular initiatives
Design, deliver, and manage major professional development and growth experiences for faculty in areas of technology integration and instructional design
Evaluate emerging technology and assessment tools, and guide senior academic leaders on strategic and operational decisions involving instructional technology hardware, software, and programs
Assess the effectiveness of, and lead efforts to improve, the school’s implementation of technology tools for instructional purposes
Inspire the technology team and the broader faculty community to model and support best practices in innovation, technology integration, and instructional design
Establish strong partnerships with members of the faculty to develop and implement dynamic classroom projects involving technology integration
Teach or co-teach lessons and classes as directed
Serve on and/or oversee technology-related committees
Maintain an active presence in the local, regional, and national educational technology communities
Establish partnerships with outside organizations to support the strategic goals of the educational technology program at PBS
Oversee the technology team
Ensure successful administration of the IT infrastructure, including: network, hardware, data, performance, access, and security
Ensure the successful deployment of hardware, software, and systems
Ensure that all members of the community receive sufficient training and support
Support and guide school leadership on strategic and operational decisions involving technology infrastructure and enterprise data systems
Plan and oversee transitional projects related to enterprise data systems
Work with the technology team to develop the operational and capital technology budgets, and anticipate future technology needs to meet the strategic goals of the school
Establish and evaluate technology policies, procedures, and processes in areas such as: end-user support, data management, network access, and content filtering
Ensure the school maintains high-quality third-party vendor relationships
Other duties as assigned
Professional Qualifications and Personal Qualities
PBS is looking for candidates who can demonstrate:
Experience with both academic technology integration and IT services, 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, education, or related field is highly desirable.
Experience leading workshops, trainings, and projects related to technology integration, instructional design, end-user training, and technology support.
Experience as a supervisor of employees, preferably in an educational or technology setting.
Experience administering enterprise systems and leading major projects to transition from one system to another.
Classroom teaching experience.
Excellent organizational skills.
A desire to develop deep connections and partnerships with faculty and staff.
A reliable work ethic, built on principles of follow-through, dependability, attention to detail, and a passion for delivering high quality work.
Authentic interest and experience with areas such as design thinking, programming, and maker.
An eye on the horizon of emerging educational technology systems and paradigms, with an understanding of how to thoughtfully explore and evaluate such opportunities.
Strong communication skills — written, verbal, presentation, and training — that support a community of diverse technology learners and adopters.
A collaborative, cooperative, and patient mindset.
Visionary leadership that is in tune with the needs of a dynamic faculty.
Capability to lift up to 25 pounds and access hardware in hard-to-reach spaces.