Job Summary: The Director of Technology is responsible for providing leadership, planning, and management for the development, acquisition, implementation, and support of the technology infrastructure and information services at Beacon Academy. This position serves on the Senior Administrative Team.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide vision, leadership, and day-to-day management, maintenance, and support of the IT department, including data network and backup systems, WIFI, firewall and security issues, databases, servers, printers, and telephone systems
Coordinate the security and efficiency of the School’s network infrastructure as well as oversee the technical side of the School’s web content platform
Develop a strategic and long-range technology plan (with the Head of School) as well as manage the hardware, software, and services IT budget
Manage vendor relations, procurement, installation, and implementation of information systems
Manage inventory of all school-owned or leased equipment including desktops, laptops, iPads, digital projectors, copiers, printers, etc.
Additional Job Requirements:
Promote the use of technology by identifying, evaluating, and recommending new and emerging technologies for the classroom
Plan and supervise both the internal and external training of the School’s faculty and staff
Assist with the management of the Student Information System (Renweb), including the grade reporting process, teacher Web pages, etc.
Promote the school on local, state, and national levels through conferences, workshops, seminars, and technology associations
Teach a class in computer science, coding, etc.
Qualifications and Skills
Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or equivalent preferred
Competency with administrative and instructional applications of technology
Competency with Google Apps for Education - including Classroom - and Microsoft Office products
Current and in-depth knowledge of network architecture; telecommunication; wireless, mobile, and cloud technologies
Knowledge of administrative and academic database systems
Strong organizational, technical, and analytical skills
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
Ability to problem-solve efficiently, effectively, and diplomatically
Ability to prioritize and effectively manage multiple tasks
Beacon Academy brings together independent school best practices and challenging curriculum with the independence, freedom, and student-centered methods of Montessori. The school’s first ninth and tenth graders experience a learning community that inspires self-motivation and personal challenge and celebrates intellectual, cultural, and socioeconomic diversity. Based in Evanston, but using the ent...irety of Chicago as a classroom, Beacon Academy will ultimately grow to welcome 250-plus students in grades 9-12. By graduation, meaningful internships and community engagement ensure that these young adults have mastered the skills, knowledge, and habits of mind necessary to offer the world their intelligence, confidence, and compassion.