Experiential. Progressive. Experimental. Democratic. Environmental. These are values to which many schools aspire, but few actually achieve. One step onto the campus of The Athenian School, situated at the base of the rolling hills of Mt. Diablo State Park on the outskirts of the beautiful San Francisco East Bay region, and you’ll know right away that this is a school living these values. How many other schools construct a nearly four-week wilderness experience for the junior class and also support those same students as they spend multiple years pursuing their own construction project: a two-seater aircraft? How many schools seek environmental grants and awards with zeal—not to collect trophies, but to ignite an international movement of environmental responsibility?
At a school like Athenian with such a well-established sense of culture and identity, technology strategy must align with the School’s mission and spread through personal relationships. Teachers want a thought partner who will listen, inspire, and enable intellectual experimentation via educational technology. Senior administrators want a leader to facilitate generative discussions exploring and debating innovative technologies that other schools might deploy merely to keep up with trends.
The Athenian School seeks a Director of Educational Technology to lead its technology program—instructional, systems, and IT. Although the Director will be responsible for all aspects of technology, Athenian’s technology leader must be an educator first and bring a passion for supporting curricular innovation. The Director will report to an all-school curriculum administrator, the Director of Teaching and Learning.
For more information please download the opportunity statement, which contains complete application instructions:
Post Date: February 12, 2018
Application Deadline: March 12, 2018
Decision Announced: April 12, 2018
Start Date: July 1, 2018 (or earlier if mutually agreeable)
Working in partnership with the Director of Teaching and Learning, develop a mission-aligned educational technology strategy that inspires and serves faculty.
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 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.
Establish partnerships with outside organizations to support the strategic goals of the educational technology program at Athenian.
Oversee the IT team and third-party vendor partners.
Ensure that IT infrastructure, hardware, and systems are successfully deployed and meeting end-user needs.
Ensure that recommended changes from IT audits are successfully implemented.
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.
Ensure that IT and systems transitional projects are successfully managed.
Establish and evaluate technology policies, procedures, and processes in areas such as: end-user support, data management, network access, and content filtering.
Serve on or lead committees related to technology and academics.
Maintain an active presence in the local and national technology communities.
Develop and maintain departmental budgets, policies, and procedures.
Perform other duties as assigned.
PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS AND PERSONAL QUALITIES
The Athenian School is looking for candidates who can demonstrate:
Experience with academic technology integration and relevant professional training. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is a minimum requirement, though a graduate degree in management, educational technology, education, or related field is highly desirable.
A capacity to lead a school’s IT program.
A commitment to Athenian’s mission and values.
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.
Classroom teaching experience, preferably in a school setting with grades 6 – 12.
Excellent organizational skills.
A desire to develop deep connections and partnerships with faculty and staff.
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, presentational, and instructional—that support a community of diverse technology learners and adopters.
A collaborative, cooperative, and growth mindset.
Integrity, empathy, and a commitment to equity and inclusion.
A consensus-building leadership style.
Humility, patience, and good humor.
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.
About The Athenian School
The Athenian School is a distinctive independent school that prepares its students for college and for lives of meaning and purpose. Athenian encourages students to become life-long learners and infuses them with confidence, independence, personal responsibility and a sense of community. Enrollment in grades 6-12 is 524 students, including 58 boarding students, 48 of whom are international students. For more information about Athenian’s unique educational program, applicants are encouraged to visit our website: www.athenian.org.
Every employee is an Athenian community member, and as such, embraces the cornerstones of Athenian’s philosophy: respect; open, direct communication; honesty; fairness; responsibility; and dedication to the students in their intellectual and personal growth. Additionally, active support for environmental conservation, international understanding, equity, inclusion, justice, participatory government, outdoor education, and service is essential. Cultural competence is an expectation of employment for all teaching and professional staff at Athenian. As a school that from its founding has valued the worth and integrity of each individual, we ar...e particularly interested in candidates with a proven commitment to teaching and working in a diverse, multicultural setting.
Athenian School strives to attract and retain a faculty and staff of the highest caliber. We have a unique community here, filled with many differing opinions, backgrounds, ideologies and experiences. We have students from all over the globe, our families include a mom and a dad, two moms, two dads, single parents, guardians and stepparents. We have many faiths and those who are non-observant. We represent all income levels. What we share is a belief in Athenian’s mission. By embracing diversity in all forms — gender and gender identity, sexuality, faith, ethnicity, socio-economic status — we encourage students to take intellectual risks, to challenge their own assumptions and to learn to work collaboratively as global citizens and advocates for positive change. We ask that all candidates take time to read about Athenian’s history and philosophy.
The Athenian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, faith, sex, gender or gender expression, age, ability, sexual orientation, familial or marital status. The Athenian School is actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and as such, we encourage people of color and members of the LGBTIQ community to apply.