The American School of Dubai (ASD) aims to maintain itself at the forefront of technology education that is built on solid pedagogy, and a holistic innovation vision. The Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) will be responsible for achieving this vision through the allocation of resources, planning and implementation of comprehensive professional development opportunities, as well as the ongoing review of programs. He/she will ensure that adults and students have the skills necessary to ensure that all student performance objectives are met. The CIO will embrace the power of technology in order to reimagine the learning environment, personalize learning pathways, and cultivate collaboration, communication, and innovation within and beyond the walls of ASD.
As a member of the senior leadership team at ASD, the CIO will develop the strategic direction and vision to inform innovation and technology in collaboration with all key stakeholders.
Lead the development and the strategic plan’s Research & Development in the area of technology and innovation.
Ensure that ASD maintains various types of technology and technology-rich spaces that support diverse learning experiences.
Inform the design and set-up of classroom spaces and libraries, ensuring they are consistent and aligned with current research and best practice and encouraging collaboration, creativity and the exchange of ideas and learning.
Support the strategic use technology as an effective communication medium and information source by ensuring the availability of a variety of modern tools.
Develop strategies, approaches and initiative to support and encourage innovation across the divisions.
Recognize promising ideas and develop ways to introduce them into the school’s future plans.
Analyze existing practices to identify areas for improvement or enhancement.
Encourage creative thinking in employees and finds ways to nurture innovative thinking across all divisions and departments.
Follow stakeholder response to new ideas, tracks and analyzes the success of new products or services, and responds to questions or concerns.
Monitor research and development to identify trends in innovation.
Monitor the success (and failures) of new technology initiatives to inform plans and use of tools and applications.
Allocate resources to maintain the school’s existing agenda while accounting for new projects.
Evaluate the progress of innovation and adjusts the pace or direction accordingly.
Evaluate and advise on the use of innovative tools to support faculty to better deliver innovative learning opportunities.
Keep all new projects in line with the school’s mission and maintain consistency with the school’s message.
Ensure that students have appropriate access to technology that enhances their ability to develop their academic and personal learning interests.
Ensure that information & digital literacy standards are seamlessly woven into the curriculum.
Lead the development and interdisciplinary implementation of technology into all curriculum, including but not limited to K-12 STEAM and computer science curriculum. This work is done in collaboration with the Director of Learning and Divisional Principals.
Ensure that ASD has implemented a technology professional development program that enhances the best pedagogical practices for all faculty and staff.
Ensure that ASD provides the structure for teachers to continually expand their capacity to use technology for innovative instruction.
Proactively review the organizational structures to ensure that support is available for the ongoing implementation and improvement of technology and information systems.
Provide all students, faculty and staff with access to the devices they need to allow for appropriate communication, collaboration and innovation.
Assess needs and develop long-range plans for elementary and secondary library media and instructional technology programs.
Develop policies and procedures, consistent with American Library Association and Common Core standards.
Research and recommend appropriate staff, facilities, instructional materials, resources, and equipment to implement the established vision.
Supervise the evaluation of the library media and instructional technology programs, including assessment of resources, equipment, space, curriculum, services, and usage.
Assess needs and prepare the educational media center and instructional technology department budgets.
Participate in the recruitment, interviewing, and assignment of library media and instructional technology staff.
Assist principals in the supervision and evaluation of library and instructional technology staff.
Facilitate and encourage communication among the library media specialists and instructional technology staff to ensure vertical consistency, coherence and alignment.
Actively participate in the planning of a comprehensive orientation program to ensure that all stakeholders are introduced to relevant technology at ASD and to provide ongoing programs of support.
Supervise technology staff in the purchase, installation, maintenance, repair, and updating of technology equipment and resources.
Collaborate with the Directors in the organization to ensure that software systems provide the necessary data and reporting to move the organization forward with data driven decision-making.
Lead the development and implementation of clear guidelines and effective processes for purchasing, renewing and implementation of technology software systems, innovations and applications at ASD.
In collaboration with the IT Director, ensure that ASD maintains the technology infrastructure sufficient to support the introduction of an integrated data and management system and related business office operations.
Conduct an annual review to ensure that the Technology Vision is being met and evaluate the effectiveness of this vision.
Provide leadership in the planning, review, addition and/or elimination of IT tools and programs (databases, programs and applications) in collaboration with members of the IT department and other key stakeholders.
Supervise system administrators of systems such as: powerschool (SIS), google (G-Suite), InResonance (Admissions/Advancement), IDP (Data Dashboards,) SchoolsBuddy (Activity registration and payment), Filemaker Pro (Database), Follet/Destiny (library assessment management), document management and all other systems that are part of ASD Architecture.
In collaboration with the IT Director, oversee the testing of all new systems and upgrades
Collaborate with the IT Director on hardware purchases and manage both capital and operational budget expenditures related to technology
Collaborate with the Director of Advancement on oversight of website
Master’s Degree and active certification with course work emphasis in a field related to education leadership and/or technology/innovation
Prior successful leadership experience
Expert knowledge of the Google Suite
Solid understanding of and experience with cutting edge technologies and innovations that may be utilized by schools
Strong background in IT with the demonstrated ability with systems integration, IT infrastructure, Database administration and network administration
Proven skills in leadership, group facilitation, organization, writing, listening and communications
Desired Qualifications and Personal Characteristics
5 years of classroom teaching experience
Demonstrated competency in project management
Prior experience managing library and media services in a K-12 school setting
Experience implementing or working in an environment with an ERP system
Understands and appreciates the importance of diversity
Demonstrates cultural sensitivity
Demonstrates integrity in all aspects of life
Provides evidence of excellent listening skills
Develops and sustains trust amongst all constituents