Sandy Spring Friends School seeks a Director of Technology responsible for the development, management, and evaluation of all information technology services in support of administrative and academic needs. The Director, in conjunction with technology department staff, provides strategic planning and coordination for the use of technology at SSFS to enable and enhance institutional/enterprise functions. The Technology Director supervises information technology (IT) staff and as an integral member of this team, accomplishes both the daily work and long-term goals of the School. Occasional weekend and evening hours will be required.
Essential Job Functions:
Assess current and future school technology needs for administrative, staff, and operations; help shape the School’s strategic vision and planning for technology use; collaborate with the Inquiry Guides (IG) Director to support and plan for academic curriculum and other learning program needs; facilitate close collaboration between the IT team and the IG team in service to the School’s program and administrative needs; project and plan, in concert with other senior administrators, the budgetary needs for technology; and participate in School planning for security, crisis response, and business continuity. This position also includes oversight of the phone system, computer network, servers, and licensing.
Commitment to Diversity
Sandy Spring Friends School embraces the Quaker testimony of Equality and seeks applicants who represent all backgrounds and demonstrate a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We greatly value our diverse student population with 42% of students self-identifying as people of color and 89 international students representing 21 different countries. We actively seek faculty representative of our students’ diversity. Click to learn more about diversity at Sandy Spring Friends School. Special consideration may be given to members of The Religious Society of Friends.
Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring and other school-administered programs.
Physical Requirements: Daily desk work including significant amounts of telephone and computer time, as well as mobility around a large campus with uneven pavement, to work with staff and attend meetings. This includes frequent walking as well as managing stairs as a part of daily routines and response to technology support requests. Lifting, carrying, and positioning computer equipment such as printers, desktop computers, and peripheral devices, which may be heavy or awkward.
Knowledge and Skill Set Requirements: A Bachelor’s degree (Master's preferred) in Computer Science, Technology, Network Administration, or a related, relevant area; experience with institution-wide (preferably a school setting) information technology systems management; experience with effectively supervising the work of others and creating a collaborative, harmonious work environment; and the ability to make a technical subject accessible to those without technical training is essential.
About Sandy Spring Friends School
Founded in 1961, Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, academically-rigorous day and boarding school serving approximately 600 students from age three through 12th grade. The campus is located on 140 acres in the historic Sandy Spring area of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the School is approved by the Maryland State Board of Education and accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.
SSFS offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program that emphasizes deep understanding throughout the curriculum while encouraging collaboration, instilling confidence, fostering practical experience, and cultivating respect for others. The School's teachers help students internalize a process we call "QRA” —Question, Reflection, Action—which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world.
Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and p...eaceful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each student’s intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. In doing so, we help shape students whose actions speak volumes and whose lives become exemplars—not only among their peers and families today but also in their personal, educational, and professional communities long after high school. Sandy Spring Friends School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond.