The Kew-Forest School, a Preschool through 12th grade, co-educational day school in Forest Hills, New York, seeks an experienced and dynamic Director of Technology. The Director of Technology is responsible for the overall planning, organization, integration, implementation, and maintenance of all technology functions at the School. In addition to possessing strong organizational, technical, and analytical skills, the ideal candidate is a problem solver with a positive attitude, flexible approach, sense of humor, a high degree of diplomacy, and “can-do” style.
The Director of Technology reports to the Head of School and serves on the School’s eleven-member senior leadership team. The Director of Technology works collaboratively with the Heads of Lower and Middle/Upper School and teachers to spearhead technology initiatives that support teaching and learning and coordinates workshops on instructional applications of various technologies. In collaboration with the Director of Marketing and Communication, the Director of Technology oversees the technical side of the School’s web content platform. The Director of Technology also works collaboratively with the Director of Safety and Security on the security camera, emergency, visitor, and door access systems.
To apply for this position: Please send a single PDF file that includes a cover letter, resume, and name/contact information for three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the position title, Director of Technology, in the subject line.
Provide leadership, vision, and day-to-day management of the technology department, including data network and backup systems, firewall and security issues, databases, servers, printers, and telephone systems.
Develop a strategic and long-range technology plan for the School and develop and manage the School’s computer/device operating and technology department budget.
Remain current on new developments in the areas of software, hardware, networks, telecommunications, training, and maintenance and maintain an active role in the local and state technology community. Identify, evaluate, and recommend new and emerging technologies for classroom and administrative uses or to improve the current infrastructure.
Serve as an account administrator or co-administrator for a variety of online educational resources (e.g., GSuite, Blackbaud onCampus).
Manage inventory of all school-owned or leased equipment including desktops/laptops, Epson BrightLinks smart projectors, phones, copiers, printers, etc.
Provide maintenance and support for all school-owned Chromebooks, classroom technology, office technology, and audio-visual systems throughout the School.
Assess and respond to technology needs as voiced by faculty, administration, and staff and plan and supervise internal and external training of the School’s personnel.
Manage vendor relations, procurement, installation, and implementation of information systems.
Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree, preferred
4+ years of experience in the development, installation, and maintenance of information systems; in an educational environment, preferred
Current and in-depth knowledge of network architecture; telecommunication; wireless, mobile, cloud technologies, and Windows servers and virtualization
Professional technical certifications and/or training from CompTIA A+ and/or Network+, Microsoft, Google for Education, Apple, etc., preferred
Knowledge of administrative and academic database systems, preferred
Strong skills in communications and interpersonal relations within and across multiple constituencies
Willingness to be part of a collaborative environment and work closely with colleagues
Commitment to the diversity, equity, and inclusion work at the School
About THE KEW-FOREST SCHOOL
The Kew-Forest School was founded in its current location in 1918 by Louis D. Marriott and Guy Hinman Catlin. Their objective was to establish “a country day school which has modern equipment, high standards of scholarship and discipline, and a sincere spirit of service.” Kew-Forest opened its doors to neighborhood residents and currently has students from Forest Hills and 40 other communities in Queens, as well as areas of Brooklyn, Long Island, Bronx and Manhattan. Today, the Kew-Forest student body is one of the most diverse and international to be found at any independent school in the country. Kew-Forest students have varied cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds and a majority are multilingual. The current school building, anchored by the original brick building of Georgian architecture, includes lower and upper school wings, a gymnasium/auditorium, a library wing, and a laboratory building on two acres of land. Kew-Forest is in close proximity to public transportation.
The Kew-Forest School is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS), the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the New York State Department ...of Education. The School is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), and the Guild of Independent Schools of New York (GISNY).
MISSION The Kew-Forest School is an intimate early childhood through 12th grade learning community that is small by design, inclusive, and globally representative. Kew-Forest provides a safe, nurturing, and intellectually vigorous environment that inspires every student to explore and expand creative interests, to apply courageous and innovative thinking, and to become an ethical contributor to ever-widening communities. Kew-Forest students develop the skills necessary for pursuing higher education and for acquiring the essential competencies of a responsible citizen.