Director of Technology
3245 Sheffield Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602
Redwood Day's K-8 program includes over 400 students and 80+ faculty and staff, all learning together on our 4-acre campus in the heart of Oakland. Everything we do is designed to keep every child engaged and growing. Academically, that means a world-class curriculum, the best teachers, and a focus on the individual student. Socially and emotionally, we teach students to work through challenges, respect each other's differences, and honor their diverse community. We find great strength in multiple perspectives and embrace every opportunity to weave diversity in thought and action into our social, emotional, and academic lives.
The Director of Technology reports to the Head of School and CFOO and is responsible for the operation of academic and information technology in line with the mission, vision and operational objectives of the School. The Director of Technology plans, coordinates, directs, and designs all operational activities of the Technology department, as well as provides direction and support for all faculty and staff at Redwood Day. The Director of Technology works closely with decision makers in other departments to identify, recommend, develop, implement, and support cost-effective technology solutions for all aspects of the school’s functions.
Essential Job Requirements
● Bachelor’s Degree and/or experience in Information Technology, Educational Technology, or Computer Science required, Master’s degree preferred
● 3-5+ years of experience leading a school IT department or department in technology related field
● Demonstrated ability to apply information technology in solving business problems
● Demonstrated knowledge of instructional technology hardware, software, and related web-based or other tools, information technology, systems management, as well as network development and management
● Demonstrated success working with faculty in all disciplines to identify instructional needs to enable/enhance student learning
● Familiar with relational databases and client-server concepts
● Experience with Blackbaud Education Management Solutions and JAMF
● Experience with Google Admin Console and Google Apps for Education
● Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills with equally strong presentation skills and the ability to communicate effectively at all levels in the organization
● Strong working technical knowledge and experience with maintenance, administration and implementation of multiple operating system and server platforms
● Familiarity with applicable laws and regulations as they relate to information and technology issues
● Effective negotiation and vendor management skills
● Strong supervisory, organizational, technical, and analytical skills
● Ability to coach, develop and mentor staff
● Willingness to be very hands-on in the day-to-day operations of the technology department
● Physical requirements - this position requires occasional lifting of objects up to 30lbs
Essential Job Functions
● Develops a strategic and long-range technology plan for the school, regularly updates the plan with input from the Technology Department team members
● Provides leadership, vision, and day-to-day management of the technology department, including data network and backup systems, firewall and security issues, databases, servers, printers, telephone systems, overhead paging, bell system and other related areas
● Coordinates the identification of, and plans for, future technology needs
● Collaborates with the Technology Integration Specialist, Division Directors and Head of School on specific needs and growth opportunities to spearhead technology initiatives that support teaching and learning across the grades
● Serves as the lead technology liaison to the Division Directors, non-academic Directors, and administrative teams
● Remains current on new developments in the areas of software, hardware, networks, telecommunications, training, and maintenance
● Networks with local, regional, and national technology associations
● Supervises the technology team including the Technology Integration Specialist and Systems Administrator and conducts annual performance reviews
● Sets a vision for the technology department, motivating team members to contribute to the success of the team and the School
● Provides mentorship to team members to help them grow professionally
● Member of the Technology Committee and collaborates to create technology policy, anticipate planning needs, monitor and review technology plans, future needs, long-term strategies, proposals, etc.
● Develops and maintains the department budget, including technology capital expenses
● Coordinates the evaluation, purchase, deployment, monitoring, maintenance, development, and support of all hardware and software based on departmental needs, including managing inventory and determining best use of retired equipment
● Collaborates with the Technology Integration Specialist to evaluate existing hardware and software, recommend new programs, configure software, and budget accordingly
● Provide technical assistance and training regarding device usage, software applications, and the general instructional use of technology in the classroom and non-academic related departments
● Collaborates with the Systems Administrator to support and troubleshoot problems relating to hardware and software
● In partnership with the Technology Integration Specialist, promotes the use of technology to support classroom learning and optimize student achievement
● Oversees and reviews the systems and network architecture of the school in collaboration with the Systems Administrator
● Monitors all student and staff network privileges
● Ensures the coordination, security, and efficiency of network infrastructure
● Problem-solves any faults with the network and other technology hardware and software
● Develops and maintains the school’s databases and internal and external networks
● Develops, coordinates, and teaches workshops and classes on instructional and administrative applications of various technologies
● Manages vendor relations, procurement, installation, and implementation of information systems and hardware
● Manages and maintains the School’s Student Information System/ Learning Management System
● Collaborates with the Systems Administrator to manage and maintain the Google Workspace, including maillists and groups
● Assists with ERB test coordination and deployment
● Assists with AV equipment set-up for School assemblies and events
● Provides backup support for the Help Desk when necessary to meet demand
● Actively pursues relevant professional development
Schedule and Hours
This is a full-time, exempt position. Standard hours are 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Monday – Friday.
Redwood Day offers competitive compensation and benefits.
ApplyPlease submit a cover letter, resume, and Redwood Day Application Form electronically by May 27, 2022, to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls, please.
Limitations and Disclaimer
The listed job responsibilities are meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities associated with the position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with Federal and State Laws. Continued employment remains on an "at-will" basis. All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Offers contingent on passing background check and TB test.
Redwood Day is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available person in every job. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race (including traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles), religion (including religious beliefs, observance or practice, including religious dress or grooming practices), color, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, transitioned, transitioning or perceived to be transitioning), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy and breastfeeding, age, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, military and veteran status, and physical or mental disability, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. It also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. In addition, Redwood Day does not permit discrimination based on dressing consistently with one’s gender identity or gender expression, or preferred gender, name, or pronoun usage.
Authorized Employment Status
As required by federal law, all offers of employment are contingent on verification of an applicant or employee’s authorization for lawful employment in the United States at the start of their employment. Please note, the School does not sponsor applicants for employment-related visas.
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