For many organizations, excellence invites complacency. For a select few, like Westminster in the beautiful northwest suburbs of Atlanta, excellence inspires innovation.
Westminster is a national leader in K-12 education and enjoys an enviable position among independent schools. Westminster attracts talented, ambitious students and gifted, dedicated faculty members. This combination, supported with exceptional resources and facilities, has led to impressive academic, athletics, and artistic outcomes. Such measures of success and a strong emphasis on personal character and spiritual development have allowed Westminster to fulfill the aspirations of its founders and its mission statement.
Over the last several years, Westminster leadership has also realized that education is changing dramatically, and so, too, must this 180-acre institution with its 1,870 students and nearly 300 faculty members. In particular, the school has doubled down on its investment in and reliance on technology for both academic and non-academic affairs. Westminster seeks a chief information officer to oversee its technology department, which has been operating under interim leadership during the 18-19 school year. In addition to being the department-in-chief, the CIO will serve as a strategic partner with other directors and leadership team members, particularly in the area of enterprise data systems. The chief information officer reports to the president and is a member of the leadership team.
For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.
Post Date: April 25, 2019
Application Deadline: May 22, 2019
Decision Announced: June 26, 2019
Start Date: July 15, 2019
- Oversee and evaluate the deployment of all hardware, software, and systems from various perspectives, including: cost-effectiveness; customer satisfaction; compliance; asset management; migration, rollout, and transition; and performance
- Establish, evaluate, and adjust service and staffing levels, methods, and procedures
- Oversee the hiring, supervision, evaluation, and growth of all technology staff, and ensure that the department structure is aligned with school’s needs and goals
- Develop and implement the department budget; evaluate internal IT systems for performance, efficiency, and customer satisfaction; and oversee and manage all accounts, contracts and financial issues related to the department.
- Ensure IT data security, risk management, disaster recovery and planning processes are in place and receive regular review for currency and adequacy
- Coordinate technology projects with other departments and outside entities
- Other duties as assigned
Leadership and strategy
- Develop and maintain strategic and operational plans for technology that are aligned with departmental needs, school values, and organizational culture
- Lead and direct IT governance, planning, policy development, and procedures, including those for architecture, security, disaster recovery, standards, purchasing, hardware and software deployment, and service provision
- Maintain effective communications with the president and VP for finance and operations regarding department direction, performance, operations, and planning
- Anticipate the needs of diverse constituents, monitoring trends and innovations in the industry and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership
- Serve on and/or oversee technology-related committees, both strategic and tactical
- Facilitate the development of strategic alliances with other appropriate organizations to leverage Westminster’s information technology resources
- Serve as an actively engaged member of the leadership team
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is a minimum requirement, though a graduate degree in management, information systems, information technology or other relevant field is highly desirable
- Director-level knowledge of organizational management, staff supervision and development, and setting and achieving departmental goals
- Significant experience in systems and technology planning, development and implementation, including: enterprise systems design and administration, instructional technology innovation, dataflow and data interoperability, project management, fiscal planning and oversight, end-user training, and plant redesign
- Director-level knowledge of the principles and practices of information technology management in a large organizational setting, including client services, compliance, risk management, backup, recovery, network, security, and policy development
Leadership and Personal Qualities:
- An ability to plan and oversee concurrent technology-related programs and projects, combined with strong motivational skills to ensure completion and success
- An ability to analyze and resolve complex situations involving personnel management, competing priorities, constituent needs, and operational issues
- An ability to build consensus among diverse groups, facilitate critical discussions, and provide confidence to colleagues during times of transition
- A thoughtful but determined approach to departmental objectives and leadership—while still remaining committed to overall organizational goals
- A collaborative, cooperative, empathetic, collegial, innovative, and patient mindset
- Strong communication skills: written, verbal, presentation, and training
- Genuine commitment to growing formal leadership capacity in a structured, dynamic, complex program with other leadership team colleagues
- An understanding of the diverse technology needs and organizational complexities of a large, independent, high-achieving K-12 school
- Inspirational, pragmatic, diplomatic, and patient leadership
- Confidence and humility, together with a sense of humor and warm personality
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