In the northwest part of the country sits a hundred-year-old educational institution synonymous with entrepreneurship and excellence. Lakeside School, a grades 5-12 independent school in Seattle, has been educating pioneers for decades—including two friends who later went on to found a small software firm called Microsoft. But Lakeside does not only graduate leaders—it hires them. Seven current heads of school across the United States can trace their roots back to Lakeside, where over two hundred faculty and staff thrive in a dynamic and invigorating work environment.
Now, Lakeside seeks a director of technology to run a mission-critical department that includes IT, systems, and instructional technology responsibilities. But true to Lakeside form, the school seeks someone with skills, talents, and most importantly interest in broad-scale leadership in the future. This is an institution that launched Global Online Academy and The Downtown School of Seattle, and more big ideas are in the works. The director of technology reports to the assistant head of school and starts July 1, 2020—or earlier by mutual agreement.
For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.
- Post Date: September 3, 2019
- Application Deadline: October 9, 2019 at 11:59pm PDT
- On-site Semifinal Round: October 26, 2019
- On-site Final Round: Week of November 11
- Decision Announced: December 1, 2019
- Start Date: July 1, 2020, or earlier by mutual agreement
Information Technology and Instructional Technology
- Under the supervision of the assistant head of school / chief financial officer, oversee all operations of the technology department, including the hiring, supervision, evaluation, and growth of all technology staff.
- Assess the effectiveness of, and lead efforts to improve, the school’s implementation of technology tools for instructional and operational purposes.
- Inspire the technology team and the faculty community to model and explore best practices in innovation, technology integration, and instructional design.
- Manage the deployment of IT infrastructure, hardware, and systems at both Lakeside campuses and at The Downtown School.
- Design, manage, and evaluate technology-related faculty and staff trainings, and ensure that all members of the community receive sufficient training and support.
- Establish and evaluate technology policies, procedures, and processes in areas such as: end-user support, data management, network access, and content filtering.
- Ensure IT security, purchasing, risk management, disaster recovery and planning processes are in place and receive regular review for currency and adequacy.
- Manage vendor relationships and third-party installation projects.
Leadership and Administration
- Working closely with both assistant heads of school and other leaders, develop a mission-aligned technology strategy that inspires and serves faculty and staff.
- Develop and maintain departmental budgets, policies, and procedures.
- Establish partnerships and relationships with external organizations, and maintain an active presence in the local and national technology communities.
- Develop and maintain strategic and operational plans that are aligned with departmental needs, school mission and values, and organizational culture.
- Anticipate the needs of diverse constituents, monitoring trends and innovations in the industry and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership.
- Serve on the director’s group, which is led by the head of school.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is a minimum requirement, though a graduate degree is highly desirable
- Experience leading departments and supervising employees, preferably in an educational institution, and/or in a department of technology
- Experience designing, implementing, and overseeing professional development
- Experience with technology planning and management in one or more of the following areas: enterprise IT, client services, data and systems management, and instructional technology and design
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
- Passion and interest for managing all areas of technology—IT, data/systems, and instructional—even if prior experiences in these areas are not equal
- A thoughtful but determined approach to departmental objectives and individual staff growth—while remaining attuned to the school’s mission, values, and goals
- Immersion in diversity work, both in training and in implementation
- Inspirational, pragmatic, and diplomatic leadership that is sensitive to the needs of a dynamic and diverse faculty
- An ability to build consensus among diverse groups, facilitate critical discussions, and provide confidence to colleagues during times of transition
- 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, high-achieving, multidivisional, and independent school
- A commitment to Lakeside’s mission and values
- Confidence and humility, together with a sense of humor and warm personality
For more information please download the opportunity statement, which contains complete application instructions: