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Job Opening: Director of Technology at The Achievement School District (TN)

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  • digreenberg
    The organization: The Achievement School District (ASD) represents an unprecedented effort to improve public education opportunities for Tennessee students and
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 2, 2012
      The organization:

      The Achievement School District (ASD) represents an unprecedented effort to improve public education opportunities for Tennessee students and families. Created with bi-partisan legislation as part of Tennessee's successful application for Race to the Top funding, the ASD is a statewide organization dedicated to taking schools currently in the bottom 5% of academic performance and transforming them to perform in the top 25% within 5 years. Approximately 85 schools are currently eligible for transformation, 69 of which are located in Memphis.

      The Achievement School District acts as both an authorizer of charter schools and an independent school operator – recruiting and supporting high-performing charter school organizations as well as managing schools in our partner communities of Memphis, Nashville and Chattanooga. In coordination with Memphis City Schools, the ASD recently announced plans to operate three schools in a high potential `feeder pattern' located in the Frayser neighborhood of Memphis: Corning Elementary, Frayser Elementary, and Westside Middle School.

      For more information please visit - www.achievementschooldistrict.org

      The position:

      The Director of Technology will create and implement technology systems to ensure that our schools have the support required for effective teaching & learning. This role will require long term planning, cross-functional coordination, team leadership, and frequent user training and support. The DoT position will play a critical role in creating a new standard for high-quality operations and service for our principals and staff.

      Key responsibilities:

      IT strategic planning and system design

      -Establish & execute a long-term plan for hardware, data, voice, and other systems
      -Direct the implementation and maintenance of all technology architecture, including network, servers, workstations, connectivity, backup, and information security

      User support / service level management

      -Ensure excellent user support for end-user computers, printers, servers, classroom A/V equipment, computer labs, and other systems
      -Oversee high-quality, accessible training on systems for school staff

      Team leadership

      -Recruit, lead and develop a team to support growing organizational needs
      -Effectively balance our use of internal resources and external vendors

      System administration

      -For hosted services, ensure server maintenance, maximizing bandwidth, connectivity, uptime, and speed
      -Ensure support for networking equipment (incl. switches, routers, access points, wireless controllers, etc)
      -Coordinate the Exchange and Active Directory administration, including distribution lists, mailboxes, message routing, and storage, file permissions, etc
      -Oversee information security, backups, and content filtering
      -Provide support for other technical systems, including communications, student information, website, etc
      -Support and maintain other computer hardware/software

      Technology procurement and vendor management

      -Administer IT purchasing and asset management
      -Negotiate agreements and manage relationships with IT vendors, consultants and suppliers

      Budget and grants management

      -Oversee the network IT budget and provide guidance for school budgets to ensure efficiency and preservation of assets
      -Manage E-rate application, oversee E-rate funds, and support other funding applications

      Application support

      -Evaluate new applications, as well as provide support for systems such as SharePoint, PowerSchool (or other SIS system), and other such proprietary hardware/software


      -Significant experience in IT, with several years managing tech support
      -Relevant degree, certification, or equivalent experience
      -Knowledge of standard networking equipment and design standards (voice & data)
      -Understanding of leading edge technologies, including various knowledge management platforms
      -Familiarity with the following preferred: E-rate; PowerSchool SIS; SharePoint; Google Apps; ZenDesk or Desk.com; Kaseya, KACE, or Ghost; Windows/Mac/Chromebooks; DHCP; FTP; VPN; VOIP; TCP/IP, LAN/WAN

      Ideal Candidate Traits

      -Relentless passion for solving problems and getting results; strong operational focus
      -Self-starter with ability to multitask, establish and rearrange priorities, and maintain focus in a fast-paced environment
      -Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of constituents
      -Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
      -Strong leadership skills and a demonstrated ability to manage
      -Organizational skills and attention to detail
      -Unwavering determination to do whatever it takes to help our students succeed

      The Director of Technology will report to the Director of Data and Technology Strategy, but will have significant flexibility to implement his/ her vision

      This position will be located inMemphis, TN. The Achievement School District is headquartered in Nashville, TN and occasional travel will be required.


      Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience

      Ideal start date:

      Candidates for the Director of Technology position should plan to be ready to begin work as soon as possible with some flexibility depending on candidate qualifications

      Application instructions:

      Apply online at https://achievement.schoolrecruiter.net/ViewJob.aspx?JobID=12

      Please direct any questions to Saumil Shah (sshah@...)
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