Position Description: IT Director

The IT Director will establish a bold vision for Concordia International School Ningbo, to be a leader in educational and administrative technology, with a focus on classroom-based applications that support assessment and instruction. 


The IT Director sets up and provides the technology infrastructure necessary to support staff in improving instructional outcomes, teacher effectiveness, administrative leadership, record keeping, data analysis, and school communication with internal and external audiences. 


The role supports school administrators in making informed decisions about hardware and software for administrative purposes and in using the technology infrastructure to the greatest advantage to achieve the schools’ mission and vision. 


The IT Director is responsible for the set-up and integration of cost-effective applications of technological hardware and software into all aspects of the teaching-learning process, with an emphasis on the use of instructional technology as a means of accelerating, deepening, and expanding student achievement.  


OUR MISSION:
The mission of CONCORDIA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL NINGBO, is to provide a rigorous globally focused education that fosters inquiry, knowledge and compassion, and nurtures the pursuit of life-long learning.

OUR VISION:

  • We inspire students to reach their potential by developing their unique talents and skills through a challenging and quality international curriculum.
  • Our School continuously strives for excellence in teaching and learning by providing a supportive and caring learning environment which encourages compassion, co-operation and respect among nationalities, cultures and individuals. 
  • We focus on the development of the whole child, and each child. 
  • We prepare students to be future ready.
  • Our caring, compassionate setting for learning stimulates student self-confidence and independence at all developmental stages.
  • We prepare our students to be world citizens. 
  • Our school will become known as the premier international school in Ningbo and will set the standard for quality international education in Zhejiang Province and beyond.


OUR VALUES:

We believe:

  • All students should be treated with dignity and respect.
  • Students have a right to an education that enables them to develop their academic potential, self-esteem, and self-confidence.
  • Students should have access to a quality curriculum and instruction program that develops critical thinking skills and scholarly achievement. 
  • Students, teachers, and parents should work in harmony to ensure each child’s educational growth and personal development. 
  • Our classrooms are a positive and supportive learning environment focused on the whole child.
  • Our school is a place where families, students and teachers can develop and share achievements together. 


POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Provides a robust technology infrastructure that supports not only current but also emerging and potential technologies throughout the school, including hardware and mobile devices used to access information from the student information system, databases, and the school website.  
  • Guides and monitors the application of instructional technology and provides input into the selection of hardware and software for educational purposes. 
  • Provides leadership for integrating technology into the instructional framework, with an emphasis on enhancing student outcomes, teacher effectiveness, and school-family communications.  
  • Provides leadership and implementation of schoolwide functions involving computer networks, telecommunications, cloud storage, and other technological devices and applications germane to administrative purposes.
  • Provides and/or directs the provision of professional development related to instructional and administrative uses of technology.  
  • Promotes the school’s technology vision and long-range plan to meet the present and future needs of school staff and students and to achieve school goals. 
  • Provides leadership for the design, configuration, operation and maintenance of a robust technology infrastructure that supports current and emerging technologies, such as mobile and hand-held wireless devices. 
  • Directs the design and administration of operational systems and servers (e.g., email systems, autodialers, voice and video systems, directory services, print queues, device assignments, mass storage systems, backup systems, disaster recovery, security, antivirus, spyware) and ensures availability of services to all authorized users.  
  • Analyzes technology needs in consultation with school leaders and end users; recommends updates, replacements or enhancements of hardware and/or software; and manages the purchase, delivery, and installation of new systems. 
  • Oversees the selection, implementation, and operation of student information and databases for the management and reporting of all student-related information. The desired system will include an online parent portal that enables parents to monitor their children’s attendance, behavior, and academic performance, and to communicate with school staff.  
  • The system will have import/export capabilities for interfacing with related systems such as transportation, nutrition services, special education, library systems, autodialer systems, and online student learning systems.  
  • Provides leadership for the establishment and maintenance of Business Intelligence applications, such as the integration of administrative technology for financial and Human Resources systems.  
  • Establishes and oversees a schoolwide electronic imaging and document management system to reduce the need for storage space for paper archives and to improve access to records.
  • Establishes a Help Desk that works with in-building technology support and repair services to support end users in the school’s offices.  
  • Works with school leaders to ensure that delivery of professional development for all personnel routinely incorporates technology, particularly applications relevant for the classroom, including opportunities for some components of professional development to be delivered online and other components to be embedded. 
  •  Interfaces with school leadership in providing professional development to ensure that school-based staff develop proficiency in selecting and using the most appropriate technological tools for specific purposes.  
  • Collaborates with school leadership to develop a technology framework for the most effective integration of technology into teaching and learning, with consideration for adaptive assessment, adaptive instruction, differing student learning styles, and learning standards; implements this framework; and develops methods of monitoring its effectiveness in a continuous improvement cycle.  
  • Provides leadership in developing and implementing a plan for the incorporation of technology into all aspects of the instructional program, including the provision of Internet security.  
  • Works with the Curriculum Developers to to adopt and implement a K-12 continuum of technology skills and curriculum, aligned with National Education Technology Standards and/or International Standards for Technology Education (ISTE) to prepare students for college and career, and to ensure that students are developing proficiency in applying technology to achieve academic objectives.  
  • Works with school instructional leaders to support the use of collaborative technology within interactive settings, particularly for students who need extra support.  
  • Collaborates in the review, selection, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of education technology, including the provision of technical support for the implementation of learning management systems.
  •  In collaboration with other Directors, develops policies and procedures around the use of technology and software to ensure compliance with accreditors and local laws.  
  • Directs and supervises the daily operations and personnel of the IT Department, including analyzing workflow, establishing priorities and timelines, developing and monitoring standards, evaluating performance, and ensuring optimal utilization of staff to provide a high level of customer service and satisfaction, with a focus on being innovative and responsive to user needs.  
  • Develops and maintains external partnerships in the community, provincial and national levels to expand technology-related opportunities for students and staff. 
  • Develops partnerships with other schools around common needs/interests for the advancement of goals 
  • Works with the Principal and Financial Controller, and the Instructional Directors to align program needs and outcomes with planned expenditures for technology, in order to promote the most cost-effective use of school resources.  
  • Plans, develops, and implements the Technology Department budget.  
  • Attends all meetings of and provides input, when requested by the Principal, related to administrative and instructional uses of technology.   


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  •  Commitment to the school’s vision and mission 
  • Proficiency in multiple modes of communications (e.g., voice, data, messaging)
  • Extensive knowledge of hardware and software applications for educational purposes 
  • Knowledge of data privacy and security laws and practices   
  • Ability to approach problems and issues from multiple perspectives and to recommend multiple applications of technology to address school needs  
  • Ability to absorb, analyze, and organize information and ideas and to present oral and written reports in a manner appropriate to audiences with technical as well as non-technical backgrounds  
  • Ability to move comfortably between emerging and existing technologies, software, and tools in ways that engage staff and students
  • Ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with School staff, Provincial authorities, parents, community members, and other stakeholders 
  • Ability to prepare and manage budgets, address multiple priorities, lead and supervise staff, adapt to change, and meet timelines 
  • Sensitivity to cultural and language differences with the ability to navigate smoothly among them.  


QUALIFICATIONS:

  •  MA/MSc and BA/BS degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Educational Technology, or related field required, including in strategic implementation of technology and innovation, management information systems, and database management technology  
  • Knowledge and applied understanding of instructional applications of a wide range of hardware and software in a variety of educational settings. 
  • Five (5) years of successful experience in an administrative position working with networked and electronic data systems, preferably in an educational setting  
  • Experience with Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X-based computing environments  
  • Supervisory experience in directing and managing professional and classified staff  
  • Expertise and experience in providing training in the administrative and/or instructional uses of technology  
  • Experience with education-related technology tools and applications desired  Experience in developing and managing budgets and in planning
  • Consideration will be given to an alternative combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities and that encompasses the essential functions

To Apply

  •  Interested candidates should submit both a cover letter and current resume to: jmartin@concordiainternational.org
  • Your cover letter should include the strengths the candidate feels qualify him/her for the position. 


Qualified applicants will be contacted regarding the next steps to follow for consideration.


Please note that the interview process may include a video interview Skype or WeChat depending on location.

Any applicants from within China must show official proof of permission to work in China