Job Posting - Director of Educational Technology - McDonogh School

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Title Director of Educational Technology
Supervisor Director of Innovation and Learning
FLSA Designation Exempt
Calendar 12 month

General Summary

The Director of Education Technology (EdTech) coordinates PK-12 classroom technology initiatives, supervises employee technology training and professional development, and serves as one of the primary engines of the school’s signature LifeReady academic strategic plan. The Director of EdTech manages and implements the various technological resources used in classrooms across campus, from the Canvas LMS in the Upper School, to Google Classroom and the G Suite, to SeeSaw and, and shepherds the educational technology curriculum throughout. The qualified candidate is a culturally competent team player with 3-5 years of experience in education technology, proven administrative ability, and ideally some combination of classroom teaching, design, peer coaching and project management experience. The Director of EdTech is an integral member of the Innovation Team, works closely with the Chief Information Officer and the IT department, and reports to the Director of Innovation & Learning.

Essential Functions

  • Recommending and implementing pedagogical best practices that balance the benefits of innovation while remaining consistent with the school’s objectives, mission, and strategic plan;
  • In conjunction with the Director of Innovation & Learning, Division Heads and the Chief Information Officer, developing and providing faculty and student support for instructional technology in a mature 1:1 environment for the Lower School and BYOD environment in the Middle and Upper Schools;
  • Participating in the design, coordination, and provision of instructional technology workshops and materials, and researching and/or providing individual training opportunities for teachers to ensure the best use of technology;
  • Understanding and promoting the use of information and communications technologies to support differentiated learning and individual learning styles both within the school and in the regional and national professional community;
  • Provide primary support for important learning management and learning support tools currently in use, including Canvas, the G Suite, Google Classroom, and more, while simultaneously researching and implementing new tools as they become relevant or applicable;
  • Supporting the faculty research teams as part of the LifeReady Professional Learning Community at the school as they work to identify and develop new strategies for learning and teaching;
  • Being willing and available for classroom teaching individually, as short-term instructor, and as a teacher modeling the use of frameworks and practices to advance LifeReady teaching and learning;
  • Provide instructional coaching, as appropriate, to PK-12 faculty;
  • Educate students and the community about ongoing trends in technology, and, with school counselors, develop and implement training regarding topics such as social media use and abuse, video game addiction;
  • Attend local, regional, and national conferences to seek out personal and school-wide professional development, and to bolster and continue the school’s nationwide leadership in the field of independent school innovation and technology.

Recommended Employment Qualifications

Master’s Degree (preferred, but not required).

Additional Experience

  • Ability to collaborate with members of the School community
  • Ability to communicate technical information in English to non-technical audiences
  • Academic teaching experience, preferred
  • Accomplished with basic software (email, G Suite for Education, and Microsoft Suite- Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Publisher, etc.)
  • An ongoing desire to remain at the top of the field professionally, and stay current with modern technologies in a fast-paced and ever-changing world of technology
  • Creativity, flexibility, and ability to prioritize and multi-task while maintaining high standards of quality in all work products and meeting deadlines
  • Experience with research in trends around the effects of Big Data and the teaching of data analysis
  • Experience working in a student-centered learning environment, with practical experience with problem- and project-based learning, as well as integrated learning
  • Experience working with Canvas LMS, SMART, and BrightLink
  • Has a genuine interest in other cultures and respect for cultural differences
  • High degree of integrity
  • Leadership experience in designing and implementing curriculum and managing change
  • Must be able to analyze, forecast, and manage budgets
  • Must have proven problem solving skills, be self motivated, and adaptable
  • Must have the ability to effectively manage trainings and presentations on complex and sometimes controversial topics to all constituents of the school
  • Strong technology fluency
  • The ability to make decisions and recommendations

Additional Requirements

  • A positive disposition and a strong desire to work as part of a high-functioning team
  • A strong work ethic, and the ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and discretion at all times
  • Ability to work in a diverse environment and inclusive culture that values and respects difference across race, ethnicity, religion, and orientation or identity.
  • Must be able to comply with background check, including finger prints, as required by the agency and / or state regulations.

Working Conditions

Lifting and carrying of equipment is not typical, but may be required on rare occasions. Reaching, grasping. Sitting. Standing. Walking around campus.

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please submit your cover letter, resume, and letters of reference to Kevin Costa at hiring+p69@mcdonogh.org. Any questions you may have regarding this position can also be directed to Janet Graham, Human Resources Manager, at 443-544-7060 or jgraham@mcdonogh.org.

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