KIPP Texas Public Schools

Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San, TX

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Managing Director of Information Technology

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KIPP Texas Public Schools

Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, San, TX

Type: Leadership & Support Staff
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Start Date: Immediate
Subject:  
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Organization: KIPP Texas Public Schools
Preferred Locations:

Contact:  
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JOB TITLE:              Managing Director of Information Technology
REPORTS TO:         Chief Operating Officer
 
ABOUT KIPP TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS
 
Across the state of Texas, millions of children live in educationally underserved communities, struggling in poor-performing schools. For more than 24 years, Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) has demonstrated the powerful impact a high-quality education has on improving graduation rates and college attainment, enabling students and communities to command their futures. Through the network of schools in Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio, KIPP has been the driving force in raising expectations for academic success with students, families, communities, cities, states, and the nation by proving what is possible.
 
The KIPP regions in Texas have joined forces to create KIPP Texas Public Schools in order to accelerate the increase of our academic outcomes and the numbers of students we are educating. This unified organization allows us to more effectively leverage the talent, resources, instructional expertise, financial strength, and advocacy in the public charter school movement, in order to have an even larger impact with educationally underserved communities across our state. In the first year of KIPP Texas Public Schools, we will be educating over 27,700 students in 52 schools, placing the district among the top 50 largest in the state.  We intend to grow to more than 100,000 students across Texas, proving what is possible for our students, our communities, and our state
 
OVERVIEW
 
The Managing Director of Information Technology (MD of IT) will lead the organization’s ongoing commitment to support and promote the strategic use of information technology that advances the overall mission of KIPP Texas Public Schools. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the MD of IT will lead and manage the Information Technology team, including networking and infrastructure, support services, faculty and student technologies, data administration, and student information systems and application management.
 
The MD of IT serves as the principal technology leader providing the vision and leadership for developing and implementing information technology strategies and initiatives statewide. The position scope is inclusive of all departments and campuses which necessitates a high level of familiarity with the various constituents and a commitment to meeting the diverse information and communications needs that exist across Texas. The MD of IT is responsible for anticipating and maintaining a vision for the future technology needs and for recommending strategies, priorities, and projects that will best achieve KIPP Texas’s strategic goals and objectives.
 
QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS
The qualifications and skill requirements for this position include:
 
  • 5+ years of professional work experience in a senior IT leadership role
  • Bachelor’s degree in a technology related area (CS, MIS), Business Administration, or other related fields of study, with significant relevant IT work experience. Advanced degree, such as an MBA, a plus
  • Past experience in public education or non-profit a strong plus
  • Past experience in a fast paced and fast growing organization a strong plus
  • Past experience with mergers and acquisitions a plus, not required
  • Extensive experience with IT strategic planning, budgeting, and IT personnel management
  • Past experience with assessing, selecting, consolidating, and integrating disparate IT systems and processes
  • Past experience with leading diverse teams and personnel across multi-site locations and geographic regions
  • Demonstrated knowledge of how technology supports the teaching and learning environment
  • Significant experience in all aspects of information technology planning, development and implementation (specifically ERP), including but not limited to enterprise resource planning, systems architecture, telecommunications, database administration, and security and compliance issues
  • Broad technical knowledge and skill set including a strong understanding of emerging technologies
  • High energy level, enjoyment of challenges in a fast-paced environment, and a record of self-motivation and personal initiative
  • Demonstrated success in interacting with a wide variety of customers and stakeholders on a technical and non-technical level
  • Ability to identify problems and proactively find solutions
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in negotiating with vendors, contractors, and others
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, staff, and students
 
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The essential job functions and responsibilities include:
 
  • Collaborating among the departments, schools, and regions to advance the organization’s mission
  • Leadership in the development of a strategic direction for information technology services, gauging and anticipating the needs of stakeholders, monitoring trends and innovations to meet those needs, developing and implementing strategic short- and long-term technology integration plans, and making actionable recommendations to senior leadership
  • Ensuring IT data security, risk management, disaster recovery, and business continuity planning processes are in place
  • Exercising diligent evaluation and careful budgetary management
  • Developing and organizing technology talent that is structured to efficiently deliver services across the organization
  • Developing, implementing, and overseeing strategic technology policies throughout KIPP Texas
 
ROUTINE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
 
  • Conducts ongoing assessment, planning, and oversight of the proper management of all academic and administrative technology and daily service delivery
  • Provides leadership, guidance, and supervision to direct reports
  • Participates in the annual budget process for organizational technology needs, develops annual IT operational and capital budgets (includes maximizing e-rate funding opportunities)
  • Maintains the integrity and strategic development of the organization’s information and communications infrastructure, and the systems infrastructure for mission-critical functions
  • Participates in strategic and operational planning committees
  • Maintains strong vendor relationships and manages contract and service agreements
  • Establishes and/or collaborates with direct reports to establish IT department goals, objectives, and operating procedures
  • Develops and maintains an IT organizational structure designed to meet institutional needs and demands
  • Assesses and identifies the most cost-effective investment of financial resources toward IT systems, staffing, daily operations, product purchases and/or in-house development activities
  • Manages annual IT personnel performance appraisal process and completion
  • Supports sourcing and providing both IT staff and institution-wide IT related training opportunities
  • Ensures the security of IT systems and ensures operations adhere to applicable laws and regulations
  • Maintains currency with public education IT best practices
  • Performs other duties and functions as assigned