Director of Technology
Company: Summit Public Schools
Location: Redwood City
Posted on: January 22, 2023
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of
Technology is a seasoned systems leader, capacity builder, and
communicator who is outcomes-oriented, deeply understands what we
do and our values, and deftly engages a vast array of internal and
external stakeholders to collaborate, influence, generate buy-in
and support for, and move organization-wide technology priorities
forward. The DOT is adaptable, thrives in contexts with evolving
information and guidelines, and demonstrates agility in navigating
The DOT leads Summit's Technology team, which is responsible for
ensuring uptime and the smooth operation of Summit's information
technology infrastructure. Our team enables a media-rich learning
environment on Summit's personalized learning software (Summit
Learning Platform) with a dedicated 1:1 student:laptop ratio.
Summit's technology team comprises three subteams: Home Office and
school site technology, network and system administration, and
The DOT will collaborate with other systems leaders to equip,
enable, and empower school sites to operate at the highest levels,
and will work with other senior leaders to design, develop, and
optimize the systems, policies, professional development, and
ongoing support that prioritize the safe, compliant, and efficient
operations of our school sites and Home Office. The DOT will build
capacity through planning, managing, and executing cross-functional
special projects, facilitating effective meetings and professional
development, and ensuring effective and efficient communication
across the organization.
As a member of the Strategic Services team, the DOT serves as a
strategy partner to school site leadership teams and indirectly
manages and supports the continuous improvement of technology
related (and at times intersecting with operations, facilities, and
compliance) initiatives as we strive towards running the best
schools in the country.
This position is based in the Bay Area, primarily out of our Home
Office in Redwood City. Regular travel to school sites in the Bay
Area and Seattle-Tacoma is expected.
In addition to domain expertise, the ideal candidate has excellent
communication skills (both written and verbal), has extensive team
management experience, and is comfortable managing a complex budget
and technology vendors.
Who We Are:
What if all students graduated high school with the knowledge,
skills and habits they need to lead a fulfilled life? This is the
question that guides our mission at .
Summit is a leading network of public schools that prepare a
diverse student population for success in a four-year college and
to be thoughtful, contributing members of society. We operate 14
schools serving over 4,500 students in the Bay Area and Washington
state. 100% of Summit graduates are college ready and Summit
graduates complete college at double the national average.
We need exceptional, diverse, and mission-aligned teachers and
leaders to join our team to help prepare our students for a
fulfilled life. Join us.
What You'll Do:
- Build, manage, develop, and retain a high-performing technology
- Ensure effective balance of team operations and special
- Build team culture across a team whose members work remotely
and at different sites.
- Lead weekly check-ins with direct reports, facilitate recurring
team meetings, lead on annual strategic planning.
- Ensure team has resources to support a technology
infrastructure (network and devices) that is reliable and available
during school hours.
- Make technology decisions for schools that are cost-effective
and align with Summit's academic model and school needs.
- Manage Summit's websites, social media accounts access, and
- Partner with the facilities and operations teams to project
manage capital improvement and building envelope upgrades as
- Lead adoption and evolution of enterprise software across the
organization (including Google Education Suite, Single-Sign on, and
Helpdesk ticketing system) as tools to improve organizational
productivity and decrease friction.
- Provide organizational leadership on information security:
define information security priorities and strategy for the
organization, and lead execution of information security
- Identify and define tools and processes to address cyber
security incidents particular to the K-12 environment such as
content filtering and cyberbullying.
- Monitor changes to county, state, and federal technology
guidelines (i.e. FERPA, CIPA); manage and maintain compliance,
communications, and policies for both the Home Office and School
Budget and Vendor Management
- Manage home office team budget and 11 schools site technology
- Negotiate with vendors and facilitate RFP processes to provide
cost-effective technology to schools.
- Manage eRate cycles and related funding requirements (i.e.
- Plan, manage, and execute cross-functional, special projects
related to technology.
- Collect feedback and seek opportunities for continuous
- Partner with School Leaders to train, coach and support
school-based operations staff.
- Plan and facilitate effective meetings and trainings for DOOs,
ops team members, and other stakeholders.
What You Need:
Key Qualities and Skills
- Commitment to uphold Summit's values, belief that all children
deserve a rigorous and equitable education that prepares them for
college and for life
- Bachelor's Degree (an MBA is preferred but not
- 5-10 Years in managing K-12 technology teams
- Proficiency in Google Platforms, including Google Drive, Google
Sheets, Google Docs, and Google Slides.
- Clear TB test and background check
Who You Are:
- You maintain highexpectations for all students and believe all
students can find success in school, college, and life.
- You thrivewhilecollaborating and are excited to work with your
colleagues. You find positivity in shared successes.
- You're deeply dedicatedtosocialjustice and feel motivated by
the challenge and impact of working in a heterogeneous community
and closing the achievement gap.
- You share our vision to reimagine what schools should be and
are excited to make an impact on the public education
- You are positive and resilient in the face of big
- You possess strong people management skills, with the ability
to motivate, inspire, develop, and collaborate with a diverse group
of teachers, leaders, staff members, and community
- You have an ability to apply honest, actionable, and timely
feedback that results in improved performance.
- You are empatheticandculturallycompetent. You're open to having
- You thrive in innovative environments and are comfortable with
the ambiguity that can come with a dynamic and progressive
- You're committedtocontinuousimprovement, see feedback as a
positive, and have a growth mindset.
- Ability to plan and facilitate very effective meetings, and
bring projects to successful completion, on time.
- Strong attention to detail, and precision and
- Strong bias toward systems and processes. Abhors inefficiency;
always seeking to streamline, automate and/or eliminate; has eye
for scalability and sustainability.
- Strong time and project management skills. Can lead projects
start to end; is self-directed; demonstrates flexibility and
adaptability; can prioritize based on importance/urgency; can
convene and lead cross functional. teams to complete specific
projects on defined timelines.
- Strong relationship building skills. Can effectively
communicate verbally and in writing with diverse stakeholders
including school leaders, operations staff and home office team
colleagues; shows empathy; demonstrates influence; is veritable
team player; can give and receive honest, actionable and timely
- Strong analytical skills and ability to analyze risk. Enjoys
problem-solving; uses data to drive decision-making; is obsessed
with details; sweats the small stuff.
What you get:
In addition to joining a highly motivated team and engaging in
meaningful work, you'll have access to a comprehensive suite of
benefits including a retirement plan, unlimited "take what you
need" PTO policy, 12 paid holidays, and 3 weeks of
organization-wide closures during the year. You and your dependents
will have access to multiple health, dental, and vision plans at
25% cost (we cover the other 75%) and employee life and disability
insurance at no cost. Our compensation policy strives to be
equitable and transparent. The salary for this position starts at
$115,322 and goes up to $151,756 commensurate with experience and
Summit is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that diversity,
equity, and inclusion are directly intertwined with education. We
are ALL better when we are able to bring our whole selves to work
and honor each other's voices across identities, cultural
backgrounds, and life experiences. We welcome and encourage
applications from individuals who are members of historically
marginalized communities. Spanish language proficiency is a
To see Summit Public Schools' full non-discrimination statement as
it relates to students and parents along with designated compliance
coordinators for each school, seeand. To see Summit Public Schools'
full non-discrimination statement as it relates to employees, see
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