Brooklyn Friends School (BFS), a thriving Preschool-12 grade school located in vibrant Downtown Brooklyn, seeks a visionary leader to serve (effective Summer 2020) as Director of Academic Technology and Innovation and provide technological leadership to a vibrant community of students and colleagues (BFS uses the all-inclusive term, colleagues, to refer to all rather than one that delineates faculty/staff). Founded in 1867, Brooklyn Friends School’s pillars of social justice, service learning/civic engagement, and Quakerism, serve as guideposts for our action-oriented collective work. Our school’s history has been illustrious and reflective of the expansive nature of human experiences. Guided by our mission, BFS provides a dynamic, diverse, and robust social/emotional environment and academic program that cultivates compassionate, intellectually curious, and confident changemakers. As a school, we affirm that human diversity includes, but is not limited to: race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic class, family structure and physical ability, as well as diversity of thought, talents, and learning style. This short video gives you a glimpse into our contemporary experience.
THE LEADER Reporting to the Assistant Head of School and leading and working with dynamic and engaged colleagues, the Director of Academic Technology and Innovation is charged with overseeing the day-to-day technological operations of our school as well as articulating a clear, compelling and innovative vision for academic technology. They will assist the faculty in integrating appropriate and innovative technologies to support, enhance, and extend learning.
With immensely talented colleagues, committed families, a meaningful curricular program, and a community that believes in a values-actionable educational experience, Brooklyn Friends is in a uniquely positive position, with a deeply-rooted identity and mission combined with a genuine openness to the possibilities that lie ahead. As a member of the school’s Leadership Team, this person will maintain current as well as envision and orchestrate academic technology initiatives including professional development, PS-12 technology course oversight, integration of tech practices and applications, learning about and understanding global technology trends, defining and leading the School’s Virtual BFS program. This person will work collaboratively with all necessary stakeholders to plan for and execute the technology strategic initiatives outlined by the school. The Director of Academic Technology and Innovation will oversee the work of the school’s educational technologists and tech specialists in order to be cohesive in practice and to make pedagogically-centered decisions on curricular issues relating to technology at the School.
PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Design and deliver technology initiatives that support teaching and learning
Organize and support high-quality professional development opportunities that are focused, aligned to the school’s, and support effective teaching with respect to technology
Research and evaluate new and emerging educational technologies, remaining mindful of maintaining BFS’s mission
Collaborate with colleagues on specific needs and growth opportunities
Develop, coordinate, and teach workshops and classes on the instructional and administrative applications of various technologies
Provide technical curriculum leadership and assistance regarding device usage, software applications, and the general instructional use of technology in the classroom
Identify age-/grade-appropriate technology applications across the School and lead technology team in the delivery of such applications
Establish systems for educators to access, preview, or receive training in hardware usage and software applications
Model for and guide a technology team to provide information about training services and research, including preparing memos and making presentations, accompanied by training videos/manuals (that when necessary, are customized)
In conjunction with Technology Team members, support and troubleshoot problems relating to hardware and software
Guide and train the technology team in staying current with technological knowledge and skills
Network with local, regional, and national technology associations
Perform other duties as assigned by the Assistant Head or Head of School
REQUIRED LEADERSHIP QUALITIES Demonstrates . . .
Genuine ability and desire to work across difference (intellectually and socially)
A commitment to and love of adult education
Experience and visionary leadership in virtual/hybrid learning
Familiarity with trends in educational technology and social media
Respect for the life of the child
Experience in robotics, coding, and computer science are desired skills
Joy and a respectful sense of humor
Commitment to engage in collaborative approaches to assessing and refining our technological framework and plans on an ongoing basis ?
Ability to view challenges and problems as opportunities for growth and transformation
Modeled skills that reflect effective and meaningful teaching ?
Commitment to stay current with educational tech research and best practices ?
Ability to reflect earnestly and celebrate mistakes as opportunities for learning and positive change ?
Compassion, integrity, and open-mindedness in all interactions
Collegiality, approachability, flexibility, and adaptability
Consistently strong, respectful, and gracious interpersonal and communication skills
An ability to partner and collaborate with all community members
Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred, in Curriculum Design, Educational Technology, or similar discipline
5+ years of experience in curriculum coordination or educational technology
Demonstrated knowledge of instructional technology hardware, software, and related web-based or other tools, information technology, systems management, as well as network development and management
Demonstrated success working with faculty in all disciplines to identify instructional needs to enable/enhance student learning
Classroom teaching experience and proven experience as a supervisor
Fluency and proficiency with both PC and Macintosh operating systems
Fluency and proficiency with Google Apps for Education
Strong supervisory, organizational, technical, and analytical skills
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
Detail-oriented and strong problem solver
To apply, please provide the following:
A Personal Statement/Cover Letter addressed to Head of School, Crissy Cáceres, that expresses the ways in which your journey has demonstrated the school’s pillars of Equity and Inclusion, Quakerism, and Service Learning/Civic Engagement and how you see yourself further making them actionable within the context of your leadership.
List of four references with name, title, relationship, and contact information
Optional: Any other documents, media, artifacts from your experience that you think represent you in an authentic manner
Email the above as attachments or (if possible) one comprehensive PDF to firstname.lastname@example.org.Please put as subject line, Dir. Academic Tech and Innovation. Thank you!