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Director of Technology

  • Full Time
  • Seattle

Website Epiphany School

Position Description:

Epiphany School seeks a seasoned leader who will provide oversight of the broad portfolio of technology resources of the school, including hardware, software, and apps used by teachers, students, and staff. This individual will be responsible for developing, implementing, and managing technology initiatives and functions, streamlining information management systems, and shared responsibility for website maintenance. Additionally, the Director of Technology serves as a member of the leadership team to educate, support, and communicate with faculty, staff, and students in utilizing best practices (including implementation of security and compliance training), ensuring the safety and security of the school’s server and cloud network, Wi-Fi network, and phone system. Furthermore, this role involves management of the technology budget, support of technology needs during school events, and other administrative duties as assigned (i.e. arrival, dismissal, and/or recess supervision).

The individual who will be successful in this role will demonstrate a commitment to Epiphany School values, has previously served in a leadership capacity, brings strong collaboration, communication, and customer service skills, has an ability to pivot from strategic to tactical thinking, is well-versed in technology hardware, software, and apps commonly used in school settings, and delights in working with elementary-aged children. Previous experience in a school setting is preferred but not required.

This is a full-time, exempt, year-round position, reporting to the Head of School. This role may manage a direct report in the future.

This role is required to report to school campus, located in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. Epiphany School does not cover or reimburse relocation costs and/or expenses.

Standard work hours are typically Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm during the academic year. Staff meetings may run through 5:00pm on Wednesdays, which will be communicated ahead of time.

Working from home is permitted on an occasional basis after the 90-day probationary period.

Primary Director of Technology Responsibilities:

  • Develops and revises, in collaboration with the leadership team, a strategic technology plan and plays a leadership role in implementing it
  • Develops policies and processes, using industry best practices, to ensure the protection of IT assets and the integrity, security, and privacy of information entrusted to the organization
  • Drafts, maintains, and updates a written manual of all relevant policies and procedures related to the IT infrastructure of the school
  • Develops and maintains and organization-wide information system recovery plan to ensure timely and effective restoration of IT services in the event of a disaster
  • Maintains a responsive and supportive help-desk for all employees to easily access and request support, troubleshooting devices, systems, hardware, and software applications
  • Develops and maintains a “reference desk” of written and/or visual operating instructions, accessible by users and new hires for common support requests, accommodating for a range of learning styles and differences
  • Streamlines processes and systems for efficient data management, collection, and analysis.
  • Negotiates and manages agreements between the school and application vendors, hosted service providers, and other technology providers
  • Oversees hardware, software, and applications used by teachers, students, and staff by assessing, researching, and purchasing assets to ensure all are in good working order
  • Collaborates with the academic technology team to plan and procure hardware, software, and training resources for teachers and students
  • Maintains and improves upon the inventory management system to maintain an accurate inventory of technology assets at the device level
  • Effectively manages the technology budget by monitoring and documenting purchases and how they impact operating, capital projects, grants, and other funds
  • Collaborates with and supports the Director of Marketing and Communications to ensure the website is functional for all users; interfaces with website developer to remedy any technical concerns; assists teachers and other internal users with content posting/updating; provides backup support to Director of Marketing and Communications for parent and prospective parent usage of the website
  • Collaborates with the Registrar & Admissions Associate and HR Manager to understand and provide backup support to Blackbaud (student records database) and Rippling (HRIS)
  • Reviews current state of digital files, recommends, implements, and maintains an organization system that is adopted school wide
  • Educates, supports, and communicates with faculty, staff, and students in utilizing technology best practices
  • Coordinates and oversees technology-related compliance training for faculty, staff, and students
  • Provides technology support and resources for school events (attending if needed) and liaises with Epiphany Church technology staff
  • Maintains, evaluates, and upgrades telecommunications system, as needed

Expectations For All at Epiphany School: 

  • Contributes to a learning environment based on Epiphany School’s three Rs and three Cs: respect, resourcefulness, responsibility, curiosity, confidence, and courage
  • Uses Responsive Classroom approach as a framework for working with students
  • Provides recess supervision as scheduled
  • Participates in the school community, including professional learning, service learning, and community events
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by their supervisor

Typical Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or related field or a combination of education and work experience required
  • A minimum of 5+ years of technology support, network management or related field experience required
  • A minimum of 3+ years of people management experience preferred
  • Experience within an educational setting preferred
  • Strong understanding of hardware, software, and information management systems, specifically in MSFT environment
  • Additional familiarity with Adobe, Asana, Blackbaud, and/or Rippling a plus
  • Proven ability to prepare and monitor operating and capital budgets required
  • Must have excellent customer service, communication, interpersonal, and organization skills
  • Brings a broad knowledge of educational technology concepts and products
  • Ability to pivot quickly to handle changing circumstances
  • Ability to stay calm and professional in emergency or crisis situations
  • Ability to handle competing priorities, respond appropriately and timely, and maintain professionalism
  • Strong attention to detail and broad knowledge of process improvement strategies in a creative and changing environment
  • Excellent oral, written, and presentational skills in the English language; fluency in additional languages a plus
  • Proactive in identifying process improvement opportunities
  • Commitment to promoting Epiphany School values and fostering digital citizenship and literacy skills
  • Strong data analysis skills preferred
  • Valid CPR/First Aid certification (not required at time of application – new hires will have time to complete if needed)

Compensation & Benefits:

The salary range for this role is between $110,000 – $125,000 based on years of experience and education according to our school’s Administrator pay scale. When determining an initial offer, we carefully consider these factors and will ask the intended hire for documentation to verify the correct pay lane and step.

Alongside salary, Epiphany School offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Benefits stipend to put towards employee benefits including medical, dental, vision coverage, voluntary employee, spousal, and child life and critical illness insurance, accident insurance, voluntary short-term disability, and flexible health savings accounts
  • Employer-paid monthly premiums for employee assistance program and long-term disability coverage
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid personal and sick leave
  • Paid supplemental parental leave after 12 months of employment
  • Professional development budget

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a resume and optional cover letter through our Employee Portal. The priority review deadline for applications will be April 17, 2024, but applications will be received until the position is filled.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United Sates and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire. Final offers will be contingent on the successful completion of a background, education, and employment check.

About Epiphany School:

Epiphany School is a non-parochial, independent elementary school serving grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The school mission is to challenge and support all students to become confident, curious, and courageous learners through innovative teaching in a caring and inclusive environment. We strive to inspire every child to discover meaning and purpose in a life of learning and actively cultivate an awareness and respect for diversity in all forms. We aim to create a positive, joyful, and inclusive community by embracing the following values:

Respect: We encourage empathy through the strength of our differences, awareness of our global surroundings, and adherence to high standards of conduct.

Responsibility: We build integrity and trust by understanding our choices and owning our actions.

Resourcefulness: We foster resilience and expect all to search and find, to fail and learn, to risk and succeed in a changing world.

With over 260 students, Epiphany School is large enough to offer a broad spectrum of educational opportunities and small enough to maintain a close-knit community. The beautiful, historic campus is located in a quiet setting in central Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood.

Epiphany School Diversity Statement:

Epiphany School promotes and cultivates a diverse community as essential to academic success, social and emotional growth, and the development of good character. Engaging diverse perspectives stretches the mind and requires critical thinking, intellectual courage, and creativity. It takes careful listening and thoughtful expression and manifests itself in cultural competency. Thinking beyond oneself and seeing the world through the eyes of others is the foundation of fairness and empathy, and thus prepares our students to live respectfully and responsibly in our pluralistic democratic society.

Epiphany School is committed to the Americans with Disabilities Act and the principle of equal access and opportunity in education and employment and full participation for persons with disabilities in all its programs and services.

Epiphany School is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee because of race, color, national origin, citizenship or immigration status, religion, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, political ideology, physical, mental, or sensory disability, military status, genetic information, age, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Epiphany School complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact careers@epiphanyschool.org.

To apply for this job email your details to ntravis@epiphanyschool.org