San Jose, California
Director of Technology
Begin by thinking Avenues New York, Avenues São Paulo, Avenues Shenzhen, Avenues Silicon Valley, Avenues London. Think of Avenues as one international school with multiple interconnected campuses. It will not be a collection different schools all pursuing different educational strategies, but rather one highly integrated learning community, connected and supported by a common vision, a shared education design and curriculum, world-class technology and a talented headquarters team in New York City.
Avenues New York launched in 2012 and currently serves ~1,700 students in grades Nursery – 12. Our second campus in São Paulo opened in August 2018 and Avenues Shenzhen in 2019. Avenues prepares students for engaged global citizenship in the twenty-first century, with an approach that combines language immersion, interdisciplinary teaching, a global curriculum, and a culture of creativity and deep collaboration.
Avenues: The World School is widely recognized for our sophisticated use of technology for learning and innovative global school concept, with campuses connected across multiple continents through technology. Now, the emerging Avenues Silicon Valley campus is seeking a Director of Technology. This is an extraordinary opportunity for an entrepreneurial, collaborative leader with deep abilities as an educator, people manager, and technologist to manage and build a new state-of-the-art learning environment in the heart of Silicon Valley.
The Director of Technology will ensure that technology effectively supports innovative teaching, learning and daily operations. S/he also will lead a future team of talented technology integrators, system administrators, and IT support staff committed to the operation of our campus and to successful technology use by every member of our community
The Information Systems and Technology team is comprised of outstanding professionals at the intersection of education, operations, and technology. With the advantages of modern technology and a highly-talented global team, they share a common goal to support the Avenues vision to eventually bring together 35,000 students and 3,000+ faculty members through a number of traditional and virtual modalities.
The successful candidate will bring proven abilities in these two areas:
Select, support and implement technologies that best contribute achieving the campus’s short- and long-term goals in coordination across Avenues.
Partner with, influence and support other campus and global leaders to embrace and best utilize information technology at Avenues
Build and maintain a highly engaged, effective team of technology staff, including technology integration, technology support, and campus infrastructure.
Collaborate with division and department directors (academic, admissions, business, registrar, library and media, etc.) to identify and support technological needs in their areas
Develop and manage technical projects and programs assigned by the VP, Information Systems & Technology
- Support technology planning, implementation, and troubleshooting as needed to successfully support the Silicon Valley campus and supporting locations
Partner and work with Facilities team and partners to build the local campus infrastructure and ensure ongoing operations runs flawlessly
Candidates should have most, if not all, of the following:
Energized by Avenues’ mission and opportunity for impact in education
Bachelor’s degree in computer science, systems analysis, operations or equivalent experience
10+ years experience at the intersection of technology and education/learning
Ability to attract top talent and build effective teams that do great things together
A keen analytical, problem-solving approach, including in ambiguous situations that require figuring out new solutions rather than taking pre-determined paths to success
Ability to lead effectively through relationships, persuasion and influence
Keen intellectual curiosity and mindset of continuous learning and growth
Sense of deep personal responsibility for the organization’s success
Strong understanding of usability practices, information design, hierarchical analysis, architecture design
Please read first about Avenues: The World School and our distinctive approach, and consider whether our mission and approach would be a good fit for you: http://www.avenues.org/
Apply through the Careers section of our website at http://www.avenues.org/en/careers/. Be sure to include a letter of application, in English, in which you thoughtfully explain why you believe that this role at Avenues Silicon Valley would be an excellent match for your experience, skills and passions.
DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND SAFEGUARDING
Avenues is deeply committed to diversity, equity and inclusion throughout our organization. We strive to uphold a culture in which every colleague feels that they belong, are trusted, and are valued. We welcome applications from candidates of all backgrounds, and strongly encourage candidates from traditionally underrepresented communities or groups to apply. Avenues offers competitive compensation and a generous benefits package.
Avenues upholds the highest standards for safeguarding the physical and emotional wellbeing of children. As an essential aspect of this commitment, all offers are contingent upon successful completion of careful reference and background checks.
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