Director of IT, Catlin Gabel

Catlin Gabel is a superb, PS-12 school with four academic divisions and eight operations departments, in other words the perfect growth opportunity for an instructional tech specialist or IT director at a smaller school. The IT director serves on the administrative leadership team. I have held this position for six years and will be moving on to become the academic dean at University Prep in Seattle.

Catlin Gabel features:
– a progressive education philosophy consistent with project-based uses of technology
– six full-time IT staff and an appropriately sized technology budget
– 1:1, two-platform student laptop program in upper school
– leading-edge use of mobile, web, open-source, and curricular applications
– 53 acre campus on the outskirts of an affordable, sustainable city
– a spirit of collaboration and innovation

I am happy to answer questions about the position and school if you contact me.

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Position Title: Director of Information Technology
Department: Information Technology
Reports to: Division Head
1.0 FTE, year-round position


The Director of Information Technology provides strategic leadership, facilitates IT projects, and coordinates department operations to ensure the delivery of robust and reliable technology resources.  The Director is a collaborative, visionary, and dynamic professional who understands the technologies, knows how to bring people and technology together, provides effective leadership to technology professionals and reaches out to support, train, develop and respond to the needs of faculty, staff and students. The Director is a valued member of the administrative team who serves on a variety of collaborative teams charged with instruction and operations planning.


• Attend administrative leadership team meetings and contribute to consultative discussions
• Inform division heads and department directors of the work of the IT department
• Collaborate with administrative team members to ensure consistency and coordination of IT activities
• Serve on other committees as needed (e.g., Communications, Knight Scholars, Senior Projects)

Vision and Planning
• Establish IT priorities, initiate projects, and set policy regarding information technology services
• Develop technology plans that stay abreast of new developments and support the school
• Define and deliver cost effective, reliable and secure technology solutions to the school
• Consult with school leaders and end users to understand academic and administrative needs

• Provide ongoing review of technology systems and methods
• Recommend enhancements that reduce costs and improve effectiveness
• Provide ongoing evaluation of IT policies, procedures and documentation
• Maintain, audit, and continuously improve security management

• Communicate IT policies and procedures to students, employees, parents and other constituencies
• Advise members of the Catlin Gabel community on effective uses of technology resources
• Share with other schools and organizations to maintain knowledge of innovations and best practices
• Uphold Catlin Gabel’s Information Technology program as a model for other institutions

• Maximize the department’s ability to provide high-quality, reliable IT systems to the school
• Solicit, collect, and respond to IT expense requests from all parts of the school
• Develop and manage an IT budget in a manner consistent with the school’s plans and vision
• Lead IT department position searches and assist with other position searches as needed

Professional Development
• Build the capacity of faculty, staff, students, and parents to effectively use IT systems
• Oversee internal training for IT staff and develop programs for all faculty and staff
• Assist administrators with the application of technology to enhance operational effectiveness
• Actively cultivate schoolwide dialogue about effective uses of technology in the school

Webmaster Responsibilities
• Develop and implement a school-wide website strategy to meet program needs
• Install, configure, manage, maintain, and troubleshoot web applications
• Investigate, pilot, and recommend new website technologies to the school
• Provide training on school website applications to faculty, staff, students, and parents


Supervise, evaluate, and support the professional growth of the senior IT positions
• Desktop and Laptop Technologies Manager
• Database Specialist
• Systems Administrator


Education and Work Experience
• Master’s Degree, featuring advanced study in an academic discipline
• 7+ years experience in information technology services with progressively greater responsibility.
• 3+ years management responsibility, including project management and demonstrated group facilitation, team building, and collaboration skills
• Classroom teaching or equivalent school instructional experience

Technology Experience
• Broad knowledge of application software, operating systems (Windows, Mac, and Linux), interactive website, and server technologies as used in educational environments
• Familiarity with network management standards, best practices and procedures
• Knowledge of emerging technologies and their application to an education environment and administrative offices
• Knowledge of proprietary and open source content and collaboration software and their effects on academic practices and policies (currently Moodle, Drupal, WordPress, and NetCommunity Spark)
• Knowledge of administrative data systems (e.g., Blackbaud products)
• Familiarity with different systems for managing narrative student progress reports
• Online learning or virtual education experience desirable

• Skill in budget preparation and management and ability to adhere to and operate within guidelines
• Ability to keenly analyze and effectively solve problems

Personal Qualities
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies
• Strong verbal and written communication skills


Daily interaction with faculty, staff, students, parents, volunteers, and vendors


Daily interaction with faculty, staff, parents, vendors, trustees, and volunteers.  On-call for problems.  If a mission critical job in the school is jeopardized by a system or network malfunction, the problem must be resolved as quickly as possible.

Catlin Gabel School believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to its success.  That contribution should not be limited by the assigned responsibilities.  Therefore, this position description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope, but not limit the incumbent nor the organization to just the work identified.  It is our expectation that each employee will offer his/her services wherever and whenever necessary to ensure the success of our endeavors.

Updated 2/21/2012


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