Tacoma Public Schools/Tacoma, WA
Expected Start Date: January 2018 or as soon as
Salary Level: $152,852 - $211,614 DOE
Union/Days per year: Exempt 260 work
days, 12 month
Benefits: This job has the full
range of benefits offered by Tacoma Public Schools.
This Cabinet-level position leads the technology initiatives of
Tacoma Public Schools, recognized as one of the most innovative
school districts in the US. Tacoma Public Schools believes that the
technology department serves education by deploying tech
innovations to promote learning for the 21st century. In TPS,
technology tools are embedded into the culture and routines of
Tacoma Public Schools to promote student learning, enhance the
teaching process, facilitate communication, and conduct district
operations. This position is expected to play a critical role in
continuing to develop creative and critically-acclaimed innovation
for the students of TPS.
Summary:This position plans and directs all technology
activities of the district and organizes external and internal
resources to provide efficient and effective service to all
district customers; provides assistance in improving organizational
activities through improved methods and techniques; promotes the
effective use of technology to enhance student learning.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
1. Provides oversight over all district technology projects and
initiatives through well-defined plans including procedures,
deadlines, and accountability measures.
2. Works closely with other directors and key stakeholders to
ensure that the district's technology vision, strategies, and
tactics support the mission and priority needs of the district.
3. Develops and manages the information technology strategic
plan and reports progress to other directors, key stakeholders and
the advisory committee; updates annually the district's strategic
technology plan and related budget projections.
4. Plans and prepares departmental and other technology-related
budgets, authorizes staff and vendor payment, and monitors
5. Oversees the planning and implementation of the district-wide
instructional technology program including technology integration
into instruction, library services, audio/visual and online
resources, hardware and software selection, training, and program
6. Reviews proposals for changes to existing systems recommend
updates, enhancements or replacements; collaborates with other
departments to develop functional requirements and assess
alternative solutions to include providing technical input for
state-of-the-art voice, video, and data telecommunications and
networking requirements for design and construction of new school
7. Manages technology resources including mainframe, servers,
telecommunications network, telephone system, personal computer
connectivity, and software applications.
8. Coordinates and oversees the department's administrators to
provide an efficient and secure technology environment and support
services to meet district needs.
9. Oversees the installation, operations, and support of all
telecommunications, LAN, WAN, and I-Net networks; oversees the
district's participation in the state's K-20 video network.
10. Negotiates contracts with outside vendors and governmental
agencies for securing the most cost effective technology solutions
for the district; reviews vendor contracts for critical inclusions
and exclusions, and ensures review by district legal counsel.
11. Recommends and/or establishes, distributes, and enforces
district and department policies, procedures and standards.
12. Collaborates with other departments to lead the technology
acquisition processes; evaluates acquisitions, prepares bid
specifications, evaluates bids, arranges for installation and
Directs and prioritizes workloads and priorities for technical
operations, technology planning and application development, and
technical support work teams.
13. Identifies potential areas of improvement through new and
improved systems and technologies, evaluates and researches
proposed systems and recommends appropriate action.
14. Prepares and administers technology-related federal, state,
and local grants and other outside funding sources.
15. Represents the district in out-of-district
technology-related issues, makes community, school, staff and other
16. Supervises and provides direction for assigned staff, makes
hiring recommendations, evaluates, commends and disciplines
employees; approves leave requests and overtime, assigns and
reviews work, and directs focused participation in professional
OTHER JOB DUTIES
1. Maintains and updates knowledge and skills by participating
in professional development as needed or as assigned.
2. Manages special projects and performs related duties as
Reports to the Deputy Superintendent or another assigned
Office environment; experiences frequent interruptions and
inflexible deadlines; occasionally required to deal with distraught
or angry people; may work extended hours; will need to travel to
district and community sites.
Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree in technology, educational administration,
business or public administration or related field from an
accredited college or university and five years
administrative/management experience in a medium to large computer,
networking, and telecommunications environment, including mainframe
experience; Master's degree preferred; or any combination of
experience and training which provides the applicant with the
knowledge, skills, and ability required to perform the work.
Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be
evaluated by the Human Resources office for comparability.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Extensive, current working knowledge in the area of technology
planning, systems and process design, and information technology
Extensive knowledge of recent research and best practices in the
area of information and instructional technology.
Knowledge of the functions and operations of a large public
school district or organization.
Knowledge of effective human resources issues and practices.
Knowledge of supervisory principles and practices.
Knowledge of client/server and institutional networking
equipment and applications,
Knowledge of switched video and IP video.
Knowledge of project management methodologies for all
Knowledge of PBX switches, key systems, and E911 emergency
Knowledge of Internet, intranet, extranet, and instructional
Knowledge of wireless technology.
Skill in obtaining, clarifying, and exchanging information.
Skill in promoting a strong customer service orientation.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships with a variety of people in a multi-cultural, diverse
Ability to facilitate conflict resolution and promote
collaborative decision making.
Ability to participate as a member of a team.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Ability to lead people and get results in a diverse technology
Ability to analyze and solve strategic and tactical
Valid Washington State driver's license and access to personal
Control # D04-50
This job description is not an employment agreement or
contract. Tacoma School District administration has the exclusive
right to alter this job description at any time without notice. The
statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to
describe the primary functions of this job, the level of knowledge
and skill typically required and the scope of responsibility, but
should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work
requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned
including work in other functional areas to cover absences or
relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance the
Tacoma Public Schools does not discriminate in any programs or
activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color,
national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual
orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use
of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access
to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following
employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints
of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator: Lisa Nolan,
, ; Title
IX Coordinator: James Neil, , ; and 504
Coordinator: Elementary, Steven Mondragon, ,
; Secondary, Jon Bell, ,
. Address: P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98401‑1357.
Employment Type: Permanent