Minimum Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate

Minimum Experience: 3-5 Years


Job Description


Halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego sits the historic town of San Juan Capistrano, which is home to one of California’s oldest residential neighborhoods. Natural beauty and outdoor activities, from the Pacific Ocean to endless hiking trails, surround this community located in southern Orange County. The region is a bustling metropolis, with a vibrant university landscape (University of California, Irvine), arts and cultural scene, and dynamic business community of corporate headquarters and industry leaders in technology, health care and life sciences, outdoor fashion and lifestyle. A diverse community of more than 3 million people of all ages, ethnicities, cultures, faiths and identities call Orange County, the nation’s sixth largest county, home.

Founded in 1979, St. Margaret’s Episcopal School, an independent preschool through grade 12 college-preparatory school with over 1,200 students on 25 acres, reflects the nurturing and close-knit attributes of San Juan Capistrano. Like the region, the school has continued to grow and innovate, to where St. Margaret’s is now one of the leading PK-12 educational institutions in the nation.

Technology at St. Margaret’s is a microcosm of that growth and innovation. Over the last 27 years under the guidance of the outgoing director of technology, the school has vastly expanded its technology program, which started with a few computers and now boasts thousands of deployed devices and dozens of major systems — both on-premise and in the cloud. With the upcoming retirement of the director next June, the school is beginning its search for a director of enterprise technology who will assume leadership of a mission-critical department of dedicated technology professionals. The director of enterprise technology will work in close concert with a counterpart on the educational technology side and report to the assistant head of school for strategic initiatives. This position starts July 1, 2022, or earlier by mutual agreement to allow for a smooth transition of leadership.

For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.


Applications Accepted Starting: September 8, 2021

Application Deadline: October 11, 2021 at 5pm PDT

Remote Semifinal Round: October 20 and 21, 2021

On-site Final Round: Week of November 8

Decision Announced: November 29, 2021

Start Date: July 1, 2022, or earlier by mutual agreement


Campus-Wide IT Operations and Information Services

  • Oversee and evaluate the deployment and operations of all hardware and software from various perspectives, including cost-effectiveness; customer satisfaction; compliance; asset management; migration, rollout, and transition; and performance.
  • Oversee the school’s data / systems environment and all major enterprise applications.
  • Supervise help desk services and IT support operations, fostering a user-focused and empathetic culture of service and support.
  • Coordinate technology initiatives with other departments and outside entities, including extensive engagement with service providers, from capital projects to systems transitions.
  • Proactively identify and implement technology solutions that support the educational and operational needs of the school.

Departmental Management

  • Oversee the hiring, supervision, evaluation and growth of all IT/IS technology staff, and ensure that the department structure supports the school’s needs and goals.
  • Manage the IT and information systems budget.
  • Evaluate internal IT systems for performance, efficiency, and customer satisfaction; and oversee and manage all accounts, contracts and financial issues related to the department.
  • Ensure that IT data security, risk management, disaster recovery and planning processes are in place and receive regular review for currency and adequacy.

Shared Governance and General Leadership

  • Work in partnership with the director of educational technology and library, and under the direction of the assistant head of school for strategic initiatives, on all areas of shared technology governance, particularly around technology deployment, planning and training.
  • Anticipate and appreciate the technology needs of a diverse set of constituents working at a large, multidivisional school, and consult regularly with both the other members of technology governance committee as well as the school’s many directors and division heads.
  • Ensure that the IT department meets both the educational needs of faculty and students and the operational needs of the entire organization.
  • Ensure that operational and academic department leaders have the necessary access to, and reporting of, data.
  • Serve on various school committees, and perform other duties as assigned.
Job Requirements


Professional Qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is a minimum requirement, though a graduate degree is highly desirable
  • Director-level experience with departmental leadership and supervision, including staff development, evaluation, training, and goal setting
  • Experience with systems and technology planning, development and implementation, including: enterprise systems design and administration, educational technology distribution, data flow and data interoperability, project management, fiscal planning and oversight, end-user training, and plant redesign
  • Director-level knowledge of the principles and practices of information technology management in a large organizational setting, including client services, compliance, risk management, backup, recovery, network, security, and policy development

Leadership and Personal Qualities:

  • An enterprise approach to technology management that supports individual needs within a scalable framework for a large department at a large PK-12 school
  • A professional growth mindset, constantly seeking deeper understanding of current and emerging enterprise technology solutions across educational and industry spaces
  • A willingness to execute a shared model of technology governance in collaboration with an educational technology director and two members of the leadership team
  • A thoughtful approach to team building, leadership development, and staff growth
  • Immersion in diversity, equity and inclusion work, both in training and in implementation, and a commitment to fostering a culturally competent and inclusive working environment
  • Inspirational and diplomatic leadership sensitive to the diverse needs of a large community
  • Exceptional vendor management and partner relation skills to leverage external resources that enhance the school’s internal technology capacity
  • An ability to plan and oversee concurrent technology-related programs and projects, combined with strong motivational skills to ensure completion and success
  • An ability to build consensus among diverse groups, facilitate critical discussions within large groups, and instill confidence in colleagues during times of transition
  • A collaborative, cooperative, empathetic, collegial, innovative, and patient mindset
  • Exceptional communication skills: written, verbal, presentation, and training
  • An understanding of the diverse technology needs and organizational complexities of a large, high-achieving, multidivisional, and independent school
  • Confidence and humility, together with a sense of humor and warm personality


For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.

St. Margaret’s Episcopal School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational, admission, financial aid, hiring and athletic policies or in other school-administered programs.

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