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Director of Information Technology

Newton Public Schools - Newton, MA

Director of Information Technology

JobID: 3084

Position Type:

Administration District/

Director, Information Services

Date Posted:



Education Center

Date Available:




Information Technology

Job Title:

Director of Information Technology

FLSA Status:



Reports to:

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning

General Description:

The purposes of the Director of Information Technology position is to provide a broad vision for the successful integration and application of technology in the Newton Public Schools for both instructional and administrative technologies along with developing the vision and plan for the successful operation of the K-12 school library program which also plays a major role in the integration of technology into the Newton Public Schools. Performs comprehensive supervisory, management, technical, and professional responsibilities to carry out the policies and procedures concerning the District’s technology and school library program. In collaboration with central staff members, develops comprehensive short- and long-range plans and organizes and directs all programs, budgets and activities within the technology and school library area. Develops and implements a plan to demonstrate the need for sufficient financial support for technology and library implementations; including staffing, equipment, software, and professional development. Serves as the District’s key staff member on all matters related to Information Technology.

Newton Public Schools has 23 schools, over 12,000 students and over 3000 employees.


Massachusetts Valid Driver’s License

Massachusetts DESE Certification as a Supervisor/Director

Ability to maintain professional certifications.

Knowledge, Ability and Skill


Extensive experience with administrative, managerial and supervisory practices and techniques. Thorough knowledge of the philosophies, principles, practices, and procedures of public school administration. Knowledge of current, emerging, and changing technologies for instructional technology and administrative technology. Knowledge and experience in public school library systems, and the related technologies. Thorough knowledge of the organization and current operations of a school district. Thorough knowledge of federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations governing school districts in Massachusetts, particularly with regard to reporting information. Thorough knowledge of the operations of city government including procurement procedures. Considerable knowledge of the current literature, trends, and developments in the profession. Knowledge of funding sources and mechanisms for public school technology.


Ability to develop long-term goals and objectives. Ability to make administrative decisions in accordance with laws, regulations and school system policies and procedures. Ability to organize work-flow and coordinate activities. Ability to provide leadership in the planning, development and establishment of new, modified and/or improved programs, services and activities. Ability to make oral presentations before large or small audiences. Ability to research data and to compile narratives or reports from information gathered. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and to exercise sound independent judgment in planning, directing, and coordinating the work of a highly technical and professional staff.


Excellent budgetary skills. Skill in seeking grants. Skill in contemporary office automation; word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation, financial and statistical. Skill in all of the above listed tools and equipment.

Essential Job Duties (not limited to):

(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)

Overall Management:

Coordinates ongoing development and implementation of the Newton Public Schools strategic technology plan, including plans for instructional technology and school libraries.

In collaboration with central staff members, develops the department’s budget. Monitors budget expenditures, manages grant funds and funds related to special projects such as renovation and construction projects, and monitors and complies with the requirements and expenditures through E-rate funding.

Meets regularly with the Technology Leadership Team to review progress on goals, discuss issues, solve problems, review budgets, plan programs, and for professional development.

In accordance with unit contracts, observes employee members of the department, writes observational reports, holds pre and post observation conferences and writes and meets with staff relative to summative evaluation documents.

Maps out professional development plan for the development of members of the department.

Facilitates communication and collaboration between and among programs in the department and external to it; both with and outside of the school department.

Assists the City’s Purchasing department in developing bid specifications for technology equipment, library equipment, and related materials, and school-wide data networks.

Attends conferences, seminars and other professional meetings for on-going and updated professional development.

Active as a member in professional organization in which membership is held.

Performs similar or related work as required.

Instructional Technology and School Libraries:

Plans, coordinates and implements the district plan for instructional technology, including supporting technology users in the schools, providing student access to technology, consulting on the selection of technology equipment and related materials, databases, and books for school libraries, and coordinating in-service activities in the area of instructional technology. Works with district curriculum leaders and principals to facilitate instructional technology and school library curricula development and integration.

In collaboration with school library coordinator, develops and supervises the implementation of the plan for school libraries.

Supports coordinators and ITS staff to provide professional development related to technology, information literacy, technology integration, and library science to school faculty and administration, as well as administrative support staff.

Coordinates instructional technology related in-service, develops trainers within existing district staff, designs and delivers advanced workshops, and locates training resources outside the school system as needed. Serves as District contact and support person for school-based tech support staff.

Maintain and update Technology Standards for all Newton students

Collaborates with district staff to develop instructional technology and library-related system-wide grant applications.

Investigates emerging technologies and assesses their potential for improving instruction and cost-effective use by students.

Oversees the evaluation and selection of technology equipment and related material (software, applications, media, Web sites, and Internet services, etc.).

Works with curriculum leaders and department members to facilitate the integration of the technology in the subject area curricula. Works with instructional technology specialists and school library teachers on the development of integration.

Plan for and oversee the equipment maintenance and replacement cycle, while maintaining equitable student-to-computer ratios across schools.

Collaborate with district leadership and school and district PTO leadership to implement district equity policies and to coordinate appropriate PTO technology purchases.

Administrative Technology:

Oversees the management of the District’s administrative technology services.

Sets goals for the District’s information management, internet services, technical support, and computer maintenance and repair. Makes decisions for upgrading of systems.

Works on the development and maintenance of all areas of the administrative technology program. This includes technical assistance, database management, and the production of Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), local, state and federal reports.

Oversees district network, hardware, information, communication and collaboration systems.

Supervises and monitors the preparation of the data for all of the DESE grants for which the district is responsible.

Works to ensure that all equipment and software is properly identified, marked, and stored in the inventory database.

Supervises staff responsible for developing, maintaining, and upgrading the Newton Public Schools website.

Works with the building committees to define construction projects’ technology and library needs. Establishes guidelines for use in the development of the project. Prepares specifications and purchase orders. Supervises the installation of equipment, wiring, etc. Supervises the development and installation of the library.

Supervises the maintenance and upgrading of network infrastructure in all of the school buildings.



Performs varied and highly complex work requiring the exercise of significant leadership, independent judgment, and initiative in the planning, administration, and execution of department services to meet the District’s technology and school needs. Planning and coordination regularly require responsibility for multiple, concurrent major projects. Develops and plans programs for technologies that affect a wide range of people; school employees, students, parents, and the community.

Supervision Received:

Works under the administrative direction of the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Teaching and Learning, independently formulating decisions regarding procedures, operations and department plans, and assuming responsibility for department results.

Supervision Scope:

Has direct and indirect supervisory responsibility for employees including administrative technology staff, library staff, and instructional technology staff; total direct and indirect employees equals


55 - 60 employees. Hires staff, provides daily direction, reviews employees’ performance, and counsels and disciplines staff consistent with school policies. Monitors goal attainment and holds subordinates accountable for the results achieved. The staff is located at different NPS locations and buildings.

Work Environment & Physical Requirements:

Work Environment

Work is generally performed under typical school department office conditions. May be required to work outside of normal business hours and attend evening meetings. Required to attend meetings with various city and school boards and committees.

Operates computer systems, components, and other standard office equipment.

Makes frequent and direct contact with local, county, state, regional and federal agencies and officials, community leaders, municipal employees and department heads, local civic and special interest groups, and the general public. Contacts are in person, by telephone, in writing and via internet. Contacts involve attendance at meetings and conferences.

Has access to an extensive amount of district-wide confidential information relating to the Newton Public Schools from databases; the disclosure of this information may cause serious repercussions. Confidential information may include, but is not limited to, student information, bid proposals, union negotiations, and personnel records.

Errors in judgment could have continuing adverse effect on the District’s ability to deliver services, result in loss of municipal revenues, have far-reaching legal and financial ramifications, and cause significant adverse public relations.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must be physically able to operate a variety of automated office machines. Must be physically able to operate a motor vehicle. Must be able to exert a negligible amount of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects. Physical requirements are consistent with those for sedentary work, which involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for periods of time. Must be able to talk and hear. Must be able to communicate via telephone. Vision correctable to normal ranges.

Salary Range: $120,000 to $140,000

comprehensive benefits package, 20 vacation days, City of Newton Pension plan and additional benefits

Date Updated: 5/7/18

Newton Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Newton Public Schools ensures equal employment opportunities regardless of race, creed, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other class as protected by law. The Newton Public Schools places a high value on diversity and active recruitment of qualified minority teachers and staff .

Any individual needing assistance in making application for any opening should contact the district human resources office.

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Newton Public Schools


Director of Information Technology Newton Public Schools - Newton, MA, United States


Location: Newton, MA

Company Profile:
here are 11,556 (as of 10/1/07) students enrolled in fifteen elementary schools (K-5), four middle schools (6-12) and two comprehensive high schools (9-12). We also have two integrated pre-school programs with over 230 students. Over 40 different languages are spoken within the student/parent population. The Newton school district belongs to the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO), a state-funded voluntary educational desegregation program enrolling 3500 Boston students in public schools in 34 suburban communities; 405 Boston students are enrolled in our schools. Newton is also a Member of the Education Collaborative for Greater Boston (EDCO) which includes 21 urban and suburban communities. 91% of the 2006 graduating class were listed as going on to higher education.