The chief technology officer of Baldwin County Public Schools (BCPS) is a director-level position, serving in the senior staff cabinet and reporting directly to the superintendent. Baldwin County is located in the southwest corner of the state, bordered by the Gulf of Mexico, Mobile Bay, Florida, and adjoining counties in Alabama. It is one of the largest counties in land area east of the Mississippi river — home to more than 220,000 residents — and is not only the fastest growing county in Alabama but also one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. Baldwin County is home to the first public school in Alabama, built in 1799 by the Tensaw community. The 46 (and counting) schools overseen by the Baldwin County Board of Education are located in seven areas identified as “feeder patterns,” the educational path a student takes from kindergarten through grade 12.
The chief technology officer oversees all facets of technology, which at BCPS is divided into four functional areas: instructional support, network, enterprise, and central office support. Each unit has a coordinator, and underneath them are talented professionals working at the central office, in regional zones, and at specific schools. With the current CTO retiring after ten years of service, BCPS seeks an enterprise-minded tech leader undaunted by the scale of its program, which each year deploys 1:1 devices to all of its 31,000+ students and 4,000+ employees. At the same time, at this diverse district led by a self-described “blue-collar” superintendent in his 33rd year of service to Baldwin County, the CTO needs to have outstanding people skills and a relational approach to technology management. This exceptional opportunity starts in early January, or later by mutual agreement.
Ed Tech Recruiting is running the search on behalf of Baldwin County Board of Education. Applications are due December 1. For application instructions and the full job opportunity statement, please visit:
Start Date: January 3, 2023, or later by mutual agreement
Reports To: Superintendent
Salary Range: $122,000 to $126,000 (higher steps for degree supplements)
Lead a collaborative process to develop a strategic vision for technology that is aligned to the district’s overall strategic plan, vision, values, and culture, and oversee the execution and evaluation of that technology strategy.
Run a technology department that supports academic innovation in a scalable and sustainable fashion while adhering to best practices for an enterprise environment.
Establish and maintain local, regional, and national partnerships to support the strategic goals of the district’s technology program.
Academic, Administrative, and Operational Partnerships
Maintain close working relationships with school principals and other directors of centralized departments.
Ensure that the technology department builds and maintains departmental connections with academic, administrative, and operational constituents throughout the district.
Assess technology needs and recommend hardware and software updates consistent with student abilities, teacher needs, program goals, and administrative requirements.
Oversee multiple functional units, including instructional support, network, enterprise systems, and central office, and ensure successful operations within and among those units.
Allocate time and resources toward sustaining a positive departmental culture, including goal setting and team building, and ensure that each member of the department has an opportunity for professional growth.
Planning and Administration
Plan, direct, and ensure outstanding technical, fiscal and resource management for the implementation of district's technology and educational goals.
Ensure the success of major capital upgrade projects related to technology infrastructure.
Develop and track the departmental budget.
Perform other duties as assigned.
The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities as needed. This is a twelve-month, exempt position in accordance with the Board’s salary schedule. The performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with the provisions of the State Department of Education and/or Baldwin County Board of Education policy on evaluation of certified and/or classified personnel.
BALDWIN COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION IS LOOKING FOR CANDIDATES WHO CAN DEMONSTRATE
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is a minimum requirement, though a graduate degree is highly desirable
Director-level knowledge and experience of departmental leadership, staff supervision and development, change management, and setting and achieving individual and team goals
Experience leading major areas of technology planning and/or administration
Possession and maintenance of a valid driver’s license
Qualities and Abilities
An ability to meet the suitability criteria for employment and/or certification/licensure under the Alabama Child Protection Act of 1999 and Act No. 2002-457
A passion and interest for managing all areas of technology — hardware, software, technology support, and instructional support— even if prior experiences in these areas are not equal
An ability to lead the review, evaluation and implementation of instructional software, hardware, and technology tools
An ability to lead effective decision making and service teams for meeting school system goals and supporting school system programs
An ability to plan and execute multiple projects with competing deadlines, budgets, training programs, and collaborative resource management across school system service areas, departments, and administrative levels
An ability to supervise, evaluate, and professionally develop a diverse staff
Excellent oral and written communication skills and an ability to communicate well to a variety of audiences and in varied settings
Demonstrated success at working collegially, maintaining productive relationships, and building trust with staff, peers, and other stakeholders
Demonstrated commitment to shared leadership and governance, consensus-building, facilitation, and negotiation for both short- and long-term goals
An ability and willingness to work after hours, weekends, or holidays when necessary
An ability to be punctual and in regular attendance
A commitment to the mission and values of BCPS
Confidence and humility, together with a sense of humor and warm personality
A love of K-12 education, and a passion for supporting successful instruction and education to a diverse population of more than 30,000 learners
Possession of alternative qualifications to those listed as the Board may require
For more information please visit the following link, which contains the job opportunity statement and complete application instructions.
The Board is an equal opportunity employer. Personnel actions and decisions will be made without regard to factors or considerations prohibited by federal or state law (as such laws may from time to time be amended), including but not limited to race, gender, age, disability, national origin, citizenship, and religious preference.