Director of Data and Technology

Organization Summary:

Russell Byers Charter School is a public elementary school located in Center City, Philadelphia, with over 710 students from 43 neighborhoods. We offer 4K (Kindergarten for 4-year-olds) through 8th Grade, a student/teacher ratio of 20:1, and an innovative hands-on academic program, expeditionary learning.

Russell Byers’ values academic excellence, civic responsibility and community service. Russell Byers Charter School is a learning community, built on the structures and principles of its educational model: Expeditionary Learning. In the Russell Byers community, students learn by doing. Academic goals are linked to adventure, service work, teamwork, and character development. Education becomes a partnership between student and teacher, as supported by enlightened school leadership and committed parents.

Russell Byers Charter School provides students roots, a safe, stimulating environment with a rigorous academic education grounded in expeditionary learning. Our students take responsibility for their learning to become powerful communicators, creative problem solvers and compassionate, engaged citizens. Russell Byers students develop wings to succeed in selective schools and embrace a love for learning.


Position Summary:

Russell Byers Charter Schools is seeking a senior manager to provide leadership and assume management responsibility for the direction, coordination, integration and implementation of technology across the Russell Byers School network. The Director of Informational Technology will evaluate and implement technology solutions to support instructional, administrative and support services. Additionally, The Director will oversee school site Technical Support staff and collaborate and consult with the Education team when required. The Director must manage data systems and build and implement tools that track both operational and educational success of our school-wide network.  The Director of Data and Technology will report to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Forecast needs, requirements and future direction for technology plan across the school and Support Office
  • Recommend department budget to CEO and ensures function operates within fiscal guidelines
  • Develop Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and Return on Investment (ROI) analyses for proposed technology projects
  • Provide leadership and assumes responsibility for computer network and hardware including servers, netbooks, and backup systems
  • Systematically plan for the development and implementation of new, efficient and effective technology solutions that maximize Russell Byers School’s resources and other external resources
  • Lead and interface with the administrative team, and technology partners to resolve technical problems, ensure stability and maintain availability
  • Manage operations of mission critical systems and technology platforms that include Open Directory, hosted and 3rd party and custom applications, and cloud-based collaboration and business applications
  • Manage systems (such as Infinite Campus and MMS) and other information systems such that the quality, quantity, timelines, and facility of data retrieval and reporting support business office and site needs
  • Coordinate with the school and internal/external partners to complete reporting requirements including PIMS
  • Responsible for security firewall, switches, site networks, Ethernet, and an integrated system-wide wireless infrastructure
  • Possess advanced skills in back-end system integration management and high-level engineering skills that include coding/programming capabilities
  • Adhere to policy for the purchase and maintenance of computers, peripherals, and audiovisual equipment
  • Track inventory of computers, peripherals, and audiovisual equipment
  • Explore, evaluate, and implement innovative cost-saving solutions
  • Manage organization-wide systems with established vendors, and explores new options
  • Supervise and evaluate technical staff and external consultants (as needed)
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with all areas of the Russell Byers School community, including the Education Team, School Administration and Operations
  • Evaluate technology integrated instructional professional development programs to improve instruction
  • Additional duties as assigned



  • Commitment to Russell Byers mission and belief that all students can learn
  • Deep knowledge of computer systems
  • Ability to think strategically and plan long-range implementation of system-wise technology solutions
  • Ability to lead, plan and manage in an entrepreneurial, team-oriented environment, in a challenging fiscal environment
  • Understanding of how technology supports educational outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with and work well with all levels within an organization specifically working effectively within the culture and processes used in educational organizations
  • Highly organized with strong project management skills, and drive to meet organizational and departmental objectives; ability to manage projects on interrelated time lines
  • Knowledge of student data systems (Infinite Campus, MMS), a strong plus
  • Proven ability to negotiate and work with vendors and consultants
  • Strong people and people management ability, with the proven ability to influence and enhance cooperative working relationships within a team environment
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic, and rapidly-changing environment
  • Demonstrated professionalism and responsibility, and a strong work ethic
  • A positive, high-energy attitude, and a drive for personal excellence
  • Flexible attitude, ability to work with urgency
  • Strong problem solving and strategic thinking skills
  • Willingness and desire to participate in unexpected projects
  • Strong organizational skills
  • A comfort and excitement about working with children from diverse backgrounds
  • A high level of interest in collaboration
  • Commitment to professional growth


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in Management Information Systems, Information Technology, Computer Science, Systems Management, Educational Technology or similar field preferred
  • Five (5) years progressively responsible experience in the development, installation, and maintenance of information systems
  • Three (3) years in a leadership role with supervisory experience preferred
  • Experience supervising professional level staff
  • Experience teaching in an urban setting a plus
  • Technical certificates from Microsoft, Cisco, etc., preferred


Physical Requirements:

Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required such as:

  • Functioning in classroom space – walking, sitting, standing, reaching
  • Must be able to sit for up to two hours looking at a computer monitor, using a keyboard/mouse and typing
  • Must be able to stand for up to two hours instructing a classroom of learners
  • Must be able to lift up to 25lbs on a frequent basis


Application Instructions:

Email resume and cover letter to Molly Farley, Human Resources Consultant, at