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Director of Information Technology

Full-Time Permanent Position

Who We Are

Located on 10 beautiful acres in the heart of Olde Oakville, St. Mildreds-Lightbourn School (SMLS) is a premier independent school for girls from JK through to Grade 12. Our mission is to engage each girl in a personalized, real-world learning experience where she explores her unique pathways within a nurturing community.

An Opportunity to Join SMLS

Role Overview

To support our vision of empowered young women challenging and transforming the world, we are currently seeking a Director of Information Technology. The successful candidate will be responsible for the overall operational and departmental strategic planning and initiatives of information technology.

Position Details

Department: Information Technology

Reports to: Associate Head of School, Learning and Innovation

Liaises with: Senior Leadership Team Members, Staff, Faculty

Education: Post-secondary education in Computer Programming, Networking or Computer Science. Post-secondary education in Business combined with related IT managerial experience. Project Management Certification or Equivalent Experience.

Experience: 10+ years of related IT Experience

Fluent in Google Workspace & Microsoft Office products

Comfort in a Mac based environment

Working Conditions: Office / School Environment, Mac, Google

Experience in Education (asset)

Experience in an Independent School (an asset)

Experience in not for profit environment (an asset)

Key Responsibilities

Operations & Projects

Oversee schools data management, cybersecurity and business continuity planning for all IT systems and protocols

Annual audit of all IT vendor services and contracts, along with school network and cybersecurity infrastructure

Provide input to the insurance renewal process to ensure proper levels of coverage for IT equipment and cyber security protection

SuperAdmin account administration and technical support for all IT software systems (Blackbaud, Raisers Edge NXT, Financial Edge NXT, Google Workspace for Education, Zoom, Graduway, etc.)

Annual setup and management of the SMLS Learning Management System (Blackbaud), including roll-over for new and departing families

Oversee school laptop (MacBook Air) program for all students, staff and faculty, including annual purchase, setup, and upgrade

Research and evaluate prospective and current software/hardware required to meet school educational, business and risk objectives, including annual software and hardware purchases

Liaise with other business departments including Admissions, Advancement, Finance, and Marketing and Communications to ensure provision of appropriate IT supports and processes (e.g. billing, student enrolment, school website, etc.)

Oversee IT support for school and special community events (closing ceremonies, parent events, annual retreats, assemblies, etc.)

Administration of annual cybersecurity training (KnowBe4)

School and People Leadership

Contribute to the overall health, success and sustainability of the school

Contribute to the structure, role design, recruitment and selection of necessary personnel to ensure the success of the IT Team

Provide leadership to the IT Team through coaching, feedback and professional development

Build leadership and operational capacity in the IT Team, and plan for future leadership succession

Serve on school committees including, but not limited to, the schools Edutech Committee, and Internal Risk Committee

Strategy & Business Planning

Create a clear and inspiring strategy and priorities for Information Technology at SMLS, aligned with the schools strategic direction

Develop and manage IT initiatives that promote the success of the organization, enhance student and parent experiences, and support employee effectiveness

Keep up-to-date with industry best practices in technology and education; communicate and readily share information with colleagues

Contribute to the annual budgeting process including multi-year financial requirements and capital/operating budget oversight for IT program maintenance and development across the school, including opportunities for cost management, and identifying areas for investment

Annually update all school IT policies for faculty & staff, students and parents, including new policies to meet evolving needs of the school

Design and administer comprehensive IT onboarding for all new faculty, staff and students

Who You Are

Your Strengths

Above all else, the successful candidate is a champion for girls education. You are also:

An enthusiastic, articulate, and creative individual who communicates with ease and confidence.

A critical thinker who demonstrates initiative, integrity and attention to detail.

A team player who enjoys being part of a vibrant, collaborative community and contributes positively to all areas of the school.

An initiator who challenges the status quo and seeks better and alternative means of achieving exceptional business results. Your Knowledge, Skills & Experience

Exemplary communication and collaboration skills with the proven ability to develop relationships and a caring rapport with colleagues, students and their families

Experience with information technology in the education sector, including network and software (Blackbaud in particular) administration is an asset

Why Join SMLS?

Our work is meaningful and important. As a school, we support each students interests, talents, learning needs and strengths. Through our world-class facility, Signature Programs, expertise in girls education, and dedication to personalization, our students become lifelong learners equipped to achieve excellence in whatever path they choose.

When you join SMLS, you join a fun and supportive community!

Our employees enjoy competitive compensation packages and may be eligible for some of the following benefits:

Health, vision, and dental care

Life insurance, AD&D insurance, and Long Term Disability insurance

Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

Mental health & wellbeing resources

Ontario Teachers Pension Plan / RRSP program with up to 5% employer match

A healthy lunch program during the school year

On-site fitness facilities

On-site parking

Time off during Winter Break and March Break

Summer hours and extra long weekends in line with the school calendar

The Essence of SMLS

Each Girl at the Centre

We believe that each girl is creating her own distinct educational pathway, as her interests, strengths and passions emerge. We are committed to co-creating that pathway with her in a personalized learning environment where each girls joy, laughter and love of learning belong.

Academic Excellence and Innovation

SMLS is grounded in best practices and focused on innovation. We set the highest standards of excellence for our academic curriculum and signature programs as we develop ethical, culturally competent leaders who are catalysts for positive change.

Wellbeing and Belonging

We understand that connectedness to oneself, others and the world around us is fundamental to our students learning and wellbeing. As a school community, we are united by our values and our commitment to building a just and inclusive environment with empathy, integrity and respect. We honour our Anglican heritage and welcome all faiths and cultures, celebrating the diversity reflected by each member of our school community.Strength of Spirit

We live in a complex world with uncertainty and change. We believe that resilience, courage and commitment are essential for our students and our community to embrace life fully, open ourselves to limitless possibilities, and boldly meet the unknown challenges ahead.If you are interested in an opportunity to join our school, please apply online at smls.simplication.comWe appreciate and thank all applicants for your interest in SMLS, however, only those candidates invited for an interview will be contacted. SMLS is an equal opportunity employer and we accommodate any needs under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code. We value diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment within our community.

Please contact Human Resources with any requirements or questions.