Choice Schools
  • Central Office
  • Wyoming, MI, USA
  • Full Time

 

At Choice Schools Associates, we partner with school communities, empowering and equipping them to fulfill their unique mission.

ABOUT US:

Our local, full-service management company excels at turning around schools who may be having issues with finances, human resources, or recruitment. Our dedicated team will customize our company's services to fit every school's needs and will always be on-site to provide support. We work in conjunction with School Boards and make decisions based on the visions of Board members who have struggled to implement their goals. We are truly committed to fulfilling each Board's mission and will always make decisions based on the best interests of the children. 

We are a family-owned company that has been operating in Michigan for more than two decades. Our team members are passionate about helping the children and schools they serve to achieve their dreams. Together, we provide services to children, parents, and families at every school we have been chosen to manage. This recognition, coupled with our emphasis on the achievement of Academy Board goals and Choice standards, makes us truly unique. Choice Schools was rated "Top Work Places" in 2017, 2018, and 2019 by Detroit Free Press.

OUR CORE VALUES:

  • Student Focused
  • Expecting Greatness
  • Teamwork
  • Open Communication
  • Servant Leadership

Director of Technology, Data & Online Solutions

To lead and support the integration of technology and data in our 16 schools to achieve educational excellence for all children.

 

ESSENTIAL PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES:

School Technology Support

  • Ensures each academy has the technology they need to implement their instructional model and maintain smooth operations.  This includes the internet, computers, phones, copiers, security systems, etc.
  • Maintains knowledge of and communicates current research findings and forecasts related to the effective use of technology at each academy.
  • Evaluates software needs at each academy for effectiveness and consistency with strategic plans, continuous improvement plans (formerly school improvement plans), and the instructional model. 
  • Lead manager and integrator of the Learning Management Systems used by schools, such as Google Classroom, Schoology, Canvas, etc.
  • In collaboration with school leaders, area superintendents, and school-based technology staff, oversees professional development on the integration of technology into the curriculum.
  • In collaboration with school leaders, area superintendents, and school-based technology staff, isolates, researches, and resolves complex issues involving technology at academies. 
  • Leads schools in the full implementation of behavior management systems (MTSS).  
  • Responsible for compliance with the Children Internet Protection Act (CIPA) at each academy.
  • Oversees technology asset inventories at each academy and ensures proper protocols are in place for technology distribution. 
  • Prepares recommendations for the replacement of technology at the end of its lifecycle for each academy, and works with school finance committees to prioritize its funding. 
  • Works with school-based technology staff, school leaders, area superintendents, and finance committees to develop annual instructional technology and technology operations budgets.
  • Assists schools in using REMC for tech purchasing and the REMC Rebate programs.
  • Leads E-Rate technology discount program implementation. 
  • Ensures school device readiness for all online assessments.
  • Ensures schools have hotspots and other mobile devices for virtual learning. 
  • Manages relationships with third-party tech vendors on the school's behalf.  This includes vendor performance management and contract negotiations.
  • Works with each school leader, area superintendent, and school-based technology staff to identify required technological skills, and either recommend training or train staff as appropriate.
  • Ensures two-factor authentication and other safety protocols are implemented at each academy.   
  • Coordinates the ongoing and full implementation of device filtering software for staff and student computers. Examples include Securly, IBoss, and GoGuardian. 
  • Assists the school in managing their Google Admin account.

School Information Systems (SIS) Support

  • Oversees the SIS contract renewals, maintenance, and development.
  • Leads the full implementation of the SIS at each academy (ex: PowerSchool and MiStar).
  • Trains school-based staff on the various components of their SIS.
  • Ensures accurate PowerSchool Special Programs and other special education software connects with the appropriate School Information System and Learning Management Systems,
  • Ensures Individual Reading Improvement Plan (IRIP) data connects to the appropriate SIS.  
  • Assists the school staff with assigning classes and building class lists in their SIS. 
  • Assists the school staff with setting up their Grading System within their School Information System (SIS).
  • Assists the school staff with End of Year and Start of Year tasks and set up in their School Information System (SIS).  This includes but not limited to calendars, schedules, attendance, grading, reporting, etc.
  • Mentors & trains staff in their Student Information Systems.
  • Provides SIS troubleshooting and support.
  • Leads the full implementation of School Messenger and other various messaging systems. 

Data Leadership

  • Serves as the in-house expert for Tableau integration and ensures implementation throughout the company. 
  • Manages and supports all school data integration and use of the MiDataHub.Org online system.
  • Makes recommendations for improvement based on data from sources such as NWEA, M-Step, MI-Access, Index, and A-F report card scores.  
  • Uses data to track progress toward authorizer goals and communicates with the appropriate stakeholders when improvements are needed. 
  • Tracks and analyzes data to support key performance indicator achievement for schools and the central office.  
  • Responsible for survey creation, implementation, and analysis across all departments and schools.
  • Leads the survey workgroups at the central office and our academies.  
  • Keeps a watchful eye on competitor growth, academic data, and new initiatives.
  • Assists with compiling data for development initiatives. 
  • Gathers demographic information for comparison to draw conclusions on effective parent engagement and marketing tactics.

Central Office Tech Support

  • Responsible for central office technology purchasing and replacement strategy including computers, mobile devices, copiers, phones, etc.
  • Negotiates all central office technology-related contracts. 
  • Maintains central office device asset inventory.
  • Serves as front-line support for central office technology needs. 
  • Manages relationships with outsourced vendors. 
  • When applicable, ensures employees are properly equipped with technology for travel or home office use. 
  • Oversees server maintenance, replacement, etc. 
  • Ensures the central office is equipped with proper internet for efficient operations. 
  • Orients new staff members to technology, server filing systems, etc.
  • Applies positive customer service to the role and is perceived as a team member by staff and Academy employee
  • Assists with other duties upon request and approval of the Chief Academic Officer and Chief Financial Officer.  

REQUIREMENTS: 

  • Pursues social justice and leads with a lens of diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's degree preferred.
  • Network Administrator Degree and/or related field preferred. Candidates that have experience working in a K-12 environment preferred.
  • Proven record of accomplishment in technology planning and technology personnel management, ideally in a K-12 academic setting.
  • Knowledge of Student Information Systems preferred (such as Powerschool and MIStar).
  • Broad knowledge of industry standards and best practices in the use of technology in schools, including NAIS Principles of Good Practice on Technology and International Society for Technology in Education National Technology Standards (ISTE NETS).
  • Ability to effectively and creatively implement solutions.
  • Proven track record of effective project management.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and adept at establishing and maintaining good rapport and working relationships at all organizational levels.
  • Highly organized; ability to meet stringent deadlines, prioritize work, operate in a fast-paced work environment, and coordinate projects; good time management.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with individuals and groups and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to independently use various forms of electronic communications (email, web, text, etc.); technologically independent, with effective use of Microsoft Office.


TO JOIN OUR DYNAMIC TEAM
To apply, please visit: https://choice.workbrightats.com/jobs/

Please contact Beth Spaman, Chief Human Resources Officer, directly with questions at bethspaman@choiceschools.com 

Choice is an Education Service Provider for charter schools in Michigan and is the employer.  Please visit www.choiceschools.com for more information.EEOC

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