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POSTED: October 15, 2018

Director of Information Technology

Karla Ashenhurst | | 6037773340
Phillips Exeter Academy
Exeter, NH
Full time
Senior/Mid Level Management

This position will provide leadership and vision for the planning, development, and use of information technology in support of the Academy’s academic and administrative priorities.
Key Accountabilities
•Directs and oversees the design, development, operation and support of information technology systems and programs supporting core operations and decision support including architecture management, application management, security and infrastructure and operations support management.
• The Director of IT will report to and work closely with the CFO. Together with campus leadership they will ensure ongoing enterprise information technology goals are aligned with institutional priorities and operating requirements.
•Develops and maintains strong partnerships with Academy leaders, individual offices and departments within the Academy to optimize and support their creative, confident, and effective use of technology in teaching, learning, administration, and service.
•Leads and develops the ITS team to excel at providing quality and reliable information technology services and resources, providing excellent customer service and partnership, effective communication, and supporting the adoption of operational best practices.
•Directly oversees ITS management team including hiring, mentoring, developing, coaching and retaining quality staff.
•Manages the Academy’s centralized ITS budget, monitoring performance against budget over time, and ensuring budget compliance.
•Maintains currency on emerging technologies to strategically assimilate, integrate, implement and support a complement of systems capable of responding to the Academy’s operational needs and decision support.
•Establishes an environment of systems and applications designed with flexibility to adjust to the evolution of emerging school technology solutions
•Responsible for the ongoing development of the IT strategy and roadmap, ensures integration with strategic planning processes and resulting business strategy
•Maintains understanding of existing and emerging technology and data compliance requirements evaluating implications for the Academy and implementing compliance solutions.
•Oversees vendor management of firms that supply technology or technology services to the Academy
•Serves as the employee liaison for the Information Technology committee of the Trustee’s. This includes preparing meeting materials and leading all committee calls and committee presentations
•Leads the information technology and data risk committee within the Academy’s institutional risk management program
•Facilitates regular communication with the Academy community regarding technology plans, projects, policies and procedures.

Experience •Requires at least 7-10 years of management and supervisory responsibility of an information technology department. •The position requires demonstrated successful leadership experience productively working and communicating with stakeholders from across the organization, as well as management of a full-service technology department. •Proven successful experience in strategic technology planning, budget management, technology forecasting/projection and execution. Skills & Knowledge •Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships. • Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills. •Excellent analytical and problem solving skills as well as a strong customer focus. •A strict adherence to confidential policies is required. •Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities and deadlines simultaneously. •Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed. •High degree of organizational skills with the ability to be flexible and multi-task with accuracy. •Ability to follow verbal and written directions, maintain a professional demeanor and restraint at all times, including stressful situations. •Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to serving the needs of a diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy and tact.
Education •BS in Management Information Systems, Computer Information Systems or equivalent combination of education and experience. •Graduate work in business administration is preferred. PMP certification preferred
Phillips Exeter Academy, located in Exeter, NH, is a highly selective coeducational independent school for boarding and day students in grades 9 through 12, and post-graduate level as well. Our 671-acre campus is comprised of academic and residential buildings, a library, playing fields and sprawling green lawns; retaining our 18th century New England charm. Visit our website,, to learn more about us. Please apply online at: