Director of Information Technology Services
National Education Association (NEA) - Washington, DC

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The National Education Association (NEA) is America’s oldest and largest organization committed to advancing the cause of public education. Headquartered in Washington, DC, NEA proudly claims more than 3 million members and strives to improve the quality of teaching, increase student achievement, and make schools safer and better places to learn. The NEA seeks applications for its Director of Information Technology Services.

The Director ensures that the information management vision for the Information Technology Services (ITS) department is aligned directly to NEA’s strategic goals and mission; establishes standards and guidelines to maximize enterprise technology architecture; information management system integration; and coordinates planning for major information technology networks. The Director serves as a member of the Association’s executive management team and participates in the development and administration of the Association’s strategic plan/initiatives and budget; provides leadership, and sets direction on key information technology investments. The Director ensures the on time and on budget delivery of all Information Technology programs and projects. The Director also advocates for the creation, collection, marketing, and use of information technology as NEA business assets and serves as key supporter for information technology capital planning. The Director works with the organizational centers and business units, State affiliates and other NEA affiliates, builds strong relationships with senior management and key stakeholders, drives innovation and differentiated IT strategy, and improves the business value of IT.

Applications are now being accepted. Applicants may apply until the position is filled. Interested candidates should apply online at . A cover letter and résumé, writing sample, references and writing test are required from all applicants.

Required Skills

Bachelor’s degree required.

Relevant graduate degree and/or certification preferred.

A minimum of seven years of experience required; with at least three years of executive-level experience preferred.

Thorough understanding of the best practices for information technology/management.

Demonstrated knowledge of technology environment architecture, data analytics, data security, quality assurance and data administration/configuration.

Experience in project management issues, including budgeting, finance, and quality control.

Proven ability to align departmental policies with organizational strategy and initiatives to include collaborating with stakeholders to develop/implement programs and policies and in advocating on behalf of members.

Demonstrates high performance standards of excellence and personal integrity.

Proven ability to effectively manage staff, programs, and budgets, including creating successful work teams, and developing and implementing team action plans.

Effective skills in supervision, decision-making, oral/written communications, interpersonal relations, team building, collaboration, effective presentation skills, policy analysis, financial management, and personal computer basics.

Required Experience

Partners with the Senior Director of the Center for Business Operations in providing technology vision and direction for the enterprise.

Demonstrated senior management expertise, including a successful record of achievement in leading a diverse, professional business unit.

Extensive leadership and collaboration skills that produce effective results with a vision for dynamic and progressive information technology programs that meet the needs of a changing association.

Responsible for the design, development, release and maintenance of technology systems and services for all enterprise business functions.

Oversees the development of enterprise technology standards, governance processes and performance metrics to ensure IT delivers value to the enterprise.

Provides senior management expertise, to lead a diverse, professional business unit providing highly technical and advanced assistance to affiliates and members

Implements effective project management strategies, incorporating knowledge of budgeting and finance.

Develops, administers, implements, interprets, and evaluates organizational policies.

Identifies and builds effective organizational relationships with partners who can assist in the efforts to transform public education.

Holds extensive relationships with organizations, entities, and individuals.

Supports, in collaboration with other departments, NEA members and leaders pursuing activism, advocacy, leadership, and organizing.

Aligns and coordinates across multiple NEA departments’ various forms of outreach and engagement, measuring the impact of such outreach, and ensuring the overall alignment of our external relations to the NEA strategic priorities.

Frequent travel required.

The National Education Association is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply.