Senior Director, BT Labs
The College Board - Reston, VA

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The College Board, a national educational organization, is conducting a search for a Senior Director, BT Labs in our Business Technology Department, who will be resident in our Reston, VA Office.

Position Summary

The BT Labs department within Business Technology (BT) has two primary focus areas: Concept Validation and Prototyping and Emerging Technology Research & Analysis (R&A).

Concept Validation and Prototyping supports all CB programs and services during the early stages of product development. This is accomplished as the “technology arm” of the College Board’s Innovation & Concept Development (I&CD), working in an integrated and embedded fashion with that team.

Emerging Technology Research and Analysis involves evaluating emerging technology solutions in the Education Technology landscape and beyond, usually as part of early engagement in project/product development to explore and recommend potential solution options leveraging these emerging technologies.

As a part of College Board’s continual investment in new products and services and emerging technologies, the Senior Director of BT Labs is a critical leadership role within the Business Technology organization and the College Board overall. This person must possess an exciting, passionate enthusiasm for new technologies, prototyping, and working in a consultative manner with respect to emerging technologies and product concepts. This person will work in a fast paced, innovative environment that encourages and rewards creative thinking, and works to bring an entrepreneurial perspective into a corporate technology organization.


Manage staff of Principal Engineers both internal College Board employees and non employees

Manage the hiring and staffing of resources for projects

Manage the daily operations, including schedules, budgets, and overall team organization

Collaborates effectively with necessary stakeholders to champion and manage the Emerging Technology R&A Roadmap on behalf of BT and the College Board

Works closely with Enterprise Architecture to keep our Emerging Technology R&D Roadmap current and relevant

Must possess extensive expertise is new and emerging technologies and technology trends such as Open Source, Cloud Computing, Mobile, Semantic Web, Web 3.0, SOA, etc..

Must possess extensive expertise in Technical Solution Architecture

Must possess extensive expertise in managing Lead/Sr-Level engineering personnel and vendors

Manages multiple cross-functional projects of very high complexity.

Typically manages multiple functions for an enterprise or multiple projects.

Responsible for providing strategic technology direction for the organization.

Must be a seasoned speaker/presenter with heavy experience presenting to Senior Executive, Technical and Non-Technical audiences alike.

Responsible for overall coordination, status reporting and stability of project oriented work efforts.

Establishes and implements processes and methodologies to ensure projects are delivered on time, within budget, adhere to high quality standards and meet customer expectations.

Responsible for assembling project plans and resourcing/vendor assignments, directing and monitoring work efforts on a daily basis, identifying resource needs, performing quality review; and escalating functional, quality, timeline issues appropriately.

Responsible for tracking key project milestones and adjusting project plans and/or resources to meet the needs of customers.

Coordinates communication with all areas of the enterprise that impacts the scope, budget, risk and resources of the work effort being managed.


A minimum of seven plus year’s experience with a proven track record in managing/leading a technical team in a dynamic setting. A bachelors degree (MS or MBA preferred), and experience to include a minimum of seven years of experience applying knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to a broad range of life-cycle activities in order to meet the requirements for Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC), and Methodologies. Requires advanced technical and business knowledge in multiple disciplines/technologies/processes. Must have extensive experience managing technology projects in an Agile (SCRUM, XP, Etc) manner. Must have experience presenting to Senior/Exec-level Management.

Excellent written/verbal communication.

Additional Requirements


Expertise in Lean Product, The Lean Startup and Agile

Agile and iterative project management

Agile modeling

Technical Consulting

Sales Engineering

Solution Architecture

Open Source

Cloud Computing

Web 2.0 / Web 3.0

Service Oriented Architectures

Distributed Computing and Data Technologies such as Hadoop and MapReduce


Wikis / Blogs


If you are interested in joining the College Board and you meet our qualifications, we encourage you to APPLY by following the link below to send us your resume and a brief introductory cover letter that includes salary expectations.


We offer our employees an outstanding benefits package which includes 4 weeks of paid time off, a generous retirement plan, tuition reimbursement and ongoing professional development and training.


The College Board’s mission is to connect students to college success and opportunity. We are a not-for-profit membership organization committed to excellence and equity in education. Among our best-known products are the SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, and Advanced Placement Program®.

The College Board is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The College Board participates in E-Verify, a service of DHS and SSA, where required. Please understand that only qualified applicants will be contacted.

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