Director of Technology

Yongsan International School of Seoul

School Info:

Name:Yongsan International School of Seoul

Region:Asia

School Background: 
The Yongsan International School of Seoul (YISS) project was initiated through the work of a task force organized by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy (MOCIE) in May 2003 as an effort to improve the educational environment of foreign families in Korea. In December of 2003, the task force identified the expatriate community’s need for a school, which was then addressed with a decision by the Foreign Investor Committee to consider the funding and establishment of a new school.

In 2004, the Korea Foreign Schools Foundation (KFSF) was created with the approval of the MOCIE to establish, operate, manage, and administrate Yongsan International School Seoul (YISS), a new international school facility in Hannam-dong. According to the KFSF, "the mission was to establish a renowned, world class educational institution for the children of foreign investors in Korea in efforts to stimulate foreign direct investment which [would] be mutually beneficial to both the Korean economy and the foreign investors as well.”

In 2006, YISS was established. The project was supported by financial contributions from the national government and businesses. The KFSF leased the land for the campus from the Seoul Metropolitan Government and built the school facilities. The operator selected by the KFSF was the International Christian School of Seoul (ICS), which NICS/Oasis had been operating in Korea since 1990 and had an enrollment of over 500 students. ICS - Seoul then moved to the new campus and changed its name to Yongsan International School Seoul (YISS).

Since the move to the current campus in 2006, YISS has doubled in size, increased its Advanced Placement (AP) course offerings, and added many other programs. YISS has maintained a curriculum and climate which reflects the Christian values upon which it was built; however, after being selected by the KFSF, the school began offering parents a choice between a secular track (Oasis) and Christian track (NICS).

The KFSF has remained active in the operations of YISS by providing continued support, guidance, and scholarships. The KFSF has expanded its buildings and facilities in order to further develop and improve the school. Enhanced facilities have enabled YISS to offer more classes and broaden the curriculum, thus greatly increasing the competitiveness of the school.

General Responsibilities:
- Provide leadership in the planning and implementation of technology for all K-12
education programs to maximize student learning and engagement (EdTech)
- Provide leadership in the planning and implementation of technology for institutional
operations (InfoTech)
- Provide leadership in the assessment of current technology best practices and
recommends improvements to educational technology curriculum, programs, and
institutional operations
- Create and implement strategy for the development, deployment, maintenance, and
utilization of technology to support instructional and administrative activities
- Collaborate with curriculum and instructional staff to support teaching initiatives with
technology and provides guidance to integrate technology into the curriculum
- Administer and coordinate K-12 educational technology programs and supervise
educational technology support staff
- Promote the application of technology to support the diverse needs of students and to
maximize student learning
- Supervise, direct, and evaluate the operation of all non-educational information
technology systems and related support staff
- Direct the planning and implementation of technology professional development
programs for teaching, operations, and related support staff
- Provide organizational leadership for technology support of institutional operations
- Prepare operating budgets and resource planning for educational technology and
information systems management programs
- Manage relationships with vendors for sales, service, and support of all information
systems and technology
- Facilitate communication between organization staff, management, vendors, and other
technology resources
- Monitor the security of data processes to ensure integrity and reliability of information
systems
- Create and enforce technical standards for systems, development, and software to
ensure new and existing technology can be effectively supported and maintained
- Direct the continuous improvement of technology staff, equipment, and procedures to
maintain pace with technological progress
- Explore new technologies for future planning and potential implementation by
leveraging vendor relationships, professional development, and industry publications
- Stay abreast of emerging trends, developments, and changes in information and
educational technology

Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s degree in education, business, information systems, or related field of study
- A minimum of five years’ experience in academic and non-academic organizations with
increasing levels of organizational responsibility
- Thorough understanding of information technology with a strong business acumen
- Experience in strategic planning, project management, and process improvement in
academic, nonprofit, and business environments
- Experience managing a variety of technology projects such as infrastructure upgrades,
enterprise system deployments, and academic computing initiatives involving both
software and hardware
- Experience in multiple programming environments allowing for customization of internal
software applications (e.g. HTML/CSS/JavaScript, C++/C#/Java, SQL)
- Experience in the setup, configuration, and administration of integrated network
solutions and database management (e.g. Google Apps, PowerSchool, Schoology, SQL
Studio, Visual Studio, and Adobe Creative Suite)
- Ability to manage and motivate individuals to accomplish tasks and projects in a
fast-paced environment to successful completion
- Ability to work in a collaborative structure supporting the goals and objectives of the
leadership of the school
- Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to explain technically
complex information, concepts, and applications to non-technical users in an education
environment
- Strong analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills
- Must be a native English speaker

Preferred Qualifications:
- Master’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in education, business, information
systems, or related field of study, or equivalent IT certifications.
- Education degree (or equivalent hours) for certification in a K-12 environment
- Technology and project management certifications demonstrating in-depth knowledge
and understanding of technology issues in education and business operations (e.g.
MSCE, A+, CCNP, ADE, GCT, PMP)
- Experience leading academic computing initiatives such as learning management
system implementations, school information systems implementations, or 1:1 computer
 assignment

 

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