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  • Division Director, Technology

    Posted: 12/23/2021

    Our Story

    We come from humble beginnings — picture a one-person organization created in 1949 to advocate for excellence in public education on behalf of Texas school board members. Flash forward to today, and we have over 500 employees working together to provide 1,024 school districts with purposeful resources so they can focus on what matters most — excellent and equitable education for all 5.4 million Texas students. At TASB, the motto has always been “expert help from friendly people,” which makes it easy to see how we’ve maintained 100% membership across all Texas school boards for 32 years and counting. We combine a strong sense of tradition with innovation, and our mission — educational excellence for all Texas schoolchildren through advocacy, visionary leadership, and high-quality services to school districts — has played out in transformative ways. 

    Why Texas Association of School Boards (TASB)

    As TASBeans (our internal name for employees), we feel privileged to work alongside talented team-members who are passionate about education and enjoy learning from new and different perspectives.  We believe what makes our organization highly successful is the rich diversity our employees collectively bring to TASB with different backgrounds, skillsets, cultures and ethnicities, gender identities, interests, abilities, and work styles. And our passion for education and learning doesn’t end there. Our culture has always encouraged employees to grow and become their best selves both professionally and personally through a variety of innovative and collaborative development opportunities. You’re likely beginning to see why we’ve been regularly named by Austin Business Journal as a Top Ten Best Places to Work since 2009!  But there’s more…

    TASB offers competitive pay, rich benefits (including retirement matching of 2:1 up to 5% after one year. This means that if you contribute 5% to the plan, TASB will contribute 10%), onsite daycare, gym, fitness classes, dry-cleaning services, tuition reimbursement, remote work options, flexible schedules, and more. 

    Every role at TASB thoughtfully complements our mission and the educational impact being made in communities across Texas. If you consider your work exceptional and want to help drive our mission forward, keep reading!

    About You

    As Division Director of Technology, you will work within our Information Technology department and work to achieve objectives by enabling the delivery of business capabilities and stewarding technology resources to their most efficient and effective use. The Director enforces the technology standards set by TASB, ensures the IT roadmaps are aligned to business strategy and works with the team to establish standards to minimize complexity of the technical portfolio. They also advise and influence to improve integration quality, support innovation and enable enterprise productivity and collaboration.

    A Typical Day 

    • Collaborate and/or lead creation and implementation of digital roadmaps to implement modern best practices for each TASB Service Area.  Maximize value of each service area by articulating and explaining potential technology risks and solutions to avoid risks.  
    • Build strong and trusted relationships with TASB leaders in order to gain their buy in to the standards and designed of the overall architecture roadmaps and blueprints.
    • If you’re still reading, we’d love to meet you!

    How You’ll Make an Impact

    • Develop, maintain and promote policies, standards, and guidelines to ensure a consistent framework is applied across the company. 
    • Promote the use of a shared infrastructure and application roadmap to reduce costs and improve how information flows. 
    • Maintain a buy vs. build strategy for TASB that can be applied for each unique and shared service area of TASB.
    • This position reports directly to the CIO, is part of the Senior IT Leadership team and manages the Application and Quality Assurance Manager, the Integration Manager, the Master Data Management and Business Intelligence Manager and the Business Analysis Manager and help guide their teams.  

    Skills For Success

    • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information systems, or computer engineering, Master’s degree preferred.
    • At least 10 years’ experience in information technology.  
    • At least 5 years’ experience managing technologists.
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills that can articulate technology strategies, decisions and solutions to ensure understanding with business leaders. 
    • Excellent negotiation skills with business and technical groups.
    • Demonstrated ability to build consensus and trust with departmental leaders.
    • Strong knowledge of different software systems. 
    • Understanding of Web Services (SOAP, XML, UDDI, WSDL), Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) strategies and best practices, Single Sign On technologies such as OKTA, Ping Identity and software development best practices, particularly around Microsoft-centric environments (.Net, SQL, DevOps, etc.)

    The TASB Difference

    • Enjoy competitive pay and rich benefit offerings.
    • Be part of a collaborative environment where every contribution impacts Texas public schoolchildren. 
    • Thrive in a culture that promotes bringing your whole self to work every day and emphasizes healthy boundaries and work-life balance.  
    • Learn and grow individually and together through frequent professional development; diversity, equity, and inclusion panels; wellness seminars; and more. 
    • Work alongside transparent leaders with an open and consistent feedback approach.
    • Celebrate as a team with meaningful (and fun) events and tokens of appreciation throughout the year. 

    Posting Notices

    • The health and safety of our employees and members, is our top priority. We have implemented safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities including incentivizing vaccines, requiring masks in all common areas in the building, and optional risk-based testing strategies. 
    • TASB is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate on the basis of an individual's race, color, disability, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, age, marital status, veteran status, or any other personal characteristic protected by law.  
    • This position does not qualify for visa sponsorship. 
    • Any job offer is contingent upon receipt of results of a satisfactory background check.

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