FRAMINGHAM – After 6 years with the Framingham Public Schools, the district’s director of technology has left.
The Framingham Public Schools began advertising for a new director of technology on August 7.
George Carpenter, who had held the position since July 2014, left in July.
Carpenter is now a senior business analyst with Nuance Communications.
Carpenter joined the Framingham Public Schools in July 2013 as a school information coordinator. He was promoted to Director of Technology in 2014.
He designed, managed, and maintained the district’s infrastructure across 17 sites and oversaw a staff of 21 full and part-time and employees.
No salary was advertised with the job posting.
The director of technology will “plan, organize, direct, supervise and evaluate the acquisition and application of technology in support of all District activities; coordinate the development and implementation of the District’s technology master plan; coordinate, organize and supervise staff development, training and technical guidance in software, educational technology and use of systems; assist in the development of the District’s technology budget with the goal of delivering Framingham Public Schools’ high expectations for achievement, support for the physical, social and emotional health of all students, equal access to high levels of instruction, the achievement of academic proficiency for all students, and closing of the achievement gap among subgroups within the schools,” according to the job posting.
The individual would report to the school district’s Executive Director of Business Operations Lincoln Lynch.
The position works 228 days a year and is part of the Unit B contract.
The essential functions or duties of the position, according to the job description:
- Develops and implements a strategic vision for the use of technology in the district in both the academic and infrastructural systems.
- Supports the carrying out of the District’s strategic plan.
- Maintains knowledge of and communicates current research findings and forecasts related to the effective use of technology in the school’s educational program.
- Provides current, cutting-edge information to support decision-making on academic and administrative technology matters.
- Collaborates with internal and external personnel (e.g. other administrators, hardware/software providers, consultants, auditors, public agencies, community members, etc.) for the purpose of implementing and/or maintaining services and programs.
- Develops and monitors the District web site for the purpose of providing information regarding the activities of the District.
- Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.
- Develops liaisons with business sources and school support groups for the purpose of subsidizing the acquisition of new technology by soliciting and obtaining funding, hardware, software, expertise and/or community support.
- Directs department operations; the maintenance of services and the implementation of new programs and/or processes for the purpose of providing services within established timeframes and in compliance with related requirements.
- Facilitates meetings, workshops, seminars, etc. (e.g. technology committee, personnel actions, financial procedures, regulatory requirements, actions involving outside agencies, etc.) for the purpose of identifying issues, developing recommendations, supporting other staff, and serving as a District representative.
- Manages the development of the district wide area and local area networks for the purpose of ensuring the efficient growth and development of productivity computing for teachers, classified/support staff and district administrators.
- Monitors budget allocations, expenditures, fund balances and related financial activities for the purpose of ensuring that allocations are accurate, revenues are recorded, expenses are within budget limits and/or fiscal practices are followed.
- Participates in a variety of meetings (e.g. cabinet, leadership, workshops, inter and intra district committees, community and public agencies, seminars, conferences, etc.) for the purpose of conveying and gathering information regarding a wide variety of subjects required to carry out their administrative responsibilities.
- Performs personnel administrative functions (e.g. hiring, counseling, training, supervising, evaluating, providing professional development opportunities, etc.) for the purpose of maintaining necessary staffing, enhancing productivity of staff, and ensuring necessary department/program outcomes are achieved.
- Prepares a wide variety of reference, presentation, policy and administrative materials (e.g. plans, budgets, funding requests, reports, analyses, recommendations, procedures, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, requests and issues; providing audit references, and/or meeting compliance requirements.
- Provides leadership and technical support for the purpose of designing, developing and maintaining an efficient, unified and fully integrated technology system.
- Researches topics related to current and emerging technology (e.g. relevant policies, current practices, staffing requirements, financial resources, etc.) for the purpose of developing new programs/services, ensuring program compliance with established requirements, securing general information and/or responding to requests.
- Responds to issues involving staff, conflicts in policies and regulations, community concerns, parental requests that may result in some negative impact and/or liability if not appropriately addressed for the purpose of identifying the relevant issues and recommending or implementing a plan of action that will efficiently resolve the issue.
- Ensures that all educators have access to the appropriate tools for 21 century learning.
- Focuses on ensuring that network and other technology resources are used safely and responsibly rather than limiting access.
- Oversees all administrative aspects of technology programs and services in the district, including infrastructure implementation and maintenance, support of educators and support staff in the use of hardware and equipment and management.
- Evaluates the performance of technology department employees and oversee training and support to enhance contributions.
- Oversees the delegated responsibility of designing, developing, analyzing and enhancing school district based programs and applications.
- Oversees the delegated responsibility of isolating, researching and resolving complex problems or issues for critical district applications.
- Performs other duties as assigned by the Assistant Superintendent(s) and the Superintendent.