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Information Technology Technical Director

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Large Employers in 2023.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Information Technology Technical Director

Job Profile Title
Information Technology Technical Director

Job Description Summary
Information Systems & Computing (ISC) is the University of Pennsylvania's central IT organization, providing the core network, data, voice, video, and enterprise application infrastructure and services upon which Penn's numerous Schools and Centers build their unique tools and capabilities.

ISC's 270-plus employees work closely with the University's IT organizations in order to create, deliver and support products and services that help Schools and Centers operate efficiently and effectively. We strive to be easy to work with, and to serve as a trusted advisor to Penn's IT community, faculty, staff and students in support of an environment of discovery and progress.

ISC's focus on customer service and the high-quality, cost-effective, reliable implementation of modern IT solutions advances the mission of the University, as well as that of each individual School and Center. At Penn, technological freedom and departmental autonomy represent dearly held core values. ISC supports those ideas by providing foundational services and cogent counsel, empowering individuals and departments to employ their distinct strengths in support of their goals.

Learn more about us by visiting https://www.isc.upenn.edu/about or www.linkedin.com/company/penn-information-systems-computing/.

Instructional Technology and Student Experience are among our top priorities at Penn. It's an exciting time to join our team as our services evolve with these priorities in mind. We're seeking a leader who can holistically envision conducive classroom environments and how AV and other technologies support these. The ideal candidate will be able to align these classroom environments with Penn's evolving use cases for learning. Success is dependent on strong, collaborative partnerships with the Office of the Provost, the Office of the University Registrar, colleagues in Information Systems & Computing Technology Services, Facilities & Real Estate Services, IT Procurement, School IT teams, higher education peers, the Central Pool Classroom Committee, and strategic vendors. We're looking for someone excited by the trends in pedagogy and AV technologies who can incorporate faculty and student needs into decisions regarding the evolution of classroom design. They will continue to cultivate an established AV community engaged in recommending baseline standards, understanding new and emerging AV technologies and their application in our environment, and sharing challenges and solutions. The candidate will lead and manage a high-functioning team that provides consistent, reliable AV technology, design, installation, and support for Penn's Central Pool Classrooms. The candidate will have administrative responsibility for long-rang planning, budget management, project management, vendor relationship management, as well as team management and development.

Job Description

Job Responsibilities

  • Direct and lead the planning, design, installation, and support for Penn's Central Pool Classrooms, including budget, project, and vendor management. This includes 1 to 6 year planning, budget projections, an overall budget management.
  • Managing, through IT Project Leaders, annual installation, renovation, and upgrade projects.
  • Managing strategic partnerships with relevant integrators and service providers.
  • Ensure alignment between classroom environments and the evolving needs of our faculty and students.
  • Cultivate strong collaborative partnerships with the Office of the Provost and with the team of people across campus responsible for creating and supporting classroom environments. These partnerships allow for a holistic approach to our evolving learning spaces.
  • Leading and directing the campus-wide AV Tech committee and Classroom Technology committee. Participating in the Faculty Advisory committee.
  • Explore trends in pedagogy and AV technologies and advise on their applicability in our learning spaces. Active participation in the Ivy+ Classroom Technology Group, and relevant conferences and consortia.
  • Lead, manage, and develop a high-functioning, self-motivated team of professionals responsible for the successful use of central pool classrooms.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science and 5 to 7 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is required.
  • Foundational knowledge of AV and general classroom technologies.
  • Experience designing, installing and supporting classroom technologies.
  • Experience leading, managing and developing a high-functioning team.
  • Familiarity with multi-year planning, budgeting and project management.
  • Strong listening, communication, collaboration, and team building skills.
  • Genuine interest in exploring new developments in pedagogy and AV technologies.
  • Must be flexibility and adaptability.
  • Must be able to cultivate teamwork and accountability.
  • Ability to create a shared vision and instill a strong sense of purpose within the team.
  • Understanding of, and appreciation for academic environments.
  • High personal value on cultivating strong relationships and partnerships and a culture of respect.

Job Location – City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Information Systems and Computing

Pay Range
$90,860.00 – $160,000.00 Annual Rate
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

To learn more, please visit: https://www.hr.upenn.edu/PennHR/benefits-pay

To apply, visit https://wd1.myworkdaysite.com/en-US/recruiting/upenn/careers-at-penn/job/3401-Walnut-Street/Information-Technology-Technical-Director_JR00084113-1

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About University of Pennsylvania

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A Great Place to Work

Penn's innovative schools, centers, and divisions offer a vast array of positions in a broad range of fields. Penn is the largest private employer in Philadelphia. Here you can find new opportunities as your career develops—from your first job out of school to your first leadership role, and all points in between. You can discover new work settings as your goals evolve, and even change professions.

We’re famous for research and education, but did you know Penn also offers positions in areas such as financial management, hospitality, transportation, real estate development, investments, public safety, fundraising, marketing, communications, and information technology (IT)?

Penn is a leading employer in key fields. We are regularly ranked as one of the best places to work in IT, and our Office of Development and Alumni Relations is one of the premier organizations in the industry.

If you have a passion for excellence in education, research, or service to the community, Penn is the right choice for any point in your professional journey.

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

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