The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) is looking for a self-motivated individual to be our Director of Information Technology (IT). The Director of IT is responsible for the overall planning, organizing, and execution of IT functions for the Association, reports to the Chief Financial Administrative Officer (CFAO), and manages direct reports.
Manage IT Needs for the Association Employees
Devise and establish IT policies and systems to support the implementation of organizational priorities and strategies.
Analyze the business requirements of all departments to determine their technology needs and recommend and implement technical solutions. Coordinate IT systems and resources needed to ensure NSTA staff have the tools and training necessary to be effective at remote work. Evaluate current systems and processes, continually assessing resources for best practices.
Direct all programming and integration needs of the Association. Work with teams to develop scope and requirements for programming, upgrades, and enhancements. Manage requirement of resources and timing and serving as a liaison between software development and project owners and ensure that end-user needs are met. Create Policies and Procedures that are clear and concise and oversee training NSTA staff on new systems and technologies.
Conference Activities. Work with third-party vendors as needed to implement and/or support systems and applications. Work with Conference Teams and outside vendors as needed to support conferences, trainings, and other programs.
Manage and oversee the Association Management System (Apitfy), including employee access and rights, third party integrations, ecommerce functionality, and best practices.
Contracts/Purchasing – Initiate and lead all hardware and software evaluations and maintain vendor contracts. Negotiate with vendors on all technology contracts. Review and purchase all new computers, software, and other electronic equipment.
Develop department budget and review financial statements and invoices. Develop remote work and cloud environment strategy and work to implement best practices around remote working and virtual environments.
Oversee Microsoft, Aptify, and all other systems and applications and ensure security of networks and access. Evaluate and negotiate best contracts for NSTA and work with end users on scoping, requirements and timing. Develop and implement business continuity protocols to minimize disruption to business operations in the event of emergency situations or data loss.
Oversee security of systems, networks, and enterprise information. Facilitate IT security audits or investigations.
This position manages up to 4 employees and is responsible for the performance management and hiring of the employees within that department.
8+ years’ experience in IT and database management.
Proficient in Microsoft Technologies, including Office 365, One Drive, Teams, and Sharepoint.
Expert in managing a cloud-based system including Azure, AWS, and Entra ID.
Experience with creating complete backup and disaster recovery plans for cloud-based systems.
Knowledgeable about cybersecurity best practices including MFA, intrusion prevention and staff training.
Experience using MS SQL Server 2008 or higher. Experience writing views and stored procedures.
Experience writing Crystal Reports or SSRS.
Experience with an association management system or large ERP/customer management system. NSTA uses Aptify.
Understanding of programming logic and project management.
This position is fully remote but must be able to travel to NSTA conferences twice a year.
The ideal candidate must be organized, detail oriented. This candidate should be an effective and articulate communicator, able to build and maintain positive relationships with internal and external clients, and should have a passion for getting things done, with an interest in continual process improvement.
NSTA's mission is to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.
The National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) is a vibrant community of 40,000 science educators and professionals committed to best practices in teaching science and its impact on student learning. NSTA offers high quality science resources and continuous learning so that science educators grow professionally and excel in their career. For new and experienced teachers alike, the NSTA community offers the opportunity to network with like-minded peers at the national level, connect with mentors and leading researchers, and learn from the best in the field.
Founded in 1944 as the National Science Teachers Association, the NSTA is headquarted in Arlington, Virginia. It is the largest organization in the world dedicated to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA's current membership includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.