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Overview

Founded as a highly personalized one-on-one tutoring service, Academic Approach is successful teaching company whose name is synonymous with excellence, integrity, personalization, and innovation. Over the last few years we have introduced school administrators and faculty to our skills-based approach to raising student achievement. With district-leading score improvements, more and more schools are seeking to partner with us to utilize our deep understanding of standardized tests. The Director of Digital Strategy will be instrumental in ensuring we are poised to meet these increasing needs successfully by directing our expansion into offering our sought-after products and services through a digital portal. We are looking for a digital strategist who is passionate about both thinking of and delivering world-class technologies. You are a leader whose mission is to deliver solutions on time, at budget, and of the highest quality. You love a challenge and get excited about advancing technologies. You are a self-starter that thrives in an environment where you are provided the freedom to take initiative while working collaboratively with a dedicated group of colleagues who are serious about education. The position will require you to build a knowledge base of our business, organization, and objectives. The position is an equal balance of strategy and execution. You will work with senior leadership to prioritize and execute our digital initiatives. At the same time, you will take leadership on the planning, coordination, and management of a portfolio of technology projects. You will lead all aspects of projects from start to finish including project team resource identification, stakeholder interface, project planning, requirements gathering, technical & functional documentation, issue tracking & resolution, lifecycle testing, full project execution- tracking, reporting, rollout, interface with other business departments, and formalized project closure (ex. lessons learned). Additional responsibilities could include shaping product technical information, managing/refining the product idea prioritization process and influencing technical decisions.

Responsibilities

• Work with the organization's leadership to develop digital innovation and deliver project success

• Monitor and forecast digital trends, best practices, and emerging technologies, and communicate new ideas both internally and to clients within the field of education

• Manage custom product development from ideation through production deployment

• Drive and champion project management processes to ensure efforts of the organization are in lock-step using project management tools to plan and manage the delivery of enterprise solutions

• Participate and lead internal stakeholder conversations regarding brand or product positioning and overall digital strategy

• Direct cross-functional internal and external development and design staff, communicating essentials to ensure timely and successful delivery

• Drive the product road map and implement into service offerings

• Develop and execute a risk management policy that addresses potential exposures

• Evolve the processes and structures for our new digital initiatives

• Manage all elements of projects of internal and external teams (vendors) from kick-off to delivery

• Apply Agile /Waterfall methodologies to on-going and new projects

• Create Vision documents

• Oversee and direct multiple projects at a time

• Work with the team to estimate costs and timing for tasks such as research, strategy, design, and technology requirements, etc., utilizing established estimating process and tools

• Coordinate all activities of the project team and ensure that project tasks are completed by: scheduling and facilitating project-related team meetings (i.e. kick-offs, status, internal/client reviews, etc.), communicating action steps to team, and delivering weekly status reports to project team and management

• Develop, maintain, review, and disseminate all project documentation including status reports, invoices, change orders, project schedules, budgets, and post mortem reviews

• Provide accurate financial management of the portfolio of projects to which you are assigned

Qualifications

• Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university in IT, Computer Science, Business, or other relevant topics

• 7+ years of experience as director and manager of software development and Information Systems operation, preferably in a client-facing role

• 2 years as a Project Manager using Agile methodologies delivering mobile or digital projects, including websites, applications, and content management

• Experience communicating with and reporting to senior leadership

• Possess a solid balance of experience in mobile development, enterprise IT integration, and deployment

• Prior experience as a developer, information architect, or business analyst

• Superior written and verbal communication skills

Compensation

• Salary commensurate with experience

• Medical and dental coverage

• 401k

• Opportunity to advance at a growing company

How to Apply

Please visit our website at www.academicapproach.com to learn more about us. To apply for this position, please email a cover letter and resume to Jonathon at digital_strategy@academicapproach.com. Thank you for your interest in joining Academic Approach. We look forward to hearing from you.

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