The Potomac School is seeking a full-time K-5 Academic Technologist reporting to the Director of Technology and Innovation. This role is responsible for teaching foundational technology classes to students in grades K-3, as well as supporting teachers and students grades K-5 in the use of technology in the broad areas of productivity, digital citizenship, digital design, data analysis, and coding.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Teach technology classes and promote safe and responsible technology use
Support faculty and staff in efforts to integrate technology through a consistent pattern of outreach, support, and basic troubleshooting
Foster collaboration with classroom teachers and develop innovative, technology-enhanced lessons and assessments
Collaborate with all members of the technology team, academic dean, and division head to develop and execute a technology plan
Model curiosity, enthusiasm, and creative problem solving when using technology
Make recommendations regarding purchases that advance innovation
Support teachers in developing and improving sharing & communication with colleagues, parents and students
Attends divisional and departmental meetings as necessary
Education & Experience:
Bachelor's degree in education, instructional technology or a related field
Strong background in teaching and educational innovation with relevant use of technology in a primary and middle school classroom
Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing student-centered learning experiences
Expert in recommending, planning for, and implementing innovative pedagogical practices that promote and enhance teaching and learning best practices
Working knowledge of basic troubleshooting skills in computer hardware, software, and networking
Proven leadership, initiative, and communication skills
General Skills & Abilities:
Comfort with (and the ability to learn) a wide variety of ever-changing digital tools
Conversant in new and emerging technologies designed to support learning
Passion and excitement around the possibilities surrounding technology in supporting, enhancing and transforming the teaching and learning process
Strong communication skills - especially the ability to explain technology to both children and adults
A collegial approach and strong desire to be an active member of the technology team
A large measure of patience and sense of humor
Effective organization skills and the ability to manage multiple responsibilities
Demonstrated high degree of independence and proactive initiative
In striving to fulfill its mission, The Potomac School seeks many different voices, viewpoints, and backgrounds of candidates who embody our core values of courage, integrity, humility, perseverance, and respect. We recognize that differences are a source of strength, and we know that everyone is enriched when each person's contributions and perspectives are valued.
About The Potomac School
The Potomac School is an independent K-12 day school located in McLean, Va. While we are a K-12 school, we are more accurately described as a K through lifetime experience. We nurture the development of our students as unique individuals and as contributing members of a vibrant learning community.
Our school comprises four distinct yet interconnected divisions, joined through a shared mission, integrated curriculum, and deeply rooted communal ties. We enjoy the beauty and natural resources of our 90-acre campus, our athletic fields, woods, streams, and ponds providing a rare and wonderful setting for each student's educational journey.
Mission: At The Potomac School, we believe that intellectual development, love of learning, and strength of character are complementary, and equally essential, educational goals. With a firm commitment to our core values and a rigorous academic program, we prepare students to lead lives of purpose, achievement, and generosity of spirit.