Oct 08, 2019

VP, Technology

  • National Math and Science Initiative, Inc.
  • Remote
Full-time Technology

Job Description

What do you do all day?

At NMSI, our people mean everything to us; they are the lifeblood of the organization. Without our staff, NMSI is just an idea. And technology is critical to NMSI achieving its mission of serving all students, especially those furthest from opportunity. Our Vice President of Technology will provide the technology vision and leadership to support NMSI’s programs and services and will guide the development, implementation, management, and support of all technology for the organization. While leading the Information Technology team and the Project Management Office, the VP will also be a critical partner to our academic teams in the development of strategies and systems to serve more students, teachers, and other stakeholders (e.g., developing an online delivery strategy for our core programs or deploying a learning management system).  

As an experienced technology leader with an analytical mind and an entrepreneurial spirit, the VP of Technology inspires teams to achieve their best work while solving complicated problems in a supportive culture. This senior-level role demands exceptional technology expertise combined with leadership presence, proven strategic planning and project management experience, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate cross-functionally on technology decisions. 

This role is responsible for planning the technology future for the organization. This person is a big thinker, excited by the opportunity to grow and lead a best in class technology team to support STEM education across the country. You will manage three direct reports and a total team of seven. This position can be based from a home office anywhere in the contiguous US - Dallas, TX preferred.    


What are the details?

  • Serve as a member of the Senior Management Team with the responsibility to support and advise leadership in all matters related to the technology needs of the organization
  • Partner with leaders across functions to strategize and deliver technology initiatives aligned with business initiatives
  • Oversee the hiring, development, and retention of a well-skilled technology and project management workforce; ensure training and development is provided consistently to maintain and enhance skill levels in all technology disciplines;
  • Shape the strategic vision for the team, set goals for your team that operationalize our organizational goals and strategy
  • Select, implement and leverage technology and platforms to streamline current operations and allow for efficient processes
  • Identify and maximize opportunities for technology efficacy, scalability, and innovation
  • Oversee the technological infrastructure (networks and computer systems) in the organization to ensure optimal performance and cost-effectiveness
  • Work with external and internal stakeholders to optimize processes and seamless data exchange
  • Liaise with leadership and internal teams to provide regular Technology updates, represent Technology perspective and advocate for the Technology Team
  • Other duties as assigned

What are we looking for?

  • Education & Experience – You have a minimum of eight years’ Information Technology experience with increasing levels of responsibility and track record of success
  • Capable Leader - You help your staff prioritize work to meet ambitious goals. You can foresee and mitigate challenges better than most managers you know
  • Entrepreneurial – You live for the hustle that’s required to forge new paths; you collaborate well with others to make things happen
  • Relationship Builder – You have a knack for building relationships quickly and inspiring those around you 
  • Inclusive – You can work effectively with people regardless of their age, gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or job type—or any other factor that makes us unique!
  • Organized & Productive – You are a master at planning your day and not letting distractions come in between meeting your goals
  • Reliable – You can work effectively with minimal supervision, but you also know when to ask for help
  • Flexible – You are comfortable working in an ambiguous environment with competing priorities; you’re willing to travel a few times throughout the year when necessary
  • Growth Mindset – You learn from failure and crave feedback because you know that it makes you better; you are also not afraid to give feedback to your manager or colleagues
  • Tech Savvy – You embrace technology as a tool to enhance your work effectiveness but not a tool to replace hard work


Want to learn more?

The National Math and Science Initiative is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming math and science education in today’s classrooms and ensuring that all students have the knowledge and skills to thrive in the global economy of the 21st century. Founded in 2007, NMSI began by dramatically improving student participation and success in rigorous Advanced Placement math, science and English courses in 85 courses across seven states. Today, NMSI has scaled its proven program to serve more than 1.5 million students, 50,000 teachers, 1,000 high schools and 45 universities across 40 states, and is having a demonstrable and lasting impact on student outcomes. 

NMSI Next, our five-year strategic plan, deepens our commitment to transform our current programs. In doing so, we will also launch a bold approach to partnering with school systems that drives outcomes not only at the student and school system levels, but also at the regional and national levels. NMSI Next is anchored on the concept that the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts and that our teamwork and program work go hand in hand.  Additionally, we believe that our impact at the school system, regional, and national levels will reinforce itself to ensure population level outcomes. 

We believe STEM education is the greatest lever to accessing opportunity and is unmatched in unlocking student potential.

Specifically, NMSI Next will implement the following strategic levers so that all students, especially those furthest from opportunity, thrive and reach their highest potential as problem solvers and lifelong learners, pursue their passions and tackle the world’s toughest challenges.

  • Catalyze bold thinking and enduring solutions for all students nationally
  • Collaborate with regional stakeholders to drive sustainable changes
  • Provide school systems a world class K-12 solution set
  • Build a strong, sustainable, and nimble organization positioning us to deliver exponential impact


The organization has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate.

National Math + Science Initiative (NMSI) provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. NMSI complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which we have employees. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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