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Chief Information Officer

Building 21 | Philadelphia PA 19130 USA | Full Time - 12 Month | Revised: 06/21/2013

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Building 21

Chief Information Officer


Building 21 is seeking an entrepreneurial senior manager to provide leadership and assume management responsibility for the design, development, coordination, integration and implementation of technology across the Building 21 network of schools.  Reporting to one of the Building 21 co-founders, the CIO will work collaboratively with a cross-functional team of school leaders, instructors, community members, students, parents, administrators, and representatives of industry over the next 12 months to design a new high school model that realizes the vision of Building 21 to “customize education at scale”.   Technology will play a critical role in the Building 21 instructional model by personalizing education for every student and adult in the network.  Technology will also be a key enabler of more efficient and effective resource allocation across the Building 21 network.  The first Building 21 school will open as a high autonomy, in-district school in Philadelphia in the Fall of 2014.  After the initial design year, this position will oversee the evaluation and implementation of off-the-shelf and custom-designed technology solutions to support instructional, administrative and support services.   

The CIO will play an integral part in the design of this school model during our start-up design phase.  As such, we are seeking someone who truly enjoys working with passionate people in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced environment.  Experience working in the education field is important for understanding how technology supports educational outcomes, where technology-funding sources can be accessed, and that a culture of collaboration and creativity can support success. Experience in a startup or a technology design process is also valuable.



Design Process

  • Actively participate in cross-functional design team to develop Building 21 competency framework, instructional model, assessment system, student and adult induction process, and professional development program.

  • Represent technology perspective throughout the school design process by creatively identifying where practical technology solutions can be employed to achieve Building 21 vision and objectives.

  • Lead the drafting of a detailed technology project plan to support the Building 21 implementation year that includes basic networking and information technology infrastructure, solutions to support instruction in the classroom and beyond, and systems to support critical administrative and operational services.

  • Assemble the technology to support a robust formative and summative assessment system, including a comprehensive student e-portfolio archive.


  • Serve as the senior technology executive across the national network of Building 21 schools, overseeing staff at the national and school level as Building 21 expands.

  • Continually update and iterate the technology project plan to address needs and requirements across the network and to harness the potential of emerging technologies.

  • Collaborate with network leadership, education technology specialists, school leaders, instructional leaders, and operational leaders as well as with external partners to present and implement cohesive technology across Building 21 that promotes personalized learning.

  • Oversee budgeting process and ensures that the technology function operates within fiscal guidelines.

  • Actively participate as a member of the Building 21 Senior Leadership Team.

  • Develop Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and Return on Investment (ROI) analyses for proposed technology projects.

  • Proactively identify potential sources of funding for technology initiatives and collaborates on grant-writing and other fundraising activities related to technology.

Ongoing Instructional Design and Support

  • Collaborate closely with Building 21 Network Leadership, School Leaders, Instructional Leaders, teachers, administrators and students to coordinate technology hardware, software and digital development to support classrooms, schools, offices and departments; implements integrated instructional technology programs organization-wide.

  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with all areas of the Building 21 community, including the instructional team, the operations team, and all academic and student programs by completing regular visits, classroom tours, meetings, and trainings across the network.

  • Develop a carefully curated and user-rated set of content and learning resources for use across the network that enables teachers to personalize the delivery of instruction.

  • Build a technology-enabled bridge to learning resources outside of the four walls of the school to realize Building 21’s vision of a “permeable school” model in which students are learning from experts within the school, across the network, across town, and around the globe.

  • Evaluate technology-integrated instructional professional development programs to improve instruction.

Network and Information Systems

  • Provide leadership and assume responsibility for networks, computers, servers, mobile devices, and backup systems.

  • Manage operations of mission critical systems and technology platforms to support instructional objectives and key business requirements.  

  • Supervise technical staff and external consultants.

  • Conduct regular training for staff and direct reports; develops training handbooks and guidelines.



Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master's Degree in a field appropriate for this position (Management Information Systems, Information Technology, Computer Science, Systems Management, Educational Technology or other equivalent disciplines), preferred.

  • Minimum 6 - 10 years experience in the development, installation and maintenance of information systems.

  • Ability to lead, plan and manage in an entrepreneurial, team-oriented, and fiscally-challenged environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate with and work well with all levels within an organization, specifically working effectively within the culture and processes used in educational organizations.

  • Highly organized with strong project management skills, and drive to meet organizational and departmental objectives; ability to manage projects on interrelated timelines.

  • Knowledge of classroom technology and student data systems.

  • Basic understanding of website development and maintenance.

  • Proven ability to negotiate and work with vendors and consultants.

  • Proven ability to work effectively with parent, community and staff on various organization-wide initiatives.

  • Experience supervising professional level staff.

  • Must be based in Philadelphia


Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

  • Benefits: Strong benefits package provided.


Application Submission:

As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to identifying and developing the skills and leadership of people from diverse backgrounds. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

To apply, please submit your letter of interest and resume to

For more information, please visit our website at

About Building 21:

Building 21 is a non-profit school development organization that seeks to customize secondary education at scale.  Our mission is to create a network approach to secondary and post-secondary learning for high school age youth that fundamentally reorients the system to place the learner at the center.  This is accomplished by utilizing time, space, tasks, and assessments in a personalized and flexible manner.  We believe that a mastery-based permeable school model that engages students directly with post-secondary learning opportunities and authentic learning experiences supported by technology and blended learning approaches, will be critical levers for realizing this vision.  Building 21 has entered into an agreement with the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) to open the first Building 21school in the fall of 2014. The school will open as a high autonomy SDP public school.  Lessons gleaned from the planning process and the initial implementation of the demonstration school will inform SDP's high school transformation efforts more broadly, especially for underserved youth.  The objectives of the Building 21 model are to:

  • Motivate and support an array of learners to meet high academic standards, to develop the mindsets for personal growth and success, and to obtain meaningful job-related credentials

  • Redefine the place, time, and tasks of learning

  • Integrate advances in technology with the timeless fundamentals of relationships, personal support, and proven approaches to teaching and learning

  • Build new postsecondary partnerships and pathways

  • Engage communities in educational and economic development

  • Build a playlist of learning options including online, offline, individual, small group, large group, skills-based, and applied learning opportunities

  • Build a network of learning experiences and resources through partnerships with individuals, community organizations, employers, and subject matter experts down the street and across the globe

  • Curate, create and organize content to support proficiency based pathways

Building 21 is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The New Venture Fund is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. The New Venture Fund's work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of races, ethnicities, national origins, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, beliefs, religions, faiths and ideologies, cultures, socio-economic backgrounds and levels of physical ability.  

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Location Philadelphia, PA, United States
Categories Technology/CIO
Organization Type Non-profit Organization
Grade Level High School
Experience Years 6 yrs

Location Maptop

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Contact Name Charles Linehan
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Primary Phone 415 343 5679
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