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Chief Innovation Officer

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) | Washington DC 20036 USA | Full Time - 12 Month | Revised: 07/31/2013

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The International Society for
Technology in Education (ISTE®) has retained Sterling Martin Associates to
search for the newly created position of Chief
Innovation Officer (CINO)
.  This position
offers an excellent opportunity to be part of a major collaborative leadership
team, to lead and build the Innovation Division, to play a key role in connecting
ISTE to the external community and to play a lead role in positioning ISTE as the thought leader for educational
technology. This position can be based either in Washington, DC or Eugene, OR.


ISTE® is the premier membership association for educators and education
leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. Founded
in 1979, ISTE has become the trusted source for professional development,
knowledge generation, advocacy and leadership for innovation. ISTE is home to
the definitive education technology standards – a comprehensive framework for
digital age learning, teaching and school leadership. The ISTE standards are
widely used, both domestically and around the globe.


For more than three decades,
ISTE’s annual conference and expo (formerly known as NECC) has been the premier
forum in which to learn, exchange ideas and connect to the field of education
technology. This event attracts upwards of 18,000 attendees – including teachers,
technology coordinators, administrators, library media specialists, teacher
educators and policy makers – and offers world-class keynotes, hundreds of
sessions in a variety of formats, a massive exhibit hall and networking and
guidance opportunities.  Revenue from the
Annual Conference and Expo makes up just over 50% of ISTE’s $15 million budget. 


ISTE members include over 19,000 individuals
(teachers, library media specialists, technology coordinators, teacher
educators, administrators, and other decision makers), over 80 regional and
international affiliate organizations and 60 corporations worldwide. With its
network of national and international affiliates, ISTE represents more than
100,000 leaders and emerging leaders throughout the world and informs its
members regarding educational issues of national and global scope. ISTE membership is a powerful and meaningful way for
educators to connect with peers, to gather in a variety of forums to share the
challenges and excitement of teaching, and to be part of a community that leads
the transformation of education.  Through
ISTE’s advocacy efforts, the organization has been dedicated to bringing the
voice of educators to policymakers regarding education technology since 1979.


ISTE is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors that
operates under the Carver Policy Governance model. The board establishes
organizational direction and ensures excellent organizational performance. The
Board of Directors is made up of educational leaders elected by ISTE’s members.
The staff Leadership Team includes the CEO and chief officers who lead the
major functional areas of the organization.


Chief Innovation Officer (CINO)


The Chief Innovation Officer (CINO) is a Leadership
Team member and division leader responsible for the ISTE Standards,
Professional Development Services, and thought leadership teams, including
Research and Evaluation. The CINO provides long- and short-term planning,
direction and oversight for products, services and activities of the Innovation
Division, and fosters advancement in ISTE’s education program offerings. The
CINO drives the division’s financial performance by maximizing revenue
generation while controlling costs. The CINO recommends structure and staffing,
and ensures productivity, member and stakeholder satisfaction, positive staff
morale and fiscal viability of the division to maximize the impact on
technology in education and the growth of ISTE. The CINO will have direct supervisory responsibility for the Standards
Program Director, Director of Professional Development Services, and Thought
Leadership including the Research and Evaluation staff, with indirect
supervisory responsibility for the staffs of these departments.


Duties and Responsibilities


to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Innovation Officer will have overall
responsibility for the following activities:


  • Develop and
    articulate a future-focused vision for the Innovation Division’s contribution
    to ISTE’s mission and identify opportunities to maximize mission impact and
    drive alignment with organization strategic objectives.

  • Lead Innovation Division net revenue generation efforts through sustainable
    offerings that contribute to the organization’s bottom line.

  • Manage
    the innovation process around ISTE’s education program offerings with the goal
    of program impact, expansion and overall growth.  Identify strategies, business opportunities
    and new delivery platforms, develop new capabilities and architectures with
    partners, new business models and new industry structures to serve those
    opportunities. Originate new ideas and also recognize innovative ideas
    generated by others.

  • Evaluate and
    assess division program business models and identify strategies and
    opportunities for product and service improvement and/or program elimination.
    Ensure existing division programs are relevant, align with organizational
    strategic objectives, and have sound, consistent business plans and business
    models in place.

  • Ensure, by
    working closely with division program managers,
    full comprehension and application of business models and business strategies,
    and provide leadership and coaching to ensure achievement of program

  • Ensure
    the fiscal health, efficiency and effectiveness of division’s services,
    products, programs, projects and collaborations. Ensure all Innovation programs
    are managed within goals, timelines and budgets through regular monitoring and
    report outs to the Leadership Team. 

  • Develop
    and drive achievement of Innovation Division performance indicators to support
    ISTE’s strategic plan.

  • Nurture
    existing strategic partnerships and seek to establish new partnerships related
    to education leadership domestically and globally.

  • Collaborate
    enterprise-wide to enhance ISTE’s value proposition and produce well-integrated
    programs, products and services across the organization. Foster collaboration,
    partnerships, and the sharing of information and expertise between departments
    within Innovation Division and with other ISTE departments and initiatives.

  • Provide input and
    guidance to assist in developing the content of ISTE’s conference events.

  • Represent
    Innovation Division as a contributing member to the Leadership Team’s work on
    organization-wide strategy development, mission achievement, promoting a
    healthy organization in all aspects and fostering cross-divisional

  • Business travel
    will be required for this position.


He or
she will also be responsible for:


  • Leading
    cross-functional projects and teams, ensuring successful project evaluations
    and implementations.

  • Developing and
    documenting tasks, timelines and milestones, facilitating group meetings and
    documenting group findings.

  • Conducting
    strategic analysis and developing clear and quantifiable goals and objectives
    for program development.

  • Conducting market
    and competitor assessments; validating market opportunities, size and

  • Defining and
    applying a standard methodology to all program projects and providing the
    leadership skills necessary to drive them to successful completion.

  • Working
    collaboratively with program colleagues to implement strategic program

  • Determining which
    programs are relevant and profitable for the organization and which are not.

  • Working with the
    Leadership Team to ensure individual program business plans are well integrated
    into an organizational plan and monitoring and reporting out on program
    performance over time.

  • Helping develop
    the infrastructure needed to monitor goals, objectives and business plans.

  • Leading the
    development and oversight of the Innovation Division budget, and participating
    in and contributing to the development and monitoring of related annual

  • Identifying and
    leading efforts in pursuing federal grant opportunities.

  • Maintaining extensive knowledge of edtech and current market

  • Contributing to and embodying ISTE’s
    core values.

  • Participating in
    nurturing a strong staff culture in which all colleagues thrive.


Qualifications, Characteristics, and Experience


Ideal candidates for the position will be conspicuously passionate about ISTE’s mission
and philanthropy; poised and confident with executive presence; manifest
leadership, professionalism, and interpersonal acumen. All candidates are
expected to be capable of serving as a trusted advisor in the area of thought
leadership, standards, professional learning, and research and evaluation. All
candidates must be reliably able to exhibit sound judgment and discretion.
Ideal candidates will possess an innovative and progressive nature and have a demonstrated
track record of entrepreneurship. All candidates must be ready to
welcome accountability for results and be consistently solution-oriented.


Ideal candidates for the position will also present the


  • Master’s degree
    in education-related field.

  • A minimum of ten
    years’ experience leading and directing a multi-department division in
    education, or educational technology, educational professional development, or
    related industry.

  • A minimum of five
    years’ experience in strategic program development and business model

  • Demonstrated
    private-sector experience in the development and bringing-to-market of programs
    and services within the context of sustainable business models that both
    fulfill mission and drive net revenue.

  • Highly developed
    knowledge and understanding of education technology standards globally and his/her
    application, including the ISTE standards.

  • Highly developed
    knowledge of the field of education, educational technology, education research
    and high-quality professional development delivery models.




  • Education-related
    doctorate and extensive experience in education with an emphasis in school
    change management, education leadership, technology integration, professional
    development leadership, supervision and fiscal management.

  • Business
    development experience in the field of educational technology and professional
    development services.

  • Experience in
    international business and business-related experience in a cross-cultural

  • Experience in
    grant writing and management including pursuing federal grant opportunities.

  • A deep
    understanding of and a passion for the value of technology in education.


Other Desirable Characteristics


  • Natural
    leadership with excellent verbal/communications skills and a thoughtful,
    persuasive personal style.

  • A collaborative
    working style demonstrating confidence that moves others to action by planning,
    motivating and organizing work tasks.

  • Strong, demonstrated skills in leading, motivating and supporting

  • Ability to
    represent ISTE with exceptional presentation and facilitation skills.

  • Strong
    interpersonal skills, effective team and partnering skills, an entrepreneurial
    mindset and strong consultative skills.

  • Extensive
    program/project management skills.

  • Strong personnel
    management skills.

  • Thorough and
    creative problem solving skills.

  • Ability to thrive
    in a demanding, fast-paced environment requiring a high degree of productivity,
    adaptability, innovation and follow-through.

  • Ability to track
    and juggle multiple tasks/priorities.

  • Self-motivated
    with ability to work well independently as well as part of a team, and able to
    provide leadership within that environment.

  • Ability to
    develop and manage budgets and lead and direct others with this responsibility.


International Society for Technology in Education is committed to equal
employment opportunity, diversity, and compliance with the Americans with
Disabilities Act. ISTE’s commitment includes providing a respectful working
environment that is free from unlawful discrimination and harassment in the
workplace. This commitment is made by ISTE in accordance with applicable
federal, state and local laws and regulations.


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Location Washington, DC, United States
Categories Director/Manager/Coordinator
Organization Type Non-profit Organization

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Contact Name David Martin
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