If you would like to lead a complex IT environment of a one of a kind NGO, we might have something for you. We are currently looking to fill the role of Digital Lead who would lead the IT department of our LEAF Group consisting of three entities: non-government organisation LEAF, boarding school LEAF Academy and a digital skills education program Butterfly Effect. To keep our IT services running smoothly but also ensure their appropriate development and scaling for our future endeavours, we need a visionary who is not afraid to roll up their sleeves and make magic happen!
There are 5 areas that you would need to be able to cover in this role. We can tweak the scope of each of them to fit your unique skills, experience and interests. Let's look at them in more detail.
First of all, it is LEAF Group´s Digital Vision which encompasses all other areas and spearheads all our IT decisions. You would be the guardian of it which means:
actively contributing to LEAF Group vision, know all the parts of it and proactively come up with ideas and solutions to their unique challenges
determining the strategy and direction for IT and digital support of LEAF Group- we are already fully online, what's next?
ensuring financial and technical stability of LEAF Group IT solutions
maintaining a “One Organisation” perspective throughout entire LEAF Group
follow new trends in your area and keep LEAF up to date
The Vision stands on three pillars, IT Development, IT Support and Digital Literacy.
To ensure proper IT Development you will work on the realisation of development projects as well as the stabilisation of the ones already running. Here are some examples:
Unifying the IT environment of LEAF Group from users perspectives- we are currently in a hybrid Microsoft/Google environment, how can we integrate these two or should we implement a different approach? What solution would help us become more efficient and productive?
We need to start selling tickets to events online- which paywall should we implement? And how? Can we do it ourselves or do we need a provider? Which one?
IT & Data security coupled with GDPR compliance are an important and ongoing one
The second pillar of our Vision is IT Support. This means you would need to:
Be an interface with external provider of IT support
Provide HW/SW support for users when needed (you should know the systems enough to be able to provide basic support and/or be able to obtain more advanced support if needed)
Be responsible for IT property, licensing and application management
And our personal favourite, the crucial third part, is Digital Literacy by means of:
Onboarding of new members to our IT environment
Monitoring main barriers in digital adoption with the goal for our colleagues to be able to and want to use digital tools to make their work lives easier
Propose or conduct select digital trainings
Our vision and its three pillars lay on a chassis called IT Interface. That would have you communicating with all parts of LEAF Group, ensuring their IT needs are met, the IT budgets are properly planned and spent and all IT processes are set up.
Are you still here after reading all of that? And do you like the idea? Great! We like you already. Now let's see if you can find yourself in the next few points.
We are not very rigid about the type of your education or exact years of experience, but what we are looking for is someone with:
Good relationship and preferably solid experience with wide range of IT related topics, ideally leaning towards online solutions
High degree of independence as IT department will be consisting of only you and external providers for at least next few months
Great communication skills, ability to listen and patience
Skill and ability to manage external providers
Desire to work in a varied environment- we have 100+ colleagues and 100+ students, different teams from very agile and quickly changing ones to ones that love stability
Very proactive and entrepreneurial mindset
Good prioritisation skills
English language on a professional working level
We don't insist on, but will help you if:
You have a previous experience working in different types of companies (NGO´s, start-ups, corporates) as it will help you better understand the variety we have
You have experience leading people
You are well versed in different types of systems and IT tools used in office and school environments (from Office through Formstack to Moodle)
Also, we don't have a preference as to your work arrangements, if you will be with us full-time, as a contractor or any other way. It's all up for discussion.
Why should you choose us? If you look for a routine position and best tangible perks, LEAF may not be the best place for you. If you search for opportunity to follow your personal desire and mission, we can offer:
Meaningful impact: We aspire to support the development of talented young people who have the potential to be change-makers in society by building a boarding school, creating online and offline educational programs and providing opportunities for mentoring and volunteering.
Professional team environment: You will become part of a diverse and supportive team that strives to be at the forefront of 21st Century Education.
Challenging assignments: We are an entrepreneurial organization. On-the-job learning and fast personal development here is inevitable. You have a chance to bring and immediately implement new ideas.