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20NTC Session Proposal

The Accidental IT Director

Submitted by: Dar Veverka NTEN Member badge | Urban Teachers


You’ve been here for years and it’s finally happened! You’ve been promoted! You’re the IT Director – congrats! Soooo what’s different from yesterday? You still have all the same projects on your plate, still the same task list to get done. Or do you? 

A lot of nonprofit techies are accidental techies. They landed in technology with no prior tech training, and sometimes they end up heading their technology departments without being given any additional training, guidance or supports. They become accidental IT leaders. Join us as current nonprofit technology leaders delve into the things we wish someone had told us when we were promoted, skills we’ve found invaluable over the years – both technical and non-technical – as technologists in leadership roles, missteps we’ve seen (and made!), and various other practical insights you can use to survive and thrive in your new or future tech leadership role. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how to effectively switch gears from being the one doing all the tech to the one who leads it
  • Walk away with an understanding of the common pitfalls and blocks to professional development as a technology leader
  • Discover what skills can help you succeed both as a technology leader and as an effective nonprofit professional

Target Audience

Technology leaders/decision makers and those en route to becoming technology leaders

Additional Speakers

Colin Boyle - IT Director, Step Up Suncoast; 1 TBD


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