The Accidental IT Director
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.
- 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 AudienceTechnology leaders/decision makers and those en route to becoming technology leaders
Director of Information Technology
Dar is the Director of Information Systems & Technology for Urban Teachers, a Baltimore-based nonprofit whose mission is to improve educational and life outcomes of children in urban schools by preparing culturally competent, effective career teachers. Dar has worked in technology for over 20 years and has had to deal with inherited tech messes and orgs stuck in startup mode on more than one occasion, both as head of technology departments and as a consultant to nonprofits.
Step Up Suncoast
Colin is the IT Director for Step Up Suncoast, and anti-poverty organization in Manatee County, Florida.
He is a Navy veteran and holds a Bachelor of Arts from New College of Florida.
He’s on his 25th gap year before grad school.