June 8, 2018

Director of Technology

Manhattan Institute/Talent Market
June 8, 2018
Job Type


Director of Technology
Manhattan Institute
New York, NY

Manhattan Institute (MI) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy think tank located in midtown Manhattan. For over four decades, MI’s scholars have disseminated policy research and ideas based on conservative and classical liberal principles. As a growing, national organization, we are currently seeking qualified candidates for a Director of Technology role responsible for architecting, implementing, synchronizing, securing, optimizing, and maintaining our technical ecosystem at large. He/she will drive strategic, “big picture” discussions around how to best leverage digital products, database systems, and online platforms to support and streamline the Institute’s business operations — as well as assessing and assembling the appropriate internal and external resources to do so.

Primary Responsibilities:
Oversee and assess all online properties, data infrastructure projects, and digital product development; ensure systems work in tandem to meet established organizational goals and business policies
Research, vet, and implement workflows / technologies to support strategies set by senior management
Analyze the business requirements of all departments to determine their current, near-term, and long-term technology needs (e.g. tracking, automation, CRM); devise proper solutions within the limits of budget, time, and specifications
Direct and manage the annual Technology budget; report on and ensure compliance with expenses
Assess and assemble appropriate resource-staffing, i.e. in-house technical personnel, consultants, and/or external vendors
Build relationships with outside agencies and hold them to the highest standard of service quality; carefully review, negotiate, and approve contracts with service partners helping to manage: SaaS, hosting, data API harmonization, website development, database CRM implementation, and so on
Remain current in terms of emerging technologies, trends, and open-source tools
Think critically to inform "build vs. assemble vs. buy" approach
Work closely with the Marketing Director and executive leadership to help make sound digital decisions across brands

BS or Master’s degree / certifications (Computer Science, Engineering, Technology, Web Development)
5-8+ years of related technical expertise in scaling websites, digital platforms, applications; 3+ years in a leadership role
Ability to communicate the technical possibilities and limitations of systems to non-technical colleagues in meaningful ways
Excellent management, organizational, and leadership skills (across internal, virtual, and/or third-party teams)
Excellent conceptual, analytical, judgment and communication abilities
Relational database knowledge a must (Blackbaud / Raiser’s Edge experience a plus)
Previous work at a digital agency a plus
Capacity to adapt to changing technologies when faced with ever-evolving data integration challenges
Sound understanding and experience with: HTML 5, CSS, JS, popular CSS/JS frameworks such as Bootstrap and jQuery, PHP coding for backend development with Drupal or WordPress, and other open-source technologies (AWS, ESP, Linux)
Ability to balance requirements, manage expectations, and drive initiatives with a proactive attitude
Alignment with Manhattan Institute’s mission, economic choice, and individual responsibility; belief in conservative and classical liberal principles

Qualified candidates should submit the following in one PDF file:

Cover letter explaining their interest in the position at MI and salary requirements. A stock cover letter will not be considered.
Three references (names and contact information)

PDF applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:

Questions about the opening can be directed to Claire Kittle Dixon, Executive Director of Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: claire@talentmarket.org.

While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls please.

Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.

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