Director, IT

Job Type

Full Time




1319 F Street, NW
Suite 1000
United States


About First Book: First Book is an award winning, nonprofit that provides new books and educational materials to children in need throughout the United States and Canada. Since 1992, First Book has distributed more than 170 million books to schools and programs serving children from low-income families – from birth through age 18. A recognized leader in social enterprise, First Book has pioneered groundbreaking channels to provide educators serving children in need with permanent access to high-quality books and educational resources for free and at deeply reduced prices. By harnessing the power of the private sector to advance social change, First Book is helping transform the quality of education for children in need.  First Book has been highlighted by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Fast Company and Forbes magazines, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. First Book is also the subject of case studies at Columbia Business School, the Yale School of Management, and the London School of Economics.


About the position:  First Book is applying technology and business approaches to the challenge of providing all children in the US and Canada with access to books. First Book currently serves more than 20,000 Title I schools, afterschool initiatives, clinics, shelters, and a wide variety of other programs serving children in need. Though powerful, First Book is only reaching a small fraction of the approximately 2 million programs and Title I classrooms eligible for our help. We have exciting opportunities to use technology to serve more and more of these programs and are looking for a Director to join our technology team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

·       Serve as the IT Lead for strategic road-map IT projects 

·       Establish and maintain relationship with internal stakeholders, ensuring that the IT organization understands mission priorities and is meeting their needs

·       Create metrics for all critical processes and managing the IT organization through use of these metrics, providing complete transparency and open communication to all internal staff members and associates

·       Provide effective guidance to IT team members in the successful completion of projects, ensuring that IT deliverables are completed within established timelines and within budget  

·       Assist in selecting vendors used in the development and support of IT application portfolio and manage third party vendors’ cost, schedule and quality performance 

·       Help enable the organization to transform to the new service platforms. General approach is to leverage strengths of cloud computing platforms and SaaS platforms to organization advantage

·       Actively support applications development using SDLC (Software Development Life Cycle). Projects are done using traditional water fall model and agile methodologies

·       Proficient in Scrum with ability to lead Scrum teams in delivery of IT projects

·       Be aligned with advancements in digital publishing and create pilot projects within the organization to prototype forward looking projects

·       Participate in leading forums for digital book publishing and engage actively in open source technology platforms

·       Working in tandem with Senior Vice President of IT, create organizational IT plan and policies



·      Bachelors degree required

·       10 years of Information Technology experience

·       2-4 years’ experience managing eCommerce systems

·       5 years of experience managing complex cross-functional team members

·       Good understanding of Object Oriented Programming concepts, Magento, HTML, PHP, JavaScript, jQuery, and MySQL

·       Strong grasp of HTML, Cascading Style Sheets, and JavaScript

·       Experience building highly interactive, highly trafficked, database driven web applications

·       Exposure to digital media and publishing industry is highly desirable

·       Exposure to Salesforce and add-on components is highly desirable

·       PMP certification is desired but NOT mandatory


TO APPLY: Candidates are invited to submit a resume, and a cover letter that details your interest in the position, to No phone calls please.




All full-time employees are eligible for the following benefits:

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage
  • Vacation leave
  • Sick leave
  • Eleven Annual Holidays
  • 401 K and employer matching pension contribution
  • Transportation benefits

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

TO APPLY: Candidates are invited to submit a resume, and a cover letter that details your interest in the position to No phone calls please.