Job Title: Director, Office of Elementary Schools
Office: Office of Elementary Schools
Date Posted: 10/14/2020
Salary Range: 1-5 / $105,506 - $119,070
The Office of Social Emotional Academic Development works with the Chancellor to ensure coherence in the educational experience for our students, families, and schools. Our goal is to initiate change and lead DC Public Schools into the highest performing school district in the nation. We are currently in the process of creating our next strategic plan. After engaging with over 3,000 internal and external stakeholders to help shape the future of DCPS, our draft strategic priorities include:
- Promote Equity: Define, understand, and promote equity to close achievement gaps and interrupt institutional bias.
- Empower Our People: Recruit, develop, and retain a talented, caring, and diverse team.
- Educate the Whole Child: Provide rigorous, joyful and inclusive academic and social emotional experiences for all students.
- Ensure Excellent Schools: Increase the number of high quality schools across the district by defining blended autonomies for schools and creating opportunities for innovation.
- Engage Families: Deepen partnerships with families and community.
The Office of Elementary Schools is responsible for effective management, operation and achievement of the elementary schools and provides leadership to principals, administrators, and teachers to ensure academic excellence for all students.
The Director, Office of Elementary Schools (OES) serves as a critical link between divisions within the OES schools and central office by creating coherent, equitable structures and inspiring outstanding leadership. We ultimately ensure that all students are rigorously prepared for success in college, career, and life.
The Director is responsible for all duties assigned by, and acting on behalf of, the Chief of Elementary Schools. The Director will work collaboratively with internal Offices across the district to ensure alignment of all initiatives with other district priorities as well as with school-based personnel to monitor how programs and initiatives are implemented.
The individual acts as a liaison between the various departments of the central office and coordinates all work within the Office of the Chief of Elementary Schools.
The Director, Office of Elementary Schools will report to the Chief, Elementary Schools.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.
Serves as a member of the Office of Elementary Schools management staff and helps drive the formulation and implementation of policies and strategies to meet the vision and goals of the Office and of DCPS.
Supervises the manager and coordinator in the OES.
Supports instructional superintendents with office deliverables.
Manages various office functions related to communications, performance management, and special projects; and recommends and implements changes in operations, resourcing, and approach to resolve obstacles to success.
Collaborates and builds strong working relationships with other DCPS senior managers to develop and implement cross-functional strategies supporting the Chancellor's long-term vision of reform; and ensures continuous flow and exchange of information within the Office and with the rest of the DCPS organization.
Manages projects, high-level initiatives, and emerging issues across the DCPS organization; and pro-actively helps to adjust department approach based on changes in direction, priorities, and resources.
Assists the Chief of Elementary Schools with presentation of initiatives, strategies, and operational results to the Chancellor, DCPS management, and other internal and external stakeholders.
Reviews and analyzes data and key implications on strategy and operations from major legislative policy proposals and internal/external reports and data; and develops position papers and briefing documents for the Chief.
Attends relevant external meetings and conferences to stay informed about the latest research and trends; represents the perspective and vision of DCPS and presents specific findings and project results; and represents the Chief of Schools in internal and external meetings.
Responds effectively to urgent requests from multiple internal and external DCPS stakeholders.
- Bachelor's degree and five to seven years of related work experience.
- Master's degree preferred.
- Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
- Ability to lead through coaching and collaboration, with the capacity to challenge others to excel despite obstacles and periods of ambiguity.
- Strong analytical/problem-solving skills in order to identify risks and determine priorities within complex circumstances and among competing demands.
- Experience analyzing and presenting data, specifically to manage performance and conduct program evaluation.
- Experience responding quickly and effectively to urgent requests from diverse stakeholders.
- Strong writing and speaking skills; and effective at communicating with diverse audiences.
- Ability to thrive in an environment of ambiguity, and to build and light a path that leads to results for staff, instructional leaders, teachers, and students.
- STUDENTS FIRST : We recognize students as whole children and put their needs first in everything we do.
- COURAGE : We have the audacity to learn from our successes and failures, to try new things, and to lead the nation as a proof point of PK-12 success.
- EQUITY : We work proactively to eliminate opportunity gaps by interrupting institutional bias and investing in effective strategies to ensure every student succeeds.
- EXCELLENCE : We work with integrity and hold ourselves accountable for exemplary outcomes, service, and interactions.
- TEAMWORK : We recognize that our greatest asset is our collective vision and ability to work collaboratively and authentically.
- JOY : We enjoy our collective work and will enthusiastically celebrate our success and each other.