Job Title: Director, Academic Acceleration
Office: Office of Teaching and Learning
Date Posted: 4/30/2021
Salary Range: 1-5 / $108,671 - $122,642
NTE Date: 9/30/2022
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 mission of the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) is to deliver high-quality instructional resources, enhance classroom practice and scale effective programs to increase DCPS student achievement and prepare all students for success in college, career, and (see application details) spans four core competency areas:
- Professional learning;
- Enrichments and interventions; and
- Formative assessment.
Team members support school-based staff in implementing DCPS's existing academic programs while simultaneously working to rethink and redesign school programming, academic and curricular resources and educator professional development.
The Content and Curriculum team sets the vision for equity and excellence for content areas in DCPS schools by researching, creating, and curating curricular materials and providing aligned professional development experiences to ensure all students have access to rigorous and joyful learning experiences every day. The team consists of three core content areas: Literacy and Humanities, STEM, and Language Learning while maintaining a high level of collaboration across all content areas.
The Director, Academic Acceleration is responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of the overall vision for district-wide academic programming geared at ensuring coherent and interconnected systems of assessment, intervention, and response to learning in order to maximize academic acceleration for students. The Director will supervise the management of district benchmark assessments and intervention initiatives, and provide aligned budget oversight. Additionally, the Director will collaborate closely with colleagues in the Office of School Improvement and Supports (OSIS) to ensure tight alignment to MTSS-related programs, professional development, and school-based implementation.
The Director, Academic Acceleration will report to the Deputy Chief, Content and Curriculum.
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.
- Develops vision and strategy for DCPS academic acceleration to include effective implementation and evaluation of assessments and interventions and their impact on measuring and increasing student outcomes.
- Sets clear, specific, and ambitious performance measures related to the overall implementation and assessment of DCPS academic acceleration, to include effective administration of assessments, comprehensive monitoring of student growth, identification of targeted growth areas for specific groups of students, and effectiveness of implementation of aligned interventions that are easily translated into individual work goals and deliverables.
- Assesses department programmatic talent needs and implements hiring, training, and professional development strategies to guide and coach direct reports and other team members ensuring coherent and systematic delivery of resources and supports for schools.
- Oversees systems of professional development to school-based colleagues in the effective administration of assessments and implementation of interventions, consistently evaluating such programs and plans for continuous improvement.
- Develops policies to support the academic advancement of students through assessment and intervention programming; and oversees pilots and contracts for new and current assessments and intervention services.
- Oversees the analysis and presentation of assessment and intervention data and progress of data-driven initiatives for content directors, senior leadership, and external audiences, as well as the communication of progress to key stakeholders ensuring a process for garnering and responding to their input is included.
- Creates detailed timelines for each initiative; assesses and tracks progress regularly using various computer programs and tools; and drives project completion holding others accountable for responsibilities and deadlines.
- Interviews and surveys other colleagues and management teams to determine opportunities for improvement; researches specific issues; and develops detailed recommendations and implementation plans to resolve issues.
- Builds relationships and liaises with various internal departments to drive collaboration and project success; and interacts with and responds effectively to urgent requests from multiple internal and external DCPS stakeholders to include school communities, staff, central office staff, and external design partners to determine opportunities for continual improvement.
- Manages a team of two people who support the implementation of district-wide assessments, interventions, and aligned professional development.
- 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; and experience teaching in the classroom or operating in an administrative position in the education industry.
- Deep desire to excel, persevere, and proactively identify opportunities to innovate.
- Experience managing large-scale projects.
- Experience using qualitative and quantitative data to design and evaluate programs.
- Extremely high expectations of oneself, colleagues, and clients; ability to communicate those expectations in a direct and motivating way; deep commitment to professional growth and learning; and thrives in a culture of continuous feedback.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to work under tight deadlines; and ability to multitask and self-manage the deadlines of competing projects.
- Experience creating and managing systems to collect and monitor programmatic data, meeting benchmark indicators, and innovating solutions when necessary.
- Ability to learn quickly and work in a fast-paced and evolving environment.
- Outstanding interpersonal, teamwork, and management skills.
- Strong acumen engaging in conversations and producing work products that are centered in equity and inclusion best practices.
- 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.