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 Specialist, Head Start Data - Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Job information
Posted by: DC Public Schools (DCPS) 
Hiring entity type: Educational Svcs. 
Work authorization: Not Specified for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Health - Psych/Behavioral/Mental
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: a0x4U00000HHtVKQA1 / Latpro-3805755 
Date posted: Jul-15-2021
State, Zip: District of Columbia, 20027


Job Title: Specialist, Head Start Data

Office: Office of Elementary Schools

Date Posted: 7/14/2021

Salary Range: 1-5 / $82,007 - $92,534

NTE Date: N/A

Position Overview

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 Early Childhood Education Division (ECED), within OES, works to support the provision of high-quality early education services that prepare children for kindergarten entry and later school success. Approximately 6,000 children ages three to five attend early childhood classrooms in 78 elementary schools across the district, including several schools that offer Head Start programming.

The Specialist, Head Start Data supports the implementation of DCPS' Head Start program by ensuring that systems for data entry and analysis are in place and effective. The Specialist will be the subject matter expert on the use of QuickBase as the child, family, health, and safety record system for the program. The Specialist will train Head Start staff, develop procedures on data collection and reporting, and perform data entry as needed.

The Specialist, Head Start Data will report to the Director, Head Start Quality Assurance .

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 and implements systems to collect required service and outcome data on Head Start children and families; participates in data entry; and provides quality assurance checks to ensure reliable and timely data.

  • Develops and regularly runs reports on children and families to allow Head Start and ECED leadership to monitor compliance with DCPS regulations and Head Start program performance standards; and develops and creates reports to track child and family outcomes.

  • Leads the collection, monitoring, and analysis of classroom-based (e.g, Teaching Strategies GOLD) program data and other key metrics in Head Start schools to assess overall program effectiveness and progress in meeting identified goals.

  • Leads efforts to develop, collaborate, and coordinate efforts with Family Services, Instructional Support, and Operations to collect, analyze, and organize Head Start data.

  • Oversees analysis and presentation of data and progress of data-driven initiatives for internal and external audiences; and communicates progress to key stakeholder groups.

  • Develops, evaluates, and supports ongoing Head Start program evaluation activities.

  • Provides information and/or training to school staff and central office staff on the use of ECE child assessment systems, and tools and application of data from the systems.

  • Prepares a variety of reports in written and electronic form for the purpose of disseminating information and/or materials.

  • Creates systems and business processes to ensure timely service delivery.

  • Develops materials to help administrators understand and utilize Head Start data and child assessment data.

  • Disseminates key data findings to school administration and central office staff.

  • Develops events, trainings, school site visits, projects, and professional development activities related to Head Start data collection processes and systems.

  • Evaluates qualitative and quantitative data for effectiveness of programs and special projects towards meeting established Head Start goals and objectives.

  • Develops and maintains effective and collaborative working relationships with colleagues.

  • Participates in the annual program self-evaluation; and contributes to the development of DCPS Head Start procedures, program proposals, and Community Assessment.


  • Bachelor's degree and three to five years of related work experience.
  • Master's degree preferred.
  • Experience with Early Childhood Education or school systems a plus.
  • Demonstrates a high level of proficiency with data collection, analysis, and presentation.
  • Detail orientation in quantitative work with an exceptional ability to set priorities, organize a large volume of work, and handle multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Experience developing and implementing PK-12 education-focused research studies.
  • Understanding of institutional racism and impacts on under served families in Washington DC.
  • Advanced computer skills, including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Internet, and Outlook.
  • Commitment to developing and maintaining relationships with a wide variety of school-based and central office stakeholders.
  • Excellent organizational skills, strategic planning skills, and oral and written communication skills.

DCPS Values
  • 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.


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