Job Title: Director, Head Start Quality Assurance
Office: Office of Elementary Schools
Date Posted: 7/14/2021
Salary Range: 1-5 / $108,671 - $122,642
NTE Date: N/A
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 Director, Head Start Quality Assurance serves as a member of the Early Childhood Education Division's (ECED) leadership team and supports the implementation and coordination of high-quality early childhood services across DCPS's PK classrooms in Head Start sites. The Director is responsible for collaborating with leaders across ECED, DCPS central office, and schools to support the implementation of ECED and Head Start policies and procedures, and to ensure that school-based staff are equipped to effectively implement these policies and procedures and to implement effective early childhood practices. The Director will work with Instructional Superintendents and Principals of DCPS Head Start elementary schools to ensure ongoing compliance with Head Start Program Performance Standards and achievement of Head Start outcomes.
The Director, Head Start Quality Assurance will report to the Deputy Chief, Early Childhood Education Division.
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.
Collaborates with other teams, including the ECED Instructional team, to support the development and implementation of professional development related to health, active supervision, and ECE procedures in the Head Start schools.
Manages the process of monitoring and responding to ECE incident reports, tracking incident data, and utilizing trend information to inform procedures in Head Start schools.
Manages Head Start data collection and analysis to determine goal achievement and recommend programmatic adjustments.
Supports the Director, ECED Instruction and the Director, ECED Family Support with monitoring and tracking HSPPS compliance and quality in their respective component areas by providing data, communicating status, and developing and implementing procedures.
Ensures Head Start school principals and instructional superintendents understand Head Start requirements, DCPS Head Start procedures, and ongoing progress to maintain compliance and overall quality.
Visits schools and classrooms regularly to monitor HSPPS compliance, engage with school leaders and instructional staff, and provide technical assistance.
Analyzes and reports on ECE data and trends, including attendance, supervision, and health & safety data in Head Start schools; reports data to Deputy Chief and provides recommendations for improvements; and utilizes DCPS data systems to collect and report data useful for program planning.
Manages Head Start central office staff as assigned.
- Manages federal grant processes, when appropriate, by assisting the Deputy Chief in identifying and pursuing grant opportunities to support the work of the Division and maintaining compliance with existing grants.
Develops and maintains formal and informal partnerships with the DC Head Start Association, related community organizations, and early care providers to support DCPS in reaching its goals and to ensure that ECED is an effective partner in the early childhood space across the city.
Manages the Head Start budget, including the development of detailed spend plans, monitoring spend plans, ensuring budget alignment with ECED, broader DCPS priorities, and Head Start Performance Standards; develops budget reports; and assists with procurement.
Represents DCPS ECED as appropriate on division and district committees, community partnership meetings, and events.
Works cooperatively with partner agencies to plan, share new information and ideas, problem solve, and develop new methods to ensure high-quality ECE services.
Collaborates regularly with ECED staff to plan, reflect, share information and ideas, build skills, and problem solve.
Attends appropriate trainings, meetings, and network groups to stay informed of new initiatives and trends in early childhood education and family support.
- 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.
- Head Start experience preferred.
- A deep understanding of early childhood development and effective models of early childhood service delivery, including practices related to children's safety and supervision.
- A deep understanding of the Head Start Program Performance Standards.
- A proven track record of successful project management and personnel management.
- Understanding of institutional racism and impacts on underserved families in Washington DC.
- Experience working with low-income, and culturally- and linguistically-diverse families.
- Demonstrates a high level of proficiency with data collection, analysis, and presentations.
- Advanced computer skills, including Excel, PowerPoint, Word, SharePoint, 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.
- 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.