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 Director, Wallace Grant Initiative - 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: Management - General
Management - MBA
Project Manager
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: a0x4U00000HQNunQAH / Latpro-3827668 
Date posted: Sep-29-2021
State, Zip: District of Columbia, 20027


Job Title: Director, Wallace Grant Initiative

Office: Office of Leadership Development

Date Posted: 9/28/2021

Salary Range: 1-5 / $108,671 - $122,642

NTE Date: N/A

The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to your initial HR representative, or you must request an exemption from your representative. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the Government of the District of Columbia.

Position Overview

A critical aspect of DCPS' strategy is an investment in people, in all stages of their development. DCPS endeavors to get, grow, and keep its top talent, ensuring all school-based staff have opportunities for development. More specifically, the Office of Leadership Development works across teams and in schools to build the capacity and influence needed to develop and nurture leaders who are committed to equity and antiracist work in service of students and their families. Utilizing career ladders and pipelines as anchor structures, the Office provides development for leaders within their roles as well as for those who are aspiring to their next level of work.   

  • The Talent Acquisition and Retention division is responsible for the recruitment, selection, and retention efforts for educational aides, related service providers, instructional coaches, and teachers. This work includes nationwide recruitment to ensure that DCPS has excellent educators who are able to serve the diverse needs of our students.
  • The School Leader Recruitment, Selection, and Development division ensures DCPS schools are led by outstanding principals and assistant principals through robust recruitment efforts to inspire rising talent to pursue their next opportunity.   
  • The RISE division executes upon a $30 Million TSL grant in support of DCPS' newly launched Rigorous Instruction Supports Equity (RISE) initiative, which aims to provide strategic recruitment of talented educators, equity-centered professional development, robust support for new teachers, and performance-based incentive awards at our highest-need schools. This team works to ensure cross-Office buy-in and coordination, grant compliance, and effective stakeholder engagement.
  • The Leadership Development division develops and executes instructional leadership programs and initiatives aimed at enabling school leaders to provide outstanding instruction to every student, every day in schools. This team works to build the leadership capacity of school leaders with a particular focus on instruction, data analysis, intervention, and developing capacity within the school. This team also triangulates qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate the effectiveness of leadership initiatives and to ensure alignment to leaders' developmental needs.

Given that comprehensive, aligned principal pipelines have been demonstrated to benefit student achievement, and given the key role of principals in advancing equity, the Wallace Grant Initiative seeks to learn whether and how districts can develop and implement comprehensive, aligned principal pipelines that produce equity-centered leaders who can help bring a district's vision of equity to fruition. The initiative seeks to directly benefit DCPS and yield broadly applicable approaches that other districts can adapt to their own contexts.

The Director, Wallace Grant Initiative is responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:

  • Developing and sustaining deep partnerships with internal and external stakeholders and organizations.
  • Establishing systems and structures to support the visioning and strategic planning of stakeholders leading the initiative, in alignment with all grant deliverables.
  • Collaborating with the assigned Wallace Grant Consultant, who will help coordinate an action plan that results in the creation of a logic model for the initiative by the end of Year 1.
  • Continuously assessing the progress of the Wallace Grant Initiative through incorporating ongoing critical reflection with university partners and consistently examining the lessons from the ongoing research.

The Director, Wallace Grant Initiative will report to the Director, Leadership Development/Principal-in-Residence.

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.

  • Designs a multi-dimensional vision for the overall execution of the Wallace Grant Initiative, ensuring across-office buy-in and coordination.

  • Oversees the implementation of all principal pipeline programming by primarily facilitating and sustaining collaborative partnerships amongst all stakeholders.

  • Coordinates, tracks, and presents project data to maintain stakeholder engagement and shared understanding across central office and school-based teams.

  • Executes equity-centered budget allocations and comprehensive reviews of each Wallace Grant initiative to ensure project sustainability and maintain a high-impact spending strategy.

  • Ensures grant compliance by collaborating with the assigned Wallace Consultant and communicating those expectations to all stakeholders of the initiative.

  • Liaises with university partners; and builds relationships amongst all stakeholders of the initiative, including DCPS Senior Leadership.

  • Conducts data analysis and metrics reviews to support continuous progress monitoring of the grant initiative.

  • Engages internal and external stakeholders to ensure a shared vision and shared accountability for all grant deliverables and principal pipeline programming.


  • 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.
  • Strong dedication to working with an equity-centered, students-first mindset.
  • Previous experience in project management preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills, including keen attention to detail and the ability to adhere to strict deadlines.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, teamwork, and management 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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