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 Director, School Planning - 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: Education
Management - General
Management - MBA
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: a0x4U00000HQSpKQAX / Latpro-3829766 
Date posted: Oct-06-2021
State, Zip: District of Columbia, 20027


Job Title: Director, School Planning

Office: Office of Social Emotional Academic Development

Date Posted: 10/6/2021

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

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 Director, School Planning is responsible for leading, planning, and implementing efforts for new and re-envisioned schools at District of Columbia Public Schools. In addition, the Director will manage planning efforts for the Chancellor's priority projects and district-wide strategy development. The Director will also work closely with the Office of Family and Public Engagement and Office of the Chief of Schools in engaging our key stakeholders in decision-making.

The Director, School Planning will report to the Deputy Chief, Strategic Planning..

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.

  • Leads cross-functional teams of key stakeholders, including central office staff, school-based staff, families, and community members, to accomplish school planning process milestones through strong project planning and management.
  • Facilitates leadership's decision-making by analyzing and presenting relevant information and data.
  • Drives School Planning process for new and re-envisioned schools (e.g., MacFarland Middle School, Roosevelt Senior High School), including facilities programming, academic planning, budget development, and recruitment/enrollment.
  • Represents DCPS at community engagements.
  • Maintains high level of transparency with community through consistent communications and trusting relationships.
  • Engages and invests key stakeholders in participating in the school planning process through regular communications, effective meeting facilitation, and final plan generation.
  • Supports planning principals in implementation of school plan in collaboration with the Office of the Chief of Schools.
  • Drives development and execution of district-wide program strategy through data collection and analysis.
  • Manages School Planning special projects, including district expansion, charter school collaboration, and partner organization conversations.


  • 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.
  • Previous experience with data analysis preferred.
  • Previous experience with engaging school community members.
  • Strong verbal and written communications 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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