Job Title: Specialist, Continuous Improvement
Office: Office of School Improvement and Supports
Date Posted: 10/7/2021
Salary Range: 1-5 / $82,007 - $92,534
NTE Date: N/A
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The mission of the Office of School Improvement and Supports (OSIS) is to ensure we support our schools and our students to succeed and to meet the Goals of our Strategic Plan. The Office works to dramatically accelerate the number of excellent schools through school transformation, including design, partnerships, Connected Schools, and Comprehensive School Planning (CSP). The Office develops, aligns, and delivers high-quality supports to ensure students, particularly students furthest away from opportunity, are in school, able to engage in rigorous learning, and have a joyous educational environment. The Office ensures our schools have excellent leaders, educators, and staff who are prepared to meet the diverse needs of the young people we serve.
- School Performance: Promotes data-driven decision-making through a cycle of continuous improvement to develop, implement, and monitor the comprehensive school plan designed to move schools toward a consistent standard of excellence.
- Design: Designs innovative school models that transform learning for our students furthest from opportunity and supports District workstreams to be more grounded in community voice by anchoring in data, community engagement and understanding, and elevating and integrating student voice.
- Connected Schools: Supports schools in implementing the DCPS Connected Schools Model. Connected Schools take a whole child, whole school, whole community approach by making schools spaces that support not only a student's academic development, but also the student and family's overall wellbeing through access to resources related to health, employment, housing, and more.
- Equity Strategy and Programing: Supports DCPS' equity priority by ensuring systemically underserved students are provided with opportunities, skills, and engagements that support their success, and that DCPS staff and stakeholders are centering equity as a central lens and practice.
- School Mental Health: Ensures that students' behavioral and social-emotional needs are met to increase access to the curriculum.
- Student Placement: Ensures that schools have the necessary supports to address the needs of the whole child and create the conditions where all students are ready to learn.
- Student Health Services: Ensures that all students are healthy and are supported with the appropriate services and accommodations to support their wellness and continued learning.
Science of Learning and Development
- SoLD: Supports the district's transformation to become a Whole Child Centered, Antiracist school system. Grounded in Science and powered by lived experiences, the district's approach is a long-term vision that counts on each district and school staff member knowing the science of learning and development and applying this research to their own work. Charged with building the capacity of district and school staff, as well as integrating a whole child and antiracist lens into the district's key priorities, the SoLD Division will leverage the experiences of school leaders and staff to translate the research into systems, tools, and practices.
- SEL and School Culture: Ensures that schools have the resources to provide a safe and supportive learning environment where all students are able to thrive academically and socially.
- IMPACT Operations: Supports the daily implementation of both Staff and School Leader IMPACT. The team ensures IMPACT policy is followed with fidelity, manages a helpline where staff can reach out with questions, handles IMPACT appeals, and fulfills all IMPACT data analysis requests.
- IMPACT Align: Ensures all evaluators have the tools they need to accurately and consistently apply the DCPS classroom observation rubric (the Essential Practices) when evaluating teacher practice. Provides tools for teachers to support excellent performance with respect to the Essential Practices.
- IMPACT Design: Gathers and responds to feedback from DCPS leadership and staff, and uses this feedback to consider possible IMPACT design changes for the future. The team also liaises with other states, districts, education groups, and researchers to learn from the best practices and lessons learned in the field of staff and school leader evaluation.
The School Improvement team is responsible for the following workstreams:
- School Performance. Promotes data-driven decision-making through an aligned system of continuous improvement designed to move schools toward a consistent standard of excellence.
- Design. Designs excellent school models that transform learning for our students furthest from opportunity by anchoring in data, community engagement and understanding, and elevating and integrating student voice.
- Partnerships. Develops and advances strategies and resources for schools and the district to maximize partner and community impact on student and school success.
- Student Empowerment & Equity. Advances diversity and equity for students, with an emphasis on student-focused programming elevating student voice.
The Specialist, Continuous Improvement will play a lead role in fostering a data-driven, results-focused culture within the schools. The Specialist will be primarily responsible for (1) comprehensive school planning, (2) effectively working with principals and superintendents to monitor school performance, (3) advising principals and instructional superintendents regarding effective continuous improvement strategies, and (4) ensuring federal and state compliance regarding continuous improvement initiatives (i.e., Investment in Schools Grants, Title I, Every Student Succeeds Act, etc.)
The Specialist, Continuous Improvement will report to the Manager, Continuous Improvement.
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.
- Works directly with the cluster instructional superintendents and school principals to develop high-quality comprehensive school improvement plans and support in implementation.
- Supports each cluster superintendent in designing and managing their performance management processes for school improvement plans and goals.
- Translates complex quantitative and qualitative school performance data analyses into a format that a broader audience can understand and act upon.
- Helps to manage the analysis and presentation of data and progress of data-driven initiatives for team and external audiences.
- Liaises with other teams and external stakeholders to coordinate district support for principals in operationalizing school improvement plans.
- Collaborates with Manager, Budget and Strategy to monitor the impact of fiscal resources towards achieving school-specific improvement goals.
- Fulfills ad hoc data requests for principals and cluster instructional superintendents.
- Conducts program and administrative interviews, surveys, data analyses, and cost analyses to determine opportunities for improvement.
- Evaluates the likelihood and consequences of non-compliance and/or deficiencies in DCPS procedures and plans.
- Interviews and surveys other colleagues and management teams to determine opportunities for improvement, research specific issues, and develop detailed recommendations and implementation plans to resolve.
- 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.
- Maintains close collaboration with team leaders by proactively identifying and communicating opportunities to advance the work.
- Bachelor's degree and three to five years of related work experience in the field of education, performance measurement, program evaluation, data analysis, educational research, including teaching and/or school leadership experience.
- Master's degree preferred.
- Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
- Proven track record in managing and coordinating complex projects.
- Excellent quantitative skills, including the ability to examine available data, apply decision rules and analytical methods, produce descriptive and inferential statistics, and prepare meaningful reports based on analyses that enable programmatic next steps and actions.
- Demonstrated success in using data analysis to inform strategic planning and decision-making, applying skills to communicate complex information to a variety of audiences easily and training others in measurement and target-setting.
- Strong attention to detail and accuracy of information, including the ability to organize large amounts of data, track multiple projects simultaneously, and set priorities for analysis and use in consultation with numerous stakeholders.
- Excellent communication skills, including the ability to contribute additively to discussions, drawing upon expertise to influence group outcomes.
- Results-orientation coupled with strong work ethic.
- Comfort with ambiguity.
- Ability to work independently and be a self-starter, while collaborating with others on meeting common goals.
- Ability to exercise good judgment in quickly dealing with difficult situations, unexpected challenges, and work to find solutions.
- 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.