Job Title: Director, ECE Strategy, Logistics, and Special Projects
Office: Office of Elementary Schools
Date Posted: 10/11/2021
Salary Range: 1-5 / $108,671 - $122,642
NTE Date: N/A
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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, ECE Strategy, Logistics, and Special Projects serves as a member of the Early Childhood Education Division's (ECED) leadership team, leads division-wide priorities and initiatives, and supports the implementation and coordination of high-quality early childhood services across DCPS. The Director is responsible for collaborating with leaders across ECED, DCPS central services, and schools to support the implementation of ECED 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 be responsible for project-management related to many of the Division's priorities and initiatives.
The Director, ECE Strategy, Logistics, and Special Projects 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.
Manages the ECED budget and procurement processes, assisting Division teams with the development of detailed spend plans, monitoring spend plans, and ensuring budget alignment with ECED and broader DCPS priorities; develops budget reports; leads the spending and procurement process; and works collaboratively across the central services teams to ensure that ECED staff has what they need to effectively fulfill their responsibilities and that schools have what they need to implement high-quality pre-K programming.
Leads the ECED Race & Equity work, in conjunction with the Deputy Chief and other directors, ensuring that ECED fulfills its commitments related to equitable and anti-racist work and that all ECED initiatives, policies, and procedures reflect anti-racist principles.
Leads the ECED infant and toddler work, supporting the DCPS partnerships with community-based child-care providers operating Child Development Centers in DCPS schools; develops and implements the strategic vision for DCPS' infant-toddler partnerships; and supports the Ready for Pre-K! initiative.
Leads the ECED communications and outreach strategy, by supporting DCPS ECE enrollment, enhancing the visibility of ECED initiatives, promoting community and family engagement in ECED initiatives, and supporting the development and use of innovative educational technology strategies and resources to promote early learning.
Manages the implementation of strategies and initiatives related to PK student safety and supervision, including: the implementation of monitoring protocols; the ongoing analysis of safety and supervision-related data; the development of plans to support continuous improvement; and regular engagement with school leaders and teachers in support of effective active supervision practices; and manages the process of monitoring and responding to ECE incident reports, tracking incident data, and utilizing trend information to inform procedures.
Serves in a leadership capacity to support additional ECED priorities and initiatives, including: developing detailed project plans, and leading the implementation of those plans to ensure project success; monitoring and evaluating project implementation and success; course correcting as needed; and reporting on the implementation and results of projects to ECED leadership and others across ECED and DCPS.
Supports ECED priorities and initiatives by identifying funding opportunities and, when appropriate, developing and submitting competitive grant applications and maintaining compliance with existing grants.
Engaging regularly and effectively with school leaders, instructional superintendents, and teachers to support the implementation of high-quality early childhood practices; builds senior-level relationships across internal departments and Offices to drive collaboration and project success; and interacts with and responds effectively to urgent requests from multiple internal and external DCPS stakeholders.
Manages a team of ECED staff members, taking responsibility for the recruitment, selection, professional development, and ongoing management of these staff members; provides staff members with ongoing developmental professional feedback; and completes regular performance evaluations for staff.
Works cooperatively with partner agencies, including OSSE's Division of Early Learning, to plan, share new information and ideas, problem solve, and develop new methods to ensure high quality ECE services across DC; and represents DCPS ECED, as appropriate, on Division and District committees and community partnership meetings and eventsto ensure that ECED is an effective partner in the early childhood space across the city.
Prepares and maintains records and reports to document service provision and monitor and evaluate program effectiveness.
Collaborates regularly with ECED staff to plan, reflect, share information and ideas, build skills, and problem solve.
Assists schools with ECE staffing needs by supporting the process of recruitment, selection, hiring, training, and onboarding substitutes and paraprofessionals; and works with community organizations and DCPS Employee Services team to build a strong pipeline of substitutes.
Provides human resource-related supports to the Division by assisting with recruitment, selection, hiring, and onboarding of new staff members.
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 in education, social work, or related field and five to seven years of related work experience, including at least three to five years working in early education, ideally within a management capacity, and a proven track record of success in implementing effective early childhood systems.
- Master's degree in education, social work, or related field preferred.
- Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
- Deep understanding of early childhood development and effective models of early childhood service delivery, including practices related to children's safety and supervision.
- Proven track record of successful project management and personnel management.
- A commitment to pursuing equity and anti-racism.
- Familiarity and skill regarding data analysis and problem-solving.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills and creative problem-solving abilities.
- Experience with grants management and effectively managing a budget.
- 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.