Job Title: Specialist, Twilight
Office: Office of Secondary Schools
Date Posted: 11/12/2021
Salary Range: 1-5 / $82,007 - $92,534
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, effective September 19, 2021 you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when you choose to opt out of being vaccinated and instead agree to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by uploading a copy of your vaccination card to your candidate dashboard, or you must select on your candidate dashboard that you are opting out of being vaccinated. If you opt out, you will be required to upload weekly a negative COVID-19 test to maintain employment with the Government of the District of Columbia. You will not be extended an offer of employment until you comply with the requirement to upload your vaccination card or opt out of being vaccinated.Position Overview
The Office of Secondary Schools is comprised of the Graduation Excellence division, instructional superintendents who support DCPS middle and high schools, and college and career programs and athletics. The Office is responsible for effective management, and operation and achievement of the middle and high schools, and provides leadership to principals, administrators, and teachers to ensure academic excellence for all students.
The Student Engagement Division plays a critical role in working directly with schools to ensure all students are engaged in school and feel supported with everything they need to succeed in DCPS and beyond. The Student Engagement Division includes:
- School Counseling team, which ensures students in all grades have access to the social-emotional skills and academic supports they need to succeed.
- New Heights program, which is comprised of school-based coordinators dedicated to serving the needs of expectant and parenting students in DCPS.
- Postsecondary Planning team, which is comprised of school-based coordinators who help students identify and actively pursue their postsecondary plans.
- Graduation team, which supports schools in monitoring student progress and identifying supports for students who are off-track of may have disengaged from schooling.
- Academic Recovery and Pathways programming, including the Twilight program, which are school-based programs that target off-track and at-risk students.
The Twilight program provides students with the opportunity to take original credit classes they need to be on-track to graduate. These classes occur outside of regular school hours and in addition to a full course schedule during the school day. The Specialist, Twilight will play a lead role in helping ensure DCPS secondary school students receive the appropriate supports and services necessary to graduate and transition successfully to post-secondary. The Specialist will be primarily responsible for building out Twilight programming options and providing specific and targeted technical assistance and professional development to school leadership and staff in their work to ensure all students are supported through school in a systematic and comprehensive manner.
The Specialist, Twilight will report to the Manager, Graduation.
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 projects and high-level initiatives related to Twilight for the Graduation team in order to optimize program operations.
Creates and implements policy to adjust department approach to Twilight based on changes in direction, priorities, and resources; and collaborates with other members of the Office of Secondary Schools to develop or modify policy.
Determines opportunities for program expansion based on school and student needs, which may include teacher recruitment, creation of program options for targeted populations (e.g., SPED or ELL students), and developing virtual and hybrid learning options.
Monitors grant funding and expenditures at the school and district level; and proposes budgetary changes as needed based on feedback and data.
Assesses progress of schools towards offering all students a complete, high-quality Twilight program that meets requirements set by DCPS, the student's IEP, academic interests, and goals; and helps schools to make programmatic adjustments as necessary.
Creates detailed project timelines and tracks progress toward benchmarks.
Tracks relevant Twilight metrics and generates reports on both the school and student level for key stakeholders.
Monitors data reports for data abnormalities or policy inconsistency and addresses concerns.
Manages program inquiries from stakeholders, school leaders, staff, etc.
Develops documents for school staff and administrators regarding policy updates, requirements, department manuals, and FAQs effecting academic planning and scheduling.
- Bachelor's degree and three to five years of related work experience.
- Master's degree preferred.
- Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
- Strong project management and organizational skills.
- Outstanding interpersonal and teamwork skills.
- Strong ability to effectively use PowerPoint and other tools to create compelling communications.
- Experience managing budgets preferred.
- Proficient in synthesizing and leveraging large data sets through Excel, databases, and other means.
- Ability to learn quickly, work in a fast-paced environment, and multi-task effectively; and the ability to proactively identify 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.