Denver Public Schools
    Job Description

    Deputy Chief of Staff

    235 work days


    Essential Functions and Objectives:

    Accountability for leading and managing a portfolio of strategically focused, district wide projects, that are dynamic in nature. Influences district decision-making for priorities,  support structures and resource allocation. Leads the execution, maintenance, projects' implementation, change management, and cross-functional alignment of work streams; ensures compliance with relevant industry, state and federal regulations.


    Handles a wide range of matters of institutional importance on behalf of the Chief of Staff and Superintendent.  Assists with all operations of the Chief of Staff Office, including management of staff, budgets, administration, policies, and procedures. Assists with coordination and oversight in the development of the Denver Plan and core initiatives. Assists as a strategic liaison with schools and community.


    As a values-based organization, achieve goals through our shared commitment to Students First, Integrity, Equity, Collaboration, Accountability and Fun.


    - Formulates and aligns project goals and objectives to achieve successful outcomes, as defined by the district; ensures governance and long-range strategic direction of the program with a broad understanding of the context, decision making rationale and district implications.

    - Conducts discovery analysis, leads selection process, determines requirements, and identifies needs through review of current process, procedures, and standards. Establishes team, resources, formal plan and project schedule to ensure process success.                                                                      

    - Sets and manages project plan, including: tasks, activities, key deliverable and resources. Manages long and short term work plans and schedules to track progress; ensures milestone are attained; identifies, analyzes and mitigates project risks, solving for project 'road blocks'; define and lead testing efforts; assesses outcomes and lessons learned; provides timely and accurate project deliverable.

    - Monitors and sets controls, throughout the life cycle of the project. Ensures effectiveness and demonstrates outcomes beyond program establishment. Coordinates and tracks program expenditures and adjusts project activities, specifications, proposals, contracts and schedules to meet overall program objectives within budget. Assists, guides and advocates change enablement and process adoption.

    - Establishes and cultivates relationships with key internal and external stakeholders; develops comprehensive communications strategies conveying information to ensure appropriate input and agreement to key decisions and program direction. Leads change initiatives; works closely with and influences project team members, provides mentor ship and catalyzes strong collaboration among all resources involved.

    - Serve as principal aide to the Chief of Staff; support the Chief of Staff in dealing with a range of administrators, staff, students, Board of Education, and public affairs issues. Directly handles matters of school district importance as delegated.

    - Lead the development & implementation of systems for responding to Board of Education member requests and priorities. Lead coordination & integration of high priority activities in the development & implementation of established core initiatives for the Office of the Superintendent & the District.

    - Serve as a strategic liaison with senior staff, high priority local & state partnerships with other public agencies, student governance groups, & the community at large. Assist with best ways to position the District with civic and business leadership & Board of Education members on issues.

    - Interact with industry, government, legislative interests group and community officials in the representation and development of the District's strategy initiatives. Represent the District publicly at meetings, conferences, community events and more.

    - Prepare and/or contribute to the preparation of reports, briefings, presentations, and responses on District strategic issues. Participate with the Chief of Staff and other senior staff members in planning, policy development, and problem strategic issues.

    - Manage key team members of the Office of the Superintendent including the Manager of Bond and Mill Programs and the Board Liaison.


    Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:

    - 5+ years in work related field/experience.

    - Ability to assess appropriate priorities and organize workload on multiple assignments.

    - Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Office products and/or Project Management Software (e.g. Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint).

    - Excellent interpersonal, analytical, critical thinking, problem-solving, and organizational skills.

    - Communicate diplomatically, persuasively, effective oral, written and presentation skills.

    - Excellent time management and organizational skills to meet deadlines.

    - Strong attention to detail.

    - Ability to communicate effectively in a credible and confident manner at all levels in the organization, both orally and in writing.

    - Ability to communicate effectively in a credible and confident manner at all levels in the organization, both orally and in writing.

    - Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals, establish priorities, and organize resources.

    - Ability to provide creative, solution-oriented support to complex situations.

    - Political acumen.


    Education Requirements:

    - Bachelors Degree

    - Maters Degree Preferred


    About Denver Public Schools:

    Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation.  DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.  

    Under the leadership of Superintendent Susana Cordova and guided by the tenets of The Denver Plan, DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth.  Learn more at dpsk12.org.  

    Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors. 

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