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  • 35713 - SENIOR PROGRAM INITIATIVES MANAGER, SCHOOL DIVISION

    Denver Public Schools
    Job Description

    ADMINISTRATION

    235 work days

    FTE: 1.0

    Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

     

    Essential Functions and Objectives:

    Accountability for leading and managing the day-to-day operations of a broader strategic function and shapes the district framework in a forward thinking and dynamic manner. Influences district decision-making for program priorities, support structures and resource allocation. Leads the execution, maintenance, projects’ implementation, change management, and cross-functional alignment of work streams; ensures program and district compliance with relevant industry, state and federal regulations.  

    Drive large-scale, strategic projects on behave of the Schools Division in collaboration with multiple divisions, including: Academics, Human Resources, Communications, Operations, Portfolio Management, the Impact Office, the Equity Division, and the Office of the Superintendent.

    - Program leadership: formulates and aligns program goals and objectives to achieve successful outcomes, as defined by the district; ensures governance and long-range strategic direction of the program with the broad understanding of the context, decision making rationale and district implications. Establishes systems, structures, tools, policies and procedures to enhance the efficacy of the program, including those related to communications and training.

    - Program maintenance: directs, administers, and evaluates program operations, policies and procedures relevant to the lifecycle of the program; 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.

    - Project management: sets and monitors new program priorities, including: objectives, benefits, key deliverables and resources. Manages long and short term work plans and schedules to track progress; ensures milestones are attained; identifies, analyzes and mitigates project risks, solving for project ‘road blocks’; assesses outcomes and lessons learned; provides timely and accurate project deliverables.

    - Community engagement: conducts district-wide outreach to strengthen the program through relationships; engages community leaders, practitioners, partners and district stakeholder to encourage meaningful engagement at all levels of program operations and proactively enhances program value across the district. Identifies stakeholder needs, leverages assets and is a catalyst for strengthening the program within the community.

    - Lead large scale projects that extend across multiple divisions in support of organization intiatives and instructional priorites.  Work includes: translating vision into action, engaging with key stakeholders, and developing project plans.

    - Supervise staff members responsible for supporting the broader Schools Divisions and  the six schools regions.

    - Support the Associate Chief of Schools in establishing goals for the Schools Division, in alignment with the 2020 Denver Plan, and corresponding mechanisms to support on-going progress monitoring and continuous improvement efforts.

    - Lead and support weekly meetings both within the Schools Division and in partnership with other divisions by preparing content and facilitation protocols.

    - Serve as the lead for the budget in the School Division in partnership Finance Department.

    - Identify school-based needs and collaborate with key groups to identify and implement solutions.

    - Prepare communicates on behave of the broader Schools Division.

     

    Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:

     

    - 2+ years of extensive experience leading cross-functional, enterprise-level projects.

    - PMP certification or equivalent preferred.

    - Knowledge of program management best practices.

    - Experience working with school based teams or leading professional development programs with schools.

    - Knowledge of social-emotional intelligence curricula, behavior intervention, and/or multi-tiered systems of support, trauma informed care and implementation processes.

    - Ability to prioritize multiple projects.

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

    -Ability to multi-task without compromising integrity or fidelity.

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

    -Effectively handle multiple demands and competing deadlines.

    - Inspired, visionary who can foster/generate excitement, buy-in and understanding with colleagues and employees outside of the team.

    - High degree of integrity in handling confidential information.

    - Ability to influence large, cross-functional teams without direct reporting responsibility.

    - Successfully managing several large-scale, complex, and transformative projects from conception through implementation.

    -Ability to effectively collaborate with staff at all levels of an organization – from cabinet level staff to individual contributors.  

    Education Requirements:

     

    - Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Information Management, Organizational Effectiveness, Education or related field required.

    - Master’s 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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