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  • 44134 SENIOR SPECIALIST, INNOVATION AND IMPROVEMENT

    Denver Public Schools
    Job Description

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    https://ltmwebprod01.dpsk12.org/ltmprod/xmlhttp/shorturl.do?key=58W

     

    SCHOOLS OFFICE

    Traditional 235 work days 

    FTE: 1.0

    Salary Range: $68,683 - $83,116

      

    Essential Functions and Objectives:

     

    Administers and manages activities within a specific area of a responsibility. Serves as the subject matter expert and applies gained knowledge to execute, maintain and improve systems, programs, or processes. 

     

    Responsible for building District and school capacity in Innovation and Improvement through design and facilitation of professional learning and coaching on improvement science and on equity-centered design and liberatory design thinking. Designs and leads innovation and improvement efforts, conducts research and studies with schools and departments to address priority challenges identified in District strategies, particularly focused on the elimination of opportunity gaps.

     

    - Provides various support and conducts activities related to logistics, reporting, training, communications, and processes. Participates in the planning and implementation of new initiative.

    - Assesses and troubleshoots escalated problems and applies expert understanding to resolve complex challenges of stakeholders; focuses on root cause identification in order to achieve systemic and sustainable improvement. Approves and documents exceptions for compliance record keeping and reporting.

    - Ensures appropriate key stakeholder involvement in planning, goal-setting, and implementation to achieve buy-in of work products. Ensures purposeful, positive and professional interactions and relationships with all stakeholders; enables consistent application of work products across the district.

    - Identifies opportunities for improvement, prioritizes, and recommends solutions to management. Implements approved enhancements to ensure consistency across the district. identifies opportunities to reduce costs; analyzes available data, trends, and feedback, and ensures compliance with expectations for optimal operation and goal achievement.

    - Works with District, regional, central and school leaders to identify high leverage academic and whole child problems where solutions would significantly enhance performance, deliver results, achieve school and District prioritized outcomes, and contribute to improving student success.

    - Identifies, adapts, and applies appropriate tools; processes from design thinking and improvement sciences, including, but not limited to landscape analyses, root cause analyses, causal systems analysis, empathy building activities, driver diagrams, and plan-do-study-act cycles for rapid prototyping and testing of change ideas.

    - Provides on-site coaching and support to District, regional, and school leaders on effective implementation of innovation and improvement science and supports development of their structural and cultural capacities to integrate innovation and improvement science in their organizations.

    - Partners with District and school leaders and other departments to design methods of collecting evidence specific to unique change ideas, including voice and experience of students and community; interprets and explains results to stakeholders to inform decision making.

    - Designs and facilitates professional learning experiences on equity-centered design, liberatory design and improvement science theory and methods to central and school-based teams through a variety of approaches, including large-scale convenings, team trainings, capability-building courses, and virtual sessions.

    - Works with District, regional, and school leaders to establish systems of quality control implementation and accountability for innovation and improvement science outcomes that are integrated with other goals and progress monitoring and improvement structures.

    - Collaborates with District and school-based innovation and improvement teams to document promising practices and support the scaling of initiatives and programs that emerge from innovation and improvement work.   

     

    Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:

     

    - Five (5) or more years of preferred experience in improvement sciences, continuous improvement in education, adult learning, and project management. Research, synthesizing and analyzing data to inform strategic improvements across levels of the organization.

    - Leadership experience in an education context, strong ability to lead with influence, and strong improvement coaching capacities is preferred.

    - Proficiency with Google Suite, including Google Meet, Google Data Studio, Jamboard, as well as proficiency with Zoom and other virtual tools and apps to facilitate virtual learning, effective use of qualitative and quantitative data.

    - Effective time management and organizational skills.

    - Effective verbal and written communication skills.

    - Strong attention to detail.

    - Effectively handles multiple demands and competing deadlines.

    - The ability to take responsibility for one’s own performance.

    - Works collaboratively with others on a team.

    - Aptitude for variety and changing expectations in a fast-paced environment.

    - Ability to effectively design professional learning and facilitate small and large groups of adult learners based on adult learning best practices.

    - Deep knowledge of coaching for improvement best practices and phases of equity-centered design, and improvement sciences.

    - Demonstrated knowledge of best practices for driving and monitoring improvement strategy in an education setting, basic statistical understanding, ability to collect, analyze and use qualitative data and quantitative data effectively.

     

    Education Requirements:

     

    - Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Improvement Sciences, or related field required. 

     

     

    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.  

     

    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.