Denver Public Schools
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    Traditional 235 work days 

    Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience


    Essential Functions and Objectives:

     -  Strategic planning: leads district change through developing and implementing nationally recognized or leading strategies using industry expertise, in depth knowledge and best practices. Prioritize, interpret and disseminate district goals to functional leaders and teams.                                               

    ·-  Operational excellence: design and create integrated systems and processes that drive ongoing improvements, to meet both strategic and tactical goals. Develop, maintain and monitor operational budgets, to meet financial objectives.                              

    -  Stakeholder relations: create and build collaborative relationships and pro-active communication channels between the district, functions, departments and external stakeholders.                                                  

    -  Corporate governance: ensure compliance with state and federal laws, Board of Education policies and regulations, maintain and direct activities related to the District's safety and security efforts.                                                           

    -  People effectiveness: maintain a culture of trust and developed leadership across functions. Manage succession planning, career development and performance per function. Ensure functional effectiveness by building high performance teams, communicating contributions, and engaging leadership.                                                    

    -  Responsible for providing leadership, coordination and oversight of the District’s compliance with non-discrimination, equal opportunity (EEO), and Title IX requirements in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations                                                      

    -  Oversees workplace investigations and investigators with particular focus on complex or high exposure investigations and civil rights investigations.  Acts as investigator in high-level, complex District investigations as needed.                                                  

    -  Engages and integrates internal and external stakeholders across schools and departments, law enforcement, and local agencies to ensure a comprehensive and holistic approach to preventing and responding to discrimination, harassment, and other workplace misconduct.                                                  

    -  Leads a culture of compliance by developing and implementing a district-wide presence, and comprehensive ongoing educational and training programs to educate schools and departments regarding equity, Title IX and the District's expectations of professionalism and ethics.                                                     

    -  Provides management training, guidance and evaluation to the Title IX Coordinator/Equity and Safety Counsel; Deputy General Counsel; and District Investigators.                                                  

    -  Oversees the District's civil litigation and EEOC matters as well as acts as lead district legal counsel for complaints filed with the Office of Civil Rights, the Colorado Department of Education, and in the administrative courts.                                                         

    -  Provides expert guidance and counsel to the District's Chief Human Resources Officer and Human Resource Business and School Partners on employment matters.

    -  Provides leadership and legal guidance to the District Department of Safety regarding policies and procedures; acts as Chairperson of the District's Force Review Board.



    Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:

    -   Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations                                                          

    -  Ability to effectively lead a function                                                     

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

    -  Demonstrated experience performing as an effective leader and team player, and recognizing and resolving conflicts or potentially controversial situations through diplomacy                                                           

    -  Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, including the ability to lead a high-performing team                                                           

    -  Superior leadership, coaching and mentoring skills                                                  

    -  Looks for ways to significantly improve business performance and growth          

    -  Strong inter-personal skills and ability to work with individuals at all different levels in the organization                                                 

    -  Focuses function on strategic goals                                                     

    -  Encourages diversity and mutual respect among team members and demonstrates compassion and sensitivity                                                          


    Education Requirements:


    -  Juris Doctorate required

    -  10+ years legal experience

    -  5+ years management experience

    -  Experience with EEO, Title IX, Workplace Investigations         


    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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