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Assistant Director - Partnerships and Innovation Special Projects

Date Posted: Aug 27, 2020

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title:  Assistant Director, Partnerships and Innovation Special Projects

Location: Division of Partnerships and Innovation, DPSCD Central Office, 3011 West Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48202

Salary Details: $70,000.00 - $95,000.00

Reports to:  Deputy Executive Director of Special Projects – P&I Division

Bargaining Unit: N/A

Benefits Eligibility:  Yes

Position Summary

The Assistant Director will be responsible for project management of specific projects and new initiatives that will support and turnaround efforts of Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD).  The Assistant Director will work under the Special Projects team led by the DED of Special Projects for Partnerships and Innovation and customer interface with all levels of the organization and relevant external partners.  This position requires ability to manage all project aspects including: Planning, strategy development, implementation, budget, schedule, deliverables and customer relationship/interface.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in business administration, management or related field
  • Advanced degree or previous experience in K-12 public education preferred
  • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible experience working in K-12 or higher education, non-profit, management consulting or other comparable business setting
  • Must include: Expertise in prioritizing workflows, managing resources, contract management/development and policy development; Detail oriented in coordinating activities; Experience working in interdisciplinary academic programs; and excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with strategy design and implementation, business process improvement, and implementing organizational transformations
  • Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment
  • Private Industry/Sector experience a plus
  • Interest in and aptitude for handling a wide variety of responsibilities at once in a very hands-on manner, at varying levels or complexity, with excellent attention to detail and consistent high quality of output
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Strong organization and project management skills with ability to see the big picture while managing the small details, and to create and maintain systems that enhance organizational efficiency
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with multiple stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently, problem-solve and take initiative when appropriate
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to high standards of excellence coupled with an enthusiastic approach to one’s work
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite especially Excel, Word, Outlook, SharePoint and PowerPoint
  • Experience with Excel, including the use of pivot tables, formulas and linked tables
  • Ability to communicate through narrative, visual, and data analysis using PPT and Excel

Essential Functions:

  1. Serve as the point person accountable for ensuring that necessary action plans and deliverables are completed in a timely, cost effective, operationally effective manner.
  2. Take an ambiguous project or project request and identify stakeholders that need to be involved, develop a timeline, proactively research approvals needed prior to implementation, create an executive level proposal and drive the project to completion.
  3. Lead change by developing new insights into situations; questioning conventional approaches; encouraging new ideas and innovations; and designing and implementing new or innovative programs/processes.
  4. Utilize best practices and methods to provide overall strategic direction for complex projects.
  5. Provide thought leadership to sponsoring executives regarding emerging strategic opportunities, as well as ongoing operational issues and challenges.
  6. Determine goals and priorities with sponsoring senior executives, as well as develop proposals outlining proposed project structure, approach and work plan, implementation of programs related to the expertise area.
  7. Provide leadership and expert consultation on the design, development, and implementation of programs related to the expertise area.
  8. Manage and/or be responsible for designing research plans for data gathering and analysis.
  9. Interpret analysis and ensure the effective coordination, approval and implementation of appropriate action plans.
  10. Assure customer satisfaction and develop standards, procedures, policies, and timely and accurate reporting processes designed to meet the teams’/customers’ needs.
  11. Identify new tools/process or enhancements to existing, that improve the effectiveness of the Special Projects team.
  12. Fulfill other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Deputy Superintendent (or Designee).

Security Clearance:

Internal Applicants

If you are a current Detroit Public Schools Community District employee, you do not have to submit to a new security clearance, unless your new role requires a different type of criminal background check.

 

External Applicants

In alignment with Michigan law, if you are hired to fill a position, you will be required to submit to a Detroit Public Schools Community District criminal background check. Information regarding required background checks will be shared at point of hire.

 

Method of Application:

Applicants must apply through the online application system. Only applications submitted through the online application system will be considered for any posted position and all applications require a resume to be considered.

 

Successful candidates are required to submit official transcript(s) at point of offer to hire. Teaching service outside of the Detroit Public Schools Community District must be verified by the applicant's prior employer(s) prior to hire. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide all documentation (including copies) as requested.

 

Applicants requesting assistance during the application process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email at [email protected] or phone at (313) 873-6897.

 

DPSCD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, transgender identity, disability, age, religion, height, weight, citizenship, marital or family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected category, in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admissions opportunities. Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or detroitk12.org/compliance.

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