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Executive Director, Strategy & Academics

Date Posted: Jun 8, 2021

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Executive Director, Strategy & Academics

Location: Fisher Building

Salary: $110,000 - $155,000

Reports to: Chief Strategy Officer

Bargaining Unit: Non-Union Administrator

Benefits Eligible: Yes

Position Summary:

As a significant leader in the Office of Strategy & Academics, the Executive Director of Strategy & Academics works with the Chief Strategy Officer to lead the management and evolution of the strategic plan, create and maintain aligned project management and progress monitoring systems across the Office, and offer strategic advisement support and internal consulting across teams. The Executive Director is responsible for codifying and implementing shared annual planning, decision-making, performance management, communication, and business process systems across the Office, supporting leaders in Curriculum & Instruction, Data, Assessment & Accountability, Enrollment, Knowledge Management, and Technology to implement these systems through layers in the organization.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) from an institution accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools or an equivalent higher education agency
  • At least 3 years working in K-12 education
  • Experience in management consulting highly preferred

Essential Functions:

  1. Lead annual planning activities for the Office of Strategy & Academics, ensuring that the direction of the Office aligns with the strategic plan, reflects the voices of our stakeholders, is grounded in an accurate understanding of performance data, and is responsive to school needs and the policy landscape; maintain shared project management and progress monitoring systems to track progress against objectives and key results.
  2. Codify decision making processes and tools to help teams across the Office move their work from idea to execution (e.g., concept papers, six-pagers); serve as a thought partner and capacity builder on how to maximize these tools to move work forward with appropriate sponsorship, resources, and project management rigor.
  3. Cultivate the investment in and capacity of senior leaders to execute effective project and budget management processes; align work of the Office to districtwide expectations for project management rigor.
  4. Support consistent performance management practices across teams, planning regular Officewide norming and succession conversations to coincide with annual evaluation milestones; oversee development and implementation of manager professional learning pathways.
  5. Oversee internal communication channels for data and information within the Office; set and maintain posting calendars for knowledge and news and develop agenda and materials for leadership, management and all hands convenings; track completion of staff requests, including constituent responses.
  6. In partnership with senior leadership, diagnose accurate root causes to the barriers schools are facing; make recommendations for policy and business process improvements that respond to those root causes.
  7. Serve as a trusted advisor, thought partner, and capacity builder for leaders across the Office of Strategy & Academics.
  8. Support the Chief Strategy Officer to manage all operational functions of the Office, completing special projects and tight-deadline deliverables as needed.
  9. Lead a small, diverse team to great results, creating an inclusive culture where all team members can thrive; develop equitable processes and policies and build strong relationships across lines of identity and power; use performance management and strong managerial competencies to ensure staff throughout the organizational structure champion our culture, contribute meaningful work, motivate others to achieve results, and operate as constant learners.
  10. Provide training, technical support, and direct consultative support across the Office.
  11. Support the Chief Strategy Officer in the development and management of the District’s strategic plan.
  12. Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief Strategy Officer.

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 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 services 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, gender 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. Questions? Concerns? contact the Civil Rights Coordinator at (313) 240-4377 or [email protected] or 3011 West Grand Boulevard, 14th Floor, Detroit MI 48202.

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