Position Title: K-12 ELA and Social Studies Project Manager
Location: Fisher Building
Reports to: Senior Executive Director of Literacy and Social Studies
Benefits Eligible: Yes
As a significant member of the DPSCD’s Literacy and Social Studies Team, the Project Manager is responsible for defining, planning, tracking, and managing related projects from concept to completion. This includes focusing on the needs and expectations of internal and external clients, initiating needs assessments and root-cause analysis, identifying and allocating resources, and managing project schedules. The Project Manager is an assertive, collaborative, and highly organized individual who understands district policies and procedures as well as the strategic direction of the District.
- Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Education or Business Administration (preferred)
- Minimum of three (3) years’ experience in formal project management within a business or public-school system.
- Experience with curriculum and instruction operations and projects such as enrollment of special programs, procurement of curriculum materials and implementation of legislative mandates.
- Experience in the development and evaluation of requests for proposals and quotes (RFP/RFQ).
- Experience in the development and tracking of budgets and procurement.
- Expertise in managing vendors and developing effective relationships with an emphasis on quality assurance and accountability.
- Previous experience in federal programs and grants like Title II, IV, etc. is highly preferred.
- Ability to develop and enforce quality assurance in department projects and operations to ensure high level delivery of service and achievement of department Objectives and Key Results (OKRs).
- Ability to develop technical procedures and policies.
- Strong communication skills and ability to engage and present information across stakeholder groups.
- Effective verbal and written communication skills with the ability to convey technical information to a non-technical audience.
- Highly efficient in use of the Microsoft Office Suite with strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
- Ability to communicate complicated ideas with concisely and precision.
- Ability to work independently and with minimal supervision.
- Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
- Ability to multi-task and adapt to changes quickly.
- Self-motivated with the ability to work in a fast-moving environment.
- Assist with the development and implementation of the department’s strategic plan initiatives, including goals and objectives with measurable outcomes, optimizing project management to support the District’s strategic plan.
- Lead project management by defining, planning, tracking and managing projects for the Offices of Literacy and Social Studies to include managing the requirements of the Read by Grade 3 Law, Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA), summer learning, family and community engagement, management of school support data and assessment outcomes, etc.
- Provide support to department in the area of budget and procurement by maintaining detailed line item excel budget as well as a tracking system to ensure the department meets all deadlines and procurement requirements.
- Help develop and manage pertinent functions of the RFP/RFQ process including the evaluation and selection of vendors.
- Manage vendor relationships and contracts including holding regular meetings, quality assurance and testing as appropriate.
- Coordinate with the District technology and SIS teams to ensure reporting and functionality of Literacy and Social Studies applications.
- Develop and manage all phases of assigned projects from project initiation to closure.
- Conduct effective project kick-offs and closure meetings.
- Define the projects management process, standards, deliverables and operational cadence necessary to ensure consistency throughout project.
- Manage projects scope and deliverables through a structured change management process to ensure projects are complete and meet expectations.
- Develop and maintain project schedules and task details by utilizing a district-wide project management solution and tools such as reports, tracking charts, checklists, and budget forecasting.
- Responsible for holding stakeholders accountable for tasks, deliverables and adherence to project timelines ensuring projects stay on-track.
- Produce high quality project plans, reports, presentations and data displays for review and analysis by District stakeholders.
- Proactively participate in district-wide planning, projects and activities.
- Coordinate and facilitate engaging stakeholder meetings to share pertinent information, project status and timelines/upcoming deadlines for transparency, accountability and real-time feedback.
- Develop, implement and maintain data and reporting systems to provide real-time displays of pertinent information related to project management.
- Lead the development of department Standard Operating Procedures documentation, training and communication.
- Monitor the implementation of policy, processes and procedures, and serve as an agent to inform, advocate and administer new policies, procedures and change orders.
- Define and manage the quality assurance process(es) to ensure high level delivery of service and achievement of department objectives and key results.
- Build and maintain effective relationships across the district and with all district stakeholders.
- Perform other duties as assigned by Senior Executive Director of Literacy and Social Studies or designee.
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.
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, 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 opportunities. Contact the Civil Rights Coordinator for more information at (313) 240-4377 or detroitk12.org/compliance.