Position Title: Deputy Executive Director, Assessment and Performance Management
Location: Fisher Building, 3011 W. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202
Salary: $95,000 - $130,000
Reports to: Senior Executive Director, Data, Assessment, and Accountability
Benefits Eligible: Yes
The Deputy Executive Director of Assessment and Performance Management is a visionary leader and member of the Data, Assessment, and Accountability division leadership team. The Deputy Executive Director will develop, implement, and oversee the following programs in support of district-wide improvement:
- Assessments to measure learning gains: Developing and operationalizing a comprehensive assessment program of State and local assessments that allow us to assess students’ progress toward learning outcomes aligned to grade-level standards;
- Teacher, Leader, and Staff evaluations to improve and refine practice. Designing and implementing evaluation systems that set clear expectations aligned with District expectations (e.g., Vision for Excellent Instruction, Four Roles of the Principal, and Success Profiles), consist of multiple measures that reflect the holistic work of effective teacher and leadership practice, and result in meaningful distinctions in performance; and
- Stakeholder feedback to assess the supportiveness of the classroom, school, and district environment. Facilitating the collection, review, and monitoring of perception data from students, families, teachers, school leaders, and District staff to better align efforts in support of more effective teaching and learning
As a significant member of the DAA management team, the Deputy Executive Director is responsible for developing both high-level strategy and managing the day-to-day operations of all assessment, stakeholder feedback, and evaluation programs for the District. This work includes leading high performing teams to develop and deliver quality trainings, resources, and support; maintaining knowledge resources and tools and timely communications; administering state and local systems that allow staff to do their best work; monitoring the implementation of these programs; and producing analysis and reports that inform decision-making at all levels of the organization in support of improving instructional practice and student learning.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in education, educational leadership, or education research and evaluation, or a related field. Master’s degree or higher preferred.
We are looking for talented people who are passionate about transforming the District and making a significant difference in the lives of public-school students, parents, administrators, teachers, and employees. The ideal candidate will have most or all the following professional experiences and competencies:
Essential Experiences and Competencies:
- Minimum of three (3) years of supervisory experience leading teams, with at least two (2) years of experience in staff or leadership development and training, evaluation design or implementation of employee performance methods, or school leadership
- Strong understanding of the requirements and timelines for assessment program activities such as student rostering, accommodations and administration planning, and corresponding accountable student and test verification processes
- Strong knowledge of the principles and practices of school district personnel administration (evaluation and staff development and training) and working knowledge of labor management practices
- Ability to utilize qualitative and quantitative data to improve programmatic outcomes
- Ability to translate Department and District goals into everyday work activities and consistently implement District policies and procedures
- Excellent communication, coaching, and mentoring skills and previous experience as a collaborative leader
- Skilled at running cross-functional relationships and communicating with leadership across multiple teams and departments
- Knowledge and familiarity with the design, administration, or implementation/use of the District’s Thrive evaluations program (i.e., Thrive for Teachers, Thrive for School Administrators, and Thrive General/NUA) and accompanying resources (e.g., Success Profiles, Companion Guides, etc.)
- Knowledge of Michigan state assessments, education data, and federal/state accountability rules and systems
- Experience in the use and support of state and other assessments and assessment systems, including the OEAA Secure Site, DRC eDirect, College Board Reporting and SSD Online, myNAEP/NAEP Access, Academic Approach, iReady, and Performance Matters
Position Job Responsibilities:
Under the direction of the Senior Executive Director the Deputy Executive Director will:
- Provide strategic leadership to the Assessment and Performance Management department, developing a cohesive strategy across all workstreams and setting clear, specific, and ambitious objectives and key results
- Set clear expectations and a vision for success in the District’s assessment, performance management (teacher, staff, and leader evaluations), and stakeholder feedback programs and help staff to achieve results in alignment with our objectives and key results
- Collaborate with Curriculum & Instruction to develop and implement a comprehensive assessment program in alignment with and support of the District’s Vision of Excellent Instruction
- Coordinate with senior leadership across the organization to develop, deliver, and maintain professional learning and knowledge resources that support all stakeholders to act on core metrics of school improvement and play their role in moving the needle
- Create shared tools and processes to clarify expectations for staff; provide feedback on staff members’ progress and performance, cultivating and coaching a high-performing team to achieve ambitious OKRs; and ensuring that teams deliver work on-time and at the expected level of quality
- Ensure program compliance and timely completion of activities for assessment administration, accountability management, teacher/staff/leader evaluations, and other related programs in alignment with state and federal regulations and District policies and guidelines
- Stay closely aware of projects, high-level initiatives, and emerging issues across the District and proactively help to adjust the department’s approach based on changes in direction, priorities, and resources
- Keep informed about external innovations, education policy, and research and advise leadership on changes (e.g., legislation, policies, and procedures) that affect the implementation of the District’s assessment and evaluation programs
- Establish operational rhythms (year-at-a-glance) and calendars (key dates) that anticipate the delivery needs of the team and enable them to operate effectively, efficiently, and at their best
- Provide effective project and vendor management; oversee work to achieve the highest value service from vendors, evaluate vendor performance against established metrics, and ensure contractual obligations are met and products and services meet the needs of staff, students, and families
- Demonstrate an effective approach to team building including clarity of purpose and shared responsibility; value, solicit, and integrate team members’ different perspectives effectively
- Develop and implement project management routines that support the team in breaking down projects into key tasks with owners, developing timelines and shared expectations for work, and regularly communicating progress with appropriate stakeholders
- Build effective relationships with manager, staff members and colleagues to implement the District strategic plan
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior Executive Director of Data, Assessment, and Accountability
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. Questions? Concerns? contact the Civil Rights Coordinator at (313) 240-4377 or [email protected] or 3011 West Grand Boulevard, 14th Floor, Detroit MI 48202