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Senior Director of Operations & Partnerships

Date Posted: May 13, 2022

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Senior Director, Operations and Partnerships 

Location: Curriculum and Instruction - Fisher Building (3011 W Grand Blvd)

Salary: $85,000 - $110,000 

Reports to: Deputy Executive Director, Operations and Partnerships  

Bargaining Unit: Non-Union Administrator 

Benefits Eligible: Yes 

Position Summary: 

The Senior Director (SD) is responsible for ensuring smooth and efficient operations in Curriculum & Instruction. The SD will lead a dynamic shared services team to ambitious goals for delivering value to the team with data analysis, project management, event communication and logistics, and procurement services.  

The Senior Director works with Senior Leaders across teams to provide leadership and direction for operations, data, assessment, and professional learning in the District. The SD will liaise across the Office of Strategy & Academics to ensure robust annual planning and results tracking systems, support senior leaders across the team to tightly monitor their processes and ensure board policies, operating documents and compliance requirements remain accurate and up to date.  

As a senior leader in the organization, the Senior Director is accountable for building and leading an inclusive team that produces results for students. The SD will manage a small team to offer high quality and coordinated school support, including regular step backs on trends and needs across the content area, as well as by cohort, and use these insights to design and implement relevant and impactful professional development as a department. As a team leader in the Office, they are accountable for building and leading an inclusive team that produces results for students.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • At least two years of experience in one of the following industries: school
  • leadership, district leadership, and/or work within an educational non-profit.

Ideal Candidates will possess the following:

  • Previous experience and/or robust knowledge of K-12 curriculum & instructionbest practices.
  • Have previous experience and/or a robust skillset in developing and editing briefs.
  • The ability to utilize Microsoft Excel on a proficient level.
  • Experience leading individuals through professional development in an environment that focuses on practice & refinement.

Essential Functions: 

  1. Vision & Strategy: Set clear, specific and ambitious objectives and key results for the department, including operational efficiency and service levels provided through the team; develop and implement a department strategy for achieving those results.
  2. Academic Strategy: The SD will support the development of cross-divisional strategies. This work includes vision setting meetings, consolidating information, and the development of implementation documents.
  3. Branding Guidelines: The SD and team will develop exemplar presentations and documents. The team will also provide quality assurance for the office to ensure branding guidelines are intact.
  4. Processes & Procedures: Partner with senior leaders in the Office of Strategy & Academics to establish, codify and implement standard operating procedures for common business processes across the entire Office, as well as processes unique to the C&I context; continuously reflect on how systems and processes could be improved, and advance proposals to make the team more efficient and effective in their work. 
  5. Shared Services: Launch and lead a shared services model for data analysis, project management, and event communication and logistics for Curriculum & Instruction teams. Develop and consistently apply an intake process and internal client engagement protocols to ensure that expectations are well defined for all parties, and each member of the team is able to contribute appropriately to shared work 
  6. Annual Planning and Results Monitoring: Liaise with staff across C&I teams on annual planning and results tracking. Codify best practices for building, maintaining and innovating data dashboards, while supporting the development of content area and operational teams. This key input will ensure transparency and progress monitoring.   
  7. Learning Platforms: Lead the charge for supporting Curriculum & Instruction by supporting the Program Supervisor of Operations & Partnerships. In addition, driving data that yields high participation in the district’s purchased learning platforms.  
  8. Develop, Define and Steward Local Partnerships: Develop standards and guidelines for board agenda items, sustain local partnerships that advance local strategy and support student achievement. Codify best practices for local relationships within the C&I team.  
  9. Policy, Compliance and Reporting: Ensure all board policies and accompanying administrative guidelines are accurate and up to date; maintain awareness of all state and federal requirements and track compliance across Curriculum & Instruction, in partnership with responsible parties.     
  10. Surge Capacity: Add surge capacity to time sensitive or special projects, or assign staff, as needed.
  11. Team Management: Lead a 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. 
  12. Anti-Racism Commitment: Demonstrate a commitment to antiracism, center racial equity and inclusion, and bring practical solutions to issues of equity and inclusion in classrooms, schools and on the team.

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. 

All DPSCD employees are required to disclose their vaccine status, however COVID-19 vaccines are strongly encouraged but not required.

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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