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Senior Director, Talent Pipelines and Professional Growth

Date Posted: Jun 21, 2022

Job Description

Job Title

Position Title: Senior Director – Talent Pipelines and Professional Growth 

Location: Office of Human Resources, Division of Talent Pipelines and Professional Growth 

Salary: $85,000 - $120,000 

Reports to: Executive Director, Talent Pipelines and Professional Growth 

Benefits Eligible: Yes 

Position Summary: 

The Senior Director of Talent Pipelines and Professional Growth leads and supports several talent pipeline and professional growth initiatives at DPSCD. The Senior Director, Talent Pipelines and Professional Growth will collaborate across offices, divisions and departments to lead talent pipeline initiatives including, but not limited to college and university partnerships, early career teacher development, high school and alternative pathways to teaching (e.g. Rise to Teach, On the Rise Academy). They also will establish and implement strategies for employee professional growth including designing frameworks and pathways for all employee groups (e.g. hourly support staff, instructional, central office) and support departments’ design and implementation of high-quality professional learning.  As a leader in the Office of Human Resources, the Senior Director acts as a representative for future and current employees and plays a pivotal role in supporting the district in building an excellent team of dedicated staff to serve our students. 

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution, Master’s Degree preferred 
  • Minimum of five (5) years of teaching experience with a proven track record of leading students to achievement gains; three (3) years of experience coaching teachers and/or designing and leading professional learning for adults in a K-12 setting; at least three (3) years of experience working directly with senior-level leaders (preferred) 
  • Experience as a school-level building leader strongly preferred 
  • Demonstrated experience managing complex projects and initiatives and successfully managing staff. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of content standards and high-leverage teaching practices for K-12 and special education 

Essential Functions: 

  1. Design, implement and refine a career lattice with graduated responsibilities for employees across the career spectrum aligned with success profiles; match growth and learning opportunities to key transition points on the lattice. 
  2. Lead the collection, analysis and reporting of key data related to the effectiveness of professional learning and its effects on key metrics related to employee engagement, performance, retention, and advancement. 
  3. Work with leaders in Human Resources to establish annual objectives and key results for professional growth and related key results to track progress against those objectives. 
  4. Collaborate with leaders in other departments to assess professional growth needs for employees, take stock of current professional learning opportunities, and make recommendations for improvement based on data and drive execution of the Talent Pipelines strategies. 
  5. Develop, and champion initiatives that focus on the professional growth of non-instructional employee groups. 
  6. Conduct ongoing engagement with staff across departments and employee groups to assess the efficacy of current professional learning opportunities and needs for improvement. 
  7. Implement and evolve the strategy for pre-service and early career teacher development that includes DPSCD’s alternative teacher certification program, On the Rise Academy; support host schools and mentor teachers. 
  8. Lead the development and refinement of new teacher leader roles and execute the selection professes for teacher leadership positions. 
  9. Maintain thorough records and documentation of work on assigned projects and ensure resources are accounted for accurately.
  10. Supervise, support, coach and evaluate full time and part time Talent Pipelines and Professional Growth team members, setting clear expectations and developing staff through job-embedded professional learning experiences.
  11. Manage On the Rise Academy’s coursework and materials; manage course writers and designers during course building, delivery, and implementation.
  12. Support the design and facilitation of staff training experiences for On the Rise Academy, Rise to Teach and other talent pipelines initiatives. 
  13. Collaborate with other Human Resources teams, including recruitment and staffing, to support On the Rise Academy recruitment, selection, and enrollment 
  14. Provide direct coaching supports to a small group of Fellows through direct observation, in lesson interventions and ongoing practice/feedback loops.  
  15. Liaise with the Offices of Schools and Curriculum and Instruction to provide support and execute ongoing engagement with school principals around new teacher preparation. 
  16. Create compelling analyses and reports of Talent Pipelines and Professional Growth initiatives to determine program strengths and to drive programmatic evolution.
  17. Liaise with Michigan Department of Education staff to ensure compliance with alternative certification program requirements and to manage program accreditation.
  18. Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director, Talent Pipelines and Professional Growth. 

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. 

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 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. 

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