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9 Aug 2021


Denver Public Schools – Posted by Denver Public Schools Denver, Colorado, United States

Job Description

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Traditional 235 work days

FTE: 1.0

Salary Range: $72,910 – $91,137


Essential Functions and Objectives:


Accountability for leading and managing the day to day operations of a broader strategic function and shapes the district framework in a forward thinking and dynamic manner. Influences district decision making for program priorities, support structures and resource allocation. Leads the execution, maintenance, projects’ implementation, change management, and cross-functional alignment of workstreams; ensures program and district compliance with relevant industry, state and federal regulations.


Increase impact by driving large-scale, strategic projects on behalf of AR&D in collaboration with multiple divisions, adding structure and processes that ensure key activities are running smoothly and serving and creating cohesion among teams and departments across the district. This position will own specific projects that are cross-departmental and time sensitive. The Senior Program Initiatives Manager will also represent AR&D in the Academics Chief of Staff Meetings.


– Formulates and aligns program goals and objectives to achieve successful outcomes, as defined by the district; ensures governance and long-range strategic direction of the program with a broad understanding of the context, decision making rationale and district implications. Establishes systems, structures, tools, policies and procedures to enhance the efficacy of the program, including those related to communications and training. 

– Directs, administers, and evaluates program operations, policies and procedures relevant to the lifecycle of the program; ensures effectiveness and demonstrates outcomes beyond program establishment. Coordinates and tracks program expenditures and adjusts project activities, specifications, proposals, contracts and schedules to meet overall program objectives within budget. 

– Sets and monitors new program priorities, including: objectives, benefits, key deliverables and resources. Manages long and short term work plans and schedules to track progress; ensures milestones are attained; identifies, analyzes and mitigates project risks, solving for project ‘roadblocks’; assesses outcomes and lessons learned; provides timely and accurate, and branded project deliverables.

– Conducts district-wide outreach to strengthen the program through relationships; engages community leaders, practitioners, partners and district stakeholder to encourage meaningful engagement at all levels of program operations and proactively enhances program value across the district. Identifies stakeholder needs, leverages assets and is a catalyst for strengthening the program within the district community.

– Lead large scale strategic projects that extend across multiple departments and divisions in support of strategic initiatives priorities. Work includes: translating vision into action, engaging with key stakeholders and developing project plans.

– Serve as a strategic thought partner, sounding board and confidante to the Executive Director in order to help inform organizational strategy and decision making.

– Support the Executive Director in establishing and monitoring progress on goals for the division, in alignment with the district goals and priorities, and corresponding mechanisms to support on-going progress monitoring and continuous improvement efforts.

– Manage and triage needs of departments that impact workflow. Prioritize, delegate and complete work on behalf of the Executive Director in order to increase visibility and accessibility.

– Lead and support meetings both within AR&D and in partnership with other departments by preparing content and facilitation protocols.

– Assist with staffing decisions, hiring, and onboarding in alignment with department priorities. Update department onboarding materials as needed and develop customized onboarding plan and materials for newly hired department leaders.

– Develop and execute communication strategies to ensure effective communication from the division. Strategically manage division public record requests. 


Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:


– At least three (3) years experience leading large scale change initiatives in K-12 education and/or large complex organizations. 

– Knowledge of program management best practices.

– Work style that yields high results when working independently or as part of a team.

– Ability to foster effective relationships with district staff, schools, and external partners.

– Ability to prioritize multiple projects.

– Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals, establish priorities, and organize resources.

– Ability to multitask without compromising integrity or fidelity.

– Experience and proficiency with Google Suite products and/or Project Management Software.

– Effectively handle multiple demands and competing deadlines.

– Inspired, visionary who can foster/generate excitement, buy-in and understanding with colleagues and employees inside and outside of the team.

– High degree of integrity in handling confidential information.

– Knowledge of program management best practices.

– Work style that yields high results when working independently or as part of a team.

– Ability to work in a multi-ethnic and multicultural environment with district and school leaders, faculty, staff and students. 

Education Requirements:


– Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Business Administration, Information Management, Organizational Effectiveness, or a related field, required. 

– Master’s Degree in Education, Business Administration, Information Management, Organizational Effectiveness, or a related field, preferred


Additional Information:


Work Year Calendars (including accrued time off):

– Benefits (including DPS contributions):

– Compensation Structures:

– Employee must live and work with a permanent home address in Colorado while working for Denver Public Schools.  


About Denver Public Schools:


Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation.  DPS comprises nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.  


DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth.  Learn more at  


Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.


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Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 80,000 - 100,000.

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