Full-TimePROGRAM DIRECTOR, EARLY CHILDHOOD – 31852
235 work days
Salary Range: $75,335-$94,169
Essential Functions and Objectives:
Provide support for Initiative leadership, which includes members of Board of Education, the Deputy Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education, the Executive Director of Early Education, and Sr. leadership across city agencies and non-profit organizations within the city and county of Denver in driving toward a defined vision, scope, outcomes definition, and implementation of the city-wide Birth to Eight Roadmap initiative. This includes deep engagement of community leaders and practitioners, leadership of cross-organizational systems and governance structures, management of a complex internal and external network of partners to encourage meaningful engagement at all levels.
The role will provide ongoing support for the Initiative’sgovernance and leadership, define work streams, establish year by year scope, define individual projects for implementation, oversee communication and evaluation efforts, and facilitate internal and external-facing status reporting to audiences including national organizations, policymakers, funders, leaders of external organizations, parents, and other community members. The position will also ensure that all portions that DPS is directly responsible for implementing are executed on time, within budget, and to the defined scope and requirements.
– The chief responsibility will be the definition and implementation of an Early Childhood Education strategic initiative (called the Birth to Eight Roadmap) in close collaboration with leaders across Denver Public Schools, Denver’s Mayor’s Office of Children’s Affairs, Mile High United Way, Denver Department of Human Services, numerous non-profits, and other organizations focused on early childhood support across the city of Denver. This role will research, design, and implement cross-functional systems and governance structures to ensure regular, collaborative communication across work streams and support a cohesive and strong network of organizations across DPS and the city and county of Denver to support children and their families from birth to third grade.
– Provide program and project management leadership, guidance, and tools to multiple cross-functional work streams, including but not limited to external Initiative leadership and internal departments. Provide reported status of Initiative to internal DPS leaders and external stakeholders including scope, time, cost, and quality as required by internal structures mapped to reach the Denver 2020 plan and the goals of the Birth to Eight Roadmap. For projects Early Education is responsible for implementing, manage work plans and schedules with industry standard methodologies to ensure tasks are on budget, on schedule and within performance parameters.
– Serve as leader to support broad understanding of context, decision making rationale and big picture implications and raise barriers and policy issues to be addressed for the success of the overall Initiative and develop a body of knowledge around Early Childhood research, best practice, and the Early Childhood community across Denver.
– Develop and grow collaborative relationships across DPS central departments (Early Education, Elementary Education, AR&E, FACE, Extended Learning, Planning and Choice, Library Services, ELA, Nursing Services, Child Find, Whole Child, Talent Management, and Curriculum and Instruction) and with DPS School Leaders to forward the work.
– Shared DPS supervision of staff responsible for evaluation, research and data collection; and staff responsible for parent leadership and collaboration.
– Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:
– 10-15 years of program and project management experience in work planning, meeting organization and facilitation, resource planning, risk assessment, expectation management, scope management with complex initiatives and projects.
– Experience in designing, planning, and implementing short- and long-range programs, establishing priorities, and organizing resources on large, complex, multi-year initiatives with a history of successful delivery.
– Meeting organization, facilitation, and appropriate follow up experience required.
– Expertise in communicating vision, goals and urgency of a project with diverse, internal and external stakeholders at all levels of an organization.
– Ability to effectively resolve process blocks and conflicts through effective communication and leveraging relationships.
– Knowledge of network leadership, and program/project management best practices as applied to an education setting or similar environment.
– Ability to communicate effectively in a credible and confident manner at all levels internally and externally to the organization, both orally and in writing.
– Ability to collaborate with and influence large, cross-functional teams across multiple organizations without direct reporting responsibility.
– Ability to lead and collaborate with others on challenging, time sensitive projects as a team player.
– Skill at facilitating diverse teams in implementation of initiatives across multiple projects and project teams.
– Ability to assess appropriate priorities and organize workload on multiple assignments.
– Ability to elicit and synthesize diverse perspectives, and strategically align project planning processes to support and honor those perspectives and work as a team member with a collaborative work style.
– Excellent time management and organizational skills to meet deadlines.
– Focus on details.
– Ability to work independently with minimal direction with strong problem solving skills and the ability to act decisively.
– Competent in the use of Microsoft products (e.g. Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and MS Project).
– Valid Colorado Driver’s License, appropriate insurance coverage and acceptable driving record for the past three years.
– Bachelor’s degree required.
– Master’s degree preferred.
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 is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.
Under the leadership of Superintendent Tom Boasberg and guided by the tenets of The Denver Plan, 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 dpsk12.org.
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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