Tuesday, September 30, 2008

DCPS is looking for a Senior Program Director Resolution Team

I have no idea what a Senior Program Director Resolution Team, Office of Special Education does either, but DCPS is prepared to pay someone a six figure salary to do it.

Position Announcement: Senior Program Director Resolution Team
Office of Special Education
Location: Washington, DC Capitol Hill

Background Reform Efforts at the District of Columbia Public Schools:

On June 12, 2007, Mayor Fenty assumed control over the District of Columbia Public Schools. As the Washington Post’s Editorial Board said “There is a can-do quality in him that suggests the government can be reformed, that schools can be rebuilt and that institutions in this city can come together to improve people’s lives. He offers a vision of the City that challenges the best in people.”

As his first official act in his role as governing authority over the public school system, he appointed Michelle Rhee as Chancellor. Chancellor Rhee brings more than a decade of innovative education experience, dedicating her career to improving public education in urban communities. Most recently, she served as chief executive officer and president of The New Teacher Project. Chancellor Rhee inherits one of the largest and most challenged public school systems in the nation, which serves approximately 45,000 students. “There is a unique opportunity to effect significant systemic change in the District of Columbia to ensure that all children in this city get an excellent education,” said Chancellor Rhee at a press conference. “I believe this city and the school district have tremendous potential.”

Position Overview:
The Office of the Deputy Chancellor for Special Education seeks entrepreneurial, energetic and experienced management talent to lead one of Chancellor Rhee's most important initiatives—compliance with the Blackman-Jones Consent Decree, a major class action litigation suit impacting one of the largest urban school systems in the country. The consent decree requires that the District implement special education hearing officer decisions and settlement agreements in a timely manner while also reducing the backlog of unimplemented cases.

The Senior Program Director is a chief advisor to the Deputy Chancellor and serves as a senior director in the Office of Special Education—one of the District's largest divisions. The Senior Program Director will manage a capable and talented case resolution team of 30 full time employees and contractors to eliminate the backlog of cases and timely implementing new ones.

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
•Meeting numeric deadlines set by the consent decree and internal deadlines set by the Deputy Chancellor
•Developing strategies for increasing the rate of backlog reduction and case implementation
•Setting internal deadlines for staff based on a forecasting model
•Managing daily operations of program
•Serving as the key-point person for all activities related to Blackman-Jones compliance
•Serving on the Deputy Chancellor's senior management team
•Representing the deputy chancellor in meetings with court monitors and/or class counsel as needed
•Inspiring and empowering employees to reach aggressive deadlines

The Senior Program Director must share DCPS' dedication to complying with the provisions of the consent decree and developing a special education system that consistent provides quality service. Ideal candidates for the position must possess:

• Solid experience managing complex projects;
• Demonstrated experience with legal due process proceedings;
• Proven track record of success in meeting project targets;
• Strong leadership skills, innovative strategic approaches and an obsessive drive to meet deadlines;
• At least five years of lead project management experience, including demonstrated results executing on project plans;
• Ability to work under pressure and effectively prioritize in a demanding and changing environment;
• Experience using project management software such as MS Project, Basecamp, or Viewpath at a team level;
• An approach that involves being a self-motivated and proactive problem solver with the ability to work independently;
•Strong interpersonal skills, including ability to manage a highly talented and dedicated workforce;
•Advanced proficiency in MS Excel;
•Team orientation and willingness to contribute at all levels to ensure successful implementation;
•Demonstrated ability to problem solve efficiently and resolve organizational roadblocks;
•Project management experience and problem solving skills related to gathering, organizing, analyzing, and presenting data;
•Excellent data analysis and presentation skills;
•Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills and
•The love of a challenge and the committed work ethic of a champion.

Education Requirements:
The Senior Program Director must possess a JD or an advanced degree in social sciences or business AND either:

A) Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and a minimum of three (3) years of full-time paid experience in the fields of budget, finance, human resources, operations management, public or education administration or related field

B) Satisfactory combination of post-baccalaureate education and experience.

Preferred Characteristics of an Ideal Candidate:
•Strong relationship building with keen understanding of what motivates others;
•Ability to operate with purpose, urgency, and accuracy in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, and deadline-driven environment;
•Exceptional passion for details and precise organization;
•Ability to work effectively in leading and inspiring team members;
•Prior knowledge of and experience in education and/or government;
•Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, and Access
•Excellent organizational, people and teamwork skills;
•Strong, results-oriented and quality performance work ethic;
•Capable and detail-oriented multi-tasker who can prioritize and remain professional in demanding situations;
•Ability to anticipate projects and take initiative;
•Ability to learn quickly, be flexible and succeed in a rapidly changing environment and
•Strong statistical and analytical skills.

Additional Desired Characteristics:
•Knowledge of special education law highly desired, but will consider candidates with demonstrated propensity to quickly acquire and master new knowledge.
•Experience working at a major management and strategy consulting firm (such as McKinsey, Boston, Bain, etc.) highly desirable.
•Experience with class action litigation
•Be able to begin assignment within 10 days of offer

SALARY RANGE: $118,000 - $130,000
(Adjustments based on experience verification)

All applications should include a current resume and cover letter citing Senior Program Director. Applicants should read and clearly understand the provisions of the Blackman Jones Consent Decree prior to applying. Please email completed applications to Matthew.Bachand@dc.gov. We will not accept paper applications or consider applications without a highly detailed cover letter. For additional vacancies, visit the DCPS home page at www.k12.dc.us. No phone calls please.

Notice of non-discrimination. In accordance with the DC Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, DC Official Code,§2-1401.01, et seq. (Act), the District of Columbia Public Schools does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, disability, source of income or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action. The following office has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Equal Employment Opportunity Office, District of Columbia Public Schools, 825 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, (202) 442-5424.

How to Apply:
Email cover letter and resume to Matthew.Bachand@dc.gov. Please specify the title of the job in your cover letter.

No calls please.

1 comment:

The Educator said...

If they are paying for this position then what the heck will the Deputy Chancellor of Special Education be doing? Somebody needs to check this upper level hiring!!!