SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PARTNER, EARLY COLLEGE - 27988

Denver Public Schools
Job Description
DIVISION OF SECONDARY EDUCATION
235 work days
FTE: 1.0
Salary Range: $69,674-$83,607
  
Essential Functions and Objectives:
 
Serve as a member of an Instructional Network team to provide support to network schools. Support network schools with the implementation of early college design. Support network schools in using student performance data to inform decisions related to implementing school improvement plans. Support network schools in the development and implementation of school improvement plans with special emphasis on targeted network schools.
Personal & Values
- Model the DPS Shared Core values of students first, equity, and collaboration when partnering with concurrent enrollment liaisons, higher education institutions and district schools to meet the needs of all students.
- Manage through influence across multiple teams to achieve desired supports for schools.
Implement appropriate change management strategies, anticipating potential obstacles, and proactively communicate information to stakeholders. 
 Vision & Strategy:
- Under direction of the Instructional Superintendent supports principals and school instructional staff on a day-to-day basis, training them and providing them with the support they need to raise student achievement in their schools.
- Assesses carefully the pedagogical details of the school improvement plan in every school, helping principals set key objectives for learning and measurable benchmarks.
- Assess progress of schools according to the early college implementation guide, assist principals with early college implementation.
- Reviews school improvement plans to ensure alignment to the DenverPlan 2020 and early college best practices using the early college implementation guide.
- Ensures that student grouping plans, scheduling, and organizational structures are appropriate to support student progress toward associate’s degrees and other desired student outcomes.
- Develop a roadmap for the work that includes short and long term objectives, roles and responsibilities, timelines, and change management strategies.
- Drive all aspects of local and state policy on Concurrent Enrollment (CE), including recommendations and implementation (e.g., High School Procedures Guide, monitoring CE enrollment and performance, etc.).
- Develop cohesive portfolio of options across schools (CE, AP, CTE, IB) and support schools in marketing their services.
- Develop and implement work keys programs for students to become paras (on a path toward becoming teachers); Develop plans for these students that allows them to earn two years’ worth of college credits through CE, CLEP, and AP testing.
- Identify and implement strategies to increase the number of eligible college adjunct teachers.
- Develop strategies to support schools with limited options regarding college/career course offerings.
- Strengthen partnership with Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF).
 Operational & Organizational:
- Assists principals and other staff in designing individualized professional development plans to deepen knowledge of best practices in the classroom and early college design.
- Provides tools, protocols, and professional development opportunities that help principals and other staff to strengthen their instructional knowledge and growth in order to support teaching and learning for all students.
- Informs professional development modules that support capacity-building for facilitators and teachers and ensures that professional development at all levels aligns with the specific instructional program actually taught to students, and is not generic.
- Participates in data team discussions in order to support assessment-related activities within instructional networks. 
- Facilitates discussions within the network related to how school performance data can be used instructionally.
- Works collaboratively with the Divisions of Teaching and Learning, Student Support Services, and the Office of College and Career Readiness to improve student achievement and reach early college high school outcomes.
 People & Culture:
- Puts in place an infrastructure for professional development of school staff.
 Community & Equity
- Stays informed of current research on best instructional and early college practices.
- Studies, and evaluates new instructional materials, methods and programs as appropriate.
- Secures and makes available to the staff samples of various instructional materials.
- Trains facilitators, principals, and teachers to implement early college design, new approaches to the use of data, and new initiatives.
- Foster a culture of partnership and deep collaboration with school leaders and external institutions to develop a thorough understanding of current state to better meet the needs of our students and schools.
- Other Duties as assigned
 
Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:
 
- 5+ in a leadership role in education.  Experience as a school leader preferred.
- Ability to effectively collaborate and communicate with staff at all levels of the organization.      
- Self-starter/leader who can anticipate department needs in a proactive (versus, reactive) manner.
- Ability to set goals, navigate complex issues, work independently, and drive results.              
- Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals, establish priorities, and organize resources.                               
- Ability to multi-task and juggle management of several high-priority projects in parallel.                
- Ability to communicate diplomatically, persuasively, effective oral, written and presentation skills.
- Ability to effectively facilitate meetings to achieve desired results.                          
- Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and Outlook.    
- Valid Colorado Driver’s License, appropriate insurance coverage and acceptable driving record for the past three years.
 
Education Requirements:
 
- Bachelors Degree  
 
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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