Denver Public Schools
Job Description
Senior Manager, Authorizing
Central Office
Traditional 235 work days
FTE: 1.0
Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Essential Functions and Objectives:
-  Reporting to the Senior Director of Portfolio Management, this role will support Portfolio’s Mission and Vision by leading the District’s school authorizing work and ensuring high standards of quality and accountability for autonomous schools. This includes leading new school authorization, the approval of new innovation schools, and charter and innovation school renewals.  It also includes supporting the processes for authorizing new innovation zones, innovation zone expansions, and innovation zone accountability as well as the process for determining the allocation of District facilities.  The Senior Manager will also coordinate closely with the Policy Manager and Senior Director of Portfolio Management to ensure there is equity of accountability for schools of all governance types and alignment between processes.
-  Establish clear alignment between District accountability processes to ensure governance-type and model-neutrality, including the School Performance Compact
-  Lead quality authorizing process for schools, regardless of governance type
-  Lead process for reviewing innovation and innovation zone plans
-  Lead contracting and the development of recommendations to the Superintendent and Board of Education to suspend or revoke a new school’s approval, when a new school fails to meet conditions the Board placed of its approval, violates contract terms or otherwise fails to demonstrate readiness to open successfully
-  Lead the development, implementation and refinement of Portfolio Management accountability systems, processes, and protocols in order to improve student outcomes, including charter and innovation school and zone renewal
-  Lead efforts to make performance-based decisions about charter and innovation renewal, including the establishment of interim performance targets and conditions where necessary to advance student achievement and school financial health.
-  Manage the Placement Review Team in reviewing applications for placement, including the development of process documents
-  Lead a team in ensuring the resolution of critical issues related to academic, financial, or operational failure of specific schools.
Education & Experience and Licensure Requirements:    
-  Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree preferred
-  5+ years in Education or similar.
-  3 years of experience in leadership roles in the context of public education
-  Prior authorizing experience strongly preferred.  
Knowledge & Other Qualifications: 
-  Deep and demonstrated commitment to quality, equity, governance neutrality and the principles of portfolio models in public education.
-  Depth of leadership experience, including track records of successfully leading complex change efforts, building and sustaining high-capacity teams, and executing high-stakes projects with excellence at the organizational scale.
-  Innovative, entrepreneurial and flexible mindset.
-  Superior human relations skills and experience working with diverse populations, community organizations, and other advocacy groups, as well as the ability to build and/or strengthen relationships with internal and external stakeholders to achieve objectives                                           
-  Strong ability to lead in an environment of ambiguity where positional authority is not the primary mechanism to make decisions
-  Superior written and verbal communication skills
-  Strong data analysis and presentation skills
-  Superior leadership, coaching and mentoring skills
-  Strong organizational and analytic skills and strong attention to detail
-  Strategic planning and organizational development knowledge and skills.
-  Ability to multi-task and juggle management of several high-priority projects in parallel
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  
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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