MANAGER, ACCOUNTABILITY - 31587

Denver Public Schools
Job Description
ACCOUNTABILITY, RESEARCH AND EVALUATION (ARE)
235 work days
FTE: 1.0
Salary Range: $70,079-$87,599
  
Essential Functions and Objectives:
The Accountability Manager oversees all aspects of local and state accountability systems in DPS.  
While supervising at least one research analyst who supports the work, the Accountability Manager is responsible for developing and publishing the annual DPS School Performance Framework (SPF), the primary tool used to accredit schools in DPS.  In developing the SPF, the Accountability Manager collaborates with district leadership, Colorado Department of Education, various central office departments, school leaders, and external contractors to develop key metrics and cut points to evaluate school performance.  This position also reviews relevant research, investigates practices in other school districts, and conducts quantitative and qualitative analyses to inform potential revisions to the SPF.  Work includes collaboration with the Portfolio Management Team on annual project timelines and communication plans.  S/he also develops a variety of presentations to inform district leadership and school staff on performance outcomes and annual changes to the framework.  This position, along with the research analyst(s), also respond to SPF-related research requests submitted by district and school staff to further inform school performance.  
The Accountability Manager collaborates with district leadership and network staff, including Division Leaders and Instructional Superintendents, to provide guidance and support regarding the development, implementation, and monitoring of Unified Improvement Plans (UIPs).  The manager supervises one UIP specialist in the development of an annual UIP calendar/cycle, the delivery of annual analyses (both qualitative and quantitative) to assess district progress and patterns, and intensive support to network and school staff. S/he also reviews relevant state legislation (e.g., SB 09-163) to assess the impact on district practices and inform district leadership on policy decisions, as needed.  
The Accountability Manager also coordinates the state accountability process.  S/he manages the appeals process associated with district and school performance ratings assigned by the state, coordinates with the state on the identification and implications of the state accountability clock and Performance Watch system. The manager is also responsible for collaborating with district departments on district and school adherence to ESSA and federal accountability requirements.
The Accountability Manager also supervises one research analyst on the research, design, and implementation of appropriate metrics in measuring teacher and school leader effectiveness.  In collaboration with HR and Talent Management, the Accountability Manager will support the successful implementation of the student growth portion of LEAP and the student growth portion of LEAD.
- Uses appropriate software tools (e.g. spreadsheets, databases, and statistical packages) to conduct analyses and develop reports to inform district policies and instructional practices.
- Develops and presents a variety of dynamic training sessions for school staff and district leadership to inform district policies and instructional practices.
- Supports the  administration and reporting of annual, large-scale district surveys.
- Assists members of the research team in evaluating district programs in terms of research design, data gathering, quantitative and qualitative analyses, andreporting.  
- Assists other members of the research team in fulfilling data requests submitted by district and school staff.
- Performs other related duties as assigned by supervisor.
 
Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:
- 3-5 years of experience performing similar work. 
- Proficiency in accessing and manipulating data (MS Access, Excel) as well as fluency with one or more of the - statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, STATA).
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
- Exceptional multi-tasking and organization skills.
- Experience managing large-scale projects.
 
Education Requirements:
 
- Master’s degree in a related area that may include research methodology, evaluation, measurement, and/or statistics. 
 
About Accountability, Research and Evaluation (ARE):
From former classroom teachers to research analysts, we are a diverse team working to support positive academic outcomes and equity for all students. Some team members serve as a district resource for developing and administering district and state assessments in a multitude of content areas in both English and Spanish. Others analyze and report data, including data to help identify opportunity gaps among historically underserved students. Others focus on research and evaluation designed to impact district strategy, often with an explicit focus on issues of disproportionality. No matter the role, every member of ARE is committed to providing information and resources that support school leaders, teachers and families in helping every student succeed regardless of their neighborhood or background. Supported by a strong team culture, we take advantage of the work-life balance, generous time off and professional learning opportunities offered by the district as well as all the perks available from working in a thriving city adjacent to the beautiful Rockies.
 
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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