Chief of Staff, Office of Family and Public Engagement
District of Columbia Public Schools - Washington, DC

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The Office of Family and Public Engagement is responsible for DCPS’ work to engage parents, families, and the community in our students’ learning, the improvement of our schools, and DCPS’ planning and decision making. Our four core areas of work are family and community engagement, community partnerships, school level family engagement, and communications. All of our work is designed to impact and improve student achievement at the individual student, school or district level. Our family and community engagement projects specifically are designed to engage parents in their child’s learning, invest parents in the success of their child’s school, and educate and include parent voices in ward and district level planning and decisions.

The Chief of Staff is responsible for supporting the Chief of the Office of Family and Public Engagement (OFPE) manage the priorities and operations of all OFPE initiatives and to ensure that our programs are executed with high quality and in accordance with the mission of OFPE. Principally, the Chief of Staff will work to oversee the development, finalization, and execution of OFPE’s departmental operating plan. Additionally, the Chief of Staff will serve as a thought partner to the OFPE Chief and senior staff and will be responsible for aligning the department’s work to the Chancellor’s five year strategic plan.

The Chief of Staff serves as a member of the Office of Family and Public Engagement’s senior management and drives the formulation and implementation of internal policies and strategies to meet the vision and goals of the Office and the District of Columbia Public School System. The Chief of Staff reports to the Chief of the Office of Family and Public Engagement.

Educational Requirements
Bachelor's Degree

Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree and 8-10 years of work experience required.
  • Master’s degree and management and project management experience strongly preferred.
  • Previous exposure to or experience in the K-12 education sector a plus.
Personal Qualities of Top Candidates
  • Commitment to Equity: Passionate about closing the achievement gap and ensuring that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, receives an excellent education.
  • Leadership: Coaches, mentors, and challenges others to excel despite obstacles and challenging situations.
  • Focus on Data-Driven Results: Relentlessly pursues the improvement of central office performance and school leadership, instruction, and operations, and is driven by a desire to produce quantifiable student achievement gains.
  • Innovative Problem-Solving: Approaches work with a sense of possibility and sees challenges as opportunities for creative problem solving; takes initiative to explore issues and find potential innovative solutions.
  • Adaptability: Excels in constantly changing environments and adapts flexibly in shifting projects or priorities to meet the needs of a dynamic transformation effort; comfortable with ambiguity and non-routine situations.
  • Teamwork: Increases the effectiveness of surrounding teams through collaboration, constant learning and supporting others; sensitive to diversity in all its forms; respects and is committed to learning from others.
  • Dependability: Does whatever it takes to consistently deliver with high quality under tight deadlines; successfully manages own projects through strong organization, detailed workplans, and balancing of multiple priorities.
  • Communication and Customer Service Skills: Communicates clearly and compellingly with diverse stakeholders in both oral and written forms; anticipates and responds to customer needs in a high-quality and courteous manner.
Responsibilities
  • Manages various operations of the Office of Family and Public Engagement (OFPE), including development and implementation of strategy, policies, and initiatives
  • Supervises all department level strategic planning efforts and works in conjunction with the department’s senior staff to refine and successfully implement OFPE’s operating plan
  • Identifies opportunities to align the department’s work to the Chancellor’s Capital Commitment and works with the OFPE senior staff provide necessary staffing, resources, and guidance
  • Collaborates with each of the OFPE Directors to ensure that all major department initiatives and strategies are developed through perspective of improving student achievement
  • Identify staff development needs and identify resources to meet those needs; manages work assignments and performance evaluations
  • Assists Chief to present initiatives, strategies, and operational results to the Chancellor and DCPS management
  • Collaborates across Central Office departments, streamlining functions to ensure that all initiatives are executed and monitored
  • Collaborates and builds strong working relationships with other DCPS senior managers to develop and implement cross-Office strategies supporting the Chancellor’s long-term vision of reform
  • Ensures the continuous flow and exchange of information within the Office and with the rest of the DCPS organization
  • Attends relevant external meetings to stay informed about latest research and trends; represents the perspective and vision of DCPS and presents specific findings and project results
  • Interacts with and responds effectively to urgent requests from multiple internal and external DCPS stakeholders
  • Supports and carries out the Chancellor’s mission to transform DC Public Schools and close the achievement gap
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Notice of Non-Discrimination. In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, District of Columbia Official Code Section 2-1401.01 et seq. (Act), the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) does not discriminate (including employment therein and admission thereto) on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, status as a victim of an interfamily offense, 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. Discrimination in violation of the aforementioned laws will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Title IX regulation requires schools to implement specific and continuing steps to protect students and others against discrimination on the basis of sex. Students, parents and/or guardians with inquiries regarding Title IX non-discrimination policies related to students and student activities shall contact:

Title IX Coordinator
Office of Youth Engagement
District of Columbia Public Schools
1200 First St, NE, 8 th Floor Washington, DC 20002
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-5099

or

Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-1100

Telephone: 1-800-421-3481
FAX: 202-245-6840; TDD: 877-521-2172
Email: OCR@ed.gov

Inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies of DCPS will be handled as follows:

Employees with inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies related to employment and employees or who wish to file a discrimination complaint should contact:
Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist
Office of Labor Management & Employee Relations
District of Columbia Public Schools
1200 First St, NE, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-5424

Students, parents and/or guardians with inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies related to students and student activities, including Section 504, should contact:

Director of Targeted Student Support
Office of Youth Engagement
District of Columbia Public Schools
1200 First St, NE, 10th Floor Washington, DC 20002
(202) 442-5099

Notice of Criminal Background Check. In accordance with the Criminal Background Checks for the Protection of Children Act of 2004, this position has been designated and identified as one which requires a criminal background check and/or traffic record check. If you are tentatively selected for the position, a criminal background check and/or traffic record check (for positions which require the operation of a motor vehicle) will be conducted. A final offer of employment is contingent upon the receipt of a satisfactory criminal background check and/or traffic record check.

Position Information Opening Date: February 20, 2013
Closing Date: February 19, 2014
Vacancy Announcement Number: 10-OFPE-127
Salary: $114,130 - $115,645
Location: Washington, DC

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Questions? Email DCPS.Careers@dc.gov for technical
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