DPS tries really hard to compensate people well, treat the public generously, maintain a great professional work ethic, and negotiate its payments and funding as the nice guy in the room. It has come to a head with the teacher union protesting generous bonuses for teachers that meet the District's strategic goals (SpED, Spanish, STEM, high poverty schools) and Administrator's who make slightly more than the average teacher. It is hard to stay in an office that's facing 150+ publicly announced job cuts due to the strike situation, but before this DPS was really great.
No, they don't pay enough to live well in Denver, but you can afford to live in walking distance to downtown or your school. They pay about as well as any other public sector agency in Colorado. The coworkers are extremely talented, young, diverse, and mostly graduated from good schools across the country. The leadership is very ethical and upbeat. There is a wide array of interesting admin, policy and organization-running work to be done.
Location, vacation time, development, work, volunteer opportunities, ethics, talent, diversity
Kaiser insurance sucks