Coordinator, Leadership Development - #197365

District of Columbia Public Schools

Date: 04/08/2021 18:01 PM

City: New Carrollton, Maryland

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

Position Overview
The mission of the Office of School Improvement and Supports (OSIS) is to ensure we support our schools and our students to succeed and to meet the Goals of our Strategic Plan. The Office works to dramatically accelerate the number of excellent schools through school transformation, including design, partnerships, Connected Schools, and Comprehensive School Planning (CSP). The Office develops, aligns, and delivers high-quality supports to ensure students, particularly students furthest away from opportunity, are in school, able to engage in rigorous learning, and have a joyous educational environment. The Office ensures our schools have excellent leaders, educators, and staff who are prepared to meet the diverse needs of the young people we serve.
OSIS programs include the following:

  • S*chool Improvement: *
  • School Performance: Promotes data-driven decision-making through an aligned system of continuous improvement designed to move schools toward a consistent standard of excellence.
  • Design: Designs excellent school models that transform learning for our students furthest from opportunity by anchoring in data, community engagement and understanding, and elevating and integrating student voice.
  • Partnerships: Develops and advances strategies and resources for schools and the district to maximize partner and community impact on student and school success.
  • Student Empowerment & Equity: Advances diversity and equity for students, with an emphasis on student-focused programming elevating student voice.

  • Student Supports:
  • School Mental Health: Ensures that students' behavioral and social-emotional needs are met to increase access to the curriculum.
  • SEL and School Culture: Ensures that schools have the resources to provide a safe and supportive learning environment where all students are able to thrive academically and socially.
  • Student Placement: Ensures that schools have the necessary supports to address the needs of the whole child and create the conditions where all students are ready to learn.

  • Health and Wellness: Ensures that all students are healthy and are supported with the appropriate services and accommodations to support their wellness and continued learning.

  • Talent Development:
  • Talent Acquisition: Advances talent development through an equity lens. Ensures we recruit, select, hire, and retain great people.
  • Leadership Development: Ensures leaders are prepared at each stage of their career with the full complement of skills and capacities necessary to guarantee student and school success.

  • IMPACT Operations: Supports the daily implementation of both Staff and School Leader IMPACT. The team ensures IMPACT policy is followed with fidelity and manages a helpline where staff can reach out with questions.
  • IMPACT Align: Ensures all evaluators have the tools they need to accurately and consistently apply the DCPS classroom observation rubric (the Essential Practices) when evaluating teacher practice.
  • IMPACT Design: Gathers and responds to feedback from DCPS leadership and staff, and uses this feedback to consider possible IMPACT design changes for the future. The team also liaises with other states, districts, education groups, and researchers to learn from the best practices and lessons learned in the field of staff and school leader evaluation.

The Coordinator, Leadership Development will support the mission, vision, and work streams of the Leadership Development team. This includes: supporting DCPS’s aspiring principals pipeline program (the Mary Jane Patterson Fellowship); the district’s quarterly principals’ meeting (Leadership Academy); new principal support; Assistant Principal professional development; as well as the many other initiatives of the Leadership Development team. The Coordinator will work closely with members of the Leadership Development team to ensure that every DCPS school leader is invested in, developed to their fullest capacity, and set up for success in their school. This work includes tracking the team budget and team spending, supporting the details and logistics of the team, planning and coordinating events throughout the year, crafting and managing communication to large groups of school and Central Office leaders, and selecting candidates to work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to support the development and implementation of the team.
The Coordinator, Leadership Development will report to the Deputy Chief, Leadership Development.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Researches, designs, and implements strategies to encourage Principal and Assistant Principal retention.
  • Produces strategic internal and external team communication including, but not limited to, content for the Division’s quarterly newsletter for key stakeholders, memos, Division email, and social media.
  • Manages the team budget, including contracts, vendor interactions, and use of the P-Card to ensure timely reporting and maximization of resources.
  • Leads recruitment and selection efforts for key leadership initiatives (such as university partnerships).
  • Facilitates professional development for program participants and district leaders.
  • Uses Excel to collect, analyze, and synthesize quantitative and qualitative data to help identify key areas of strength and development.
  • Organizes logistical and operational support for key events including, but not limited to: New Principal Orientation, New AP Orientation, Summer Leadership Institute, Leadership Academy, and AP Cohort Development meetings.
  • Builds relationships with school leaders to understand their human capital needs and liaises with the Office of Elementary and Secondary Schools, School Leader Recruitment and Selection, and across other internal offices within DCPS to drive collaboration and project success.
  • Identifies issues proactively when interacting with program participants and team members, determines the best approach for resolution, and tracks and follows through until issues are resolved.
  • Prioritizes and responds effectively to urgent requests from multiple internal and external DCPS stakeholders, such as school leaders, the management team, external funders, media, researchers, and colleagues from other departments.


  • Bachelor's degree and two to four years of related work experience.
  • Master's degree preferred.
  • Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
  • One to three years of specific experience in project management strongly preferred.
  • A creative ability to frame ideas, develop stories, and synthesize data in a way that appeals to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Proven track record in managing and coordinating complex projects; and strong Excel and PowerPoint skills strongly preferred.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and be a self-starter; and comfort with ambiguity.
  • Proven track record in managing and coordinating complex projects.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in quickly dealing with difficult situations and unexpected challenges.

DCPS Values

  • STUDENTS FIRST: We recognize students as whole children and put their needs first in everything we do.
  • COURAGE: We have the audacity to learn from our successes and failures, to try new things, and to lead the nation as a proof point of PK-12 success.
  • EQUITY: We work proactively to eliminate opportunity gaps by interrupting institutional bias and investing in effective strategies to ensure every student succeeds.
  • EXCELLENCE: We work with integrity and hold ourselves accountable for exemplary outcomes, service, and interactions.
  • TEAMWORK: We recognize that our greatest asset is our collective vision and ability to work collaboratively and authentically.
  • JOY: We enjoy our collective work and will enthusiastically celebrate our success and each other.

Job Type: Full-time

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