21-22 Principal on Special Assignment- Division of Superintendent

Aurora, CO, US
Feb 26, 2021
  • Position Type:
    Licensed Administrative/Principal on Special Assignment- Superintendent

  • Date Posted:

  • Location:
    Office of the Superintendent

  • Closing Date:

  •    Addiitonal Info: 21-22 School Year.
    Principal on Special Assignment—Division of Superintendent
    A Principal on Special Assignment role allows a current or recent (within 3 years) Aurora Public Schools (APS) Principal to take on a short-term, 1-2-year assignment with APS that simultaneously 1) supports the district in infusing district operations with the knowledge and experiences of school leaders to better align district supports to meet school needs and 2) provides opportunities for Principals to enhance their skills and competencies to lead at a systems level, across multiple schools. The Principal on Special Assignment role will take on special projects and assignments that help advance the achievement of APS 2020 goals and the district’s ongoing systems development and capacity building. The specific special projects and assignments will be determined on an annual basis.

    Under the direction of the Superintendent, the Principal on Special Assignment (POSA) for the Division of the Superintendent will bring expertise as a school leader to oversee special project(s) related to district-wide strategic initiatives.

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    Aurora Public Schools Compensation and Benefits

    For the 2020-21 school year:
    In February 2020, the APS Board of Education passed a resolution emphasizing the importance of the recruitment and retention of educators of color. In response to this work, during the 2020-21 school year APS has been collaborating with Promise54, a national non-profit focused on human capital strategies and diversity, equity, and inclusion, to develop and begin implementation of an action plan. While implementation of this action plan began during the 2020-21 school year, the work will continue over the next few years and beyond the partnership with Promise54. This role will focusing on coordinating the implementation of APS’ Promise54 action plan to strengthen the district’s recruitment and retention of educators of color across divisions and in alignment with the district’s Strategic Plan; Human Capital Strategy; and Equity Framework. Depending on the strategy, this may include working with appropriate stakeholders to develop and implement; project managing components owned by divisions; supporting divisions as requested in carrying out their action steps and supporting alignment across strategies. To understand the types of strategies that this action plan includes, please see draft action plan that was presented to the APS Board of Education in October 2020. The strategies for APS’ Promise 54 work for the 2021-22 school year that the POSA may be responsibility for developing and implementing with appropriate stakeholders may include:
    • Enhancing career pathways for APS students to enter the education field, such as a pipeline program
    • Clarifying and enhancing career pathways for classified staff to move into licensed teaching roles, i.e. Grow Your Own
    • Continue the development, implementation, and sustaining implementation of strategies for which development and implementation may have begun in the 20-21 school year, such as staff affinity groups and mentoring support

    Duration: 2 years, subject to annual contract renewal.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    90% Special Projects
    • Establishing and facilitating a cross-divisional steering committee focused on recruitment and retention of educators of color to coordinate, align, advise, and progress monitor around the accomplishment of goals and implementation strategies in APS’ Promise54 action plan
    • Ensure action plan stays on time and on budget
    • Coordinate and, as needed, collaborate with other divisions on strategies and action steps that they are responsible for executing
    • Provide updates and, as necessary, bring recommendations to Leadership Team on progress of implementation
    • Project manage and monitor progress on implementation and impact of strategies
    • Identify and share best practices for recruitment and retention of educators of color
    • Develop and Implement, in collaboration with appropriate stakeholders, strategies outlined in the APS Promise54 Action Plan that are not assigned to divisions for ownership, such as:
    • Enhancing career pathways for APS students to enter the education field, such as a pipeline program
    • Clarifying and enhancing career pathways for classified staff to move into licensed teaching roles
    • Staff affinity groups and mentoring support
    10% Other Duties as Assigned
    • Perform other duties as assigned, including availability to substitute or temporarily lead a building while the current school leader is away (i.e., attending professional learning or conferences, etc.)

    Education and Training: Master's degree

    • Current or recent APS Principal or APS Assistant Principal
    • At least 5 years of leadership experience

    Skills, Knowledge, Equipment & Other:
    • Ability to develop strong collaborative, relationships with peers and others in leadership roles
    • Advanced written, verbal, analytical and listening skills.
    • Excellent organization skills.
    • Advanced knowledge of APS policies, procedures, and management.
    • Understanding of and/or experience with human capital management, specifically recruitment and retention.
    • Knowledge of and/or experience in implementing best practices related to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work and learning environments.
    • Understanding and/or experience designing and implementing programs.
    • Strong communication, collaboration, and facilitation skills.
    • Ability to perform complex tasks and to prioritize multiple projects.
    • Strong project management skills.
    • Operating knowledge of and experience with PCs, standard office equipment, and Microsoft Office products.

    Certificates, Licenses & Registrations: Colorado Principal's License

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