Director of Federal Programs and Special Projects

Chester, PA, US
Apr 07, 2021
POSITION: Director of Federal Programs and Special Projects

REPORTS TO: Chief Operating Officer (COO)


The Director of Federal Programs and Special Projects is responsible for writing proposals, filing applications, and managing all federal programs within the District in collaboration with District leadership, including Pre-K Counts, Title I, II, III, IV, School Improvement/Intervention grants, 21st Century Learning Community grant and the Ready to Learn grant.
MISSION: The Chester Upland School District is committed to providing all students the opportunity to achieve excellence in the four A's: Academics, Athletics, Arts, and Activities.

The senior leadership team continues to build a talented and committed team to ensure all students are prepared to graduate from Chester Upland schools career and college ready! The C.O.R.E. is the foundation of the Chester Upland School District's vision and mission.

C- Children First: The well being and continuous learning of every child will drive decisions.
O- One Chester Upland: With dedicated community of partners, parents, students and staff, we will excel, united as One Chester Upland.
R- Reimagining: Through a mode of continuous improvement, we will apply four important levers for change, collaboration, capacity building, deepening knowledge of pedagogy, and focusing direction to improve outcomes for all.
E- Equity, Excellence, and Emotional Intelligence: We will ensure equitable access to a quality education that includes emotional intelligence and leads to excellence across all opportunities and services.


  • Bachelor's degree in business or a technical discipline such as computer science, information services or related field required; Master's degree preferred.
  • Ten years' experience working in technology required; three of which must be in an educational environment.
  • Previous experience as a K-12 school district technology director strongly preferred.
  • Five years' experience in managing technology projects.
  • Experience training others on computers.
  • Experience in Help Desk Software (Spiceworks, etc.).
  • Knowledge of academic environment, procedures and policies required.
  • Current police, child abuse & FBI Fingerprint clearances required.
  • Clearance as a MA provider by the Commonwealth of PA and Federal Government required.
  • Problem Solving/Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Technical Capacity
  • Time Management
  • Organizational Skills
  • Ability to work independently or with others
  • Communication Proficiency
Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Applies for and manages federal funds and professional staff who develop proposals for federal funds.
  • Compiles and maintains written records about federal projects and conducts needs assessments to evaluate their effectiveness.
  • Provides assistance to teachers and administrators in locating materials, supplies, and resources to enhance professional development opportunities.
  • Perform an assessment of existing technologies and make recommendations for performance and cost efficiencies.
  • Lead the technology department from an operational and instructional standpoint.
  • Provide escalation, backup support and serve as a technical mentor to other IT staff.
  • Evaluate, procure and implement new technologies that are cost effective and beneficial to the district, including a new firewall and district-wide phone system.
  • Manage and monitor the department budget and research other funding opportunities for the purpose of providing additional funding to enhance technology within the district.
  • Maintain existing departmental policies and develop new ones that best meet the needs of district and all stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with district leadership to develop professional development for district staff and training for students.
  • Supervise assigned technology staff.
  • Any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

  • Receipt of a completed application, resume and cover letter
  • A minimum of three current written letters of reference from previous or current directors, principal, and supervisors
  • Personal interview(s)
The information in this job description is for compliance with the Chester Upland School District Board Policy and the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.). It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities and qualifications for the position. The incumbent may perform or be assigned other duties.
Equal Opportunity Employer
The Chester Upland School District (CUSD) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. CUSD ensures equal employment opportunities regardless of race, creed, gender, color, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. Any individual needing assistance in making application for any opening should contact the Department of Human Resources at 610-447-5886.

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