Deputy Chief: High School Strategy

Philadelphia, PA, US
Jun 19, 2019
Grade Level
High School
Deputy Chief: High School Strategy

Central Office

Job Number: 4600181333

Start Date:

Open Date: 06/19/2019

Closing Date:

Job Summary
Oversees the development of comprehensive high school strategies and reforms . Develops short-term and long-term plans that incorporate change processes that support making high schools more rigorous, meaningful and connected to students' needs and future plans. Formulates plans and programs which will create improved learning opportunities for all high school students, including a wide range of experiential opportunities for students, such as internships, and early access to college courses. Coordinates the provision of support services with the Office of Student Supports to prepare students for post-graduation success. Provides leadership in the development and maintenance of a collaborative relationship between the Chief Academic Support Office, the Chief Schools Office, and high school leaders. which all have key roles in implementing successful high school programs. Shares and champions the vision for achievement of Anchor Goal 1 - 100% of students will graduate ready for college or career - and ensures District staff and external partners understand their role in the work.
Essential Functions
  • Leads and coordinates efforts to address existing and emerging issues which pertain to high school reform; coordinates the establishment of plans and timelines to achieve high school reform goals.
  • Reviews the District's mission regarding high schools and develops appropriate recommendations to meet changing trends; maintains and disseminates current knowledge of all pertinent changes and developments related to high school reform initiatives.
  • Designs and implements new and innovative programs that expands the capability of high schools to assure that all students leave schools with the skills required to continue their education or training for career development and vocational education programs.
  • Coordinates grants and programs that impact high schools including CTE, GEARUP and the high school supports office into a coherent set of approaches and strategies
  • Develops and communicates information to the public about the District's educational agenda for high schools; collaborates with all internal District departments to ensure that the public remains informed on all District programs and activities related to high schools.
  • In collaboration with other District offices, develops and directs the implementation and administration of policies and procedures designed to maximize the delivery of support services to high schools to positively impact student achievement.
  • Fosters and maintains cooperative working relationships with high school principals, central office staff, government officials, philanthropic organizations and community organizations.
  • Prepares and monitors the departmental budget; determines and oversees the allocation of funds and resources; ensures that resources are allocated and used in a manner that advances the District's critical objectives and that performance is measured and improved; seeks external funding sources to support programming that is aligned with the District's vision and plan for high schools.
  • Oversees the budget and financial management of strategic initiatives and operating expenses for the organization.
Minimum Requirements
  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Ten years of full-time, paid, professional educational experience, five of which have been in an administrative or supervisory capacity and have included responsibility for reforming large comprehensive high schools and strengthening the relationship between high schools, the community and prospective employers.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated knowledge of :
  • the principles, practices and techniques of high school improvement.
  • educational administration.
  • high school programmatic activities, outcomes and metrics.
  • supervisory techniques.
  • current developments in the field of K-12 education, with specific knowledge about grades 6-12.
  • collaborative problem-solving methods.
Demonstrated ability to :
  • design and initiate innovative high school educational programs and practices.
  • monitor and evaluate program and personnel effectiveness based on established goals and objectives.
  • perform a wide variety of executive and administrative duties.
  • manage complex processes and supervise staff.
  • lead teams of senior officials and executives and champion a vision for success.
  • present ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.
  • Valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania certificate for Secondary Principal or
  • Valid Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Superintendent's Letter of Eligibility.

Additional Job Information: This is a 12-month, non-represented position. The salary grade for this role is 4035. Interviews may be conducted to determine how well a candidate meets the established criteria. Note that not all qualified candidates may be selected for an interview. Additional factors including the ability to follow directions, punctuality and professional conduct will be considered in part of the evaluation process. The selected candidate must have no anecdotal record on file and have not been subject to any disciplinary action within the past eighteen (18) months, and have an excellent record of attendance and punctuality during the last three (3) years (defined as no more than eighteen (18) occasions of lateness or absence for personal illness in the last three years (3) years with the exception of one extended long-term absence.

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