Project Manager: Quality and Accountability

Location
Philadelphia, PA, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Sep 05, 2019
Ref
4600187584
Project Manager: Quality and Accountability
CHARTER, PARTNER & NEW SCHOOLS
440 N. BROAD ST.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19130

Central Office

Job Number: 4600187584

Start Date:

Open Date: 09/05/2019

Closing Date: 10/05/2019

Introduction
On behalf of the Board of Education, the Charter Schools Office (CSO) of The School District of Philadelphia oversees 87 brick and mortar charter schools serving approximately 65,000 students in the City of Philadelphia. As charter school authorizers, our team's work is guided by three core principles: improving accountability to promote high standards, respecting charter schools' autonomy, and promoting equity in Philadelphia's charter schools.
In addition to monitoring, evaluating, and assessing charter schools authorized by the Board of Education, the CSO also reviews new charter applications and evaluates charter amendments. Apart from charter authorizing activities, the CSO supports operational functions of charter schools and serves as the liaison with District departments in the areas of enrollment, facilities, transportation, charter payments, grants, food services, and information technology.
Job Summary
As part of the Quality and Accountability Team, the Project Manager will support the CSO's evaluation of New Charter Applications and existing school amendment requests by:
  • Developing and executing project plans for evaluating requests
  • Staying abreast of laws and policies that impact the manner in which the CSO evaluates New Charter Applications and amendment requests
  • Leading efforts to ensure recommendations are consistent, equitable and aid increased opportunity and access to high quality schools
This will involve the collection and evaluation of charter school documents and records, regular school visits and attendance at Board meetings, engaging schools on conditions and interventions, and supporting dynamic authorizing functions including monitoring, turnaround, and renewal.
Essential Functions
Reporting to the Assistant Director, Quality and Accountability, the Project Manager:
  • Develops and executes project plans, actively collaborating with other project managers and other offices to ensure alignment in project timelines.
  • Leads new charter application reviews and supports other members of the evaluation team.
  • Writes and edits New Charter Application evaluation reports.
  • Develops systems and protocol for collecting and cataloging supporting documentation.
  • Prepares materials to be publicly presented at hearings and Board of Education Meeting. Participate in Annual and Charter Renewal Evaluations.
  • Develop and disseminate best practices to educate internal and external stakeholders.
  • Support CSO efforts to promote equity and transparency in charter school operations.
  • Engage with charter schools through Board Meetings, informal and formal site visits, sector wide meetings, and other events.
Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in education, public policy, sociology and/or economics preferred.
  • Five years of full-time, paid, professional experience in project management, educational research or evaluation, educational or developmental psychology, education, public policy, sociology and/or economics which has included at least three years of experience working in or with schools with data analysis and interpretation.
  • Experience with school operations and/or a nonprofit Board of Trustees preferred.
OR
  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university in education, public policy, sociology and/or economics preferred.
  • Three years of full-time, paid, professional experience in project management, educational research or evaluation, educational or developmental psychology, education, public policy, sociology and/or economics which has included at least two years of experience working in or with schools with data analysis and interpretation.
  • Experience with school operations and/or a nonprofit Board of Trustees preferred.
OR
  • Any equivalent combination of training and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Talent.
  • All work experience related to the position must be included on the resume.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated knowledge of:
  • Charter school operations and urban school systems, ideally within Pennsylvania.
  • Project management principles and practices
  • Best practices in data management
  • Recent research and trends in education policy, especially as it relates to charter schools.
  • Factors that contribute to successful schools and learning environments.
  • Microsoft Suite and Google Suite.
Demonstrated ability to :
  • analyze complex problems and create viable solutions.
  • analyze and interpret data related to academic and organizational metrics.
  • make cogent decisions and recommendations.
  • prepare and present written and oral reports.
  • efficiently manage and prioritize multiple responsibilities with concurrent timelines.
  • work with families, students, coworkers, school leaders and staff, and the public from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
  • operate effectively within a fast-paced and team-oriented environment.
  • communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • establish and maintain effective working relationships
Disclaimer
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.

Additional Job Information: This is a 12-month, non-represented position. The salary grade for this role is 4026. Interviews may be conducted to determine how well a candidate meets the established criteria. Please note that not all qualified candidates may be selected for an interview.

DISCLAIMER: Interviews may be conducted to determine how well a candidate meets the established criteria. Please note that not all qualified candidates may be selected for an interview. Additional factors, including, but not limited to, disciplinary action, ability to follow directions, punctuality, and professional conduct will be considered in the evaluation process.

The selected candidate must have no pending disciplinary action or anecdotal record on file and have not been subject to any disciplinary action within the past eighteen (18) months. In addition, the candidate must 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 within this period of time with the exception of one extended long-term absence)

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