Project Manager: Strategy and Operations

Location
Philadelphia, PA, US
Salary
Competitive
Posted
Sep 05, 2019
Ref
4600187585
Project Manager: Strategy and Operations
CHARTER, PARTNER & NEW SCHOOLS
440 N. BROAD ST.
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19130

Central Office

Job Number: 4600187585

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
The Project Manager will support the Charter Schools Office (CSO) by monitoring communication efforts, providing the charter sector and its stakeholders with resources and guidance, and analyzing data trends to support in increased, targeted communication to the sector. This work includes: communication outreach, participation monitoring, data management, and report production. The preliminary areas of focus will be on:
  • Leading outreach efforts that improve efficiency and effectiveness to conduct professional learning communities within the sector.
  • Developing and executing project plans for monitoring school participation in professional learning communities.
  • Gathering appropriate data to create resources and guidance for the charter sector.
  • Staying abreast of federal, state, and local laws and policies that relate to charter school compliance.

This will involve the collection and evaluation of charter school documents and records, regular school visits and attendance at Board meetings, engaging schools on intervention, and supporting a system to provide the sector with appropriate resources and guidance to build a system of great schools.
Essential Functions
Reporting to the Assistant Director of Strategy and Operations, the Project Manager will:
  • Develop and execute project plans, actively collaborating with other project managers and other officers to ensure alignment in project timelines.
  • Lead the production of materials that support in the development and execution of professional learning communities across the charter sector.
  • Oversee the collection of documentation related to specific required and requested documents.
  • Manage high level quality assurance across projects to ensure consistency and equity across school outreach and participation.
  • Prepare materials to be publicly presented to the charter sector, Board of Education, community groups, and other applicable groups.
  • Support in conducting evaluations related to New Charter Applications, Amendments, and Renewal as applicable to area of expertise and needed support.
  • Help develop and disseminate best practices to educate internal and external stakeholders.
  • Participate in efforts to promote equity and transparency in charter school operations.
  • Engage with charter schools through Board Meetings, informal and formal site visits, sector wide meeting, and other meeting and 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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