Program Coordinator: Quality and Accountability

Philadelphia, PA, US
Sep 05, 2019
Program Coordinator: Quality and Accountability
440 N. BROAD ST.

Central Office

Job Number: 4600187590

Start Date:

Open Date: 09/05/2019

Closing Date: 10/05/2019

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 Program Coordinator will assist the CSO by:
  • Evaluating New Charter Applications and requests by existing charter schools to modify their school structure through the amendment process
  • Developing and implementing systems to collect, catalog, and distribute materials submitted as part of requests
  • Supporting the evaluation of existing schools' policies and practices
This will involve the collection and evaluation of charter school documents and records, regular school visits, and supporting dynamic authorizing functions including monitoring, turnaround, and renewal.
Essential Functions
Reporting to the Administrative Superior for Renewal, the Program Coordinator:
  • Oversees the collection and cataloging of data aligned to requests
  • Compiles information on requestors that ensure evaluators have common understanding of individuals and organizations
  • Conducts reviews of materials and serves as report writing lead
In addition, all members of the Quality and Accountability team are expected to:
  • Conducts evaluations related to New Charter Applications, Amendments, and Renewal
  • Helps develop and disseminate best practices to educate internal and external stakeholders
  • Participates in efforts to promote equity and transparency in charter school operations
  • Engages with charter schools through Board Meetings, informal and formal site visits, sector wide meetings, and other events.
  • Keeps abreast of current research, trends, methods and practices related to charter schools
Minimum Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Two years of full-time, paid, professional experience with increasing levels of responsibility, preferably in program coordination, management, or evaluation, preferably in an educational or public services setting.
  • Master's degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in education, public policy, or a related field
  • Experience with school operations and/or a nonprofit Board of Trustees preferred.
  • Experience in program coordination, management, or evaluation, preferably in an educational or public services setting.
  • 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:
  • project management principles and practices.
  • urban school systems, ideally within Pennsylvania.
  • school procedures and operations
  • school operations and school policies, especially those which are grounded in the PA School Code and the PA Charter School Law.
  • factors that contribute to successful schools and learning environments.
  • Microsoft Suite and Google Suite.
Demonstrated ability to :
  • analyze complex problems and create viable solutions.
  • assess school quality and performance through various types of evaluations, including academic data, school and classroom observations, and document and policy review.
  • 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.
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 4023. 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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