The Department of Education and Early Learning's (DEEL) mission is to eliminate opportunity gaps by preparing students for kindergarten, improving academic achievement, ensuring students graduate prepared for college and career, and successfully engage in post-secondary opportunities. To help achieve this goal, DEEL administers the Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise Levy (FEPP).
The Levy has been renewed by City Council five times, most recently in 2019, along with additional investments in a post-secondary program, the Seattle Promise.
As a representative of the Mayor and City Council, DEEL invests in student outcomes and measures performance by tracking academic outcomes such as percent of focus students meeting state standards in reading and math, and indicators of progress including attendance, discipline, English language proficiency, course completion, and grades. DEEL develops and administers performance contracts and agreements for services, oversees contract implementation, monitors progress towards achieving outcomes, and provides support, guidance, and direction to grantees as necessary. DEEL is a data-driven organization that practices ongoing quality improvement based on results.
To ensure the success of children at all levels of their education, DEEL is in need of a Deputy Director to support overall management of the department, with a particular focus on strategic planning, evaluation, communication, policy development, and innovation. In this role, you will develop policies and special programs, as well as provide oversight of the department's functions, with special emphasis on accountability and evaluation. The department strives to embed the City's Race and Social Justice Initiative into its education objectives and seeks staff that value the importance of working together as a government and community to eliminate racial disparities and achieve racial equity.
Job ResponsibilitiesHere is more of what you'll be doing: Developing Policies, Procedures, and Recommendations:
Developing and presenting recommendations on new or amended policies for DEEL implementation, routinely presenting and defending those recommendations to the Mayor, Council, School District, community organizations, and public in both public and private forums
Establishing Citywide procedures for accountability over Levy-funded programs, including the development of fiscal management and reporting, monitoring of program outcomes, contracting for Levy-funding services, and annual reports to the Mayor, City Council, and citizens
Developing and management Memoranda of Agreement with other City departments for the use of Levy funds
Ensuring Accountability Through Evaluation, Reporting, and Outcome Measurement:
Directing assessment and evaluation procedures for DEEL investments
Developing specific numerical targets for Levy outcomes
Negotiating data sharing agreements with Seattle Public School District, community-based organizations, Seattle Colleges, and researchers and evaluators
Making recommendations for new programs or enhancements to existing approaches based on new research and best practices
Developing and managing case management and data reporting systems
Managing the development of annual and periodic reports on progress of DEEL programs and explaining the reports and data to the Levy Oversight Committee, Mayor, City Council, and citizens
Acting as a Representative of the Director and Department:
Participating on various work teams that are developing Levy policies, programs, and procedures
Routinely presenting updates on the development of DEEL programs to other City departments, City Council staff, Mayor's staff, and the Levy Oversight Committee
Representing DEEL programs in discussions with Seattle Public Schools and service providers
Representing the DEEL Director on Citywide committees, including the Mayor's Cabinet, Youth and Families Sub-Cabinet, and Emergency Management
Acting on the Director's behalf for the department in the Director's absence, as needed
Making presentations to various audiences
QualificationsYou will be most successful if you have demonstrated significant technical knowledge in education policy and public administration, particularly in a complex public or government environment and have experience in management and education. A commitment to listening, creating space for diverse perspectives, and the pursuit of inclusive and just outcomes must be at the center of your professional practice. The ability to communicate at all levels tactfully and effectively will also contribute to your success. You will need to be skilled in fostering and developing mutually respectful relationships, achieving amenable solutions for those with competing interests, and fostering a collaborative approach to problem solving. Specifically, you'll be prepared to take on this role if you have: The ability to:
Communicate to internal and external audiences as an authoritative representative of elected officials or executives on significant issues related to priority programs and services for the purpose of garnering support, shaping opinions, advocating controversial positions, and achieving important educational outcomes
Implement accountability structures that will be incorporated into routine operations
How public organizations are managed
This position is classified as an Executive 1, Exempt. DEEL supports the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative to end institutionalized racism by eliminating barriers to access, providing the staff and public with opportunities for growth, and developing equitable access to the programs and services we offer. If you share those values and meet the qualifications, we invite you to apply for this position. Please visit http://www.seattle.gov/education to learn more about the Department of Education & Early Learning.
APPLICATION PROCESS: To be considered for this position, you must submit your application, attaching a cover letter, resume, and a 2-3 page writing sample (such as an original policy memo or briefing paper on the topic of your choice) at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/seattle/ no later than 4:00pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. This position is open to all candidates that meet the minimum qualifications. The Department of Education & Early Learning values diverse perspectives and life experiences. Applicants will be considered regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, disability, religious or political affiliation, age, sexual orientation, medical condition, or pregnancy. The Department of Education & Early Learning encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, veterans, and those with diverse life experiences. If you have questions, please contact Lindsey King at Lindsey.King@seattle.gov.
About City of Seattle's Department of Education & Early Learning
The Department of Education and Early Learning's (DEEL) mission is to eliminate opportunity gaps for Seattle students by preparing students for kindergarten, improving academic achievement, and ensuring students graduate prepared for college and career.
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