The Department of Education and Early Learning’s (DEEL) mission is to transform the lives of Seattle’s children, youth, and families through strategic investments in education. We believe equitable opportunities and access to high quality education services and support from kindergarten through postsecondary should be the reality for all children, youth, and families. Our staff is committed to eliminating opportunity gaps, advancing academic achievement, and ensuring students graduate prepared for a college and career path of their choice.
DEEL is a data-driven organization that practices continuous quality improvement. We develop and administer performance-based contracts and agreements for services, oversee contract implementation, monitor progress towards outcome achievement, and provide support, guidance, and direction to partners in alignment with their needs. Our 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. Our core values of equity, results, stewardship, transparency, and collaboration guide our work, support our operations, and hold us accountable.
To support DEEL’s mission and vision for Seattle, we are looking for a Postsecondary Policy & Programs Manager who will provide leadership and strategic direction for the Postsecondary Unit within DEEL’s K12 & Postsecondary Division. You will assist the director in setting priorities and making high-level policy and management decisions that support achievement of the Department’s mission and the outcomes set forth in the Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise (FEPP) Levy. Reporting to the Division Director, you will be responsible for leading and managing a portfolio of investments that cross departmental and jurisdictional lines, and include partnerships with the Seattle Colleges, Seattle Public Schools, community-based organizations, and other inter-governmental agencies. In this role, you will be an integral member of the K12 and Postsecondary Division team, make informed decisions and recommendations for program and budget modifications to improve academic and non-academic outcomes for participating students, and oversee the management of operations in the Postsecondary Unit.
Here’s more about what you’ll be doing:
- Leading the development of initiative strategy and fiscal investment, setting strategic long-term priorities and annual performance targets that result in positive and equitable outcomes for racially diverse and underserved student populations
- Building capacity and providing leadership in the area of postsecondary access and attainment with a focus on student groups that comprise the opportunity gap for the purpose of supporting strategies aligned with the City’s postsecondary attainment goal
- Overseeing development and tracking of annual performance outcomes
- Supporting the development and implementation of contractual agreements, monitoring workplans to track continuous improvement and overall impact
- Regularly reviewing program data and outcomes, supporting contracted partners in the implementation of effective data-driven practices and accountability structures, and initiating discussions and actions that lead to improved student outcomes
- Devising strategies to maximize investment efficacy and overseeing implementation of course corrections which may result in the reallocation of resources
- Developing and managing strategic relationships at multiple levels with postsecondary educational leaders, district administrators, and regional and state colleagues
- Working across sectors, collaborating with others (e.g. City departments, Seattle Public Schools, local postsecondary institutions, community-based organizations, business sector, philanthropy, etc.) for the purpose of serving as a resource, providing assistance, developing projects, and/or defining key outcomes and milestones that build systems and structures to support postsecondary attainment
- Preparing and contributing to written materials, reports, and presentations communicating portfolio goals and strategies, including policy recommendations and context papers
- Serving as a key advisor in strategic arenas on the nature and scope of postsecondary initiatives and investments to the Mayor, City Council, and City Department leadership
- Upholding Levy ordinance, regulation, and policy
- Advising on, presenting, and defending policy recommendations to elected officials (Mayor and City Council), executive decision makers, department directors, the Levy Oversight Committee, leaders within Seattle Public Schools and the Seattle Colleges, and other agencies involved in postsecondary education policy
- Representing DEEL in meetings and participating, as appropriate, in local, regional, state, and national efforts and symposia to improve outcomes for Seattle students
You will be most successful if you have experience supporting student access to postsecondary educational opportunities and attainment of a certificate, credential, or degree. You will also find success in his role if you have experience serving in a facilitator role with multiple community partners and working autonomously in field-based settings. A commitment to listening, creating space for diverse perspectives, focusing on youth, and the achievement of educational equity 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. Specifically, you’ll be prepared to take on this role if you have:
- Organizational leadership and administration
- Using qualitative and quantitative data to inform program and policy decisions
- Driving academic results for students not yet meeting grade level learning standards
- Providing leadership, focus, direction, and facilitation to multidisciplinary, cross-sector workgroups
- Managing projects and issues while maintaining excellent customer service
- Working with first-generation and racially/ethnically diverse student populations
- Working with organizational leaders, school principals, college presidents, and education advocates to improve systems, practices, and student outcomes
- Convening and facilitating effective meetings and professional learning opportunities
- Evidence-based and promising best practices in public education that promote high school graduation and college and career readiness
- Postsecondary educational issues and mechanisms to enhance educational equity
- Technical assistance and professional development best practices, with experience in improving educational climate, culture, and instructional practices
- Finance and administrative processes
- Cultural differences and their effect on academics, institutions, and postsecondary education planning
- Strategies for improving students’ readiness for college and career
The ability to:
- Effectively supervise personnel, develop staff, and create team culture
- Demonstrate excellent analytical skills
- Develop and monitor performance-based contracts
- Remain well-informed of the current research, activities, and trends in higher education and the issues impacting community and contractual partners, as well as Seattle students and families
- Communicate with internal and external audiences as a representative of elected officials or executives on significant issues for the purpose of garnering support, shaping opinions, advocating controversial positions, and achieving equity in educational outcomes
- Develop program recommendations and policy options for senior management
- Work in diverse communities and conduct effective outreach
- Utilize culturally responsive practices for working with students and families from historically underserved populations, including low socio-economic, immigrant, refugee and/or emergent bilingual backgrounds
This position is classified as a Strategic Advisor 2, Exempt and is exempt from the Civil Service System. This position will require the ability to travel frequently to partner locations and program sites.
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.
The first round of interviews for this position are tentatively scheduled for Thursday, December 10 and Friday, December 11, with the second round taking place on Wednesday, December 16 or Friday, December 18.
To be considered for this position, you must submit your application, attaching a cover letter, resume, and writing sample, at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/seattle/ no later than 4:00pm Pacific Time on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. Your writing sample should be no more than 10 pages. 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.