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Boston Public Schools Transformation Manager (SY21-22) in Boston, Massachusetts

Reports to: Director, Office of School Transformation About the Office of School Transformation Serving thirty-three Transformation schools serving approximately 16,139 students, The Office of District and School Transformation’s (ODST) vision is to establish the conditions necessary to ensure all Boston Public Schools (BPS) students and families are consistently provided with culturally relevant and affirming learning experiences that celebrate the individuality and unique attributes of each student. In partnership with educators, students, families, and community partners across the district, ODST aims to dismantle the inequitable, oppressive, and racist systems that create barriers for our schools to thrive, while ensuring schools have access to the resources required to facilitate positive outcomes for all students and deliver on the district's commitment to becoming an antiracist organization. ODST is responsible for supporting the progress and sustainability of schools in BPS that have been identified as in Need of Intervention and Assistance by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (these are often known as “Turnaround” or “Transformation” schools). Currently, there are 33 Transformation Schools in BPS supported by the Office of District and School Transformation. ODST takes a dual approach to support these schools: first, by facilitating high-leverage supports and activities directly with school teams; and by collaborating with district offices and leaders to create/strengthen a system of district supports that make accelerated improvement possible and sustainable. Position Overview Just as the Office of District and School Transformation balances a focus between district-level systems and school-level supports, the Transformation Manager will balance time providing intensive support for a specific portfolio of schools, leading projects, and coordinating support with internal stakeholders. While some processes and projects the Transformation Manager will facilitate with schools are based in part on technical requirements from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Transformation Manager will facilitate a process of continuous improvement that addresses the authentic, adaptive challenges of school improvement and will support school leaders and their teams in identifying the strengths the school can leverage to drive school improvement and addressing the underlying conditions and mindsets that pose barriers to educational equity. The ideal candidate has a mindset of continuous improvement, a commitment to educational equity, and the ability to work effectively alongside school leaders and their teams, district staff and leadership team members, and external stakeholders. Candidates must be willing to reflect on and grow their capacity to have conversations about equity, anti-racism, and the practices, systems, and conditions that marginalize students. Responsibilities Lead and facilitate transformation-related activities for a portfolio of 8-10 Transformation Schools. Around Seventy-Five percent of Transformation Managers, time will be spent directly supporting schools. Build trusting relationships with schools by seeking to understand your school community’s culture and climate and tailoring the Transformation Strategy to the schools’ individual context Drive annual strategic planning processes across a multitude of key stakeholders focused on data, analysis, reflection, and goal setting and synthesizing these components into a coherent transformation plan accessible to the school staff and community Partner with school-based teams to create systems to internally track progress towards Measurable Annual Goals and benchmarks and quarterly use data to identify successes and barriers to progress Onboard and manage Transformation Plan Coordinators (school-based staff who receive a stipend for additional responsibilities associated with this role) to effectively track schools’ progress on their Transformation plans using a project management tool, SmartSheet. Work closely with regional school superintendents of your schools to highlight your school’s best practices, to engage in ongoing problem-solving when challenges arise, and strategically leverage internal supports and external, district-approved resources to support schools in removing barriers to implementing their core improvement work. Develop a grant spending plan for your portfolio of schools in collaboration with school teams that meets ESSA evidence-based qualifications and that is aligned to each school’s Transformation priorities. Manage and monitor school transformation funds to ensure these funds are proactively spent to drive school improvement efforts and to meet budget deadlines. Serve as the Partner Fund Liaison to ensure that schools partner with community organizations that champion student success. Advocate during Budget Collab and Probable Org meetings with principals and district team members to endorse principal concerns around the impact of budget cuts and staffing needs for the following year. Co-lead district alignment of supports and strategies for Transformation Schools. Support strategic planning for district-wide change: Liaise with district leads assigned to your portfolio to increase schools’ access to district supports and ensure that schools meet DESE compliance. Lead cross-departmental workgroups to engage in ongoing problem-solving around common issues that arise across Transformation Schools, to support the Transformation Strategy’s development and evolution, and to ensure decisions align with ODST’s transformation strategy and the needs of schools. Work across district teams to co-create common language and practices that assist in the elevation of CLSP and anti-racist practices in our schools and that address harmful and racist systems that perpetuate inequities and maintain white supremacy. Given the district’s vision and purpose, our hope is that ODST’s school profiles do not increase. However, if additional schools are identified as in Need of Intervention and Assistance by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, then your responsibilities may include the following: Manage stakeholder engagement and input for a newly designated school and communicate with staff, students, and community members about the Transformation process. Manage the transformation plan development process for a newly designated school. Support collective bargaining efforts to address potential changes in working conditions, if applicable Curate resources and tools to improve the effectiveness of the activities above. Twenty-five percent of the Transformation Manager’s time will be spent on leading complex, cross-functional projects at the district level related to each Transformation Managers’ expertise such as Student Support, family engagement, program evaluation, and more across all transformation schools that is focused on districts-systems building work. Qualifications-Required Bachelors degree required Graduate degree in education, public policy, or management field, or a combination of other learning and work experiences that are demonstrated to be commensurate with this requirement Demonstrated excellence in analytical thinking and problem-solving Strong group facilitation, oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills, including the ability to exemplify cultural competence and manage relationships with racially, culturally, and educationally diverse stakeholders Extensive project management experience, organizing multiple complex projects under tight deadlines, and achieving goals successfully Demonstrated experience leading a team and/or coordinating work with multiple internal/external stakeholder groups Ability to integrate data analysis into strategy development and to use data to support the implementation of strategies at both the school and district level Qualifications-Preferred: 5+ years experience working in or with a school district or other K12 public educational setting is strongly preferred Specific training or prior professional experience in a role that required coaching adults is strongly preferred Experience working alongside historically marginalized and underserved communities in a capacity that activates their leadership and agency, with an understanding that you are not the expert TERMS: Managerial, C52. City of Boston Residency is Required. The Boston Public Schools, in accordance with its nondiscrimination policies, does not discriminate in its programs, facilities, or employment or educational opportunities on the basis of race, color, age, criminal record (inquiries only), disability, homelessness, sex/gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, genetics or military status, and does not tolerate any form of retaliation, or bias-based intimidation, threat or harassment that demeans individuals’ dignity or interferes with their ability to learn or work. " />

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Transformation Manager (SY21-22)

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Primary Location Central Office - Accountability

Salary Range C52 ($103,162) / 1.0 FTE

Shift Type Central Office

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