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Richland School District Two
Columbia, SC 29206 United States
Under the direction of the Superintendents, the full-time Project Director will provide leadership and coordination of the Race-to-the-Top grant for CCEL’s four districts. The position will work directly with an advisory council, school district leadership and staff, as well as USDOE staff; assure and monitor compliance with state and federal requirements for the RTTT grant; and provide overall assistance, coordination and direction to the administrators assigned to perform grant-related activities.
In December 2013, the U.S. Department of Education awarded $24,982,980 in Race-to-the-Top grant funds to the Carolina Consortium for Enterprise Learning, a consortium of four-school districts in South Carolina, to transform public education in 19 schools across these districts. The four school districts are Clarendon School District Two, Orangeburg Consolidated School District Five, Richland School District Two, and Williamsburg County School District. Clarendon School District Two serves as lead district, and Richland School District Two will serve as fiscal agent.
Carolina Consortium for Enterprise Learning (CCEL)
represents the range of diversity for South Carolina schools districts, from the most rural (Williamsburg) to the most urban (Richland Two), from rural poverty to urban
poverty, from nearly 100% African American to a diverse population that includes a rapidly growing population of Limited English Proficient students. Through its 19 participating schools, CCEL will serve 11,957 students and 1,121 educators, with potential to impact 41,183 students and 2,755 educators in 65 schools across the four districts. CCEL targets high-need, high-poverty, and low-performing PK-12 feeder systems in each district.
Goals for the four-year project include:
Students in CCEL schools will gain the academic, technological, and life skills necessary for success in college, careers, and citizenship.
Educators in CCEL schools will improve their skills to provide engaging and rigorous standards-based curriculum, instruction, and assessments that address each student’s needs and interests.
CCEL schools will provide supportive learning environments that are conducive to personalized and Enterprise Learning and instruction and that yield increased student, parent, and teacher satisfaction.
CCEL will build local and statewide partnerships to engage, guide, and participate in Enterprise Learning initiatives beyond the school campus.
CCEL districts will build their capacities to sustain Enterprise Learning and turn around schools by continuing CCEL collaboration, improving climate and culture, and embedding continuous improvement methodologies across all areas of operations.
OVERVIEW OF POSITION
CCEL seeks a talented manager to serve as full-time Project Director and oversee implementation of all elements of this four-year project. This individual should be a motivated self-starter with the ability to prioritize and execute multiple tasks and projects and provide exemplary customer service to schools, to colleagues within the department, and to partners within other departments. This position reports to John Tindal, Superintendent of the Lead District, Clarendon County School District Two, and the consortium superintendents. The position will be housed within Richland Two, the RTT-D fiscal agent, in Columbia, South Carolina. The Project Director will oversee all CCEL staff and participate in supervision of District Directors, Enterprise Learning Coaches, and Digital Resource Coaches.
• Develop and manage the project management plan for implementation to ensure effective progress toward attainment of goals and objectives
• Oversee budget and accountability for all four districts, including ensuring that all expenditures adhere to grant goals and objectives and align with Federal Cost Principles, Uniform Administrative Requirements, audit requirements, and Race to the Top program regulations and requirements.
• Complete request for bids for independent external evaluator and work closely with the external evaluator to ensure effective data collection and use of evaluation reports to improve performance
• Participate in the development of the implementation rubrics for project components
• Coordinate and conduct Advisory Council meetings
• Work closely with district personnel to ensure effective communication, transparency of processes and procedures, collaboration, and capacity building.
• Conduct regular (weekly) monitoring of districts and schools sites through direct visits, conference calls, staff meetings, and desk audits.
• Create and conduct presentations for diverse audiences (students, administrators, teachers, parents, community, colleges and universities, legislative and Congressional staffs, local businesses) about CCEL
• Oversee development and maintenance of the CCEL web site
• Facilitate smooth communication among schools and CCEL leadership to maximize impact and investment
• Respond promptly and appropriately to questions from all project stakeholders, including district central office staff, school leaders, and educators
• Ensure compliance with grant guidelines as established by the U.S. Department of Education
• Prepare, complete, and submit all annual and final project reports to U.S. Department of Education
• Supervise assigned personnel, provide assistance, conduct performance appraisals, and make recommendations for appropriate employment actions
• Effectively manage and complete multiple tasks with competing deadlines and priorities
• Uses management practices that promote high-performance, ethical behavior, collegiality, teamwork, and fairness
• Assist in building district capacity to make the transition to enhanced standards and high quality assessments, to develop and improve access to data systems to support instruction, to improve teacher and principal effectiveness and the equitable distribution of effective teachers and leaders, and to transform the lowest achieving schools to high-achieving schools.
• Work with community-based organizations and local governmental agencies to coordinate efforts and provide appropriate services to district schools.
Education, training, experience:
Education and Experience:
• Master’s Degree and/or earned doctorate from an accredited institution.
• Strong Project Management skills (3-5 years of experience working in cross-team project management).
• Experience of five to seven years in supervising personnel at school, district, or state level.
• Strong and effective experience in grants management at school, district or state level.
• Knowledge of and experience in the K-12 educational environment.
• Experience in developing request for bids and in negotiating vendor contracts.
• Excellent writing, editing, and presentation skills.
• Demonstrated ability to advise and negotiate comfortably with individuals at all levels of the organization.
• Demonstrated ability to multi-task while carrying-out tasks through to completion.
• An understanding of systems and organizational change.
• Deep commitment to education equality and an orientation to work centered on children.
• Mastery of Microsoft Office suite applications (Excel, PowerPoint, Word).
• Strong organizational skills.
• Strong problem solving skills.
• Ability to work autonomously.
• Demonstrated skill in accountability and data analysis; ability to analyze, interpret, and report findings and recommendations, both orally and in writing.
• An additional requirement of the job is to be able to travel both in and out of state at least 25-50% of the time for federal meetings, workshops/conferences, and site-related monitoring and reviews.
A. Grant Professional Certified (GPC)
B. Experience with developing short-term and long-term strategic plans
C. Experience with change management research and application
D. Commitment to staying current in research, theory, and trends in the area of district and school administrative services and providing leadership in these areas as appropriate to the district's needs
E. Basic familiarity with South Carolina Academic Standards, assessments, school and district organization, and Race to the Top
F. Basic familiarity with geography of South Carolina.
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