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Specialist, Career & Leadership Development Full-time

at District of Columbia Public Schools District of Columbia in District of Columbia (Published at 15-05-2022)

The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes all eligible booster shots, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs in violation of EEO laws. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by uploading a copy of your vaccination card, or uploading proof of your approved medical or religious exemption, to your candidate dashboard. New employees must either provide proof of vaccination or be granted a medical or religious exemption before working with the Government of the District of Columbia. If you are granted an exemption, you must submit to weekly COVID-19 testing and will be required to upload weekly a negative COVID-19 test to maintain employment with the Government of the District of Columbia. You will not be extended an offer of employment until you comply with the requirement to upload your vaccination card or your approved medical or religious exemption.

Position Overview

The mission of the Office of School Improvement and Supports (OSIS) is to ensure we support our schools and our students to succeed and to meet the Goals of our Strategic Plan. The Office works to dramatically accelerate the number of excellent schools through school transformation, including design, partnerships, Connected Schools, and Comprehensive School Planning (CSP). The Office develops, aligns, and delivers high-quality supports to ensure students, particularly students furthest away from opportunity, are in school, able to engage in rigorous learning, and have a joyous educational environment. The Office ensures our schools have excellent leaders, educators, and staff who are prepared to meet the diverse needs of the young people we serve.


School Improvement

  • School Performance: Promotes data-driven decision-making through a cycle of continuous improvement to develop, implement, and monitor the comprehensive school plan designed to move schools toward a consistent standard of excellence.
  • Design: Designs innovative school models that transform learning for our students furthest from opportunity and supports District workstreams to be more grounded in community voice by anchoring in data, community engagement and understanding, and elevating and integrating student voice.
  • Connected Schools: Supports schools in implementing the DCPS Connected Schools Model. Connected Schools take a whole child, whole school, whole community approach by making schools spaces that support not only a student?s academic development, but also the student and family?s overall wellbeing through access to resources related to health, employment, housing, and more.
  • Equity Strategy and Programing: Supports DCPS? equity priority by ensuring systemically underserved students are provided with opportunities, skills, and engagements that support their success, and that DCPS staff and stakeholders are centering equity as a central lens and practice.

Student Supports

  • School Mental Health: Ensures that students' behavioral and social-emotional needs are met to increase access to the curriculum.
  • Student Placement: Ensures that schools have the necessary supports to address the needs of the whole child and create the conditions where all students are ready to learn.
  • Student Health Services: Ensures that all students are healthy and are supported with the appropriate services and accommodations to support their wellness and continued learning.

Learning and Development Sciences

  • The Learning and Development Sciences Division (LDS) is charged with supporting the district?s transformation to becoming a whole child-centered, anti-racist school system?DCPS Becoming. Grounded in science and powered by lived experiences, the district?s approach is a long-term vision that counts on each district and school staff member knowing the science of learning and development and applying this research to their own work. Charged with building the capacity of district and school staff, as well as integrating a whole-child and anti-racist lens into the district?s key priorities, the LDS Division will leverage the experiences of school leaders and staff to translate the research into systems, tools, and practices.
  • SEL and School Culture: Ensures that schools have the resources to provide a safe and supportive learning environment where all students are able to thrive academically and socially.


  • IMPACT Operations: Supports the daily implementation of both Staff and School Leader IMPACT. The team ensures IMPACT policy is followed with fidelity, manages a helpline where staff can reach out with questions, handles IMPACT appeals, and fulfills all IMPACT data analysis requests.
  • IMPACT Align: Ensures all evaluators have the tools they need to accurately and consistently apply the DCPS classroom observation rubric (the Essential Practices) when evaluating teacher practice. Provides tools for teachers to support excellent performance with respect to the Essential Practices.
  • IMPACT Design: Gathers and responds to feedback from DCPS leadership and staff, and uses this feedback to consider possible IMPACT design changes for the future. The team also liaises with other states, districts, education groups, and researchers to learn from the best practices and lessons learned in the field of staff and school leader evaluation.

The Specialist, Career and Leadership Development will support the initiatives of the Talent Development team and especially those related to our leadership pipeline. This work will include collaboration within and across teams to identify appropriate development needs by role, engagement of potential partners who could address those needs, and the coordination of subsequent services. It will be critically important for this role to support the broader efforts and strategy of the Leadership Development team, by helping to ensure alignment between the eventual career development arcs and the active programming and support offered by members of the team.

The Specialist, Career & Leadership Development will report to the Director, Career and Leadership Development.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Supports the development and implementation of a compelling career and leadership development strategy that aligns with organizational goals, values, and strategic priories; and collaboratively partners with divisions / leaders across the organization driving existing training and development activities, particularly across the Talent Development division.
  • Helps to support large-scale professional learning and development initiatives to promote significant impact, requiring innovation and cross-functional collaboration and partnership.
  • Collects and analyzes data to track trends and impact of professional development offerings; and engages school-based stakeholders to uncover additional layers of programmatic feedback.
  • Identifies emergent leadership development programming and opportunities that are responsive to the current and future needs of development across the District.
  • Supports efforts to merge evaluation initiatives with development arc and offerings.
  • Partners across the organization to drive connectivity between development needs and other aspects of the talent lifecycle, particularly performance management, development, and recruiting; and ensures that competitive programs are in place, developed, and aligned with overall talent strategy.
  • Assesses the sustainability of programs using clear metrics for success are in place.


  • Bachelor's degree and three to five years of related work experience.
  • Master's degree preferred.
  • Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
  • Previous exposure to or experience with budgets and procurement a plus.
  • Proven track record in managing and coordinating complex projects.
  • Results-orientation coupled with strong work ethic.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and detail-oriented.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and be a self-starter.
  • Comfort with ambiguity.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in quickly dealing with difficult situations and unexpected challenges.

DCPS Values

  • STUDENTS FIRST: We recognize students as whole children and put their needs first in everything we do.
  • COURAGE: We have the audacity to learn from our successes and failures, to try new things, and to lead the nation as a proof point of PK-12 success.
  • EQUITY: We work proactively to eliminate opportunity gaps by interrupting institutional bias and investing in effective strategies to ensure every student succeeds.
  • EXCELLENCE: We work with integrity and hold ourselves accountable for exemplary outcomes, service, and interactions.
  • TEAMWORK: We recognize that our greatest asset is our collective vision and ability to work collaboratively and authentically.
  • JOY: We enjoy our collective work and will enthusiastically celebrate our success and each other.

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