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MANAGER, ASSESSMENT SUPPORT - 29078

Denver Public Schools
Job Description
ACCOUNTABILITY, RESEARCH AND EVALUATION (ARE)
235 work days
FTE: 1.0
Salary Range:  $69,977-$89,219
 
Essential Functions and Objectives:
 
The Assessment Support Manager supervises a team that includes assessment specialists, a production support coordinator, and an assessment translation coordinator, and leads DPS central office's support for schools in all things local assessment, including classroom and district level assessment, setting and managing Student Learning Objectives (SLOs), and using the online assessment platform. Denver Public Schools engages teachers in developing and implementing local assessments and Student Learning Objectives designed to support both instruction and teacher evaluation. This position leads work in three main areas: professional learning and school support, assessment and item development, and collaboration with other central office departments.  This role leads defining and communicating the district strategy for SLOs and formative assessment process, incorporating strategic thinking, planning, implementation, quality control, reporting, communications efforts, and continuous improvement practices. These responsibilities also include managing teacher and principal professional support provided via the assessment specialists on assessment best practices and utilizing an online assessment platform.  This position collaborates regularly with managers and directors in Assessment, Research & Evaluation, Curriculum and Instruction, Professional Learning, and other key central office departments to set priorities and address the needs of the district.
 
Personal & Values
- Openly requests and responds to informal and formal feedback from other central office departments and schools regarding assessments, supporting resources, professional learning opportunities, and online platforms.
- Communicates regularly with Assessment Resource and Support team, network leaders, school leaders, teachers, and other departments within central office.
 
Vision & Strategy
- Develops the strategy of support for formative and summative use of assessments in collaboration with the Director of Assessment, other members of the Accountability, Research & Evaluation department, Instructional Superintendents, Educator Effectiveness teams, and other district departments.
- Leads the development and implementation local assessment strategy and the SLO process in conjunction with the Director of Assessment.
- Collaborates across the assessment team to gain feedback on the use of assessments with goal of continuously increasing assessment literacy and improving measurement methods in the district.
 
Operational & Organizational
- Directly supervises a team of nine assessment specialists in their creation of assessments and professional learning sessions, as well as facilitation of professional learning opportunities and interactions with schools and other central office departments.
- Collaborates across the assessment team to gain feedback on the use of assessments with the goal of continuously improving measurement methods and assessment literacy in the district.
- Supports the administration of assessments at school sites.
- Creates appropriate central supports, resulting in the ability to measure accurate student results for online or offline methods.
- Monitors systems to reliably serve teachers, with expectation of annual reporting of these metrics.
 
 People & Culture
- Supports teachers and other school staff in measuring student progress in relation to key learning objectives in collaboration with other members of Assessment, Research & Evaluation, leaders in Curriculum and Instruction, Competency Based Learning, English Language Acquisition, and other district departments.
- Leads the recruitment, selection, management, development, and evaluation of a team whose members will support the administration of state and district assessments, and collaborates in training teachers to utilize standardized administration methods when appropriate. 
 
Community & Equity
- Leads development and delivery of professional learning for a variety of stakeholders in the district office and in schools regarding assessment literacy, assessment development, Illuminate DnA, and Student Learning Objectives.
- Serves as assessment best practices expert on district committees and in meetings.
- Connects with a variety of partners, including the teachers' union (DCTA), the Accountability Team, and the Teacher Effectiveness Team (LEAP), to ensure integration of SLOs into other accountability systems.
- Other Duties as assigned.
 
Knowledge, Experience & Other Qualifications:
- 5+ years of experience.
- Demonstrated experience managing and completing multiple projects (full life-cycle project planning and implementation.                                                                                                       
- Demonstrated experience performing as an effective leader and team player, and recognizing and resolving conflicts or potentially controversial situations through diplomacy.                            
- Outstanding facilitation and communication skills, including ability to inspire others.                     
- Ability to communicate diplomatically, persuasively, effective oral, written and presentation skills.
- Strong interpersonal and leadership skills, including the ability to lead a high-performing team.
- Strong organizational and analytic skills and strong attention to detail.                                 
- Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel and Outlook.   
- Teaching experience strongly preferred.                                                                                                            
- Principal experience strongly preferred.                                                                                                                                                                                            
Education Requirements:
 
- Bachelor's Degree required, Master's Degree preferred 
 
About Accountability, Research and Evaluation (ARE):
 
From former classroom teachers to research analysts, we are a diverse team working to support positive academic outcomes and equity for all students. Some team members serve as a district resource for developing and administering district and state assessments in a multitude of content areas in both English and Spanish. Others analyze and report data, including data to help identify opportunity gaps among historically underserved students. Others focus on research and evaluation designed to impact district strategy, often with an explicit focus on issues of disproportionality. No matter the role, every member of ARE is committed to providing information and resources that support school leaders, teachers and families in helping every student succeed regardless of their neighborhood or background. Supported by a strong team culture, we take advantage of the work-life balance, generous time off and professional learning opportunities offered by the district as well as all the perks available from working in a thriving city adjacent to the beautiful Rockies.
 
About Denver Public Schools: 
 
Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation.  DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.   
Under the leadership of Superintendent Tom Boasberg and guided by the tenets of The Denver Plan, DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth.  Learn more at dpsk12.org.    
Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors. 
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