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Executive Director, School and External Partnership Development

Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Job # 11474948
Date Posted: 10-10-2018
The Office of Innovation oversees the District’s portfolio, and new school development strategy and process supports, including the launch of an Innovation Zone focused on transforming “Improvement required” campuses identified by the state, and providing new high-quality options for students.
The Executive Director for School & External Partnership Development is the primary liaison for the Office of Innovation and external partners including other schools, and private-sector/non-profit organizations.  This position supports several intertwining strands of work that together provide access to more high-quality seats for the students of FWISD by creating new schools and improving existing options.  The core streams of work that comprise the Office of Innovation include portfolio strategy, school access, and The Innovation Zone, which includes District new schools, charter authorization and partnerships, as well as current FWISD schools identified to be part of the Transformation Zone improvement plan.  The Executive Director of School & External Partnership Development promotes community engagement to support this work.  Additionally, this position facilitates the recruitment and selection of external partners, oversees the “Call for Great Schools” process, and provides operational and programmatic support for the Office of Innovation.

Essential Job Functions
  • Maintains visibility as a leader supporting innovation in the District, including managing portfolio strategy, school performance, and new school and school leader development.
  • Supports the planning, execution, and progress monitoring of FWISD’s strategy for tiering schools based on a common definition of excellence, and providing opportunities to increase autonomy and launch new school models.
  • Facilitates internal and external school approval processes, including replication of innovative strategies/programs at existing schools?], launch of District new schools, and recruitment and management of external school providers.
  • Supports the annual portfolio review process.
  • Facilitates a transparent process to engage priority stakeholders and garner support for portfolio management processes and decisions.
  • Facilitates the recruitment and management of external talent development partnerships to create a pipeline of high quality school-based talent for the District.
Recruitment & Authorization of New External Partnerships
  • Oversees the district’s annual “Call for Quality Schools” process for identifying and vetting potential school operators/partners.
  • Develops and implements a strategic plan for the recruitment and development of promising individuals, organizations, or charter operators to partner with FWISD.
  • Identifies and secures sources of financial support for new partnerships.
  • Identifies critical capabilities that charter operators require in order to be granted a charter.
  • Refines the authorization strategy and timeline to ensure the process is 1) aligned to FWISD’s mission, 2) focused on district gaps/needs, and 3) supports rigorous vetting procedures.
Development of District Needs Analysis and Community Engagement
  • Collaborates with internal data team members and the Assistant Superintendent of Innovation to identify areas of the district with critical shortages of quality educational options and/or emerging new needs for quality or innovative seats (e.g., demographic changes).
  • Develops a community engagement process, in partnership with the communications team and district leadership, to build understanding about, and buy-in for, work by the external partnerships.
  • Represents the District at charter operator meetings.

Personal Work Relationships
  • All Fort Worth ISD employees must maintain a commitment to the District’s mission, vision, and strategic goals.
  • Exhibits high professionalism, standards of conduct and work ethic.
  • Demonstrates high quality customer service; builds rapport/relationship with the consumer.
  • Demonstrates cultural competence in interactions with others; is respectful of co-workers; communicates and acts as a team player; promotes teamwork.  Responds and acts appropriately in confrontational situations.
Supervisory Responsibilities
  • Supervises and evaluates the performance of assigned personnel.

Other Duties as Assigned
  • Performs all job related duties as assigned and in accordance to the Board rules, policies and regulations.  All employees are expected to comply with lawful directives in rare situations driven by need where a team effort is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding public-private partnerships.
  • Knowledge of grant funding compliance and accounting principles to understand and communicate how decisions affect the project bottom line.
  • Skill using various multimedia programs for formal presentations and reports.
  • Skill in program planning, development, analysis and evaluation.
  • Skill in judgment and decision making; considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Skill in working with initiatives that require collaboration with district and outside agencies and organizations.
  • Ability to design, organize, and track work plans, create appropriate working and decision- making processes, ensure stakeholders are engaged, and supporting the work itself.
  • Ability to create a comprehensive short- and long-term strategy for the District’s portfolio management, school improvement, talent development, and new school’s functions.
  • Ability to create solutions for the product and process by adapting to feedback and other constraints, such as limited data, community, voice, phasing, and so forth.
  • Ability to navigate the process as an unbiased facilitator though the organization to gain buy-in from multiple stakeholders, from the Board to schools.
  • Ability to use software to create spreadsheets, databases, and do word processing.
  • Ability to organize and coordinate work under pressure, meet tight deadlines, and proactively resolve issues.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both oral and written forms to a wide audience.
  • Ability to engage in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth.
  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.

Travel Requirements
  • Travels to school district buildings and professional meetings as required.

Physical and Mental Demands, Work Hazards
  • Tools/Equipment Used:  Standard office equipment, including computer and peripherals.
  • Posture:  Prolonged sitting; occasional bending/stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting.
  • Motion:  Frequent repetitive hand motions, including keyboarding and use of mouse; occasional reaching.
  • Lifting:  Occasional light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds).
  • Environment:  Works in an office setting; may require occasional irregular and/or prolonged hours.
  • Attendance:  Regular and punctual attendance at the worksite is required for this position.
  • Mental Demands:  Maintains emotional control under stress; works with frequent interruptions.

Minimum Required Qualifications
  • Education:  Master’s from accredited college or university in education, business, or a related field.
  • Certification/License:  Certification is preferred from one of the following:
    • Valid Texas Mid-Management or Principal Certification, OR
    • Certification from Texas Association of School Board Officials (TASBO), OR
    • Professional certification from another education-related organization.
  • Experience:  7 years’ experience minimum, to include a combination of experience in the following areas, of which some years may run concurrently:
    • 3 years’ charter authorization experience,
    • 5 years’ in community outreach and engagement,
    • 3 years’ experience leading a school community with demonstrated impact.

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