Senior Director, Academic Recovery - The Commit Partnership

Stronger Consulting - Dallas, Texas - Full time

About the role:

The Partnership is seeking a talented senior director to lead the collaborative creation of an academic recovery model and infrastructure for Dallas County students post-COVID. This regional tutoring infrastructure will be established and serve Dallas County at scale over at least the next three years. Objectives would include:

  • supporting multiple school districts benefiting from tens of millions of federal dollars focused on learning loss recovery for upwards of 30,000 to 40,000 students annually over time;
  • leveraging virtual platforms, in-person learning, current tutoring programs, and both traditional and nontraditional talent pools;
  • integrating that tutoring infrastructure into the long-term vision of how districts routinely support students;
  • creating a proof point of what is possible to inform longer-term state and federal policy on the impact of tutoring efforts at scale when appropriately structured and resourced.

Commit is especially interested in potentially structuring this effort to have a “triple bottom line” where possible (i.e. in addition to learning loss recovery, it is hoped that intentional exposure of tutoring responsibilities to high-quality high school and college candidates will both enhance our regional “grow your own” teacher pipelines as well as provide income support that can enhance college persistence and completion for student tutors coming from limited-income backgrounds).

Qualifications:

  • Deep experience managing initiatives with multiple layers of stakeholders and decision rights
  • Extensive knowledge of academic recovery interventions, with tutoring expertise a definite plus
  • Consistent habit of using data (quantitative, qualitative, and end-user data) to understand challenges holistically and measure the results of initiatives.
  • Commitment and track record of focusing on racial equity: Creates mechanisms for community (grass tops and grass roots) participation, incorporates racial equity into work and people management relationships, demonstrates self-awareness of how one’s social identities can affect how one approaches others and solutions.
  • Experience designing, testing, and scaling innovative ideas that lead to results.
  • Fail forward mindset
  • Systems-level strategist who can also think through how efforts impact schools, classrooms, and students.
  • Listens to learn, persistent, comfortable with ambiguity and risk.
  • Ability to build strong, trusting relationships with key stakeholders: Builds authentic, trusting relationships with diverse stakeholders from grass tops to grassroots leaders, colleagues, and staff. Creates structures and agreements to facilitate collaboration. Celebrates the contributions of others.
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas and strategies so others understand: Creates and delivers motivating, aligned key messages. Effectively connects the 'why', 'how' and 'what' of the work. Connects effectively with different stakeholder groups.

Location:

Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex preferred. Open to remote with approximately 30% travel to the Dallas area (may increase over time).

Salary:

Starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

This three-year, grant-funded contract position has an expectation of 40 hours/week with the potential to develop into a full-time position. The position will also be provided with budgetary resources to build out a team as required following an initial landscape analysis.

The Commit Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to hire individuals with backgrounds similar to that of the stakeholders they serve. As an organization that embraces equity and inclusion, all employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Commit does not sponsor visas of any kind.

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Role

Project Management

Experience Level

Senior Level

Stronger Consulting

The Commit Partnership is an educational backbone organization of ~60 staff members that support the continuous improvement of education systems within Dallas County, the 8th largest county in the nation which collectively educates over 600,000 students (10% of Texas and 1% of the nation).
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