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Director of Funded Programs

Portland Public Schools
Closing date: 
Friday, April 9, 2021

How To Apply: Visit and use job number #21886 to review the full qualifications.

Portland Public Schools (PPS) is seeking talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to lead change and inspire PPS students. At PPS, we believe every employee plays a supportive role in our students’ achieving success. We hope to attract a talented Director of Funded Programs who models the core PPS Educator Essentials and is committed to lead and coordinate, through a racial equity and social justice lens, our district’s efforts to provide students with additional learning opportunities to accelerate students towards meeting grade level academic expectations and assist in supporting their social emotional wellbeing. To achieve our vision, we are seeking someone who has a demonstrated commitment to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional leadership and learning. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic there is an understanding that education as we know it has changed tremendously in unprecedented ways. It is the charge of educational leaders to begin taking the necessary steps to restore, reconstruct, and re-design education to address the needs of students, families, staff, faculty, and school communities.

The Director of Funded Programs, will be part of a team that manages the district’s use of supplementary funding to accelerate the district's transformational work and help facilitate a multi-year effort to reimagine the experience for students--especially our Black, Indigenous and Students of Color--to thrive and achieve the Graduate Portrait, and propel them toward success. This position will report to the Senior Director of Funded Programs in the Division of Instruction and School Communities and will serve as a strong collaborator across the District to:

- support the implementation of our Strategic Plan
- effectively manage critical programs that provide direct support to students and families, especially our Black, Indigenous and Students of Color
- support with the alignment and integration of curriculum, instruction and assessments
- continuously improve the use, and oversight, of our supplementary funding and programming districtwide.

The Director of Funded Programs will also support special projects and initiatives as directed by the Senior Director of Funded Programs. We seek candidates with a demonstrable commitment to racial equity and social justice.


- Collaborate with building administrators, staff, and district stakeholders in the development and implementation of program improvement plans; develop, maintain, and use information systems to track progress on program performance objectives and outcomes.
- Work with department staff, district and school leaders to communicate program goals; align expectations and goals with PPS System Shifts and Strategies; review baseline and progression data to identify and implement strategies for improvement; engage with and confer with a variety of stakeholders to identify implementation activities and regularly review progress; ensure systems which monitor programs progress; regularly assess and refine strategies to meet program goals.
- Direct, lead and oversee development, writing and submission of grant applications and reports; establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with grant contacts and Oregon Department of Education staff, conduct research on prospective grants, and maintain a calendar of submissions and other deadlines.
- Develop, recommend, approve and implement department budgets; manage budget allocations to ensure the appropriate use of resources
- Direct, plan, oversee and coordinate programs for district staff, parents, community organizations and other stakeholders to increase programs’ support; participate in cross-functional teams, collaboratives, committees and similar partnerships to advocate for PPS students.
- Support district and school site administrators and staff by developing and deploying policies, procedures and professional development related to assigned programs.
- Perform related duties as assigned.


- Directs the development, deployment and ongoing management of key initiatives covering multiple major disciplines with direct accountability for results in terms of effectiveness, costs, methods, and employees. Establishes operational objectives and assignments for multiple functional areas and possibly departments. Evaluates recommendations of others, deciding on course of action in ambiguous situations, and oversees the deployment of innovative solutions. Collaborates with senior leadership and PPS department teams to develop strategies and broad departmental objectives; establishes methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for projects, programs and people in the achievement of strategic objectives.

Education, Training and Experience:

- A State of Oregon issued Administrative License is required at the time of appointment.
- A minimum of three (3) years as a licensed school professional.
- A minimum of three (3) years of Federal grant management experience.
- A minimum of three years of professional K-12 teaching experience.
- Demonstrated experience building and managing a team, including hiring and annual evaluations, to meet ambitious outcome goals.
- Demonstrated knowledge of public school laws and policies as they relate to the delivery of instructional services.
- Demonstrated success working both independently and collaboratively; leveraging different strategies and interpersonal skills to move the work forward.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both verbal and in written, with the ability to foster positive working relationships.

Knowledge of:

- PK-12 Education public schools’ laws, policies and guidelines related to administration, curriculum and leadership.
- Educational business management skills.
- Effective leadership and management strategies and techniques.
- Budget development and monitoring skills.
- Grant writing, application and reporting processes.
- Collection of and data use methods.
- District organization, operations, policies and objectives.

Special requirements:

- This position requires the use of a personal automobile and possession of a valid driver’s license.
- Work hours will routinely include evening and weekend activities and meetings and district, school and student functions.
- May require the ability to read, write and speak in a language other than English.

Preferred Qualifications:

- Bilingual Spanish speaker


This position is classified as Director - Academic Programs on the Licensed (Certified) Administrator Salary Schedule FLSA Exempt. The Licensed (Certified) Administrator Salary Schedule for 260 day employees can be found here: