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Assistant Director Academic Programs –Professional Development

Portland Public Schools

Portland Public Schools envisions every student, every teacher, every school succeeding. As we commit to a major transformation under new, nationally-recognized leadership, we are actively seeking talented, driven professionals who are energized by big challenges. If you are solution-oriented, a strong communicator and collaborator, and passionate about urban education, then this is the place for you! Read more about PPS, our schools and programs, and beautiful Portland, Oregon, at the bottom of the posting.

The Opportunity:
Under administrative direction, provide leadership support to a centralized academic service and/or support program; participate in development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of operational and/or instructional vision and focused plans for assigned programs; participate in the supervision and support of professional educators and administrators in program activities; participate in management of operational support activities, staff and budgets; participate in the implementation of the District’s Racial Equity Policy ensuring a culture of high expectation which provides every student with equitable access to high quality and culturally relevant instruction.

• Participate in the development and leadership for evaluation and improvement of programs which provide access and support to students.
• Lead and participate in the development and deployment of assigned program improvement plans; develop, maintain, and use information systems to track progress on program performance objectives and activity excellence indicators.
• Develop and support District initiatives and priorities aligned with implementing assigned program to prepare students to be successful.
• Participate in building and leading a program team which reflect diverse perspectives; coach, counsel and mentor department staff in the effective delivery of program objectives and services,
• Work with department staff, district and school leaders to communicate program goals; align expectations and goals with PPS Milestones and/or the PPS Equity Goals; review baseline and progression data to identify and implement strategies for improvement; 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.
• Participate in the development and implementation of department budgets; manage and/or oversee assigned budget allocations to ensure appropriate use of resources.
• Participate in the oversight, development and writing of grant proposals; assemble and submit grant requests, establish and maintain personal contact and relationships with grant contacts, conduct research on prospective grants, and maintain a calendar of submissions and other deadlines.
• Articulate and solicit support in accomplishing program mission, vision and value; use appropriate and effective techniques to encourage stakeholder involvement as appropriate.
• Plan, oversee and coordinate programs for district staff, parents, community organizations and other stakeholders to increase programs’ support; participate on cross-functional teams, collaborative, committees and similar partnerships to advocate for PPS students.
• Supervise the performance of assigned personnel; interview and select employees and recommend transfers, reassignment, termination and disciplinary actions.
• Support district and school site administrators and staff by developing and deploying policies, procedures and professional development related to assigned programs.
• Represent the district and assigned schools in meetings, workshops, conferences and professional activities.
• Learn and use District IT systems to perform routine tasks, such as performance management assessments; accessing financial reports and managing staffing allocations and budget information.
• May serve as Program Director in the absence of the administrator, as assigned.
• Perform related duties as assigned.

Education and Training:
A State of Oregon issued Administrative License is required at the time of appointment.

A minimum of three (3) years of experience as a PK-12 school-based educator including a minimum of one (1) year of experience as an academic/educational administrative leader with demonstrated results in improving the academic performance of students is required.

Any other combination of education, training and experience which demonstrates the candidate is likely to possess the skill, knowledge, ability and trait characteristics essential for this classification may be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience working in a richly diverse school community and environment is highly desirable.

Classification & Salary
This position is classified as Assistant 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:

How to Apply
Please visit our website at:
Job # 18630

Closing Date
This job is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as received. Portland Public Schools reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any point during the posting period.

About Portland Public Schools

Our Mission
Every student by name prepared for college, career and participation as an active community member, regardless of race, income or zip code.

Our Schools and Programs
Portland Public Schools, founded in 1851, is a PK-12 urban school district in Portland, Oregon. With more than 49,000 students in 79 schools, we are the largest school district in the state and one of the largest school districts in the Pacific Northwest. PPS benefits from an active and engaged parent and community partners. We offer a wide array of programs, including language immersion, fine arts, International Baccalaureate programs, athletics, technical, and health specialties. PPS students also attend the Head Start Early Childhood Education program, 10 community-based programs, 8 charter schools, 4 alternative programs and 10 special services programs.

Our City
Portland, Oregon, has often been called the big city with the small town feel. Nestled between the beautiful Coast Range on the west and the spectacular Cascade Range on the east, Portland sits at the junction of the Columbia and Willamette rivers. From downtown Portland, it’s just a an hour-and-a-half drive to the scenic Oregon coast or to Mt. Hood and some of the best skiing in the country, a half-hour to the peaceful vineyards and farms of the fertile Willamette Valley.

The District is focused on eliminating systemic racism and its impact on student learning.
PPS is committed to equal opportunity and nondiscrimination in all its educational and employment activities. The District prohibits discrimination based on race; national or ethnic origin; color; sex; religion; age; sexual orientation; gender expression or identity; pregnancy; marital status; familial status; economic status or source of income; mental or physical disability or perceived disability or perceived disability; or military service. Portland Public Schools is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.