C121-2021: Senior Advisor for Pandemic Response
POSITION: Senior Advisor for Pandemic Response
REPORTS TO: Chief of Staff (primary)/Superintendent of Schools (secondary)
SUPERVISES: Senior Coordinator of Grants, Budget Planning, and Management
POSITION SUMMARY: The Senior Advisor for Pandemic Response oversees strategic operations related to COVID-19 pandemic response and learning recovery efforts. In collaboration with senior leadership and Chief of Staff, the Senior Advisor manages initial financial planning, implementation, and continuous improvement for priorities related to the Hartford Public Schools’ (HPS) COVID response federal relief funding, specifically with Elementary & Secondary Schools Emergency Relief II (ESSER II) and American Rescue Plan (ARP) grants. In addition, the position ensures coherence in programming and funding allocation across all major public and private grants to the district relative to strategic priority implementation.
The Senior Advisor has a laser focus on accelerating equity and organizational excellence in the context of pandemic recovery by achievement of the overarching priorities of the Hartford Public Schools (HPS):
High-quality Teaching & Learning: High-quality instruction and support to ensure students graduate ready for life, college, career, and success.
Welcoming Culture & Nurturing Climate: Cultivate inclusive, innovative, collaborative, and engaging learning environments in safe buildings.
Engaging Family & Community Partnerships: Extend student learning opportunities through engaged family and community partnerships.
Skillful Staff & Effective Operations: Maintain a high level of operational effectiveness with skilled staff, modern facilities, financial integrity, and accountability systems.
RESPONSIBILITIES & ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The Senior Advisor for Pandemic Response will be responsible for the overall implementation and operations management of pandemic response and academic recovery coordination, collaboration, and execution across departments, including:
- Provide leadership over key projects within the Office of the Superintendent and serve as designee as requested
- Oversee the financial projections and investment prioritization process for HPS’s Elementary & Secondary Schools Emergency Relief II (ESSERII) and American Rescue Plan (ARP) application, in partnership with Chief of Staff, Chief Financial Officer, and Superintendent’s Cabinet
- Innovate, establish and lead design and management structures for Phase II and Phase III design planning of HPS’ strategic priorities supported by federal COVID relief funds
- Facilitate and drive cross-departmental execution management of HPS strategy implementation to ensure all aspects of key priority COVID response workstreams are managed successfully across departments and priorities, including ESSER II and ARP ESSER priority work
- Maintain strategy action plans and facilitate the teams’ use of action plans to maintain and monitor current and accurate progress and performance
- Design and lead structured progress monitoring and continuous improvement reflection cycles using action plans and implementation metrics set by Cabinet; serve as thought partner for strategy to executive sponsors/strategy program leads in identifying and addressing opportunities/challenges discovered in data-driven reflections
- Convene and deliver community of practice for strategy program leaders to coordinate work, progress monitor, share learnings, and build shared skill sets in execution monitoring and management.
- Ensure priority work and expenditures are allocated properly across large federal grants for coherence and compliance (ESSER II and ARP grants)
- Become well-informed and conversant in the tasks, key milestones, and workflow issues of the multiple programs assigned; proactively identify emergent problems and difficulties in reaching key milestones and deliverables and initiate appropriate action to redress such problems
- Oversee the preparation of clear and compelling funder reports and presentations for the Superintendent in relation to the district’s pandemic response, academic acceleration priorities, or other strategic initiatives
- Perform other duties as directed by the Superintendent
- Advanced degree in educational administration
- Minimum of five (5) years’ relevant work experience and knowledge of all aspects of school district operations, preferably at the district office level
- Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate a team of leaders with major responsibility for administrative management and coordination of strategy in an educational organization
- Experience managing program and organizational budgets, including budgets with significant presence of grant-funded programs
- Experience with managing large federal, state, and private grants internally and with funding institutions, i.e., U.S. Department of Education, state departments of education, and private funders
- Demonstrated ability to lead a team of leaders with major responsibility for administrative management, coordination of planning, and policy development in an educational organization
- Proven experience with data-based decision-making for improved instruction
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, leadership, research, and organizational skills required
- Highly collaborative with proven ability to build consensus among peer professionals necessary
- Prior experience working with multiple constituencies in an urban setting
- Ability to solve complex problems quickly and produce results
- Effective decision-making skills, including knowing when to act and when to check in with others
- Ability to think strategically at the process level, while keeping the big picture in mind
- Attention to detail; aptitude to set, meet, and enforce deadlines and ability to delegate appropriately
- Willingness to initiate and support tasks at all levels of the organization when necessary
- Experience with district reform work
- Strong orientation toward urban school systems, preferred
SALARY AND TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Salary is negotiable, starting at $135,000 ++.
EVALUATION: Evaluated annually
UNION AFFILIATION: Non-Bargaining
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: The screening process for highly qualified candidates is immediate, and interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. To be considered, all internal and external applicants must fully complete a Hartford Public Schools’ online application, which includes the Educator’s Professional Inventory (EPI) assessment. All candidates must upload requested documents, including: cover letter, current resume, and three (3) letters of professional reference that were prepared within the last three years. To apply, please visit http://www.applitrack.com/hartfordschools/onlineapp and follow the appropriate link. Additional inquiries may be directed to Nancy Williams, Senior Talent Recruiter, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hartford Public Schools (Hartford, Connecticut) is a diverse community of educators and approximately 18,000 students attending 39 distinctive magnet, community, and neighborhood schools, located in the capital city of Connecticut. We are committed to being a leader in innovative urban education, cultivating equity and excellence for all of our students, closing the opportunity gaps, and preparing students for life, college, career, and success.
HPS recruits and selects diverse professionals, who are committed to developing students’ individual, academic, social, and emotional capacities and growth within the classroom and beyond. Highly talented and qualified candidates with a passion for urban education, a commitment to our Hartford students, families, and community are strongly encouraged to apply immediately!
Why Should You Choose Hartford Public Schools?
Hartford Public Schools is seeking excellent candidates and wants to provide the best experience for you. We have put together a comprehensive package of benefits and incentives, including:
- Competitive salary
- Career growth opportunities
- Tuition reimbursement
- Rich health care plan
- Professional development
Hartford Public Schools is a diverse community of scholars and educators. Among our 18,000 students, there are 90 languages spoken; 22% of our student population are English Learners. Over 85% of the population are students of color. At Hartford Public Schools, we are well above the national average for diverse teachers and administrators. Among our teachers and administrators, 27% and 47%, respectively, identify as people of color.
Hartford is the Place for You
The state of Connecticut is seated on the northeastern seaboard. Hartford is within an hour’s drive of the coastline and is centrally located between New York City and Boston. Hartford is one of America’s oldest and most historic cities, made up of 17 unique neighborhoods rich in history and diversity. It is commonly known as the “insurance capital” due to its prominence beginning in the 19th century as home to many of the most prestigious insurance companies in the U.S., many of which still call Hartford home today. The city features world-class museums, entertainment, and sports venues and is home to several major companies. An array of restaurants reflecting cuisines from all over the world attract people from far and wide, and more than 200 arts, heritage, and cultural organizations in the Hartford region provide hundreds of events year-round. In addition, several universities and colleges are in Hartford and the surrounding towns, allowing easy access to advanced degree programs.
Position is subject to Funding.
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