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Division Director II

School Transformation and Innovation

Why does the job exist?

Reporting to the Deputy Secretary for School Transformation and Innovation, the Division Director II is responsible for leading strategic initiatives within the directorate, managing the programmatic bureaus within the directorate, providing financial oversight for all state and federal funding streams within the directorate, and providing leadership and managerial support.

How does it get done?

Strategic Initiatives (35%)

  • Develop and implement a plan for school district accountability that fulfills the requirements of the Martinez and Yazzie Consolidated Lawsuit and complements the New Mexico Vistas federal school accountability system that is currently in place.
  • Develop and lead strategic initiatives designed to improve attendance, achievement, and graduation, through the lens of school transformation and innovation.
  • Partner with bureau staff to convene external partners to increase participation in the various programs within the directorate and to develop common goals and shared priorities for school transformation in New Mexico.
  • Partner with staff in other PED directorates to develop and implement agency-wide strategic initiatives aligned to the PED strategic plan.

Programmatic Management (25%)

  • Provide strategic leadership and day-to-day tactical support for three bureaus within the directorate: Community Schools and Extended Learning; College and Career Readiness; and Priority Schools.
  • Directly supervise the Directors of these three bureaus.
  • Ensure that the bureaus have the support needed to review and approve applications for funding.
  • Support the Directors in developing technical assistance and capacity building support for schools receiving funding under the directorate.

Financial Oversight (20%)

  • In partnership with the Business Operations Specialist for School Transformation and Innovation, prepare monthly financial reports for the Deputy Secretary to track expenditures and ensure that funds are being spent down in a timely manner.
  • Serve as the directorate’s primary liaison to Finance and Operations to ensure that award letters and requests for reimbursement are processed in a timely manner.
  • Partner with bureau/division directors to develop standard operating procedures and a training for award letters and requests for reimbursement.
  • Work with bureau/division

Leadership and Managerial Support (20%)

  • Represent the Deputy Secretary at meetings and events in his or her absence.
  • Serve as a member of the School Transformation and Innovation Leadership Team.
  • Serve as a member of the PED Executive Leadership team.
  • Support the Deputy Secretary in conducting interim and annual performance evaluations for Directors within the directorate.
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Who are the customers?

The Division Director II for School Transformation and Innovation has three primary customers:

  • Deputy Secretary for School Transformation and Innovation and PED upper management;
  • Bureau/Division Directors and staff within the School Transformation and Innovation Directorate;
  • K-12 school, district, and charter school leaders throughout the state of New Mexico; and
  • Leaders in community-based organizations who receive funding from the programs within the directorate.
Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have direct experience leading and/or supporting school transformation efforts;
  • Have a deep understanding of the factors that impede success and support positive outcomes for the student groups named in the Martinez and Yazzie consolidated lawsuit: students with disabilities, English learners, Native American students, and economically disadvantaged students;
  • Have a deep understanding of targeted universalism and how to implement policies and programs that address systemic disparities in educational achievement across student groups.
  • Be flexible and adaptable and have excellent research, writing, strategic planning, data analysis, and interpersonal skills with a customer service, teamwork-oriented attitude;
  • Be comfortable and competent with multi-tasking and producing excellent work product in a fast-paced environment;
  • Have a strong understanding of education issues and a familiarity with the research on school transformation and educational innovation;
  • Have experience in coaching professionals to improve performance;
  • Be an effective project manager; and
  • Effectively work across divisions and bureaus, identifying and capitalizing on opportunities to break down silos and forge meaningful collaboration.
Minimum Qualification

Candidates should possess:

  • • Ten (10) or more years working in one or more of the following fields:
    • K-12 education, with recent experience in education administration
    • Policy and/or law, preferably in a discipline involving education, social services, or government policy
    • Business administration, preferably in a position involving strategic planning, continuous improvement, organizational psychology, people management, and/or data analysis
  • Eight (8) or more years of experience managing staff.
  • A Master’s Degree or higher in education, education leadership, business administration, the social sciences, public policy, law, or a related field.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

Employment Requirements

Must possess/obtain and maintain a valid New Mexico Driver’s License.

Working Conditions

Work is performed in an office setting with exposure to Visual/Video Display Terminal (VDT), extensive computer and phone usage. Some sitting, standing, bending and reaching may be required.

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