Executive Director, Innovative Partnerships

Mesa Public School - Mesa, AZ4.0

Executive Director of Innovative Partnerships

Mesa Public Schools is Arizona’s largest school district serving approximately 61,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade in a culturally diverse community. We are located just east of Phoenix, in a residential community that is supportive of education. Mesa students are frequently recognized for accomplishments in academics, the arts, career and technical education and athletics.

The Executive Director of Innovative Partnerships will work closely with district/school staff, parents, students, community college/universities, employers, City of Mesa, and community-based organizations to develop, execute and support a P-20 career pathways ecosystem focused on student academic and economic success. The Director and his/her staff will develop a comprehensive career pathways continuum that will support career awareness, exploration, preparation and training programs aligned to local and regional industry sectors. This position will build capacity by serving as the intermediary of partnering organizations, and will streamline efforts, leverage resources and maximize employer and other organizational partnerships to support the career pathways system. Salary and benefits for this 12-month position are commensurate with responsibilities.

Develop and monitor strategic plan-in partnership with key stakeholders, for the long-term strategic vision, direction, goals and objectives of the career pathways system, including budget and a plan for sustainable funding scale
Develop a process for managing relationships and making joint decisions between education, employers, and workforce systems to ensure that participating leaders understand and support the vision of the career pathways system
Develop and facilitate strategic partnerships between education, city, nonprofit, and employers and industry
Establish a staffing and organizational plan to support the work of the intermediary and key partners that outlines key roles and responsibilities and accountability/communication structures
Serve as the convener, broker and technical assistance provider to schools and employers engaged in building and sustaining the career pathways delivery system (to include leveraging industry sectors and employer associations to build the professional capacity of employers to recruit and onboard student talent; support the design of career pathway experiences and curriculum development that enrich and advance school-based instruction)
Ensure career pathway experiences and programs are aligned to academic and technical coursework and industry approved programs of study to support student progress toward attaining pathway learning outcomes
Develop a career pathway continuum that articulates expectations from elementary school and continues through postsecondary (facilitating co-design and validation by stakeholders) and outlines a range of high quality career pathway learning experiences; aligned with the needs identified by industry and labor market information
Support employer and educator collaboration on the creation, design and delivery of high quality experiences along the career pathways continuum
Develop and/or adopt work based learning “toolkit” to support experiences in the career pathways continuum that includes curated tools and resources relevant/appropriate for the regional context, which include but are not limited to after school and summer programming from career exploration to internship placements
Attending to equity and access in the career pathways systems to ensure that underrepresented students have access to pathways and programs in high demand fields that lead to occupations with family sustaining wages, and that employers create culturally inclusive and welcoming workplaces for students’ experiences
Identify and pilot technology-based solutions and/or adaptations of existing technology that will support the management and fostering of relationships between educators and employers, monitor supply and demand opportunities and facilitate high quality student placements
Align student support community-based resources to facilitate student support
Identify, monitor, and report on key metrics (baselines and targets) to measure and evaluate progress and improve outcomes

State of Arizona administrative certification. Applicants must have on file in the Human Resources Department a copy of the appropriate valid certificate or evidence of eligibility to be appropriately certificated by the Arizona Department of Education
Well versed in developing comprehensive Programs of Study aligned to post-secondary and career pathways
Ability to develop and successfully implement school-level efforts to increase the graduation rate, decrease the dropout rate and increase postsecondary enrollment
Experience in locating and disaggregating local labor market data
Thorough knowledge and understanding of best instructional practices and curriculum development process
Experience in partnering with business/industry and post-secondary partners to support student academic and economic success
Effective professional relationships with students, teachers, administrators, parents/guardians and community members
Creative and innovative leader, with professional experience developing and executing new ideas.
Ability to prioritize and manage a variety of responsibilities
Skill in effective decision making
Ability to communicate effectively with faculty, student body, parents/guardians and outside agencies
Willingness to accept and effectively manage change

Candidates must complete and submit an on-line application, letter of intent, three letters of recommendations, transcripts of credits, and appropriate certification.

The district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex or gender, sexual orientation, disability, age or marital status.