This title is in a civil service competitive class that is subject to examination. Position is only open to applicants with permanent NYC civil service status as Administrative Education Officer or candidates who are permanent in an equivalent title that is eligible for transfer under 6.1.9 to Administrative Education Officer or candidates who have taken the most recent Administrative Education Officer civil service examination.
(Those who previously applied need not re-apply)
Position Summary: The New York City Department of Education (DOE) is the largest school system in the nation, with nearly 1.1 million students and 135,000 employees, including more than 70,000+ teachers and an annual budget of $24.0B. The Office of Assessment (OA) supports the DOE’s continuing efforts to prepare students for college and career readiness through its focus on effective assessment implementation, data integrity, and test security.
The Strategy Advisor, Office of Assessment is responsible for overseeing the strategy, development, and alignment of high-priority cross-functional projects, including identifying overall goals, objectives, and project deliverables, as well as managing relationships with key internal stakeholders. This position is also responsible for overseeing strategic communications, human resources, and budget planning of the overall team. The Strategy Advisor will serve as a policy advisor to the Executive Director, with authority to make and implement decisions related to assessment programs, including the highly visible high-stakes New York State assessments, e.g., English Language Arts and Mathematics assessments that are used nationally, state, and citywide to assess student performance and school performance. Performs related work.
Reports to: Executive Director, OA
Direct Reports: Director of Special Projects, Budget Manager
Key Relationships: Works closely with Directors across the Assessment Team. Builds strong relationships with Chiefs of Staff and communication points across the Division of Teaching and Learning. Also works closely with the Chancellor’s Strategic Response Group, Press Office, and external vendor account executives.
Leads a portfolio of high-priority, cross-functional projects.
Participates in policy discussions with OA Leadership, providing policy-level guidance regarding assessment priorities and initiatives. Helps to develop and implement cross-team communication policies for interactions with superintendents, DOE Borough Offices, schools, and families.
Provides leadership, direction, counsel, and support on a broad range of strategic, managerial, logistical, and administrative areas, including the following program areas, among others:
New York State grades 3-8 ELA and Math assessment;
New York State Regents exams;
Computer Based Testing;
Language Other Than English exams;
Gifted and Talented eligibility assessment; and
Specialized High School Admissions Test.
Represents OA at internal and external meetings; makes policy recommendations on its behalf.
Meets with vendors and other stakeholders to define the scope of new initiatives.
Conducts post-project analyses to capture best practices and lessons learned.
Provides leadership oversight and direction for OA, in consultation with the Executive Director and the Deputy Executive Director, to align program efforts in specific focus areas with DOE/DT&L/OA policy strategies; serves as an advisor to disseminate knowledge to all stakeholders.
Manages cross-functional relationships with other DT&L offices and DOE leadership to identify intersections of workstreams, in order to improve the efficiency of the test administration and scoring process for NYC educators.
Provides additional perspective and support to the Executive Director in overseeing OA and directing work aligned to the DOE’s vision regarding Equity and Access.
Leads knowledge sharing and capacity building within the assessment team regarding assessment content changes and timeline for transitions.
Diagnoses area(s) for growth related to planning, communication, and/or implementation strategy in various assessment programs and works with OA team leaders to establish and/or refine plan for improvement.
Manages cross-functional relationships with other Office of Assessment Directors and OA leadership to identify and implement improvements to the assessment programs in order to better support NYC educators with enhanced tools and student achievement information.
Oversees OA’s Cabinet meetings, as well as team meeting agendas and professional development, in collaboration with the appropriate offices and decision-makers.
Supervises the Director of Special Projects and Budget Manager in staffing, hiring, budget, and operations for the office and identifies opportunities to improve efficiencies within the organization.
Oversees office-wide budget of $32.0M and creates detailed spending plans for all office operational and personnel expenses; defines budget assumptions and works with team leads to ensure that all team needs are met.
Manages and tracks per-session and school allocations related to scoring programs, test development, and test administration support.
Prepares budget and procurement reports and makes data-supported recommendations on major spending priorities.
Manages changes in spending priorities and requests budget modifications based on shifting needs; evaluates and advises on the impact to the budget from the introduction of new programs and procurements; forecasts future needs, based on past experience and expected changes.
Evaluates current systems in an effort to streamline future OA budget and operational policies.
Oversees a progressive retention strategy to identify and cultivate talent within the Office of Assessment.
Oversees all aspects of the full- and part-time hiring process, with the OA Hiring Committee as an advisory, which includes:
strategizing across the team;
drafting job descriptions;
shepherding candidates through hiring process; and
creating onboarding materials and supporting new hires through the first 100 days of employment.
Inspires a culture of continuous improvement by creating efficiencies; manages implementation and mid-course corrections, as necessary.
A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in education, educational psychology, educational leadership, public administration, public policy, social work, or a closely related field, and two years of satisfactory, full-time progressively responsible professional experience in education administration, in such areas as: portfolio planning, educational grants/funding, student enrollment, assessment and accountability, youth development, special education, early childhood, program evaluation, policy research, college and career readiness, health and wellness, immunization, diagnostic and treatment services for parents and children, out of school programs, career and occupational education, curriculum development, evaluation and testing, educational planning, and educational statistics, or a related field, at least 18 months of this experience must have been in an executive, managerial, consultative, administrative or supervisory capacity in education administration; or
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and four years of satisfactory, fulltime progressively responsible professional experience, in one or more of the areas as described in “1” above, at least 18 months of which must have been in an executive, managerial, consultative, administrative or supervisory capacity; or
A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and six years of satisfactory, full time professional experience, in one or more of the areas as described in “1” above, at least 18 months of which must have been in an executive, managerial, consultative, administrative or supervisory capacity; or
Education and/or experience equivalent to “1”, “2”, or “3” above. Undergraduate education above the high school level may be substituted for professional experience, in the areas described in “1” above, at the rate of 30 semester credits from an accredited college or university for each year of experience, up to a maximum of 4 years. Graduate education in areas other than those mentioned above, may be substituted for the professional experience, at the rate of 15 graduate semester credits from an accredited college or university, for 6 months of experience, up to a maximum of 1 year of professional experience. However, all candidates must have a high school diploma or its educational equivalent and 18 months of experience in an executive, managerial, consultative, administrative or supervisory capacity in education administration as described above.
Ability to lead organizational change in large, dynamic institutions.
Superior analytical and project management skills for planning, designing, documenting, communication, and follow-up.
Ability to lead in a fast-paced environment and to prioritize and drive results.
Excellent and effective communications skills, including the ability to write well and make clear, concise oral presentations and written reports.
Experienced leadership, teamwork, and influencing skills; experience in management project teams at all levels in a cross-functional and diverse environment.
Strong strategic thinking, attention to detail, and the ability to proactively identify key issues and risks.
Effective customer service and problem-solving approach.
Strategic policy-level thinker with a strong grasp of operational needs.
Broad based strategic planning experience; conceptual understanding of relationships between data, instructional, and organizational content.
A master's degree from an accredited college in education, business, or public administration.
Established interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to problem-solve with others.
Ability to build strong working relationships with constituents and represent DT&L internally and the DOE externally.
A broad and substantial knowledge base of the issues in K-12 education and the education marketplace.
Excellent analytical skills, including experience working with confidential data pertaining to teacher and student performance.
Internal candidates preferred.
(Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not make less than their current salary.)
Please submit a resume an cover letter with your application.
Applications will be accepted through January 10, 2020 until 3:00 p.m.
NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability.
This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a program. Please indicate in your cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a program.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, unemployment status, caregiver status, consumer credit history, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. For more information, please refer to the DOE Non-Discrimination Policy.