State of Massachusetts Associate Commissioner, Statewide System of Support in Malden, Massachusetts
TheStatewide System of Support (SSoS),within the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), is responsible for turning around the state’s lowest performing schools and districts by supporting sustained improvement, so that all students have access to high-quality, culturally relevant learning opportunities that prepare them for a successful future. SSoS provides assistance to schools and districts identified by the new Massachusetts accountability system, which is informed by new federal accountability requirements, as well as continuing state accountability regulations and statutory requirements. More information onDESE’s strategic planandturnaround workare available online athttp://www.doe.mass.edu/.
The Statewide System of Support falls within DESE’s Center for District Support (CDS), which has the following mission, vision, and values:
● Mission: Fostering exceptional learning opportunities is our priority. We strive to ensure an equitable, inclusive, accessible education for all.
● Vision: Every child. Every community. Every opportunity to realize student greatness.
● Values: AccountableAdaptiveEquity and Racial EquityInclusiveStudent-Centered
● Core Objectives:
○ Provide support for the lowest performing schools and districts across the state
○ Furnish meaningful data and information to schools and districts for improved decision making
○ Increase the capacity of CDS staff, schools, and districts to positively impact equity and outcomes for the most historically marginalized students
The Statewide System of Support includes the following offices:
_Two regional assistance teams (West/Central and Coastal)_that provide direct support to schools and districts across the Commonwealth that have been identified by the accountability system as requiring assistance or intervention. These teams facilitate the development and implementation ofschool turnaround plansin the identified schools and help districts leverage resources (from the regional assistance teams, SSoS centralized supports, DESE and partners) to improve student achievement.
_Regional System of Support (RSS)_provides centralized supports for the two regions such as staff training and professional development, project work plans, staff evaluation process, contracts, and grant processing and monitoring.
_Office of Effective Practices for Turnaround (OEPT)_conducts research to identifybest practices in turnaroundand ensure these practices impact policy and are embedded into practice. This office also ensures implementation of the statutory requirements related underperforming schools, the allocation of federalschool improvement grant resourcesto support turnaround schools, andmonitoring of progressin schools implementing turnaround plans.
_Systems for Student Success (SfSS)_designs and delivers turnaround resources, expertise, and assistance that enhance integrated, tiered, and systemic approaches to supporting the social emotional and academic needs of all students, and especially students living in poverty. Specific offerings include high quality external partners, multi-year academies, grants, and technical assistance.
About the position:
The Associate Commissioner for the Statewide System of Support (SSoS) is responsible for ensuring DESE assistance and intervention results in transformation of the lowest performing schools identified by the new Massachusetts accountability system and improved outcomes for students in those schools, especially the historically marginalized.
Using a range of state and federal policy levers, data, collaborative structures and a strong evidence base on effective turnaround practices, the Associate Commissioner leads work that balances strong partnerships with districts and schools and accountability for results to turn around the state’s lowest performing schools and districts.
Among the key responsibilities are:
Lead, guide and manage the offices within the Statewide System of Support (described above) to provide assistance and promote accountability in the areas identified by DESE as effective turnaround strategies, ensuring that the state’s lowest performing schools and districts receive high-quality, culturally proficient assistance and resources that improve instruction, enhance district and school systems, and build capacity to sustainably raise student performance and outcomes, in particular for student populations that have been historically marginalized;
Lead the integration, alignment and coherence of the assistance provided through the offices within the Statewide System of Support, ensuring high quality and coordinated implementation, and equitable distribution of resources and supports for the state’s lowest performing districts and schools;
Ensure strong partnerships with targeted schools and districts to inform SSoS assistance efforts;
Closely coordinate with theOffice of Strategic Transformation (OST),which is responsible for the implementation of state receivership and alternative governance models, to ensure resources and supports to all targeted schools and districts are aligned, and to share promising practices.
Collaborate with other DESE offices to align resources, build shared ownership for turnaround work, and leverage expertise from across the agency in service of targeted schools and districts;
Measure the impact of the programs, services and assistance provided by SSoS to ensure that they help the districts and schools improve outcomes for students;
Foster an environment of ongoing coaching, development and professional growth of all SSoS staff and promote a culture of continuous learning.
Continually evolve, adapt and refine the SSoS vision, policy, high-leverage priorities, staffing and utilization of assets across offices to have increased impact on targeted schools and districts and their students
Ensure that the SSoS is aligned with federal and state statutory requirements and lead any adjustments to the system and programs as necessary. Leverage statutory requirements to effect real change for students that goes beyond compliance;
Collaborate with and leverage partner organizations to build and enhance integrated and aligned models of assistance and accountability;
Lead the development, management, prioritization and oversight of the federal and state budgets, grant-making, and other financial matters for the Statewide System of Support;
The ideal candidate will have some, but not necessarily all, of the following skills and experiences:
Demonstrated passion and expertise for transforming low-performing public schools or districts and significantly improving student achievement and outcomes, especially for historically marginalized students.
Demonstrated success promoting high achievement for students living in poverty, students of color, English learners, and/or students in special education;
Strong preference for expertise secondary grades (middle/high school);
Ability to lead conversations on race and equity and building capacity of teams to do the same, including promoting culturally responsive practices and helping people identify and address how racial bias plays out in our work;
Experience collaborating with internal and external partners and stakeholders including state education agencies and state-level education organizations (such as for school committees, unions, principal associations, etc);
Capacity to build, develop and lead diverse teams while demonstrating the ability to anticipate, understand and address the challenges that come with diverse perspectives;
Experience supervising and managing complex, multi-layered teams that work in a mix of in-person and remote/virtual contexts
Strong organizational management skills;
Ability to solve problems creatively and address conflict constructively;
Ability to be innovative, adaptable, and visionary;
Expertise leading a team in student-centered, results-oriented strategic planning, and data-informed decision making;
Familiarity with Massachusetts education context;
Strong oral and written communication skills;
Experience in budgeting and financial management;
Proficiency/fluency in a language in addition to English (especially Spanish or Portuguese);
Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership/Administration, Public Administration, or related field.
**Questions regarding this posting or the application process should be referred to Dawn DeRoche email@example.com 781-338-6101.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must have at least (A) seven (7) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management of which (B) at least three (3) years must have been in a managerial capacity.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Organization: *Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Title: Associate Commissioner, Statewide System of Support
Location: Massachusetts-Malden - 75 Pleasant Street
Requisition ID: 190000M4