Great schools depend on great talent and leadership. The Senior Director of Talent Development will ensure that DPPS has strong talent management systems and infrastructures in place to develop individuals.  The Senior Director will also be responsible for cultivating and developing a strong pipeline of leaders, ready to equip and empower staff to give our scholars the education they deserve. 

Who You Are

  • You are an experienced leader with an unwavering commitment to antiracism and the Democracy Prep mission of college success and authentic civic engagement for our scholars
  • You are a champion for equitable, people-centered and outcomes driven systems and processes that ensure strong talent practices while honoring individual context 
  • You are a systems-level thinker who can lead organizational change at scale
  • You are a highly motivated collaborator who identifies problems, understands root causes, and proposes potential for change.
  • You are a strong communicator (written and oral) who adapts to fit the needs of the audience in order to build a sense of shared purpose and progress forward
  • You bring maturity, humility, a strong work ethic, and a sense of humor to DPPS
  • You have the ability to reflect on school-facing systems using varied data from diverse sources, and challenging the status quo when necessary

What You’ll Do 

  • With the Chief People Officer, ensure all performance evaluations and our performance review cycles are aligned to our values, strategic plans and our commitment to antiracism. This includes regularly reviewing and revising evaluations, ensuring there are strong and robust data cycles to review organizational data, and leading necessary training
  • Partner with school leaders and CMO leads to ensure that every manager is equipped to design and execute strong developmental plans and coaching 
  • With the Assistant Director of Talent Development, lead the design and execution of the curriculum and coaching of all Leader U Fellows and Residents so that it is both high-quality, aligned to DPPS school leader success metrics, and is predictive of future school leaders’ success. Leader U is Democracy Prep’s in-house leadership development and pipeline program.
  • In consultation with the Chief People Officer and Director of Recruitment, develop strategic outreach and recruitment plan to attract high quality leadership candidates
  • With the Assistant Director of Talent Development, oversee the development and execution of other school-based leadership development including Teacher Leader Institute and Assistant Principal development to ensure a strong network-wide succession plan. 
  • Design and lead strategies to better develop and retain new, mid-level and master teachers, and equip school leaders to utilize these strategies.
  • Responsible for making evidence-based recommendations for leader placements to the CEO, Superintendent and Chief People Officer
  • With the Chief People Officer and Leadership Recruitment Manager, ensure that the Leadership Immersion interview process is rigorous, robust, aligned to leadership competencies, and equitable. 
  • Serve as collaborator and thought partner to school and CMO leaders in developing their teams to be equitable, inclusive and outcomes-driven. 

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