Executive Director of Assessment - Denver Public Schools - Denver, CO

EMILY GRIFFITH CAMPUS: Executive Director of Assessment

Traditional 235 work days

FTE: 1.0

Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience



Essential Functions and Objectives:


 -  Personal & Values: Living Shared Core Values. Improving Personal Performance. Managing Change

 -  Live the DPS Shared Values of Students First, Integrity, Equity, Collaboration, Accountability, and Fun by providing vision, leadership and strategic direction to the assessment teams.

 -  Stay current with state and national trends and issues in student achievement and assessment as it relates to all student demographic groups.

 -  Lead teams to create innovative ways to provide high quality assessment, resources and customer service to district teams and schools.

 -  Develop and communicate the district’s assessment vision and strategy.

 -  Develop and present assessment-related policy recommendations to district leadership.

 -  Align team goals with the District’s vision and strategic plan.

 -  Use data to advocate for and support change, make improvements and develop and track goals.


-  Participate in the planning and implementation of the District’s strategic plan and priorities.

-  Lead and supervise managers, to include work allocation, training, goal setting and problem resolution; provide performance management feedback as appropriate.

 -  Empower managers to implement all aspects of the district assessment strategy.

 -  Cultivate customer service oriented teams and hold managers accountable for excellent customer service.

 -  Oversee the administration of all state and local testing programs within the district, including the creation of an annual district-wide assessment calendar.

 -  Supervise the development and delivery of a variety of training sessions and protocols to support school staff in using student achievement data to inform instructional practices.  This includes the use of formative assessment, as well as implications for Unified Improvement Plans (UIPs).

 -  Participate in the collection and analysis of various assessment data to ensure equity for all students.

 -  Assist in the preparation of the budget and administration of the budget for the assessment teams.

 -  Ensure district wide compliance with all federal, state and local assessment requirements.

 -  Build high functioning teams that produce high quality products and services in order to support schools and increase the number of schools that opt-in to our services.

 -  Provide coaching and growth opportunities to team managers in order to facilitate leadership growth as well as enhance operational effectiveness and efficiency.

 -  Use effective communication skills to present information accurately, effectively, proactively, and transparently to multiple stakeholders. 

 -  Work with other Directors in ARE to support the culture and collaboration across the department.

 -  Participate on the ARE leadership team to help define the work of the department and identify areas of growth for the department as a whole. 

 -  Participate on departmental action teams to drive identified areas growth for the department. 

 -  Engage diverse stakeholders in reaching shared decisions on divisive issues.

-  Collaborate with DPS leadership and various departments (Curriculum & Instruction, English Language Acquisition, Professional Development, Department of Technology Services, Elementary Education Division, etc.) to identify assessment-related needs and develop strategies to address gaps.

 -  Collaborate with various departments to develop assessment resources and trainings designed to support school leaders, teachers and students.

 -  Build effective relationships with the Colorado Department of Education and internal DPS departments to create and support assessment systems and structures.

 -  Other Duties as assigned                                                                


 Knowledge & Other Qualifications:


 -  Thorough knowledge of educational assessment methodology, including assessment design and data analysis.                                                                               

-  Knowledge of State and Federal education accountability and assessment laws, initiatives and trends.                                                                       

-  Considerable knowledge of current research in assessment and measurement with data management and analysis experience.                                                                      

-  Passion and experience in increasing student achievement and closing opportunity gaps in racial, ethnic, economic and ability groups.                                                                       

-  A commitment to supporting staff seeking to make a difference in the lives of urban educators and students.                                                                              

-  Participate in the planning and implementation of the District’s strategic plan and priorities.

-  Experience cultivating and leading high functioning teams, including building a strong performance-based culture and implementing and managing supporting systems and structures.                                                                               

-  Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups of people.                                                                         

-  Ability to analyze complex problems, interpret operational needs, develop integrated creative solutions and quickly adjust to change.                                                                                    

-  Proven ability to effectively collaborate and communicate with all levels of a large organization and external entities.                                                                            

-  Strong leadership and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple priorities and tasks in many settings on a daily basis.                                                                                   

-  Experience in K-12 education preferred.                                                                            


Education and Licensure Requirements:


-  Master's Degree in a related field that may include Curriculum, Educational Administration, Educational Leadership, Research Methodology, Evaluation, Measurement, and/or Statistics.        

-  Minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in the design, oversight and/or evaluation of assessment systems.                                                                          

-  Minimum of five (5) years management and/or leadership experience.          


About Denver Public Schools:


Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation.  DPS is comprised of nearly 200 schools including traditional, magnet, charter and alternative pathways schools, with an enrollment of more than 90,000 students.  


Under the leadership of Superintendent Tom Boasberg and guided by the tenets of The Denver Plan, DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in the state in terms of student academic growth.  Learn more at dpsk12.org.  


Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.