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The University of Washington Tacoma is a growing, urban-serving university that is deeply invested in its local communities. As one of three campuses of a world-class university, UW Tacoma is dedicated to interdisciplinary and innovative teaching and scholarship and to engaging the community in mutually beneficial partnerships. UW Tacoma's commitment to diversity is central to an environment where students, staff, faculty and South Sound residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.
The UWT Center for Strong Schools (CSS) has an outstanding opportunity for a Senior Program Manager who will primarily manage two efforts related to the Whole Child Initiative. The Tacoma Whole Child Initiative (TWCI) and Leschi Whole Child Initiative (LWCI) are two of several funded research efforts within the Center for Strong Schools. These two projects embody sustainable, urban-serving community based partnerships developed with Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) and Chief Leschi Schools (CLS). UWT, CLS, and TPS have a shared desire to address the need to increase academic excellence, school safety, and social and emotional learning in Tacoma Public Schools and in Chief Leschi Schools. The parties believe that TWCI and LWCI offer a roadmap for transformation that leads to youth and community success. This approach is theoretically grounded in best practices from education reform, turnaround schools, positive behavioral supports, social and emotional learning, implementation science, and from the organizational change literature. The Senior Program Manager reports to the Dean of the School of Education and will play a critical role in ensuring that the program meets the following goals:
Goal 1 Academic Excellence: Students will perform at or above grade level and disparities among all groups will be eliminated.
Goal 2 Safety: All schools will create and maintain safe learning environments that promote excellent academic achievement.
The Senior Program Manager for WCI will conduct applied research requiring independent judgment in the implementation, evaluation, selection, and substantive adaptation/modification of measures, research design, standard techniques, procedures, and criteria used as part of the Tacoma Whole Child Initiative program.
Provide consultation and support on methodology and statistical analyses. Oversee the collection of surveys and other data collection tools.
Oversee research database and lead project reporting. This includes importing Tacoma Public Schools academic, demographic, and discipline data into the project database.
Oversee evaluation progress reports for Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) district leadership team, school leadership teams at each school, informing teams and community partners (e.g., funders) on improvement of school safety, discipline, academic performance, and climate transformation within specific schools and across the district generally.
Support community-school collaboration around the activities and goals of the TWCI AND LWCI.
Devise new approaches to problems encountered during planning, implementation, and dissemination of TWCI and LWCI materials.
The Senior Program Manager will also research, develop, innovate and evaluate educational and community-based interventions for individuals, children, families, and service providers (ex. Educators or practitioners). Innovations may include approaches, interventions, professional development, preventive interventions (community, school, classroom, or district-wide), and data-based decision making or assessment tools with community partners.
Interface with community leaders, TPS district leadership, and school staff by training these individuals on key TWCI and LWCI practices and data-based decision making approaches.
Lead all implementation activities as part of the TWCI and LWCI.
Collaborate with community and school partners in the process of applying implementation science techniques toward sustaining evidence-based interventions in schools.
Prepare and conduct trainings of community, district, and building leadership teams.
Prepare and conduct trainings of school clinicians (e.g., counselors, school psychologists, social workers) on Advanced Tier Whole Child.
Provide on-site coaching/training based on building Tier I, classroom, and advanced tiers of support (Tier II and III).
The Senior Program Manager will also manage personnel, strategic planning, and budget; directing and controlling activities related to the WCI.
Supervise staff including recruiting, hiring, evaluating, and other administrative functions such as managing schedules and leave requests.
Plan, assign, motivate, direct, and instruct staff; Take corrective action as needed based on quality metrics.
Employ incremental process measures and indicators through collaborative goal setting.
Lead improvement efforts to enhance and execute daily work using data to inform and assess progress.
Effectively communicate, exercise active listening skills, and consensus-building, in order to achieve team goals.
Create a culture of service and lead by positive example.
Use tact, diplomacy, and a success-oriented attitude to inspire staff.
Create strategic direction for the WCI in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Dean of the School of Education.
Develop and oversee research plans, implementation, and performance of plans.
Strategic development of the operating budget for effective operation of the WCI phased expansion, to include setting program budget, goals, targets, strategies, and scope with different partners.
Responsible for budget and expense management which has significant impact on CSS, TPS, and expansion sites; ensure effort allocations match budget proposals.
Establish, track, and direct tactical operations through data driven project management techniques.
Plan and implement organizational changes necessary, aligning strategy and operations.
Pursue opportunities for reduction of expenses through process improvement to maximize services and scope of WCI.
Responsible for cost-effective strategies to meet implementation expectations of the WCI and become financially self-sustaining.
Oversee the implementation and establish well-defined metrics for departmental activities.
Develop effective monitoring systems to assure performance metrics are met.
Provide customer service, technical, programmatic, and strategical support and problem solving skills to WCI implementation sites and partners.
Track and report on operations.
The Senior Program Manager will lead visibility of the TWCI AND LWCI through social networking, reports, conference presentations, webpage content, and marketing efforts.
Sustain a high level of personal initiative and professional independence to organize cooperative and accountable community participation in the WCI roll-out.
Network with stakeholders and partners providing training and development, leveraging affinities for the WCI.
Make public presentations and represent UWT WCI at partner events as approved by the Executive Director.
Be a primary liaison and effective spokesperson, in order to facilitate functional teams from diverse organizations chartered by executive level leaders who are partnering in the WCI.
This individual will be encouraged to chair and present program results at regional, national, and international conferences and technical meetings.
Master's degree or significant professional experience in social sciences, education, applied social research, or related field.
Minimum of 10 years of experience and expertise in these areas: 1. Strong project management expertise including lean change management. 2. Proficiency in successful professional development of educators including district and school leaders. 3. Leadership of systems or organizational change in schools. 4. Leadership of sustained implementation of effective processes and practices in schools. 5. Strategic planning expertise. 6. Research design, methodology, and psychological/educational measurement. 7. Able to work independently using sound judgment and solid decision making skills to solve problems and to work through barriers that may impact program progress. 8. Evaluation of school- and community-based interventions for children, adolescents, or educators. 9. Development of educational data systems, data analysis tools, and data-based decision making. 10. Experience with basic office software such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint. 11. Experience with Statistical Program for the Social Sciences (SPSS). 12. Expertise in collaborating with educational and community agencies, private sector leadership, education leaders, and University staff and faculty. 13. Expertise in communications and visibility efforts including social networking, webpages, reports, and brochures.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Expertise with school psychology, school counseling, or school-based mental health supports.
Expertise in instructional coaching or mentoring school clinicians.
Expertise in school-based mental health, social emotional learning, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), and/or multi-tiered systems of support in schools.
Expertise in advanced tier systems of support in schools (Tier II and III).
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check
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