SFUSD seeks Senior Director, Leadership for Equity Initiative
- San Francisco Unified School District seeks an experienced, visionary
urban education leader for the position of Senior Director, Leadership
for Equity Initiative.
Salary Range: $100,000 to $125,000
Application: Resume and cover letter
Deadline: June 15, 2008
Contact: Garrick Ramirez, San Francisco School Alliance, (send resume
and cover letter to gramirez@...)
Reports to: Tony Smith, Deputy Superintendent for Instruction,
Innovation and Social Justice, in close collaboration with Francisca
Sanchez and the Professional Learning & Leadership for Equity Team
Funded through: the San Francisco School Alliance
The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is poised to
initiate one of the most significant and comprehensive urban education
reform efforts in the United States. In order to achieve bold, new
goals for student success, the district and its strategic partner, the
San Francisco School Alliance, have committed to developing and
supporting extraordinary leaders who will foster a system of
flourishing, innovative schools. For years, San Francisco has
exhibited deep racial, socio-economic, and linguistic inequities. San
Francisco's public schools are neither doing an adequate job of
rectifying these inequities nor are they keeping pace with students'
aspirations and needs for 21st century skills. Led by new
Superintendent Carlos Garcia and Deputy Superintendent Tony Smith,
SFUSD is prepared to launch a new plan for dramatic change. The
district's new strategic plan targets three key areas for
district-wide improvement: access and equity, student achievement, and
accountability. It is guided by a Balanced Scorecard approach, a
strategy drawn from private sector research on performance management
and used in a handful of cutting-edge districts nationwide that have
accelerated their improvement at impressive rates by using this tool,
including Florida's Miami-Dade County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg in
SFUSD Leadership for Equity Initiative
Recognizing that implementing a bold, new strategy requires a
supporting and infusing of great talent into the schools, the district
and the San Francisco School Alliance created a Leadership Initiative
to attract, retain, and support the leadership necessary to achieve
the goals of the strategic plan.
Launched in Fall 2007 by the San Francisco School Alliance, as a
partnership of the school district, local university, and CBO
partners, with the support of a broad coalition of civic, parent, and
community leaders including the Mayor and all members of the Board of
Education, the Leadership for Equity Initiative establishes a focused
and sustainable pathway for developing and supporting a strong,
diverse pool of effective school leaders for this new era in San
Roles and Responsibilities:
The Initiative seeks an experienced leader who will drive the
Leadership Initiative partnership and accelerate the implementation of
the work throughout SFUSD. Working in close contact with Deputy
Superintendent for Instruction, Innovation, and Social Justice, the
Francisca Sanchez and the Professional Learning & Leadership for
Equity Team, and the Executive Leadership of the San
Francisco School Alliance, the following roles and responsibilities
will be the primary focus of the Senior Leadership Director:
- Drive the vision and implementation for leadership development in
- Lead the existing Leadership Initiative by leveraging partners and
building on the research and pilot year.
- Manage and grow relationships with strategic partners for the
Initiative, while ensuring that they meet measurable objectives and
- Coordinate other existing district leadership programs by engaging
- Lead the design and implementation of focused professional
development under the Leadership for Equity Initiative for principals
and other district leaders.
- Oversee the adoption and mastery of leadership competencies
throughout leadership positions within the district.
- Provide on-going coaching as needed for district principals and
- Facilitate the understanding and implementation of the Balanced
Scorecard among principals and their schools.
- Working with Human Resources, lead and continuously improve the
recruitment, hiring and placement process for new, effective leaders
within the district.
- Refine and communicate the vision of the Leadership for Equity
Initiative within the district and with other important groups and
- Work closely with the lead partner for this work, the San Francisco
School Alliance, to monitor and revise the plan and to raise the
necessary funds and support to sustain and grow the Leadership for
The candidate we seek possesses the following skills and characteristics:
I. Proven Results in Raising Student Achievement
- Experience: Documented results from previous leadership experience
that led to increased student achievement and reducing achievement gaps.
- Knowledge: Deep understanding of cutting-edge instructional and
- Data-Based Decision-Making: Proven ability to use data to drive
decision-making and build a rigorous, aligned curriculum in schools.
- Change-Management: Proven track record of developing and executing
strategic reform plans with measurable results.
II. Vision and Personal Leadership
- Core Values: Passion for work in urban education and relentless
belief that all students can achieve at high levels.
- Courage: Willingness to take risks and make difficult decisions.
- Resilience and Energy: Able to pursue everything with energy, drive,
and a need to finish; does not give up before finishing, even in the
face of resistance or setbacks; steadfastly pushes self and others for
- Self-Awareness: Constantly demonstrates self-awareness, humility,
and willingness to seek feedback and improve.
- Human Talent: Able to motivate others and create a climate in which
people want to do their best; can assess each person's strengths and
use them to get the best out of him or her; promotes confidence and
optimistic attitudes; is someone people like working for and with.
- Commitment to Continuous Improvement and Service
- Relationship-Building: Able to build strong, authentic relationships
to coalesce and drive a high performing leadership team.
- Communication: Effective communicator with all stakeholders.
- Feedback: Tactfully dispenses direct and actionable feedback; is
open and direct with others without being intimidating; deals head-on
with people problems and situations that challenge us to be the people
we aspire to be.
- Continuous Improvement: Consistent ability to challenge existing
practices and tradition and build upon a vision for proven, effective
ways of raising student achievement and closing achievement gaps.
III. Systems and Operations Experience that Supports Learning
- Organizational Expertise: knowledgeable about how organizations
work; gets things done through both formal and informal channels;
effectively maneuvers through complex political situations.
- Strategic Agility: Anticipates future consequences and trends
accurately; brings creative ideas to market; recognizes strategic
opportunities for change; creates competitive and breakthrough strategies.
- Deft Managerial Skills: Able to clarify roles, responsibilities, and
accountability for partners and staff.
- Efficient Use of Time: Demonstrates strategic and effective use of time.
- Distributed Leadership: Able to build effective, cohesive teams of
people within the organization; shares wins and success such that each
team member feels valuable and appreciated; guides teams to establish
and achieve goals.
In addition, he or she should have the following qualifications
- Experience leading reforms in urban school districts
- Measurable results in raising student academic achievement and
closing achievement gaps
- 12+ years of education leadership experience or commensurate experience
- Deep knowledge of current research and best practices in education
- Send resume & cover letter to gramirez@... by June
- Questions? please call Cynthia Guyer, Executive Director, San
Francisco School Alliance : (415) 955-5790