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Deputy Mayor for Education


OPEN DATE:   June 28, 2018

CLOSE DATE: Open Until Filled

RANGE:  Executive Service Grade 5 ($137,549 to $207,621)






The position is located in the Office of the City Administrator.  The incumbent in this position serves as the Deputy Mayor for Education for the District of Columbia Government. DME is responsible for developing and implementing the Mayor's vision for academic excellence and creating a high quality education continuum from birth to 24 (from early childhood to K-12 to post-secondary and the workforce).

The three major functions of the DME include:

  • Overseeing a District-wide education strategy
  • Managing interagency and cross-sector coordination
  • Providing oversight and/or support for the following education related agencies.

The position works under the broad administrative direction of the City Administrator, who develops public education policy and overall priorities and objectives in consultation with the employee. Within strategic priorities, the employee independently handles highly sensitive matters and situations, accomplishes varied and complex assignments and special projects, and provides authoritative recommendations based on policy considerations, judgment, and the Mayor's position and priorities.

Agencies within the education cluster includes State Superintendent for Education (OSSE), the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS).    The Deputy Mayor will also coordinate policies, priorities and objectives with the University of the District of Columbia , the District of Columbia Public Library System (DCPL) and the Public Charter School Board (PCSB).

Guidelines include Mayor's Orders, Memoranda and Instructions, pertinent U.S. Congressional and D.C. Council legislation, rules and regulations of the D.C. government, and the Mayor's concepts, preferences and priorities on the delivery of vital services to the residents of the District of Columbia.  


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serves as the Deputy Mayor for Education with the responsibility for coordinating the educational needs of students in early childhood, pre-kindergarten, public school, adult education and higher education.
  • Provides guidance of executive agencies in the education cluster.  
  • Provide guidance and strategic engagement with independent agencies including District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) and Public Charter School Board (PCSB).
  • Serves and advisory capacity to the Mayor on all matters pertaining to the District's public education strategies, systems and services.
  • Plans, designs, develops and coordinates initiatives in the areas of education reform and facilities modernization.
  • Provides recognized technical authoritative advice, assistance and comments on proposed development and enactment of legislation needed to implement the Mayor's education enhancement policies.
  • Promulgates annually the District of Columbia's education enhancement strategy containing short and long-term goals.
  • Oversees the revision of long range plans, goals and objectives for the work directed.
  • Manages the development of policy changes in response to changes in levels of appropriations or other legislated changes.
  • Exercises discretionary authority to approve the allocation and distribution of funds in the organization's budget.



  • Five (5) to seven (7) years of senior level management experience is required. 
  • Exceptional mastery of a broad area of education (such as elementary and secondary, postsecondary,  or vocational) and skilled in generating and developing new approaches and concepts and in planning, evaluating, and providing leadership to major long-range programs designed to spur significant advances in the field of education.
  • Outstanding knowledge of public education systems and the interrelationships with other government agencies.
  • Outstanding knowledge of the District education landscape.
  • Mastery in the development of plans, standards, systems, policies and procedures in regards to public education.



To be considered,  all interested candidates must complete this application, and submit required documents.  If additional information is required, please contact Steven Walker, Director, Mayor's Office of Talent and Appointments at (202) 727-6101 or



There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment.  The law also requires that Excepted and Executive Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment.  Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.

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