CHANCELLOR - DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Open: June 28, 2018
Close: Open until filled
Washington, DC has a unique system of government – operating as a city, county and state in one. Under a strong mayor government structure, the Mayor is head of the executive branch and the Council comprises the legislative branch. The Mayor directly oversees all city services, public property, police and fire protection and most public agencies, including the state education agency and local public schools.
The District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) is the local, traditional public school system in Washington, DC serving nearly 49,000 students. DCPS is a system of 109 neighborhood, by-right schools, with some selective school options, and is required to serve all students in Washington, DC. With a team of 7,000 staff members, DCPS is committed to the mission of ensuring that every school guarantees students reach their full potential through rigorous and joyful learning experiences provided in a nurturing environment.
Washington, DC also has a robust charter school system, with 66 non-profit organizations operating 120 charter public schools independently of DCPS. Like traditional public schools, charter public schools are open to all DC residents and receive public funds according to enrollment numbers.
In 2007, control of DCPS was transferred from a school board to the Mayor. Since then, our public schools have come a long way in preparing DC’s next generation for college and career readiness. In 2017, we announced that for the second consecutive year, our Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) results showed gains across almost all grade levels and subject areas.
This past school year, we faced our challenges head-on, and for the first time in reform history, took on the task of reevaluating our graduation standards. In just the past year, we have ensured that all of DCPS’s neighborhood middle schools offer algebra and other robust programming, added a new cohort at the recently established all-boys Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, and launched Reign: Empowering Young Women as Leaders, which will be able to expand next school year to an all-girls school, Excel. And after five years with no contract, we reached an agreement with the Washington Teachers Union that significantly increases compensation for DCPS teachers. This year’s budget also continues the Mayor’s commitment to investing in the District’s educational facilities with more than $1.3 billion allocation to continued school modernizations, reaching an additional 31 schools over the next six years.
With historic investments in teachers, programming, and school buildings, Mayor Muriel Bowser and District leaders remain committed to strengthening public education. For additional information on DCPS, please go to dcps.dc.gov.
As Chief Executive Officer of DCPS, the Chancellor provides leadership and direction for the development of an educational system that is based on the needs of students, on standards of excellence and equity, and on community goals; demonstrates effective planning and management of the school administration, finances, operations, and human resources; and maintains positive and professional working relationships with partners in government and the community.
The Chancellor works under the administrative direction of the Mayor. In consultation with the Mayor and with oversight from the Council of the District of Columbia, the Chancellor will be expected to undertake the continued work of the five-year strategic plan and solve major issues related to school functions. The Chancellor is responsible for and has authority to direct the activities and operations of DCPS, which includes carrying out program functions within the framework of the Mayor’s vision, the Administration’s overall policies, missions, objectives, and resources. The Chancellor must also work to ensure that DCPS remains in compliance with legislation and regulations.
Duties & Responsibilities
The Chancellor administers the largest local education agency (LEA) of the District of Columbia serving almost 49,000 students in over 100 schools and is responsible for ensuring that every student has a high-quality, by-right school that allows the student to reach their full potential. The Chancellor carries out the administration and supervision of the schools and central office staff, including the implementation of current reforms and systemic changes in order to affect continued positive improvement in DCPS.
In carrying out the duties of the office, the Chancellor:
The Chancellor acts in a position of public trust. As such, candidates for this role must have:
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation will be competitive with the compensation packages offered by other jurisdictions, will reflect the experience of the appointee, and will reflect the high expectations placed upon the Chancellor. Contracts are submitted to the Council of the District of Columbia for approval.
By law, each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service must 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 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.
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 Steven.Walker@dc.gov.