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Deputy Director of Policy and Research, District of Columbia State Board of Education (SBOE)



This position is located in the D.C. State Board of Education (SBOE). The mission of SBOE is to provide policy leadership, support, advocacy, and oversight of public education to ensure that every student is valued and learns the skills and knowledge necessary to become informed, competent, and contributing global citizens. The position also supports the two offices within the agency (Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education, and Office of the Student Advocate).

The Deputy Director of Policy and Research provides expertise in state education policy analysis and development. The incumbent performs operational and regulatory responsibilities consistent with the State Board’s mission, objectives, by-laws, and other applicable Federal and District laws and regulations. The incumbent in this role is responsible for providing general assistance to the State Board and its members in performing their responsibilities, including coordination of task forces, committees, and feedback from external stakeholders on issues for the State Board’s consideration. The incumbent uses considerable discretion and independent judgment in the performance of duties.

Major Duties

The incumbent will provide leadership on agency-wide issues to the Executive Director and serves as a member of the agency leadership team. Supervises the SBOE Policy and Research Team (Policy Analyst, Education Standards Specialist, and Policy Fellows). Including: completing timesheets, annual performance assessments, and responding to leave and training requests in PeopleSoft. Represents the agency in external meetings with the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Deputy Mayor of Education, and other education stakeholders. Makes programmatic recommendations to the Executive Director based on need and performance to ensure Board goals and objectives are achieved efficiently. Serves as a technical authority on state education policy research analysis and provides recommendations to the Executive Director and Elected members of the State Board.

Manages external vendor relationships regarding policy- and research-focused RFPs. Serves on
various policy and research-related committees, both intern and external. Provides advisory services to internal and external entities on the development and interpretation of policy and its stages of development. Serves as the lead organizer for monthly State Board policy panels, inviting panelists, drafting questions, and framing the panel perspective. Develops, writes, and technical reviewer of agency-reply letters, statutory and ceremonial resolutions, external facing policies, and research products. Edits and reviews all policy reports and blogs before publication by the agency. Captures actions items from Working Sessions (WS), Public Meetings (PM), and committee meetings and coordinates their follow-up and executive with input from the SBOE Leadership team. Serves as the agency ADA Coordinator

Qualification and Experience

Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position and has equipped the applicants with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.  To be creditable, one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression.

Working Conditions/Environment

Work is performed in an office setting.

Domicile Requirements

Applicant will be subject to the domiciliary requirements for Excepted Service appointees who must be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment or become domiciled in the District of Columbia within 180 days after appointment and maintain such domicile for the duration of his or her appointment.

Other Significant Facts

Tour of Duty:  Monday – Friday   9:00am – 5:30pm (hours may vary; evenings and weekends may be required)

Pay Plan, Series, Grade:  ES-0301-06

Salary Range:  $75,880 - $113,820

Promotional Potential:  None

Collective Bargaining Unit:  This position is not covered under a collective bargaining unit.

Position Designation: This position is designated as Security Sensitive.  The incumbent of this position will be subject to enhanced suitability screening pursuant to Chapter 4 of DC personnel regulations, Suitability.

Criminal Background Check:   The incumbent of this position will be subject to a criminal background check that will be conducted pursuant to internal agency policy.

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Closing Date:   Open Until April 16, 2023
Interested candidates must submit a resume to [email protected] for consideration. Applications will be screened as they are received. Only individuals who meet the minimum qualifications will be contacted.