Director of Academic Policy, Office of Academic Policy and Systems
52 Chambers Street
The New York City school system is the largest in the country, composed of approximately 1.1 million students and 80,000 teachers in over 1,800 schools.
The Office of Academic Policy and Systems (OAPS) is responsible for supporting New York City schools in implementing grading, programming, promotion, and graduation processes that support educational equity. OAPS creates structures, resources, and tools to support schools in reflecting on their practices in these areas, using policy, data, and systems as levers for change. OAPS is part of the Office of Policy and Evaluation (OPE) within the Division of Teaching and Learning (DT&L). OPE is the primary source of data analysis, research, and academic policy for the DOE.
The Director of Academic Policy, Office of Academic Policy and Systems leads a team responsible for the policy development and communication functions of the Office of Academic Policy and Systems, including leading key short- and long-term projects. The Director is also responsible for supporting and tracking academic policy implementation to inform future policy and resource development. Performs related work.
Policy Development and Communications
• Manage the DOE’s academic policy agenda in alignment with the office’s mission of supporting educational equity for all DOE students through grading, programming, promotion, and graduation.
• Work closely with the Executive Director of the Office of Academic Policy and Systems to formulate policy recommendations to DOE leadership on issues of State and City academic policy.
• Draft waivers and policy position memoranda to submit to SED to advance the DOE’s academic policy agenda.
• Oversee the development and publication of academic policy guidance documents and resources, including comprehensive academic policy reference guides.
• Manage the escalation and resolution protocol among central stakeholders regarding academic policies, and lead the coordination of escalation and resolution process for academic policy issues that arise from central and school-based stakeholders.
• Advise DOE leadership on and provide technical assistance to project managers of prioritized departmental initiatives regarding DOE and SED academic policies.
• Manage the development and delivery of required and supplemental academic policy trainings and information sessions to school-based staff, Filed Support Centers, Superintendents, and external stakeholders.
Policy Implementation and Oversight
• Oversee the development of resources and tools that allow Field Support Centers, Superintendents, and school-based staff to assess and improve the effectiveness of policy implementation in schools.
• Oversee the development and execution of intervention programs designed to correct high-stakes policy implementation issues at schools.
• Establish and oversee structures for case management of schools with policy implementation challenges, including touchpoints with field staff to understand the root cause of issues and problem-solve around unique school- and student-level scenarios.
• Manage a dedicated policy implementation team to ensure the consistent and complete implementation of academic policies at schools citywide, including managing and overseeing a $1MM contract with an external auditor.
• Work closely with Superintendents and Field Support Centers to ensure that schools’ graduation, programming, promotion, and grading practices align with citywide expectations and support educational equity.
• Keep leadership informed of progress and findings of academic policy oversight efforts and audit activities, providing recommendations to advance the academic policy agenda.
• Build team members’ capacity to perform cyclical and on-demand reviews of schools’ academic data, identifying potentially concerning data patterns and entry points for school support and intervention.
• Advise on urgent, sensitive requests from leadership, press, and external stakeholders regarding the integrity of policy implementation. Deploy resources to support schools in making urgent adjustments to their practices when needed.
Leadership and Management
• Create systems and structures that support cycles of planning, implementation, and reflection on the effectiveness of the DOE’s academic policy resources and support and intervention strategies.
• Embed critical reflection on race and educational equity into the team’s practices and approach to academic policy projects and initiatives.
• Establish and maintain strategic relationships between team members and key internal and external partners to advance OAPS’s academic policy priorities.
• Oversee the execution of project plans and communicate with key project stakeholders by:
o overseeing working groups;
o developing meeting agendas;
o facilitating meetings and associated follow-up;
o making recommendations on key decision points;
o engaging DOE leadership in key decisions; and
o advising leadership of prioritized project or initiative progress.
• Support team members in planning for their professional development and growth; provide constructive feedback grounded in OAPS’s
1. A master’s degree from an accredited college in a field related to the position and three (3) years of full-time progressively responsible professional experience in education administration in one or more education-related areas, at least eighteen (18) months of which must have been in a managerial capacity; or
2. Graduation from an accredited college with a baccalaureate degree and four (4) years of full-time progressively responsible professional experience, as described in “1”; or
3. A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1“ above including teaching experience towards meeting the general experience in “1“ above; however, all candidates must have the eighteen (18) months of managerial experience.
• Experience in developing thoughtful and creative approaches for addressing a wide range of policy questions and policy implementation challenges.
• Managerial experience in process design and project management associated with the operations and coordination of a large, multifaceted service organization.
• Excellent written and oral communication and presentation skills, including synthesizing large quantities of information into succinct summaries.
• Excellent interpersonal skills in dealing with education and non-education personnel, internal and external to the DOE.
• Deep interest in public education and its role in advancing equity; experience or enrollment in a large school district.
• Experience working with diverse peers and populations.
• Understanding of racial equity and willingness to engage in conversations about race.
• Ability to interact with and obtain feedback from school-based staff, field staff, and other constituents.
• Experience collaborating with various stakeholders to gain new perspectives.
• Ability to build relationships and navigate disagreement.
• High standards for personal excellence, including receptiveness to feedback.
Excellent and comprehensive benefits package
Minimum Education Required