SchoolTalk is seeking an InclusiveDC Director. SchoolTalk’s InclusiveDC initiative works with DC youth with disabilities and their peers in schools and the community across youth-serving systems through its two main programs: Arts to Advocacy (A2A) and College & Career Readiness (CCR). All of InclusiveDC programs focus on tackling postsecondary opportunity and outcome gaps for D.C. transition-age youth with disabilities through direct youth service work, interagency collaboration, and professional development for direct-service providers. In 2021, InclusiveDC programs provided over 7000 hours of programming to over 300 D.C. youth with disabilities in 25 D.C. schools. In partnership with over 40 local government agencies and community-based organizations, InclusiveDC delivered almost 900 hours of professional development and capacity-building programming for DC educators and youth service professionals. The InclusiveDC Director will work in close collaboration with the A2A and CCR Program Managers to sustain current programs and develop additional programs to continue to close the gap for youth with disabilities in postsecondary employment, education and adult living. The InclusiveDC Director position oversees all InclusiveDC programs and supports the strategic vision and mission of the organization.
Key responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Serves as part of SchoolTalk’s Leadership Team (LT) to create a shared vision for the organization, and to support the overall health of the organization. (NOTE: All members of the LT have assigned responsibilities across the following areas: finance, development, partnerships, communications, evaluation, operations, human resources (HR), culture and climate, board management, and equity.)
- Manages and works in close collaboration with the A2A and CCR Program Managers on all aspects of InclusiveDC programming.
- Development and management of InclusiveDC budget, including monthly tracking and quarterly forecasting in partnership with A2A and CCR Program Managers. (Fiscal Year January to December)
- Decision-maker (with Executive Director and A2A and CCR Program Managers) related to InclusiveDC staff hiring, professional development and retention. Includes annual performance evaluations, quarterly check-ins, and individualized professional development plans.
- InclusiveDC specific contract/grant management including but not limited to completion of internal SchoolTalk documents and procedures; invoicing; and reporting.
- Lead for developing and maintaining relevant partnership relationships, in coordination with Development and Partnership Coordinator. Aligned to SchoolTalk philosophy.
- Responsible for implementation of quality school- and community-based programming.
- Partner with other initiative director(s) on integrated initiatives and applications, e.g. RJ and disability.
- Ensure that all elements of the InclusiveDC are youth centered and aligned with SchoolTalk’s vision, mission, and theory of change.
- Subject Matter Expert:
- Thought leadership in DC, DMV, and nationally
- Promote integrated work which is a differentiator for SchoolTalk (e.g. how restorative justice can be used to support students with disabilities and how can restorative practices be made more inclusive?)
- Lead for coordinating with Schooltalk cross-cutting roles (Development & Partnerships, Communications, Evaluation, and Operations) including identifying annual programmatic needs and on-going support.
- Work with ED and Development and Partnership Coordinator to secure the funds necessary to support strategic plan and initiative goals and staffing.
- Responsible for ensuring tracking of InclusiveDC contracts and SchoolTalk wide evaluation metrics and success stories.
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, & Qualifications
- Demonstrated commitment to youth leadership, racial equity and systemic change and passionate alignment to SchoolTalk’s vision, mission and theory of change.
- Demonstrated experience in positive youth development and a commitment to programmatic decision making that is inclusive of youth voices and centers their needs.
- Five to seven years of experience working with youth with disabilities in special education, vocational rehabilitation, or related fields. MEd in special education preferred.
- Experience working or living in Washington, DC. Having a network of key relationships aligned to SchoolTalk’s work is highly preferred.
- Minimum 2 years of program management or school administration, 4+ years preferred.
- Working knowledge of grant management; Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS); program design, oversight, and evaluation; and setting and tracking progress against targets/metrics and supporting teams to execute effectively against them.
- Working knowledge of DC Service System (i.e. school services, community services from DC government, etc.)
- Self-starter and ability to meet deadlines and manage others accordingly.
- Demonstrated capacity to network and foster positive relationships with current and future partners to generate interest in SchoolTalk and our programs.
- Ability to prioritize and manage several milestones and projects efficiently and simultaneously by supporting the design, initiation and continuation of programs and the team working on each program.
- Demonstrate cultural competence working in a sensitive and empowering way with the marginalized communities served by the organization.
- Commitment to collaboration within and outside the organization.
- Located in the DMV (DC, Maryland, or Virginia).
Awesome but Totally Not Required
- Familiarity with Restorative Justice practices
- Graduate of DC public school (DCPS or charter)