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Chief of Staff

MONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
CLASS DESCRIPTION
OFFICIAL TITLE: Chief of Staff CODE: 0457 SQ/OQ: Not Applicable
WORKING TITLE: Chief of Staff GRADE: NQ MONTHS: 12
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF CLASSIFICATION: Provides executive-level assistance to the Superintendent of Schools by driving communication, collaboration and coordination of the executive team to implement the Strategic Planning Framework and the District Implementation Plan. Leads key initiatives and facilitates communication to improve student performance, prepare all students to be college and career-ready and close the achievement gap. Serves as a liaison between the Superintendent¿s office, the Board and other internal and external stakeholders. Oversees and supervises the Department of Shared Accountability, the Department of Partnerships, and the Office of Communications. Leads the strategic monitoring, analysis, and reporting of system-wide data; engagement and collaboration with government, community, business and higher education partners; and effective and timely communication of information through innovative and varied approaches. Supervises the workflow of the Superintendent's office to ensure quality and timeliness including reports, correspondence, and related items. Provides leadership for the Superintendent's executive staff meetings, cabinet meetings, and preparation for Board Of Education meetings including preparation of agenda items and interaction with executive staff in the preparation of materials and presentations. Resolves problems between and among offices that require Superintendent-level involvement.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION STANDARDS
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES: Thorough knowledge of MCPS programs, strategic initiatives, procedures and practices, policies and regulations, and budget. Demonstrated ability to organize and supervise cross-functional teams, to manage and deliver large-scale projects, to handle diverse needs of stakeholders, and to collect data/information and create necessary information to manage the workflow in the Superintendent's office. Demonstrated data and program analysis skills. Success in coalition and relationship building across a diverse group of stakeholders. Demonstrates cultural competence and a deep understanding of and empathy for issues facing diverse groups. Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal, organizational and leadership skills.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE: Masters degree from an accredited college or university with coursework in educational administration or related field. Doctorate preferred. Experience as a classroom teacher and school administrator desirable.
CERTIFICATE AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS: Meets State of Maryland requirements for administrator I and II certification.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: (Special requirements such as lifting heavy objects and frequent climbing.) None
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: (Frequent overtime or night work required, etc.) Frequent evening work required, including attendance at Board of Education meetings and events, school system meetings and events, and community activities as required.
OVERTIME ELIGIBLE: No

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Provides a broad range of assistance and information for the superintendent.

Represents the Superintendent¿s perspective as needed and serves as liaison between that office and the offices of the deputy superintendent of school support and improvement, chief academic officer, and chief operating officer.

Supervises and provides direction to the Office of Communication, Department of Shared Accountability, and Department of Partnerships.

Supervises and ensures quality control for incoming and outgoing workflow within the Superintendent¿s office, including preparation of Board of Education materials, correspondence, reports, and other relevant materials.

Supervises the interaction between the Board of Education Office and the Superintendent¿s office on all matters requiring the Superintendent¿s attention.

Interacts with diverse stakeholder groups and represents the Superintendent as needed.

Assists in problem-solving between and among offices on issues involving the Superintendent¿s office input.

Participates in the planning and development of Superintendent¿s meetings including executive staff and cabinet meetings and oversees the preparation of materials for those meetings.

Organizes and oversees Board of Education pre-agenda setting planning, and effective communication and collaboration with executive staff members on operational and procedural matters, special projects, and other assigned activities.

Manages inquiries and complaints submitted to the superintendent¿s office

As requested by the superintendent, conducts inquiries on problems or issues in the school system and advises the superintendent.

Advises and works closely with staff on matters concerning the public¿s knowledge and understanding of school policies, procedures, programs, resources, initiatives and performance.

Class Established: 6/01
Date(s) Revised: 4/2016
Last Reviewed: 2/2016

This description may be changed at any time.

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