Technology Portfolio Manager

Location: Denver, Colorado
Date Posted: 06-30-2017
About STRIVE Preparatory Schools:
Founded in 2006, STRIVE Preparatory Schools (STRIVE Prep) is a Denver-based community of free, open enrollment, public charter schools committed to providing every student with an excellent, college-preparatory education. We believe that students from all backgrounds deserve a college preparatory education regardless of race, economic circumstance or previous academic achievement. We are committed to preparing all students for educational success from kindergarten through college and career by challenging them to realize their full potential through high expectations in a safe, rigorous, and compassionate learning environment with shared accountability among students, families and staff.
 
Our teachers, leaders, faculty and staff clear a path for all families to have access to a high-quality school that’s just down the street, not across town.  By building great schools in Far Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Denver, we will create depth of impact and long-lasting community change.
 
At STRIVE Prep, transformation is a choice that has led to:
  • The opening of 11 free, public charter schools within Denver Public Schools (DPS) throughout Far Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Denver.
  • A shared vision of making a college prep education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception, by growing from 11 schools serving 3,500 students to 17 schools serving 7,500 students by the year 2022.
  • A commitment to serve all students from the neighborhoods in which we operate, whereby approximately 97% of STRIVE Prep students identify as students of color, 87% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, 49% are English Language Learners and 13% receive Special Education services.
  • 92% of seniors from the network’s first graduating class in 2016 were accepted to a 4-year college or university.
  • The welcoming of any scholar from kindergarten through twelfth grade who desires to STRIVE for college. Because STRIVE Prep participates in the DPS School Choice process, enrollment is open to any student in the communities we serve regardless of race, economic circumstance or previous academic achievement.
 
About the STRIVE Prep Tech Department:
The STRIVE Prep Tech Department leverages technology to amplify all staff and students’ ability to succeed, lead and transform, both in college and in their own communities. The Tech Dept is comprised of a Senior Director of Technology, an IT Director, a Network Engineer, IT Coordinators, and Portfolio Managers who support the following key functions:
  • Technology solutions based on data driven decisions in order to realize desired educational outcomes
  • Ongoing tech support based on industry standards
  • Regular evaluation and optimization of technology systems and processes, and
  • Deployment of technology solutions and support based on education outcomes.
 
Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 
  • (Primary)  Manage Technology Systems
    STRIVE Prep
    • Act as Subject Matter Expert at STRIVE Prep for Infinite Campus working with Denver Public School liaisons on planning, training and support.
    • Design processes, configure systems, and provide effective training to allow for accurate reporting of grades to teachers, students and families based on academic requirements.
    • Manage initial setup and ongoing support (through tickets and onsite support) for Infinite Campus and other designated Ed Tech systems including acting as a point of escalation.
    • Support campus Master and Student Scheduling including High School and TNLI (Transitional Native Language Instruction) model.
    • Monitor those systems to make sure they work optimally for our campuses.
    • Ensure ongoing data quality, integrity, and accessibility for those systems.
    • Identify and correct system errors to minimize or eliminate impact on teachers, students and daily instruction.
    • Collaborate with Central teams to identify needs, improve gaps, and support data integrity and reporting success.
  • Support Staff
    • Train and coach designated campus staff and Central staff to ensure efficiency and District compliance.
    • Develop detailed, well-structured, and differentiated training to cover essentials of managing  the systems throughout the school year.
    • Ensure procedures are documented and reflect best practices across the network.
    • Coordinate staff on-boarding as it relates to account provisioning and initial training.
    • Provide designated staff with ongoing strategic and direct coaching to improve the accuracy, quality, and efficiency of their work.
    • Directly coordinate SIS/Ed Tech-related work with the APs of Instruction, Ed Tech Specialist and Office Manager at 2-4 STRIVE schools
  • (Secondary) Data Interoperability:
    • Help design, build and manage the backend databases (ODS, Data Warehouse, etc) to support our growing focus on Data Culture.
    • Develop training resources and documentation as needed.
    • Roster core academic systems used by staff and students.
    • Transfer Core Data between systems (i.e. manually, SFTP, API or other).
    • Provide knowledge and ability to improve data integration.
    • Perform regular needs assessments to improve systems functionality
 
Our Aspiring Technology Portfolio Manager:
  • Holds a bachelor’s degree (required), and preferably an advanced degree.
  • Has experience configuring, troubleshooting and maintaining Infinite Campus (strongly preferred) or a similar student data system, preferably across multiple schools.
  • Has experience supporting education applications (preferred).
  • Proficient use of SQL to design complex queries (required)
  • Has database management and architecture experience or education (strongly preferred)
  • Has experience with Tableau Server (preferred).
  • Is interested in building a backend system from the ground up to support short term and long term Data priorities.
  • Performs well in a fast-paced environment to provide technical system support and training.
  • Dedicates themselves to the educational success of all students.
  • Brings enthusiasm, professionalism and positivity to their classrooms and our adult community.
  • Assumes the best in others and is willing to have courageous conversations in order to do what is best for students.
  • Works hard and approaches challenges as opportunities for improvement.
  • Sets high expectations for themselves and others and is willing to hold themselves and others to those expectations.
  • Builds relationships with school leaders, teachers, students, and families through effective communication and consistent partnership.
  • Uses reliable transportation and has the ability to travel to support 11 schools across the Denver Metro Area.
 
What we offer our Network Staff:
  • Coaching focused on your continued development in this role
  • Competitive compensation package and annual cost of living performance based raises.
  • Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program including a PERA 401k contribution option.
  • Funding of 100% of individual medical benefits and a wide range of insurance plans.
 
 
This positions begins immediately.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
STRIVE Prep is an equal opportunity employer.
Visit our Careers Page at http://www.striveprep.org/join-our-team/teach-at-strive/ to learn more about what to expect in the hiring process and who we need.
Contact Susan at sandersen@striveprep.org with any questions.
 
 
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