Northeast Denver Innovation Zone is a cooperative of innovative schools that empower leaders and educators in partnership with their communities to provide true and appropriate education to students in schools that are committed to inclusion and equity.
We are a research institute and we are building a model of future public education. Together we believe
- This school principals and educators in partnership with communities best placed to do school-level solutions on resource allocation, staffing, learning decisions and practices, curriculum, and student assessment and support.
- У promoting justice and do whatever it takes to close gaps in opportunities and achievements, especially for blacks, natives, and colored students.
- In preserving what is best for students at the forefront of everything we do.
- In development internationally minded people through learning experiences who strive to make the world a better place.
Fulfilling our commitments
Innovation Zones is a partnership with Denver County School District that provides participating schools with the autonomy and strong responsibility they need to better serve students, teachers, staff and school leaders. Innovation zone schools look the same as other schools; however, they operate on a different structure that emphasizes school-level autonomy in terms of budget, staffing, curricula, and inclusive culture.
Northeast Denver Innovation Zone (NDIZ), established in 2018 as an independent 501 (c) 3 organization, enables school leaders, teachers, families and community members to improve the quality and equity of education for all students at NDIZ and beyond. . We do this by allowing NDIZ schools to be flexible in customizing curricula, focusing on resources and sharing best practices and talents.
The Innovative Schools Act, passed by the Colorado General Assembly in 2008, provides schools and counties with a way to develop and implement innovative ideas and practices, as well as abandon state and local policies and collective agreements.
The result is a localized network of schools where we are defined by academic achievement, a spirit of inclusion and genuine community activism. Together with the larger area of Denver’s public schools, we are proving what can happen if we hear, meet and exceed the specific needs of the community at every turn.
Currently, NDIZ consists of four schools: Swigert International School, McAuliff International School, McAuliff Guide and Northfield High School. The area is managed by an independent Board of Directors and promptly managed by the Executive Director.
The CEO (ED) is the CEO of the organization. The Executive Director is responsible for all aspects of NDIZ’s organizational health, including fulfilling each school’s vision / mission, managing NDIZ’s strategic growth and other initiatives such as monitoring school success, proper budgeting, fundraising, and school values. professional culture and in partnership with each school head achieve the school’s learning objectives. The Executive Director also ensures that the core values adopted in the Zone and its member schools are embodied in day-to-day operations and practices; this includes a core commitment to justice at all levels. The Executive Director is tasked with supporting and promoting the mission of the member schools.
The CEO reports to the NDIZ Board of Directors and manages an operating budget of approximately $ 600,000. The leaders of the four schools are supported and evaluated by the Executive Director.
Although the Innovation Schools and Innovation Zone of Northeast Denver have a large track record in providing high-quality education that meets the needs of the community, these concepts are still evolving. In 2008, Colorado passed a law setting out the basic parameters that govern innovative schools, although some local school districts have struggled with the effective implementation of key elements of innovative schools and zones.
The current climate in the DPS is ambiguous as it applies to innovative schools, and NDIZ plans to get a re-permit for the next three years later in 2022. Therefore, the most important priority for the future CEO will be policy management and the DPS’s concern to successfully obtain re-authorization.
Carrying out the re-authorization effort will give the Executive Director the opportunity to work closely with community members, school leaders, families, board members and teachers to demonstrate the transformation work being done in Zone schools.
To be clear, obtaining re-authorization for the Zone is not guaranteed and the new CEO should be willing to work hard on this effort. This means developing clear, compelling arguments for re-authorization along with community and district support for the area and its schools. Success will require creativity, perseverance, diplomacy and the ability to quickly absorb large amounts of data. The NDIZ Board and the heads of our four schools are committed to the work of the Zone and are fully prepared to support the Executive Director in this crucial work.
As a leader focused on innovation in education, the executive director in partnership with school leaders and others can also have the opportunity to understand the painful issues that concern our school system. The CEO can help identify new mechanisms to address issues such as student reduction, effective student assessment, teacher evaluation and professional development, and true classroom equity.
Over the next 3+ years, the NDIZ Executive Director can help build healthy connections between schools, communities and the district. This leader will revitalize the power of innovation zones by demonstrating how best to share resources, proven practices and important skills in existing schools in the area.
What is needed for this
Leading the NDIZ requires an executive branch that has demonstrated a commitment to excellence and improved public education. NDIZ needs a demonstrated strategic leader in culture, values, equity with experience in closing opportunities and gaps in achievement.
Qualified candidates will be natural relationship builders and employees willing to take risks and constantly strive for the best results for students and their families.
Other specific elements that the NDIZ Council is looking for in the new leader include:
- Strong experience in science, teaching and organizational development
- Ability to communicate effectively and advocate for NDIZ, as well as build trust and commitment from key stakeholders including NDIZ board, school leaders, government and federal agencies, local school board, educational associations, interest groups and parents
- 5-10 years of experience in education is desirable
- Innovative ability to receive resources and services needed by schools, including additional funding flows
- Ability to create a culture of shared responsibility and work together with other innovation zone leaders, school leaders and staff, and district leaders
- Experience working with the board
- Ability to prioritize, organize and oversee the implementation of multiple initiatives
- Evidence of growth and mood of learning and proven outcomes
- Proved success in working in ambiguous and smooth conditions
- Excellent writing, oral, listening and presentation skills
- Strong work ethic and ability to do whatever it takes to get the job done; entrepreneurial
- Well-developed conflict resolution and mediation skills
- Personal qualities that include perseverance, flexibility, diplomacy, consensus building
- Bachelor’s degree required (preferably academic degree)
- Mostly bilingual in Spanish
Salary and benefits
The salary range for the position of executive director is 125,000-150,000 US dollars, commensurate with experience. NDIZ offers a comprehensive benefits plan that includes health, dental and vision insurance; the employer corresponds to 401 thousand contributions to 5%; and paid leave.
How to apply
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible by sending a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Carolyn McCormick of Peak HR Consulting, LLC at Carolyn.McCormick@peakhrconsulting.com. All applications must be submitted by email. To learn more about this position and the work of NDIZ, please visit us at https://www.ndiz.org.
Commitment to non-discrimination
Northeast Denver Innovation Zone is an employer of equal opportunity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. We recommend applying to individuals from historically underrepresented sections of society.
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