Position Title: Director of Strategic Collaboration
Location: Lake County School District in Leadville, CO
Reports to: Superintendent
The Lake County School District (LCSD) believes that every student deserves equitable access to a high-quality, well-rounded education that prepares them for a successful future.
LCSD is located in Leadville, Colorado, the highest incorporated city in North America. Recreation opportunities abound in nearby mountains, and the urban advantages Denver has to offer are only 2 hours away. Leadville has a long history as a mining community, but mining has decreased drastically. Now many members of the community travel over mountain passes to work in the service and construction industries in neighboring resort communities. Many of our parents work long hours and have time-consuming commutes to work. They leave their children in our care and entrust us to provide a valuable academic experience in a nurturing, safe environment.
There are four schools in LCSD. The Center houses our preschool program where three and four-year olds are supported by Head Start, the Colorado Preschool Program and tuition-based programming. West Park Elementary houses our kindergarten through 2nd grades. Third through 6th grade students attend Lake County Intermediate School and, right across the street, Lake County High School houses our 7th-12th grade students.
Just less than seventy percent of the roughly 1,000 LCSD students qualify for free or reduced lunch. One out of three students speaks English as a second language. Approximately seventy percent of our families self-identify as Hispanic and most of the remaining families identify as white.
Five years ago LCSD was a turnaround district. At that time, we collaborated with our community to understand their hopes and dreams for the schools and embarked upon a number of strategic initiatives. We are proud of the successes we have accomplished to date. In August 2017 the Colorado Department of Education released preliminary school and district performance frameworks. As a result of the strong academic growth we are seeing, Lake County Intermediate School and Lake County High School both earned ratings of “Performance,” which is the highest rating a school can receive. The district received a rating of “Accredited,” the second highest rating a district can receive (one level below Accredited with Distinction). Despite these ratings, district and school leadership recognize that our work is not complete. Our focus remains and has intensified on increasing the number of students who are meeting or exceeding the expectations set by the standards.
As we step back and reflect on where we have been and where we have yet to go, we have learned that our successes are not consistent from school to school or even from year to year in part because the successes are often transactional in nature. That is, they rely heavily on the initiative of individuals and have not yet been institutionalized. The LCSD Partnership Collaborative is designed to maximize our return on investment in partnerships. We aim to achieve this by focusing on the following strategies:
We believe that this initiative will leverage our ongoing school turnaround efforts and better position LCSD to dramatically increase student achievement across our Pre-K-12 network for the next three years.
Director of Strategic Collaboration Job Description
This is a grant-funded position (Winter 2017-Spring 2020) providing research, writing, organization and analysis support for systems- and capacity-building in LCSD. The position will support the LCSD District Partnership Collaborative, an initiative funded by the James Walton Fund and the Gates Family Foundation to (1) continue the turnaround of schools in the Lake County School District and (2) create and share a model pathway for rural school turnaround.
Compensation: $70-80K annually, depending on experience
Workstream 1: Manage a network of partners
Workstream 2: Create systems for turnaround
Workstream 3: Develop & share the model
Grant Management Activities:
To apply for the Director of Strategic Collaboration position, please visit www.blueprintschools.org/careers to submit your application. The application deadline is December 13, 2017; however, applications will be reviewed upon receipt on a rolling basis. Therefore, interested applicants are encouraged to apply for immediate consideration.
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