Applications accepted from: ALL PERSONS
Job Classification: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR-MAYOR'S OFFICE (EXE LEV)
Posting Number: 26318
Department: MAYOR’S OFFICE
Division: OFFICE OF EDUCATION
Reporting Location: 901 BAGBY
Workdays & Hours: MONDAY – FRIDAY 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM*** ***Subject to Change
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES / ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
About the Mayor’s Office of Education:
Public education is a human right, the great social equalizer, and a key to a prosperous community. Mayor Sylvester Turner believes that each generation of children should be assured a quality education and good paying careers, that allow for equitable opportunities for success. The Mayor’s Office of Education (MOE) strives to facilitate and execute a city-wide strategy for supporting, convening, and aligning services and programs that integrate education, career, youth development and children’s rights to meet the needs of young people, communities, stakeholders, and residents in the Greater Houston Area.
MOE focuses on three key strategies: collaboration, communication, and coordination. We strive to deliver educational success to everyone cradle to career and beyond.
Our collaboration goals prioritize collective impact partnerships to develop a city-wide educational and community building strategy. Within those collaboratives, MOE strives to analyze research and data to identify and support best practices and align policies and resources across sectors and government entities.
MOE communicates and promotes opportunities and maintains relationships with individuals and entities within and outside of the city. MOE serve as a grassroots organizer for young people and bring together networks of faith-based communities, schools, universities, volunteers, advocates, elected leaders, and others to unite for education. This includes all educational entities: early childhood education centers, school districts, post-secondary schools and institutions of higher learning. MOE also communicates with private, public, and governmental entities that support children, families, and communities with educational and economic resources and opportunities for advancement.
To coordinate efforts within the city, MOE identifies and promotes quality low-cost/no cost resources and programs, support the city’s internal education and professional development programs, reviews and analyzes qualitative and quantitative data to develop city-wide, coordinated policies and programs that focus on access and equity for young people and families. We also coordinate resources and supports serving as a connector for all, especially the Houston’s most vulnerable.
- Works collaboratively with Director of Education, and senior leaders’ offices in government, nonprofit, education and business community to advance collaborative goals and shared agenda.
- Lead, support, coordinate, and/or develop programs and projects that support the City’s goals for enhancing equity in education, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities while increasing exposure to various community development for Houstonians, including but not limited to Hire Houston Youth, Work study programs, Team Up, Child-Friendly Cities Initiative, Out 2 Learn, Early Childhood Education and Cities Connecting Children with Nature.
- Coordinate, planning, and implementation of education initiatives in collaboration with partners including city departments, and other state, local, and national stakeholders.
- Establish alignment between City of Houston and nonprofit, private sector and other governmental agency educational efforts
- Establish and coordinates programs, events, and conferences to provide residents, students, and families with necessary information, training, and resources for educational success in collaboration with regional partners.
- Develop key performance indicators, collect data and measure workforce programming against performance goals.
- Develop reports, special documents, or publications as needed on workforce issues for Mayor and City Council.
- Collaborate with public, private, and philanthropic entities to identify funding, resources, and support to supplement programmatic efforts.
- Convenes and coordinates with employee, governmental, business, professional, and civic groups to discuss, develop, interpret, advocate, and explain City’s educational and youth initiatives, programs, and objectives.
- Monitors the state and federal legislative process regarding local and regional educational development, as well as evaluates pending or proposed legislation that impacts education in the City of Houston.
- Staff and assist with coordinating administrative needs for all relative interagency meetings (Boards, Commissions, Councils, etc.).
- Has knowledge and experience training, supervising, managing, and leading complex staffing issues (i.e. full-time/part-time City of Houston employees, youth, interns, fellows, and grant-funded personnel)
- Has experience, knowledge, and training in managing finances including internal and external budgets, grant reports, and fiduciary responsibilities associated with office’s operations.
- Must be extremely personable and collaborative with strong communication skills, must be capable of cultivating strong, sustainable relationships, must have strong problem- solving skills, and be extraordinarily entrepreneurial. This position requires a strong leader capable of working with a wide variety of staff, community members, stakeholders, and public figures. They must demonstrate strong leadership skills and the ability to make accurate, timely, executive decisions in a high-stakes, high-pressure environment.
- Completes special projects as needed, working on a wide variety of educational, workforce, and community issues and problems of high complexity.
- Performs other special projects as requested.
This position is physically comfortable; the individual has discretion about walking, standing, etc. There are no major sources of discomfort in a normal office environment.