Job Details

Director of College and Career Readiness

Portland Public Schools, BESC – 500 N. Dixon St, Portland, OR 97227

Job - Education

Close Date: 04/06/2020

Posting Timeline: This job is open until filled.  The first review will begin with applications submitted by April 6, 2020. Portland Public Schools reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any point during the posting period.

Salary Range: $127,654-$137,468

Portland Public Schools is committed to ensuring all students graduate from high school prepared for college and career. Key to that commitment is a focus on eliminating opportunity gaps for historically underserved students. District-wide, initiatives are in place to support all students on a path toward a successful future, including initiatives tied to the High School Graduation and College and Career Readiness Act of 2016. This Act, also known as Measure 98 / High School Success Act, creates a systemic model of improvement of graduation rates statewide. In addition, it calls for development of new initiatives around dropout prevention, increased Career Technical Education, and increased college credit opportunities.

Under general direction, the Director of College and Career Readiness will manage the High School Success Act and aligned initiatives through ongoing coordination with the Office of Teaching and Learning, the Office of High Schools, Office of Student Support Services and other school-based and district-based administrators and departments.


•Facilitate cross-functional teams to build consensus around district-wide activities and programs connected to college and career readiness initiatives, including (but not limited to) the High School Success Act and College and Career Pathways

•Partner with school-based administrators to ensure district-wide college and career readiness initiatives are aligned and in keeping with district expectations while also meeting the unique needs and nuances of each school’s structure, schedule, community, and student body

•Oversee, cultivate, implement, and evaluate multi year strategic plans, yearly budgetary grant management processes, and systems for securing and allocating funds

•Collaborate with administrators, accounting departments, and other financial and data functions within district office and within comprehensive and alternative high schools to ensure consistent financial and data tracking related to college and career readiness initiatives

•Create internal and external reports and other communications around planning and implementation of district-wide college and career readiness initiatives

•Develop and oversee programming and initiatives related to ninth grade success teams, professional learning communities, culturally sustaining pedagogy and curriculum, credit recovery, and other key initiatives related to early warning systems and dropout prevention 

•Assist in coordinating, leading and/or participating in meetings and attend events on behalf of the district to keep stakeholders informed and promote understanding and support for college and career programs

•Develop and execute plans to operationalize processes, practices, and procedures to effectively and efficiently manage resources in keeping with High School Success Act guidelines

•Maintain detailed knowledge of High School Graduation and College and Career Readiness Act programs and initiatives; respond to district, state, business, industry, and community inquiries or concerns as directed

•Manage records and ensure regulatory compliance with State agencies and other key partners

•Communicate effectively with others across multiple functions, including making oral and written presentations

•Supervise the performance of assigned personnel, interview and select employees; recommend termination and/or disciplinary actions as warranted

•Demonstrate a commitment to the Portland Public Schools Equity Initiative by developing a thorough knowledge and application of the district Racial Educational Equity Policy, Equity in Public Purchasing and Contracting and other board policies; Participate in staff development, in-services and trainings related to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace


•Five (5) or more years of experience in leadership roles in education, nonprofit, and / or government agency with demonstrated results

•Experience managing complex, multi-million dollar budgets with reporting requirements

•Experience managing staff members

•Experience working cross-functionally to design and execute strategic plans, build consensus among individuals and teams, and accomplish goals in an organization with complex internal and external stakeholder accountability structures 

•Administrator License/ ability to get a State of Oregon issued Administrative License is required at the time of appointment.

•Experience working in a large urban school district and / or public agency is highly desirable
•Three years of experience overseeing grant-funded or specialized funded educational program development and implementation, or related activities, which may include program marketing and partnership building

Pay Scale: 

CCR Director is on the licensed administrator salary schedule at the Director, Academic Programs level.

Job Posting Short Summary

Seeking a motivated, passionate, self-starter to increase the number of college and career graduates through the development of new initiatives around dropout prevention, high quality Career Technical Education, and increased college credit opportunities.  

The College & Career Readiness Director will be solutions focused and play an important role in facilitating cross departmental teams, manage grants, and provide support to school administrators and community partners. The Director will problem solve while remaining flexible and resourceful. Someone who is a great communicator, organized, technically savvy, a strong writer, and able to supervise licensed professionals is essential. The District is focused on eliminating systemic racism and its impact on student learning. Having a commitment to racial equity and social justice are desirable. 

FTE: 1.0

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