This position is located in the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) for the District of Columbia. This office is responsible for the equitable distribution and continued enhancement of state level educational services and opportunities for all District residents. The agency ensures the appropriate and equitable distribution of all administrative, financial, and other resources through means such as research, review, and use of best practices; and, the development and implementation of effective policies and programs.
OSSE's IT Program Director will oversee an IT operation that includes 250+ applications supporting 15,000+ internal and external users, a team of 55 employees and contractors, and an overall budget of $6.5M. They will also lead the Project Management Office, which manages ~30 projects with an aggregate budget of $12M and 20 developers. This position reports directly to the Chief Information Officer.
- Oversee and manage the Division’s annual $6.5M budget to include formulation, allocation and distribution.
- Provide technical contract administration and oversight to ensure product delivery and contract compliance.
- Provide the required hands-on software development, project management, cross-functional coordination, and inter/intra team communications to deliver outstanding program outcomes.
- Oversee the Project Management Office of 18 that work closely with software engineers, QA, product managers and other engineering teams to get high-quality products and features through the software project lifecycle (build, test and release on time).
- Ensure the Project Management Office methodically creates integrated system requirements, sets priorities, determines constraints and dependencies, defines timelines, allocates resources, writes detailed functional and test specifications, coordinates teams and approval processes, evaluates design alternatives and implications on functionality, effort, performance and operations, complies with procurement and finance policies, and drives projects to completion.
- Orchestrate successful delivery for multiple projects simultaneously, by managing overall project schedules, identifying possible issues and clearly communicating them to project stakeholders.
- Take responsibility for budgeting, release/project schedules and milestones, maintaining high velocity in a fast-paced environment.
- Lead technical programs for internal clients, setting priorities for development teams, leading cross-functional teams to take products from conception to delivery to post-deployment support, ensuring success metrics are informing future efforts, and quickly fine tuning the projects as needed.
Skills and responsibilities
Ideal candidates are those with a) a track record of mobilizing internal and external stakeholders to get things done b) an expertise in translating technical matters into everyday relatable language c) an ability to orchestrate multiple IT projects simultaneously and deliver on-time and on-budget results d) analytical and accounting skills and e) a passion for supporting our schools to help them achieve student success.
- This job is remote friendly.
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a relevant bachelor’s degree and at least (7) years of relevant work experience that demonstrate knowledge of the specialized area of the position, at least one year of which must be equivalent to the CS/MS-14 grade level in the District of Columbia government service; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position and has equipped the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position including but are not limited to planning, designing, and executing IT-related programs, projects and studies, being the technical expert, making un-reviewed technical decisions that involve the authoritative interpretation of existing IT policies and standards.
- Track record in team management, project management, and leadership.
- Proven successful technical program management outcomes from idea to launching programs in multiple contexts throughout your career.
- Comfort talking about technical matters with business people and business matters with technical people. Ability to express complex concepts in plain language to reach broader audiences.
- PMP, Scrum, or other Project Management certifications preferred.
- 5 years of experience leading business, accounting, and financial planning.
- 5 years of experience working with senior leaders, product teams, and cross-functional partners.
Licensures, Certifications and other requirements
Project management certifications (e.g. “Certified Project Management Professional” per Project Management Institute) and/or Agile or SCRUM certifications are highly desirable, but not strictly required.