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Supt Educ DJS

Superintendent JSEP

Recruitment #21-009540-0001

GRADE

INDV 0005

LOCATION OF POSITION

Department of Juvenile Services
217 E Redwood St 
Baltimore, MD 21202

Main Purpose of Job

The Maryland Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) is now accepting applications for the Superintendent of the Juvenile Services Education Program (JSEP). The JSEP and the Superintendent will assume responsibility for education services on July 1, 2022.  The Superintendent will also serve as an ex officio member of the JSEP School Board. The Superintendent shall be responsible for the day-to-day operations of JSEP, recruitment and employment of all personnel, for the development of curriculum, administrative rules, regulations and procedures to implement the educational program within the framework of State laws, rulings and regulations of the Maryland State Department of Education and the policies of the JSEP School Board. The position of Superintendent is a newly created position, and the start date can be negotiated. 

 

CORE VALUES

The JSEP embraces the Vision, Goals, and Values of the Department of Juvenile Services. The newly created program will improve outcomes and opportunities for justice-involved youth through collaborative, culturally responsive, and developmentally appropriate education services. Our talented and diverse staff will use data and technology to ensure that each youth is able to develop skills that enable them to experience success in the program and as they return to their communities. 

 

ORGANIZATION

JSEP is responsible for providing the educational services to students placed in a DJS operated detention or treatment facility. DJS is an executive agency responsible for ensuring that the educational programming meets the needs of committed youth and that the education program is integrated into the overall treatment program at each facility. DJS operates twelve (12) detention and residential facilities statewide and a JSEP school is located on the grounds of each juvenile justice facility, JSEP schools serve approximately 3,500 students per year, offering classes aligned to the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards (CCRS), along with GED and post-secondary options.

 

SCHOOLS

 

Facility

Capacity

Location

Type

Alfred D. Noyes Center

57

Mont. Co.

Co-Ed Detention Center

Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Ctr.

120

Balt. City

Male Detention Center

Charles H. Hickey School

72

Balt. Co.

Male Detention Center

Cheltenham Youth Facility

72

P.G. County

Male Detention Center

Lower Eastern Shore Children's Ctr.

24

Wicomico Co.

Co-Ed Detention Center

Thomas J. Waxter Children's Ctr.

42

Anne Arundel Co.

Female Detention Center

Western MD Children's Ctr.

24

Washington Co.

Male Detention Center

Backbone Mountain Youth Ctr.

48

Garrett Co.

Male Treatment Center

Garrett Children's Ctr.

24

Garrett Co.

Male Treatment Center

Green Ridge Youth Ctr.

30

Allegany Co.

Male Treatment Center

Mountain View

6

Garrett Co.

Female Treatment Center

Victor Cullen Youth Ctr.

48

Frederick Co.

Male Treatment Center

https://djs.maryland.gov/Pages/facilities/index.aspx

 

ROLE

The Superintendent of JSEP will have a unique opportunity to improve educational opportunities, choices, and quality of instruction for thousands of children committed to DJS operated juvenile justice settings in Maryland. The JSEP Superintendent must believe deeply in, and be motivated by, the JSEP mission to provide an innovative learning environment that meets each student’s unique needs. The Superintendent of JSEP will champion equitable, high quality, holistic and individualized education for a unique student population, identify metrics and communicate high expectations for JSEP, and drive related transformation efforts. The Superintendent will build a broad base of support through engagement with policy leaders at the state and local levels.

POSITION DUTIES

Leadership
  • Develop a statewide model with a focus on excellence and accountability in serving the educational needs of students in DJS facilities;
  • Develop an annual academic strategy for JSEP schools and programs anchored in high expectations and measurable growth in student performance and college and/or career attainment for all students, while understanding and celebrating what’s unique about each school’s student population and tailoring school strategies with these distinctions in mind;
  • Coordinate with local education agencies to develop a procedure to maintain dual enrollment in home school and JSEP schools, along with procedures to transfer educational records between home and JSEP schools;
  • Coordinate with DJS to ensure that the operation of juvenile educational services are integrated with the non-educational operations of DJS;
  • Ensure an academic setting that provides students with opportunities and supports to build their independence and self-advocacy skills on the path to adulthood. This element must also be integrated on residential housing units and off-campus venues with community and work experiences;
  • Review and provide written responses to quarterly Juvenile Justice Monitoring Reports;
  • Report to the Governor on or before December 1, 2022 and each year thereafter;
  • Participate in all board meetings by assisting the board in the development of the meeting agenda, by preparing background materials and analyses of issues brought to the board, and by preparing recommendations on all issues brought to the board for decisions; 
  • Develop systems of collaboration between JSEP, DJS, LEAs, and other state agencies, and the wider field of experts both within and outside of Maryland, in service to the plan of becoming a highly functioning and valued state-wide resource; and
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the JSEP School Board.

Stakeholder Engagement  & Collaboration 
  • Provide the JSEP stakeholders (JSEP leadership, JSEP Board members, families of current students, and special education advocates) as well as the general public, clear, frequent, and easily accessible information about the schools, their missions, their curriculums, and their academic performance;
  • Ensure that administrators and teachers communicate student progress and academic resources to parents; and
  • Develop strong and sustainable partnerships with local education agencies (LEAs), other relevant state agencies, and with the wider field of national experts.

Talent Management
  • Foster an environment that encourages continuous learning and improvement on the part of school staff;
  • Develop and implement a hiring and retention plan that complies with applicable state and federal laws targeting the most qualified and competent teachers, administrators, and extracurricular personnel; and
  • Administer annual performance evaluation programs aligned with state requirements that supports teachers and school leaders in defining expectations for student learning and monitoring progress against those goals throughout the year. 

Financial Management
  • Develop a multi-year strategic budget to achieve agreed upon strategic goals;
  • Evaluate the budget forecast and the effectiveness of academic programs as the foundation of the annual planning and budget process;

Program Development & Reporting
  • Administer the development, implementation, and annual assessment of educational programs consistent with state and federal requirements; 
  • Ensure that policies, procedures and school rules promote a safe, respectful, and healthy school environment; and
  • Make administrative decisions necessary for the effective and efficient operation of all JSEP schools.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • A graduate of an accredited college or university; 
  • At least 2 years of special academic and professional Graduate preparation in an accredited college or university; 
  • 7 years of education experience in teaching and administration; and  
  • Highly effective communication skills, both verbal and written.

DESIRED OR PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education
  • Experience working with federal regulations in serving students with disabilities (504, IDEA, and ADA) 
  • Experience working with students in juvenile justice or alternative education settings 
  • Experience working with underserved communities and/or underrepresented students 
  • Experience managing school-change and evidence of managing successful change processes, including evidence of driving a team effectively through that change;
  • A track record for holding schools accountable for high academic standards, accessible and appropriate assessments, and improved outcomes for students; and
  • Demonstrable evidence of developing a team or organizational strategy and being accountable for its results
  • Significant experience designing and implementing diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement initiatives within an educational institution or organization
  • Experience with trauma based approaches in education settings
  • Eligible for Maryland Superintendent I or II designation

SELECTION PROCESS

Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date. We will not consider information submitted after this date. Successful candidates will be ranked as Best Qualified, Better Qualified, or Qualified and placed on the eligible (employment) list for at least one year.

BENEFITS

FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS

Online application process is strongly urged.  However, if you are unable to apply on line you may mail a paper application to the address below or fax a paper application to the fax number below.  If you choose to fax or use regular mail, you must include on each page of the attachment your First and Last Name, the Recruitment Number that is located at the top of the bulletin and the last 4 digits of your SS#.  The paper application must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for this recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted. Incorrect application forms will not be accepted:

Maryland Department of Juvenile Services
OHR-Recruitment & Examination Unit
217 E Redwood Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Attn: Shavonne Holman
Fax number 410-333-4188
TTY Users: call via Maryland Relay

The resulting Certified Eligible List for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies. 

Should additional information regarding this recruitment be required, please contact DJS Office of Human Resources at djs.careers@maryland.gov   Include the Recruitment Title/Number that is located at the top of the bulletin.

 

Bilingual applicants are welcome to apply for all recruitments.

 

DJS values the experience gained by Veterans while serving our country. Veterans are welcome to apply for all current recruitments.

 

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.