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Center for Black Student Excellence Success Director – 1.0 FTE – Office of Racial Equity & Social Justice

Portland Public Schools

Portland Public Schools provides high-quality academic learning experiences that are inclusive, joyful, and disrupt racial inequities.

Posting Timeline

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is considered a minimum qualification requirement for PPS job applicants and this proof will be requested during the hiring process.

This job is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as received. Portland Public Schools reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any point during the posting period. First review of applications will begin April 22, 2022 at 3pm.

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Position Details

Portland Public Schools (PPS) is seeking talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to lead change and inspire PPS students. At PPS, every employee, despite having different roles, is an educator. We hope to attract talented educators who model the core PPS Educator Essentials. With the District’s focus on eliminating systemic racism and its adverse impact on student learning, we seek to hire individuals who bring to our district a deep commitment to racial equity and social justice. To learn more about Portland Public Schools, please visit the District website: here


Under general direction, and reporting into the Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) team, serve as a centralized integrator of district wide efforts to improve student success for every Black student. The Center for Black Student Excellence (CBSE) Director will serve as a subject matter expert in the culture, history, assets and educational issues of Black students, families and communities in Portland. Represent the RESJ team and serve as a liaison to other PPS departments. The CBSE direction will work with internal and external stakeholders to plan the implementation of the community wide Center for Black Student Excellence, including the community engagement planning process, internal academic planning and collaborate with the Office of School Modernization’s bond planning process to align with the community and academic components of the Center.


The classification specification does not describe all duties performed by all incumbents within the class. This summary provides examples of typical tasks performed in this classification.

  • Plan, implement and manage a district wide plan for the Center for Black Student Excellence that aligns with the PPS vision, mission, theory of action, strategic plan and RESJ Plan and Framework.
  • Assist in, develop and track program work plans; provide written and oral communications on program and projects’ timelines, status, deadlines and completion; create and follow change control procedures and systems, review completed work and work in progress for functionality and advise administration on status of projects and any problems impeding completion.
  • Participate in and lead cross functional teams across departments to ensure student success.
  • Work with school communities, culturally specific community partners and the PPS Office of Research, Assessment and Accountability to ensure all Black students are represented accurately in data and understanding of needs, assets and educational growth and achievement.
  • Coordinate with the RESJ Partnership Program to ensure culturally specific services align with the district wide plan for the Center for Black Student Excellence.
  • Coordinate with the RESJ Professional Development program to ensure culturally appropriate content, materials, and support are provided to school communities and PPS departments.
  • Research, analyze and report on best practices to support Black students and ensure continuous improvement throughout the district.
  • Develop, deliver, and provide professional development and training to district staff, partner agency personnel and community groups to assure program goals and objectives are achieved.
  • Develop and implement qualitative and quantitative reporting that documents the district’s efforts to ensure Black student success.
  • Guide a shared leadership team which reflects diverse perspectives; develop and mentor teachers and teacher leaders; provide leadership in the development of programs and strategies to attain racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic integration, gender equity, and improve human relations among students, educators, parents, community partners, and district stakeholders.
  • Work with Black students and families in developing programs and in gathering feedback and improving programming.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the Portland Public Schools Equity Initiative by developing a thorough knowledge and application of the district Racial Educational Equity Policy and other board policies; participate in staff development, in-services and trainings related to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and in K – 12 education; model appropriate behaviors; develop, recommend and implement improvements to educational practices with awareness and understanding of their impact in a racially and culturally diverse community.
  • Collaborate with various departments including Community Engagement, Communications, Family Partnerships, and Office of Schools to lead and participate in the development of resolutions to problems and issues raised in community engagement processes that are grounded in their expertise, apprise district leadership of stakeholder opinions and concerns leveraging data, and advise district leadership around pathways forward.
  • Ability to collaborate on and facilitate community-powered processes that support decision making as a result of autonomous advocacy from the community.


  • Knowledge of Critical Race Theory and Culturally Responsive and Culturally sustaining pedagogy.
  • Knowledge of the Black History in Oregon, Portland and the United States; knowledge and understanding of PPS’ Black student and family experiences and context.
  • Ability to represent the district and serve as a Liaison to the Center for Black Excellence efforts, culturally specific organizations and community leaders in alignment with the values of district and in a professional manner befitting the formality of the role.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the OR Department of Education’s African American Student Success Plank and ability to integrate key components with PPS vision, mission, theory of action, strategic plan and RESJ Plan and Framework.
  • Knowledge of PPS vision, mission, theory of action, strategic plan, RESJ plan and Framework, RESJ Professional Development Framework and PPS’ Racial Educational Equity Policy.
  • Ability to interpret policy and make decisions within a defined set of guidelines.
  • Ability to coordinate and collaborate with a variety of stakeholders to affect positive outcomes.
  • Ability to Monitor and report on individual and group student plans and progress.
  • Communicate clear objectives for assigned programs and activities.
  • Deliver a high-level of customer service to district students and stakeholders.
  • Advocate, model, learn and implement Portland Public Schools Racial Equity Initiatives.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and orally.
  • Strong facilitation and collaboration skills, ability to work with diversity of stakeholders both internal and external to PPS.
  • Work collaboratively with a multitude of stakeholders, including parents, caregivers, students, district staff and community partners. Supervise the work of assigned staff, providing work direction, guidance and training.
  • Participate in department, school, district and community meetings.
  • Knowledge of Research design methods and assessment techniques.
  • Ability to research, compile, analyze and verify data and prepare reports.
  • Read, interpret, communicate and implement a variety of complex laws, guidelines, initiatives and policies. Maintain confidentiality and demonstrate discretion, initiative and good judgment.
  • Operate a variety of office machines, technologies and software.
  • Strong project management and organization skills.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a major in education social work, communications, management, program administration, cultural studies or related field.
  • Masters Degree and/or specific training and professional development in African American education preferred. Work experience may be a substitute for a degree.
  • Experience: Seven (7) or more years of experience working with African American communities in education and related services. Three or more years experience managing staff and teams.
  • Any other combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities may be considered.


Some positions in this classification may require the use of a personal automobile and possession of a valid Class C Oregon driver’s license.


The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Persons with certain disabilities may be capable of performing the essential duties of this class with or without reasonable accommodation, depending on the nature of the disability.

Work Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office environment with extensive student, parent and public contact and frequent interruptions.

Hazards: Potential conflict situations.

Physical Demands:Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment; sitting or standing for extended periods of time; kneeling, bending at the waist, reaching overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally to retrieve and store files and supplies; lifting, pushing, pulling and carrying office equipment, supplies and materials weighing up to 25 pounds; repetitive hand movement and fine coordination to use a computer keyboard; hearing and speaking to exchange information in person or on the telephone; seeing to read, prepare and assure the accuracy of documents.


This position will be classified as a Program Director, Pay Grade 43 on the Non-Represented, Confidential, Professional and Management Employees salary schedule FLSA Exempt..

The Non-Represented Confidential Professional Management and Employees Salary Schedule for 260 day employees can be found here.

Work Year: 260 days

Salary Range: $110,844 – $132,353

Benefits Information

Portland Public Schools (PPS) offers several competitive and comprehensive benefit packages to employees. Fringe benefits include medical, dental, vision, prescription, life and disability insurance, employee assistance program, 403(b) retirement savings plan and various leave and professional development programs. Depending on the insurance option selected by the employee, there may be an employee contribution toward insurance.

Portland Public Schools is a public employer and participates in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS/OPSRP). Eligible employees are required by statute to contribute 6% of salary on a pre-tax basis to OPSRP/IAP, after serving six months under a PERS employer.

For more information please visit our Benefits site at http://www.pps.net/Page/1635

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Center for Black Student Excellence Success Director – 1.0 FTE – Office of Racial Equity & Social Justice

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Portland Public Schools provides high-quality academic learning experiences that are inclusive, joyful, and disrupt racial inequities.

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