The Indianapolis Public School (IPS) system is one of the nation’s urban public school leaders, a growing system that provides many educational options to its students. The Chief of Transformation (COT) position is the individual responsible for identifying, developing, and implementing strategic transformation projects for the non-academic functions of IPS, including public information, security, financial operations/accounting, transportation, facilities, food service, and information technology. The COT position provides the vision, leadership, and management necessary to ensure that IPS is continuously improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the services that support its academic objectives. The position accomplishes this through a respectful, innovative, constructive, and energetic style, guided by the objectives of the organization.
Responsibilities and Duties
Under the direction of the Superintendent and in accordance with the overall District goals, provides leadership in identifying the vision for and executing on the strategic transformation of non-academic services.
Challenges the status quo model for delivering non-academic services within an urban public school system; identifies organizational best practices from a range of public and private sector organizations and determines their applicability to IPS consistent with the District’s education goals.
Collaborates with the District’s management team to develop and implement improvement plans for the operational infrastructure of systems, processes, and personnel designed to accommodate the changing organization.
Oversees a number of discrete projects in various stages of completion at any one time.
Serves as the face of the transformation internally and externally, setting the tone, spurring enthusiasm, and challenging current wisdom.
Combines business problem solving and analytic abilities with strong interpersonal skills.
Communicates regularly the goals, objectives, benefits, and costs of transformation projects.
Motivates and leads a high performance transformation process; helps to attract, recruit, and retain required members of the executive team not currently in place.
Fosters a success-oriented, accountable environment within the organization focused on achieving measurable success.
This position requires:
A bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in business, operations, information technology, public management, or other relevant field;
At least five years’ experience in leading or holding a senior operations position(s) in a complex organization(s), with some public sector experience preferred;
Demonstrated leadership in strategic thinking and successful execution resulting in significant transformation within a complex organization;
An ability to interact successfully with a range of internal and external stakeholders with competing perspectives;
Intellectual curiosity involving new approaches to service delivery;
An inclusive approach to decision making that considers a range of perspectives and issues, yet is decisive in determining and carrying out the agreed upon course of action;
Financial management, operations, and technology acumen;
Skill in organizational development, personnel management, budget and resource development, and strategic planning;
Excellent people skills, with an ability to partner with a dynamic leadership team;
Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to organizational mission; and
Flexible and able to multitask; can work within a sometimes ambiguous, fast-moving environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions.