This position is responsible for implementing non-academic cost-reduction and service improvement activity throughout the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) organization. The individual will work with the Chief of Transformation and other IPS senior leaders to identify, manage, and implement cost savings projects while preserving or improving service quality. The position will focus on completing transactions that are consistent with the District’s educational goals and that provide measurable, significant, and sustainable efficiencies. He or she will employ a range of approaches to projects including, but not limited to: business process re-engineering and automation, performance measurement and management, data analytics, managed competition, and public-private partnerships.
Responsibilities and Duties
Provide overall leadership for IPS efficiency initiatives - internally and externally - serving as the single point of accountability and ownership.
Clearly communicate efficiency initiative goals and outcomes to stakeholders such as the Superintendent, the Chief of Transformation, the IPS Board of Commissioners, IPS teachers and staff members, parents, and interested community stakeholders.
Analyze, prioritize, and present projects for IPS leadership approval that will contribute to the goals of the efficiency initiative.
Identify the range of project approach options appropriate for a project opportunity and determine the best approach.
Lead the completion of complex projects/transactions designed to achieve identifiable cost savings and efficiency improvements.
Collaborate with and serve as a resource for other IPS managers leading their own efficiency projects.
Informally train others throughout the IPS organization on successful methodologies for cost savings project management.
Develop, maintain, and communicate measures of project and initiative success, including measures that track overall efficiency savings and service improvements.
Adjust efficiency project goals and approaches, as needed, to address the evolving needs of IPS.
This position requires:
A bachelor’s and/or master’s degree, preferably in business, operations, information technology, public management or other relevant field;
At least three years’ experience in leading efficiency projects, with some public sector experience preferred;
The ability to develop presentations and to communicate to a broad range of audiences, including the media;
The ability to analyze processes to identify opportunities for greater efficiencies, including how technology can be deployed;
A willingness to learn the requirements of public sector processes (such as procurement) while maintaining a commitment to continuous process improvement;
An ability to work collaboratively with others while keeping project objectives clearly in focus;
A willingness to conduct research to find “best practices” approaches;
The ability to develop effective performance measures;
The ability to understand public budgets;
A strong commitment to project success when faced with roadblocks; and
The ability to train others in successful efficiency project approaches.