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Data Manager II (0992): Special Education Department

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Who We Are

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh largest school district in California, serving more than 54,000 students who speak more than 44 documented languages across 136 schools in the city of San Francisco every year. We aim for every student who attends SFUSD schools to discover his or her spark, along with a strong sense of self and purpose, and that all students graduate from high school ready for college and career, and equipped with the skills, capacities and dispositions outlined in SFUSD’s Graduate Profile.  Every day in our quest to achieve this mission we provide each and every student the quality instruction and equitable support required to thrive in the 21st century.

What It Means to Work Here

The SFUSD community is unified by our Core Values:

  • Student-centered: We put students’ needs first
  • Fearless: We persist through challenges
  • United: We celebrate and build on each other’s strengths
  • Social Justice: We stand with those most vulnerable in our community
  • Diversity-driven: We respect and seek to understand each person


We are also inspired by Vision 2025, which captures our aspirations and vision for the future of public education in San Francisco. Alongside the District’s strategic plan, Transform Learning. Transform Lives. SFUSD is reimagining how public education will change over the next decade to meet the dynamic future of San Francisco. As a CORE district, SFUSD is also a leader in critical systems change for more comprehensive school accountability and innovations that help strengthen the instructional core, which is the foundation of our strategic plan and Vision 2025.  

Who We Want

We want talented people from diverse backgrounds and experiences, who are committed to and will champion our Core Values, are inspired by our mission steeped in equity, and who are motivated to unleash our children’s potential. We want people who are strong collaborators, skilled communicators, problem solvers and who are comfortable in a community of continuous learning.


As 0992, Special Education Data Manager II, you will report to the Director of Compliance and Operations for Special Education. With direction, you will manage the special education data system (SEIS) to ensure compliant reporting; integrate knowledge of SEIS interfaces with Synergy, CALPADS, and other district data platforms to establish and/or update monitoring reports.  You will supervise staff who monitor data, timelines, and accuracy. You will make decisions which impact the daily SEIS operations and implementation of established procedures and solve problems requiring analyses of issues that may result in deviations from routine processes, new technology and/or additional resources.  


Demonstrate a Leadership Mindset

  • Use a district-wide lens to leverage and collaborate among SFUSD organizational divisions to promote understanding of special education compliance priorities and data systems. Stay abreast and engage in complementary work and decision-making to improve data quality and clarity. 
  • Evaluate procedures, identify and analyze problems and issues; generate, implement and document new procedures for training purposes. 
  • Coordinate and prepare reports, memoranda, and correspondence; maintain statistical records; implement; provide executive management with an early warning and practical options to mitigate missed timelines.
  • Assist in developing and implementing operational procedures to ensure efficient operations within the data & compliance team and across the Special Education Services Department.
  • Lead and mobilize team members (including both central and site staff) in essential data collection and reporting activities related to compliance, data accuracy, and program evaluation to meet required reporting cycles. 
  • Lead audit and compliance efforts of special education data including fiscal, personnel, and  allocations required for CDE reporting.

Job Duties, Continued

Manage to Results

  • Engage stakeholders to establish quality and performance standards for project implementation and provide direction, coordination and leadership in the development and ongoing implementation of data practices across departments and data systems, for example Synergy, SEIS, and CALPADS, to ensure coherence.
  • Establish and maintain a status tracking document for major compliance reports, monitor data quality and gap, and analyze workflow.  Provide quality project management and effective communication on progress reporting  to key audiences. 
  • Demonstrate agility and apply creative solutions that improve efficiency and impact data quality.
  • Coordinate and prepare regular reports on the progress the site staff are making toward improved data quality and meeting compliance goals.
  • Reviews special education reporting requirements, including state and federal grants. Analyzes complexity, procedures and systems required to produce reports within timelines; initiates organizational change as needed in collaboration with special education leadership and manages staff in calendaring and sequencing of report development.
  • Analyze data from multiple sources, district and CDE, conduct integrated analyses with executive summaries, graphs, and presentations. 
  • Proficient knowledge to utilize and navigate CALPADs, EMPower, fiscal reporting systems (i.e. Percii), Student Information System (Synergy), Illuminate, Special Education Information System (SEIS). Working knowledge of State and District data systems to integrate data sets.  i.e. California Dashboard.
  • Outstanding analytical abilities plus proficiency in Tableau, Power BI, Google suite, and Excel.

Manage Teams

  • Proactively participate and/or facilitate identified meetings to ensure continuity of learning in a coherent manner; identify key participants for critical decisions.
  • Create predictable structures to collaborate with special education central team and school site administration that embody SFUSD core values: student-centered, fearless, united, social justice, diversity-driven.
  • Collaborate with SFUSD divisions to provide professional learning that builds technical capacity to lead leadership opportunities to build team capacity. 
  • Lead and mobilize team members (including both central and site staff) in essential data collection and reporting activities related to special education compliance.
  • Manage operational activities; supervise, train and evaluate the activities of personnel and/or coordinate and monitor the work of consultants and contractors working for the department; work with other managers and staff to evaluate and implement goals, responsibilities, policies and procedures of the division. 
  • Monitor the work of and coach staff  to improve performance. 

Manage Relationships

  • Collaborate with key participants to obtain relevant insight and perspectives related to critical decisions. Contacts will include a cross-section of district staff personnel, school site staff, families and community partners.
  • Communicate with staff, site administration, and district leadership to ensure accurate reporting. 
  • Build and leverage relationships across district divisions to ensure program coherence with SFUSD curricular and technology priorities.
  • Perform other related duties as determined or assigned

This is a Permanent Exempt (PEX) appointment type.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. / B.S) from an accredited college or university; advanced degree preferred
  • Three (3) years of professional-level experience in a large, urban school district, or human resources department, or other educational setting
  • Strategic leadership and management experience; in a K-12 public educational setting preferred


Substitution: Education requirement may be substituted for additional professional-level experience on a year-for-year basis.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with urban public schools, including experience as a central office manager or administrator, investigator, or other experience understanding K-12 district policies and procedures.
  • Evidence of strong conceptual, analytic, organizational and management skills, and demonstrated leadership ability; evidence of the ability to collaborate with diverse individuals.
  • Strong analytic and systems thinking necessary to interpret data to inform goals and strategy, as well as build infrastructure where none exists.
  • Solutions oriented approach with capacity to think critically, synthesize program and operational issues, exercise good judgment and formulate actionable recommendations.  Problem solving and root cause identification skills.
  • A proven record of effectively planning, organizing, and using resources and systems to provide high-quality professional learning and leadership development.
  • A solid understanding of how people move through the change process along with experience and knowledge of change management principles, methodologies, and tools
  • Active listening skills
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal; able to clearly articulate messages to a variety of audiences
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build effective working relationships with senior level district staff and colleagues
  • Success leading effective teams and individuals
  • Ability to work effectively across multiple functions and roles within a complex organization
  • A proven record of effectively planning, organizing and using resources to take action and achieve goals
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong relationships across all levels of the project, collaborate with others, and move toward a common vision or goal
  • Ability to work effectively in difficult situations that involve confidential and sensitive matters
  • Flexible and adaptable; able to work in ambiguous situations; resilient and tenacious with a propensity to persevere
  • Organized with a natural inclination for tactical planning
  • Strong computer skills including GSuite and Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Experience and success with effective written and verbal communication, facilitation and presentations to large groups and a variety of audiences (e.g., staff meetings, executive briefings, public board meetings, memos)
  • A team player able to work collaboratively with and through others

What We Offer

SFUSD offers a competitive salary of $106,675 - $148,083 commensurate with experience in a similar position. We offer a comprehensive benefits plan including dental and vision plans, a defined benefit pension plan, disability, life insurance, flexible spending account options and vacation time. We also offer an inclusive and equity-centered environment where we encourage staff to bring their whole selves to work.

How to Apply

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  • If you have previously applied to a job on JobAps, you will be prompted to “select an application to copy;” please select any previous application: you will have the opportunity to update the application and your resume; if you have not previously applied you will be prompted to create a new account
  • You will be prompted to electronically attach a letter of interest, resume, list of professional references and any applicable credentials or licenses   
  • Our Human Resources team will then review your entire application to determine your eligibility status and contact you directly should you move forward in the process


Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at


Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification from this and future job opportunities with the San Francisco Unified School District.

Non-Discrimination Policy

San Francisco Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. This policy extends to San Francisco County Office of Education, including community school programs and activities.


For more information about the District's non-discrimination policy, please review Board Policy 4030.

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Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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