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:: Director, Professional Development ::

Human Resources

Position Code:
00023475 - Director, Professional Development

Work Hours:
1.0, 52 weeks

Application Deadline:
Open Until Filled

Position Description:

Under general supervision, leads the design and execution of professional development aligned to academic and department goals for all employees; oversees and guides a team that will take the cultivation of human capital in Minneapolis Public Schools to new levels in support of the focus on significant improvement in student achievement.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS --Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills.  This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manages the creation of a three (3) year plan identifying the professional development Minneapolis Public Schools should develop and deliver for all employees and ensures the successful execution of the professional development vision.
  • Leads the professional development team.  Directs staff, develops priorities, and assigns tasks and projects; assures that appropriate services are provided, and goals are defined and achieved; develops staff skills and training plans, and conducts performance evaluations; meets regularly with staff to discuss and resolve priorities, schedules, workload, critical concerns and technical issues.
  • Evaluates the impact of district professional development offerings for all employee groups and uses multiple sources of data to refine what learning opportunities are necessary at various tenures for different roles.
  • Develops innovative technology frameworks for advancing professional learning across the system.
  • Strategically source individuals/teams to deliver professional development and/or provide implementation support.
  • Communicates regularly with all district stakeholders regarding professional development strategies and opportunities.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with students, clients, visitors, and MPS staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment 
  • Enthusiastically promotes the Superintendent’s goals and priorities in compliance with all policies and procedures.
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of work-related issues, records and MPS information.
  • Other duties or tasks may be assigned on an as-needed basis
  • At times may be required to work outside normal business hours and work extended hours to accomplish requirements of the position.



Education, Training and Experience Guidelines

Master’s Degree in Education, Education Leadership, or related field; AND three (3) years of strategic planning and teaching/school leadership experience, one (1) year of which was in a management role; OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources. 

Knowledge of:
  • Rules and regulations of the Minnesota Department of Education and other governing agencies.
  • Federal, state and local codes and regulations governing staff development programs and services.
  • Principles and practices of professional development, leadership, school improvement, reform, instructional planning, and assessment.
  • Principles of adult learning.
  • Principles of office management/workflow processes.
  • Customer service and public relations methods and practices. 

Skill in:

  • Interpreting and applying applicable Federal, state and local rules and regulations; and MPS policies.
  • Exceptional strategic, analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Professional development planning, group facilitation, communications, instructional coaching, and school improvement planning.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Assessing and prioritizing multiple tasks, projects and demands.
  • Assessment or student instruction.
  • Project and change management.
  • Outstanding facilitation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to be self-directed and take initiative.
  • Excellent organization and time management skills.
  • Strong ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and clients.
  • Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Managing staff, delegating tasks and authority, and evaluating staff performance.


A valid Minnesota State Driver’s License may be required. 


Work is performed in a standard office environment which requires occasionally lifting such articles as file boxes or heavier materials with help from others and/or lifting and carrying light objects frequently. A job in this category may require walking or standing to a significant degree or may involve sitting most of the time with long periods of computer work and heavy phone usage.


Bargaining Unit:    ELT

Salary: $86,537 - $117,080

FLSA Status:         Exempt

Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready.  Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.

Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.


All applicants, including MPS employees, must complete an on-line application at (click on Careers).  In addition, upload an electronic copy of both your cover letter and resume to your application at the time that you apply.  Make sure that you apply for the specific position in which you are interested.


Only complete applications, which include all of the following items, will be considered:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • On-Line Application

Final candidates may be invited to interview with a committee.  Final appointment to this position will be contingent upon passing a criminal background check.