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Salary: $90,620 - $111,258

Who We Are

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh largest school district in California, serving more than 57,000 students who speak more than 44 documented languages across 132 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

When you join our team at SFUSD you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused organization that approaches public education as a social justice movement, requiring broad collaboration across an array of strategic partners. In 2014 SFUSD created an inspiring statement, 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 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 the 1070 Director of Student Systems you will report to Executive Director, be a part of the Department of Technology and a district leader in overseeing all aspects of the operation, support, and maintenance of the Student Information System (SIS) and other related modules. You will help to lead the Department of Technology’s transformational work to deliver on the promises outlined in both Transform Learning. Transform Lives. as well as our long-term, city-wide North Star, Vision 2025. We want someone who will serve as the lynchpin in the transformation of SFUSD’s fractured student data systems.


The 1070 Director of Student Systems will:

  • Develop procedures and direct implementation of permanent student record/transcript preservation, distribution, and retrieval in accordance with Federal and State legislation and Board policy
  • Support the implementation and provide training for school-based administrators, counselors, staff on use of student information systems applications;
  • Supervise support staff who provide training and support for school data clerks
  • Support communication between State Department of Education, local Board, school and other and community members for the purpose of providing requested student information
  • Develop and provide in-service activities and procedural manuals to administrators, teachers regarding reporting procedures for enrollment/attendance, FTE, student records, special education information system applications
  • Assist in providing impact data for long-range planning
  • Ensure accurate and timely submission of Federal and State reporting requirements
  • Revise and disseminate departmental procedures and serves as a resource for various planning committees
  • Assist in designing and implementing processes for data retrieval and submission to data warehouse
  • Provide input and assists in developing efficient departmental operating procedures
  • Meet regularly with assigned staff to identify departmental needs and prioritize projects
  • Act as liaison with Department of Special Education, Department of Enrollment and Planning Services, Department of Research, Planning, and Accountability, and Office of Pupil Services, and Student, Families, and Community Support Department
  • Determine upgrade, patch, and modernization schedule to maintain system uptime and usability

The strongest candidates will have:


  • Knowledge of San Francisco’s public schools/urban public schools and a passionate belief in SFUSD’s commitment to instructional leadership as a lever toward delivering on the SFUSD Graduate Profile
  • Ability to work effectively across multiple functions and roles within a complex organization
  • Ability to develop, articulate, and build buy-in to a clear vision and mission
  • Ability to offer innovative solutions to seemingly intractable problems
  • Skill in exhibiting a strong focus on goals and results; sets clear metrics for success
  • Ability to thrive in achievement-oriented and fast-paced environment
  • Outstanding critical thinking skills, including the ability to analyze data, identify trends, pinpoint problems and root causes, and develop innovative solutions
  • Demonstrated ability in excellent execution and project management skills, including ability to balance the big picture with detailed steps
  • Skill in building and leading effective teams to achieve ambitious goals
  • Skill in prioritizing and aligning people, time, and resources to the most important issues
  • Ability to remove barriers or obstacles that make it difficult for the team to get things done and ensures team has resources necessary to succeed
  • Skill in assessing team and individual skills and development needs and provides feedback/support that assists others in maximizing their contribution
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)


Minimum Qualifications

An associate degree in computer science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university OR its equivalent in terms of total course credits/units [i.e., at least sixty (60) semester or ninety (90) quarter credits/units with a minimum of twenty (20) semester or thirty (30) quarter credits/units in computer science or a closely-related field].


Seven (7) years of experience in system administration, information systems development, maintenance and support, or information technology project management, including two (2) years of supervisory experience 


Additional experience as described above may be substituted for the required degree on a year-for-year basis (up to a maximum of two (2) years). One (1) year is equivalent to thirty (30) semester units / forty-five (45) quarter units with a minimum of 10 semester / 15 quarter units in computer science or a closely related field.



Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university within Education, Business Administration, Management, Public Administration
  • A minimum of 10 years of work experience, with demonstrated prior experience leading teams
  • Experience in urban education
  • Open to occasional evening and weekend work
  • Familiarity with Special Education Information System (SEIS), Synergy SIS, and Illuminate


What We Offer

SFUSD offers a competitive salary of $90,620 - $111,258 annually, 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

  • You will be prompted to electronically attach a letter of interest, resume, letters of recommendation 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.

San Francisco Unified School District is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to maintaining a non-discriminatory work environment. SFUSD does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


Job Category:
Areas of Responsibility:
Systems / Operations
Job Level:
Senior position
Job Sector:
Systems / Operations