What do I do?

I’m often asked what I do. It’s difficult to describe to teachers, thus it’s tenfold more troubling for those not associated with education to grasp. When asked by others what his father does for a living, my son replies, “That is the great mystery.” To answer this mysterious question, a few years ago after seeing a remarkable “presume” online, I created my own, which I’ve uploaded to SlideShare.

Shortly thereafter, I was notified my “presume” was featured as one of 3 Inspiring Visual Resume Examples on SlideShare by Career Sherpa.

His presentation is fun and conveys personality. It is loaded with photos of himself, which is ok. He includes the types of problems he solves and overall, his slides kept me clicking along!

Today begins a new journey for me professionally. As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post, I’ve officially scaled back to part-time. In doing so, my job title changed (again). Entering my eighth year, I’ve had a total of four titles: Director of Federal Programs, Director of District Improvement and District School Leadership (DSL), Director of School Improvement and Support, and Coordinator of District Improvement and Innovation. Aside from the role of DSL, which was established as a one-year stopgap while enduring a $17 million loss handed down by the Texas legislators, I’ve maintained all of the roles I was hired to do and then some.

A few years ago, our district conducted a salary study. During this time, employees were asked to describe what tasked they performed. It was akin to meeting with the Bobs.

The Bobs weren’t quite sure where to slot me when comparing my roles to that of other comparable districts. When placed, I was listed in the middle of the organization comparable to my federal programs director peers in neighboring districts despite providing a chart of responsibilities I was hired to do (in white) and of the roles I was asked to fill after being hired (in yellow), most of which had been performed by the [retiring] assistant superintendent. And while it did nothing to sway pay at the time, the list brought me to where I am today.

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Our district assesses its employees on the Gallup StrengthsFinder assessment; and today, I find the district enabling me to lead with my strengths, a win-win for the district and I. I’ll maintain most of the roles listed above with the exception of the “other” category. As a result of my part-time status, this year will be the first I do not supervise other programs, hence the change in title from director to coordinator. Further, I am picking up the role of leading the “District of Innovation” process, thus adding the cool sounding new title. So I begin anew, starting with a new presume.

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