Aug 22, 2019

Power School Administrator, Los Angeles

  • Green Dot Public Schools
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Administration / Clerical Education (K-12)

Job Description

Reports to: Director of Information Systems

Classification: Full-Time, Exempt, Salaried

Start Date: October 15, 2019                     

Location: Los Angeles, CA



Green Dot Public Schools is a non-profit network of public charter schools helping to transform the public education system so that ALL students graduate prepared for college, leadership, and life. Our schools are founded on an unwavering belief in the potential of all students, and there are four key elements to our school model that help us unlock the inherent potential in every student we serve: quality teaching and instruction, a college-going culture, a focus on fostering leadership and life skills, and a focus on eliminating barriers to learning. We have 20 schools and close to 12,000 students across Los Angeles. Our schools are located in some of the most underserved communities that have been denied access to high-quality educational opportunities, and we seek to prove that it is possible to close the access and opportunity gap that exists between low-income students and their more affluent peers.

Part of what differentiates Green Dot is our intense focus on truly serving ALL students; our collaboration with reform-minded unions; and our work focused on large-scale turnarounds of schools formerly run by the districts; and our ability to take on the toughest challenges with the same public funding received by traditional district schools but accomplishing very different results. Green Dot California’s results are undeniable. Nine of our high schools have been ranked among the top schools in the country. We have three California Distinguished schools and 3 California Gold Ribbon schools, and several of our schools have been recipients of the CORE Districts’ Academic Growth Awards, which honor schools having the greatest impact on student achievement. Additionally, Green Dot’s first turnaround, Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy, was named Charter School of the Year by the California Charter Schools Association in 2019.


Are you passionate about helping school site staff streamline their use of PowerSchool? Does the thought of helping educate students in traditionally underserved neighborhoods call out to you? Are you a mission driven person that believes ALL students should be given the opportunity to receive a high quality education, regardless of zip code? If so, come work for us! 

Green Dot is seeking a PowerSchool Administrator to maintain the PowerSchool student information system for 25 schools, 14,000 students, and 3 separate PowerSchool instances across multiple regions. You will be working directly with all school personnel on implementing and providing ongoing support. This is an essential function to ensure that all student data is managed properly, and reports are generated correctly. The ideal candidate will have an interest in helping transform public education along with a strong customer service focus.


System Maintenance and Enhancements

> Perform all core application and state reporting software updates for PowerSchool

> Set up and ensure the security of data, and regularly audit user access levels, including but not limited to admin access, system settings, PowerTeacher Pro (PTP) settings and parent/student access

> Lead the testing, implementation, and training of new PowerSchool features and modules.

> Recommend and implement improvements in processes and workflow based on changing business needs

> Process end of year, e.g. set up of new calendar and roll-over

> Work with the Knowledge Management data team to create custom fields and processes

> Maintain appropriate system documentation on procedures and configurations

> Create custom reports as needed

> Facilitate data flow between PowerSchool and other systems

> Act as the principal liaison with the student information system vendor

Customer Service

> Provide second line support to help desk and school-based specialists on user questions and issues with PowerSchool and PTP

> Assist school site staff in all aspects of scheduling using PowerScheduler

> Create and maintain customizations as needed using html, javascript, tlist sql, reporting engine, and various other technologies

> Work cooperatively with administrators, supervisors, staff, parents/guardians, and outside vendors to perform job responsibilities as outlined

> Create on demand training materials

> Performs various other duties as assigned



> You have at least 3-4 years of PowerSchool experience, including previous experience administering PowerSchool in both a single server setup and a server array setup

> You have strong knowledge of PowerSchool database schema/tables/fields

> You are experienced in html, javascript, tlist sql, reporting engine, and various other technologies (experience in API/PowerQuery knowledge is strongly preferred)

> You are experienced with cleaning large data sets in excel, as well as importing/exporting to PowerSchool using quick import/export and data import/export manager

> Experience with BlackBoard Connect 5, Google Admin, Tableau, MealsPlus, Hero K-12, SchoolMint, and/or Illuminate is preferred, but not required


> You have strong customer service skills and respond to customer needs in a timely manner

> You are an effective communicator (both oral and written), and able to interact with staff at all levels in non-technical, clear, concise terms in order to provide technical support

> You are able to work independently

> You have strong analytical and problem-solving skills

> You have demonstrated technical skills and the ability to learn quickly

> You have the flexibility to adapt to constantly changing environments

> You are highly creative with an ability to assess business needs, and design and implement custom solutions to meet those needs

> You are able to set priorities and manage multiple projects simultaneously while meeting customer expectations

> You have a strong attention to detail

> You are dependable, humble, have a sense of humor and a rock-solid commitment to Green Dot’s mission and the communities we serve

> You will need to pass a TB test and background check at time of offer


The information contained herein is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties and responsibilities of the job, nor is it intended to be an all-inclusive list of the skills and abilities required to perform the job.



We offer a comprehensive benefits plan including (but not limited to) medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and retirement options. We also provide generous time off to support overall work-life balance while giving employees the opportunity to impact a growing, mission-driven organization that is committed to the success of all students.


Salary - $80,000 - $90,000

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