SIG Program Manager
501 W. 35th St. Chicago, IL 60609
SIG Program Manager
Position Title: SIG Program Manager (Professional IV), Office of School Improvement
Organization: Chicago Public Schools
Department: Office of School Improvement
Supervisor's Title: Director Transformation Support, Office of School Improvement
In support of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) mission to create a system of schools that prepares all students for success in college and career, the Office of School Improvement (OSI) is at the cutting edge of school reform efforts across the nation. Working in close collaboration with Principals and Network Chiefs of Schools, OSI supports struggling CPS schools to re-position themselves on a path toward sustainable success through a combination of leadership, educational, operational, and data strategy support.
Purpose of the Position: Under the direction of the Director of Transformation, the Program Manager will assist in the completion of design, development and quality control projects that drive the direction and execution of the OSI (Office of School Improvement) Transformation Model and Supports Plan developed in conjunction with assigned school. The work will include coordinating efforts among school leadership teams, external partners, School Chiefs, community stakeholders, internal offices in CPS including but not limited to the Office of Grants Management, Office of Student Engagement and Support, etc. to facilitate and track progress on teaching & learning, teacher professional development, climate&culture, and special Projects and initiatives related to the success of each school's Transformation-School Improvement Plan. This individual will utilize project and performance management skills, combined with subject matter expertise to leverage all available district and community resources toward improving student outcomes. The individual in this position will also serve as the primary point person for the development and reporting of grant-funded initiatives in assigned Transformation school.
- Contribute toward the development of robust project management systems-includes defining/identifying Project scope, objectives, goals, key milestones and Project risks; establish and track actionable follow-through, task responsibilities, execution obstacles, and on-going efficient resource allocation
- Effectively communicate and manage Project expectations for team members and key stakeholders
- Collaborate with school leadership and key stakeholders to facilitate successful implementation and execution of Project plans and initiatives.
- Support development and participation of robust management of data to inform planning, execution, and drive for results.
- Identify and resolve issues and conflicts within the Project team and manage Project dependencies and critical paths.
- Provide expertise in best practices relating to Project management, resource allocation, problem solving, human resource, space utilization, and process development in our most challenging high schools.
- In concert with newly hired staff, spearhead high school reform efforts of systemic interventions and intensive supports in Transformation high schools.
- Complete specific Projects that may fall in areas such as budget and financial management, procurement, marketing, technology, and data analysis
- Leads or participates in the development and direct execution of financial reporting to support overall School Improvement Plan Grant (SIPg) objectives and ensure all activities are compliant in regulations and business practices.
- Facilitate inter and intra departmental and external stakeholder communication and collaboration as appropriate
- Develop materials for diverse audiences to document progress, e.g. summaries, progress reports, presentations, briefing decks
- Assist the unit in development of capacity building and sustainability plans
- Ensures regularly scheduled reporting to the Director and management team to inform critical decisions and strategic planning related to SIG activities.
- Minimum of two years of management consulting experience or equivalent preferred
- Advanced degree preferred (MPP, M.Ed, MBA, etc.)
- Experience in education and urban school environment a plus
- Strong Project management background preferred
- Strong service and support orientation towards schools and school communities
- Exceptional strategic thinking, analytical skills, presentation, and communication skills
- Evident passion for and commitment to serving urban students; practical understanding of the urban district setting for school improvement
- Demonstrated team-building skills; ability to focus diverse group of professionals around a clear goal and then monitor progress towards that goal.
- Demonstrated ability to manage a variety of Projects and/or projects simultaneously with documented measures of success
- Brings a flexible, proactive, and entrepreneurial approach to solving problems
- Comfortable with ambiguity
- Ability to thrive amidst change and challenging conditions while maintaining a positive outlook and forward looking perspective
- Takes personal responsibility for mistakes and learns from them, while consistently following up with analysis and corrective action.
- Savvy political skills; ability to succeed in a highly collaborative work environment
- Highly competent technical skills: Microsoft Office (Excel) and data management / analysis tools
- High expectations and belief that all children can learn
Bilingual Candidates Encouraged to Apply
Current schools with vacancies include but are not limited to:
- Kelvyn Park High School
- Bogan High School
- Bowen High School
- Clemente High School
How to Apply:
Interested candidates please visit http://www.cpstransformation.org