Senior Manager, Early College Initiatives
TBD- Early College STEM High School
Early College Initiatives
Department: Office of Pathways to College and Career
Purpose or Summary Statement of Primary Duties and Responsibilities of Position
The Chicago Public Schools has embarked on an initiative to rapidly increase CPS student's ability to earn college credit while still in high school. By doing so, CPS hopes to lower the cost of college, reduce the time needed to earn a degree/trade certificate, help with the transition to post-secondary, and provide more rigorous high school class options for its students. In partnership with the City Colleges of Chicago as well as public and private universities throughout Illinois, the Pathways to College and Careers Office will be examining the most effective ways of making early college possible for all students-including programs such as early college high schools, dual credit, dual enrollment, and curriculum articulation.
The Senior Manager of Early College Initiatives will be responsible for leading the continued development of the Early College STEM High School model, liaising with key stakeholders to manage the implementation of 5 Early College STEM High Schools (ECSS), and serving as the primary point of contact for a variety of stakeholders including principals, network chiefs, central office staff, industry partners, and college partners. For more information on ECSS please see: http://www.cps.edu/Pages/ECSS.aspx
In addition, the Senior Manager for Early College Initiatives will work with the Director of Early College and Career Education to develop the overall Early College strategy, and will be responsible for the overall execution of said strategy.
- Oversee long-term strategic vision and annual implementation plans to build strong Early College programs (Early College STEM HS, dual credit, dual enrollment) resulting in significantly higher numbers of students graduating with college credit achieved via early college initiatives.
- Design replicable, scalable models for high-quality Early College programs. Ensure alignment with CPS district strategic vision and goals (e.g., dual credit curriculum alignment with Common Core State Standards).
- Oversee development of Race to the Top budgets for ECSS as well as annual operating budget for dual credit and dual enrollment programs. Ensure the effective management of resources to achieve program goals. Engage in external fundraising efforts as needed.
- Oversee broad range of Early College-related professional development for teachers and counselors citywide, offering PD and coaching in large groups, small groups, and 1-on-1 capacities.
- Collaborate with other CPS departments and student support services to effectively serve the needs of programs and students (e.g., Curriculum & Instruction, Professional Learning, Counseling, Academic and Learning Supports, Strategy/Research/Accountability, Operations, Information Technology Services, etc.) Collaborate with Principals and Chiefs of Schools to drive program/student success.
- Cultivate and oversee partnerships with 2-year and 4-year postsecondary institutions in order to drive student access to dual credit, dual enrollment, and other early college opportunities.
- Build relationships with businesses and community partners, including at City Colleges of Chicago, in order to drive industry engagement, work-based learning opportunities for students, and ensure ongoing support of Early College initiatives and programs.
- Supervise and develop Early College Initiatives staff (2 direct reports) and lead a professional learning community for school-based Early College Program Managers, providing oversight and ongoing coaching to ensure achievement of performance and development goals.
Qualifications for Job:
- Project planning and strategic planning capabilities, including the ability to establish long-term vision and goals, and the ability to align and manage activities toward execution of identified goals.
- Strong leadership and team-building skills, i.e., ability to develop high-performing teams united around a clear vision for serving schools and achieving student success.
- Self-starter with ability to conduct multiple projects concurrently, both independently and as a member of a collaborative team.
- Strong budgeting and forecasting skills, and experience managing large-scale budgets.
- Ability to build trusting relationships and function effectively at the school level, central office level, and with executive-level external partners in business, postsecondary, and government.
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to drive change and achieve results. Experience developing business, government, post-secondary and other external relationships to garner support and resources.
- Ability to define problems, analyze data, and outline valid conclusions and action steps.
- Willingness to learn and adapt in the midst of new and shifting priorities with a "can-do" solutions-oriented approach to problem solving.
- Development-oriented mindset; reflective, self-aware, and driven to learn from setbacks.
- Exceptional written, verbal, organizational, and technology skills.
- Demonstrated program management skills including program planning, implementation and review/ evaluation.
- Possess a track record of success as demonstrated by superior academic and professional achievement.
- Some knowledge of CTE, Early College, and Workforce Development best practices preferred.
Type of Education:
- Required: Bachelors degree in education, social sciences, business, public policy, or related field.
- Preferred: Masters degree.
Type of Experience and Number of Years:
- Required: Five or more years of professional experience. Two or more years direct supervisory experience managing teams.
- Preferred: Experience in a large organization, driving complex projects requiring significant cross-functional collaboration. Experience leading, developing and implementing outcomes-based programs for urban students. Experience in Career and Technical Education (CTE), teaching and/or administrative.