Manager of Professional Learning, STEP (Grades K-3)

  • Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
  • Full-time
  • STEP
  • uch-18993

Research continues to show that a majority of America's schools fail to prepare students of color and students from low-income families to succeed in college and beyond. Many view these problems as intractable. UChicago Impact does not.

Launched in 2011 as a not-for-profit organization, UChicago Impact is one of four units that comprise the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute (UEI). The three other units include: the UChicago Consortium on School Research (CSR), the Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP), and the University of Chicago Charter School.

UChicago Impact culls knowledge and learning from across these units to create scalable evidence-based tools and supports designed to improve schooling nationwide. UChicago Impact stands apart from others in the market for the following reasons:

  • It is embedded in The University of Chicago.
  • Its work is grounded in rigorous research.
  • It establishes long-term partnerships with schools and districts.
  • Its partners achieve results.

UChicago Impact currently works in more than 60 cities and 33 states — including some of the highest performing school systems and charter management organizations nationwide (e.g., KIPP, Uncommon Schools, Achievement First).

Reporting to the Co-Director of Professional Learning, the Manager of Professional Learning will provide strategic support in the administration, implementation and coaching of staff of schools using the STEP Literacy Assessment system. The Manager of Professional Learning will play an integral role in ensuring that STEP is implemented reliably, rigorously, and to its fullest potential. This formative literacy assessment is structured around the use of narrative text and the resultant data from regular assessment. The Manager of Professional Learning will provide data-driven literacy coaching, focused on increasing teacher knowledge and student performance. Coaching will predominantly focus on small group differentiated reading practices. The Manager of Professional Learning will also provide professional development sessions focused on developing teacher capacity in instructional planning, word solving, comprehension strategies, and language development. Modeling how to perform and/or co-planning for any of the previously noted areas of support are also regular work-related activities.

The Manager of Professional Learning will also possess strong interpersonal skills and be able to work with school leaders, administrators, and teachers, as well as various group sizes and individuals. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, excellent organizational skills with the ability to effectively prioritize and multi-task, as well as synthesize learning and apply to similar settings are all critical skills to have in this role.

Clients are located in various cities around the country, so travel is regular part of this job role. Managers of Professional Learning should anticipate travel/work out of state account for up to 50% of their time on an annual basis. For example, 3-4 work trips of 2- 4 days at a time per month is common.

Other typical work-related activities will include:

  • Conduct regular status updates (in-person, phone and/or email) with STEP school leaders and STEP colleagues
  • Write progress reports related to the previous topic
  • Maintain current knowledge of trends in curricula, instruction, and assessment
  • Communicate with supervisor regarding implementation strengths and challenges and resolve said problems by working with department staff

Qualified candidates must have:

  • A Master's degree in education or a related field
  • A minimum 7 years elementary (K-3) teaching experience and at least 3 years experience coaching teachers (K-3) or the equivalent combination of above noted education and experience
  • Strong knowledge of essential research in elementary literacy (i.e. balanced literacy)
  • Professional development creation and facilitation
  • Experience with data driven instruction and formative assessment
  • Proficiency with PCs and basic software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Preferred skills include:

  • Master’s in reading
  • Reading Specialist certification
  • Reading Recovery certification
  • Charter Management Organization work experience
  • Knowledge of adult learning
  • DL/EL experience
  • Fluency in a second language (Spanish)

UChicago Impact employees enjoy opportunities for personal growth and advancement, rewarding work in a people-oriented environment, an organizational culture that values work/life balance, and commitment to a diverse workforce and an environment of inclusion.


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