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 other units include: the UChicago Charter School, the UChicago Consortium on School Research and the Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP).
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:
UChicago Impact currently has partners and clients 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).
The STEP Literacy Research and Development (R&D) Manager position is grant-funded for a period of 24 months upon hire. If the associated research project receives more funding and/or another project requiring similar skills emerges, the STEP Literacy R&D Manager may have opportunity to continue on at UChicago Impact beyond the currently confirmed 24-month time period.
The STEP Literacy R&D Manager will report to the Co-CEO of UChicago Impact and work collaboratively with other colleagues on the research, development, piloting, revision, and analysis of data pertaining to STEP’s formative literacy assessment expansion to 8th grade.
The successful candidate will help with a variety of tasks and projects- some in partnership with the STEP Managers of Professional Learning, others under direction from the Co-CEO. He/She will assert ideas on how to approach the design extension, revision and implementation of a formative literacy assessment for STEP in the 7th and 8th grades. This role requires a range of skillsets including: deep knowledge of the developmental trajectory for reading, data analysis and interpretation, ability to speak to literacy knowledge and related supports for teachers and students, ability to oversee planning and execution of projects, and ability to establish high-level goals while also working to address the day-to-day responsibilities of project implementation.
Other typical work-related activities include:
o Write plans and progress reports.
o Maintain documentation of the assessment development process: documenting all products and procedures.
Qualified candidates must have:
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.