Director of STEP Español Professional Learning

  • Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Temporarily Remote
  • STEP

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). UEI’s academic home is in the School of Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice (CFS) at the University of Chicago.

UChicago Impact Stands Apart From Others In The Market For The Following Reasons
Research continues to show that many 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. UChicago Impact uses proven research to create scalable evidence-based tools and supports designed to improve academic outcomes.

      ● 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 has partners and clients in more than 60 cities and 35 states — including some of the highest performing school systems and charter management organizations nationwide (e.g., Achievement First, KIPP, Uncommon Schools).

Role Description:

The Director of STEP Español Professional Learning will report to UChicago Impact’s CoCEO. The successful candidate will manage work related to STEP Español’s pilot, and eventually, long-term implementations. This includes bilingual (Spanish and English) literacy coaching and instructional support for teachers in some of the nation’s most underserved schools. The successful candidate will have deep knowledge of current research and practice related to K-3 literacy instruction and assessment, have experience collaborating and communicating with external stakeholders and have proven project management skills. The Director of STEP Español Professional Learning will have the ability to communicate complex ideas clearly and build and maintain positive, productive relationships with key internal and external partners. This includes collaborating with the Director of STEP Partnership Strategy and the Director of Communications Strategy on STEP Español related business development efforts. The Director of STEP Español Professional Learning will develop, curate, and revise any/all professional learning materials needed as part of each STEP Español implementation. This role requires a deep knowledge regarding effective use of data to facilitate learning for and coaching of adults. The successful candidate needs to have a proven track-record for successful management of multi-faceted, multi-year projects.

Other typical work-related activities include:

● Maintain and expand knowledge of literacy practices relevant for STEP Español
● Maintain knowledge regarding trends in bilingual instruction and assessment
● Facilitate literacy professional development for clients
● Refine, add to and improve upon professional learning offerings based on client
feedback and/or other data points
● Create work project plans, update and communicate changes
● Develop and provide implementation and ongoing support trainings and materials
● Participate in, organize and/or collaborate on larger-scale client implementations,
including needs assessments, strategic planning and reflection
● Engage with and support key external partners, such as superintendents
● Maintain regular status meetings with the CoCEO
● Consistent, timely follow-through on assigned responsibilities
● Anticipate and communicate potential and actual challenges, whether internal and
external in origin
● Active participation in and attendance at staff and committee meetings

Required Qualifications:

● Degree in Education, with emphasis on elementary literacy and/or coaching
      ○ At least 15 years of relevant professional experience
● Minimum of four years prior experience as a STEP Manager or Senior Manager of Professional Learning
● Fluent in Spanish: verbal communication
● Prior experience administering and working with the STEP Assessment and STEP Español Assessment
● Solid understanding of K-3 bilingual literacy education issues
● Strong verbal and written communication skills
● Proven ability to collect, track, and reflect upon data and key performance metrics
● Experience leading and overseeing multiple external relationships
● Proven ability to work well under pressure while maintaining a positive and productive disposition
● A passion for supporting schools in their work to continuously improve student outcomes
● Experience working with Google Drive
● Ability to work effectively with a remote team
● Ability to travel to school sites for up to 30% of the work year (50-60 site visit days, incl. 50-75 days away from the home office although remote support currently remains the dominant modality during the COVID-19 pandemic)

Preferred Qualifications:

● Native, fluent Spanish speaker: verbal and written communication
● Advanced degree in Bilingual Education
● Reading Specialist certification
● Prior experience coaching adult learners
● Experience writing grant or research proposals
● Educational technology design experience
● Prior experience working with Charter Management Organizations

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