Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States, serving over 350,000 students in more than 600 schools and employing nearly 36,000 people, most of them teachers. CPS has set ambitious goals to ensure that every student, in every school and every neighborhood, has access to a world-class learning experience that prepares each for success in college, career and civic life. In order to fulfill this mission, we make three commitments to our students, their families and all Chicagoans: academic progress, financial stability and integrity. Six core principles are embedded within these commitments – student centered, whole child, equity, academic excellence, community partnership, and continuous learning.
CPS is organized into 17 networks, which provide administrative support, strategic direction, and leadership development to the schools within each network. There are 13 elementary school networks and 4 high school networks and each network is led by a Chief of Schools. The Deputy Chief of Schools will report directly to the Chief of Schools of their network. We are currently looking for three Deputy Chiefs of Schools: 2 elementary and 1 high school.
The Deputy Chief of Schools will be held accountable for the following responsibilities:
- Manage the transformation of schools and network support staff resulting in a dramatic increase in student achievement;
- Partner with Chief of Schools to identify, recruit and a strong pool of highly skilled principal candidates that are committed to a standard of excellence and can bring results;
- In collaboration with the Chief of Schools, assess principal leadership capacity and develop, and support execution of individualized Leadership Development Plans (“LDPs”), which include providing weekly coaching support and conducting regular formal and informal evaluations to support the achievement of their performance scorecards and goals of the LDP;
- Manage Resource Hub support in partnership with school leaders;
- Design and deliver Network-wide principal and assistant principal professional learning focused on building and sustaining instructional leadership capacity;
- Manage team administration and operations, including making sure that all team members are held accountable for meeting expectation;
- Serve as liaison to Support Centers; monitor schools’ operational performance and compliance, resolve open issues, etc. and ensure principal time can be focused on instructional leadership;
- Provide ad-hoc operational support to Principals and Network (escalated inquiries, emergencies, etc.);
- Work collaboratively with fellow networks to support a seamless PreK-12 learning community, implementing a strategic plan to dramatically increase college and career readiness throughout the collaborative.
- Apply knowledge of programming and goals to support members of the network support team and lead to improved strategy at schools
- As a representative of the Chief of Schools, demonstrate a high level of moral imperative to work in the best interest of children. Demonstration of high levels of instructional expertise, integrity, honesty, credibility, and courage to make difficult yet necessary decisions is a must.
In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities, the Deputy Chief of Schools must possess the following qualifications:
Type of Education Required: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Education; Master’s degree in Education preferred.
Certification: Valid Type 75 administrative certificate issued by the Illinois State Board of Education (or out-of-state equivalent).
Type of Experience and Number of Years: Five years or more of experience within a complex educational organization is essential. School leadership experience preferred especially principal experience with urban youth and/or coaching, teaching, and mentoring educators for a minimum of three years.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Possesses the ability to assist the Chief of Schools in articulating a vision, sets high standards, and effectively guides schools and principals to commit to high expectations for all students by setting actionable, measurable goals and seeing them through to completion.
- Expertise in leadership development and instructional leadership. Able to coach principals to excellence, build capacity of instructional leadership teams, and develop meaningful and high impact professional school leaders.
- Is a strong communicator; speaking, listening, and writing.
- 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.
- Is knowledgeable of operations, management and organizational design and uses this knowledge to assist the Chief of Schools to ensure improved student outcomes.
- Builds collaborative relationships with a wide variety of constituent groups, including external partnerships, to ensure the entire system operates in the most effective manner possible to support school and principal needs.
- Ability to define problems, analyze data, and outline valid conclusions and action steps.
- Possess a track record of success as demonstrated by superior academic and professional achievement.
As a condition of employment with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), employees are required to live within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago within six months of his or her CPS hire date and maintain residency throughout their employment with the district.