Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States, serving over 360,000 students in 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 values are embedded within these commitments - student centered, whole child, equity, academic excellence, community partnership and continuous learning.
The Office of Employee Engagement's ("OEE") mission is to ensure effective administration of employee grievances, collective-bargaining provisions, Board policies and rules, and employee discipline to facilitate compliance with statutory and contractual requirements. OEE's main duties include presiding over discipline hearings and investigating and adjusting grievances filed by labor unions. The OEE also houses the Criminal Background Committee, which is responsible for reviewing the criminal background histories of applicants.
The Administrative Hearing Officer is responsible for the following:
- Conduct administrative hearings in discipline cases in order to elicit facts and determine whether discipline and/or dismissal is appropriate under Board policies, guidelines, rules and practices and other relevant considerations; draft memorandum with factual summary, analysis, and recommended disposition of disciplinary matter
- Conduct grievance meetings with labor organization representatives at the pre-arbitration step of the grievance procedure as the Chief Executive Officer's representative; issue grievance dispositions consistent with collective bargaining agreements, Board policies, guidelines, rules and practices and other relevant criteria and considerations
- Research and prepare written responses to labor relations inquiries
- Counsel school principals, administrators and employees regarding compliance with collective bargaining agreements and Board policies, rules, and regulations
- Develop and deliver training to principals and administrators on labor relations issues
- Handle special projects and other related duties as assigned
In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities, the Administrative Hearing Officer, must possess the following qualifications:
Type of Education and License Required:
- Bachelor's Degree; degree in education or a related field a plus
Type of Experience and Number of Years:
- Juris Doctorate and Illinois License to practice law are strongly preferred
- Three years of experience in labor relations, human resources or related fields (may include experience in an organized public school setting as principal, administrator or as an employee representative)
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Ability to analyze fact patterns, identify inconsistencies or areas of concern, and recommend corrections
- Advanced ability to communicate orally and in writing clearly and succinctly and to write complex analysis of facts, law and policies/rules/contract in simple coherent styl
- Ability to preside over high stakes adversarial hearings in which participants may have strongly held opposing views
- Interpersonal skills that enable school administrators and employees to have trust and confidence in your fairness, knowledge and skills
- Time management skills to prioritize caseload and issue prompt decisions
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 their CPS hire date and must maintain residency throughout their employment with the district.