Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States, serving over 350,000 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.
That Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) have come together to launch the Chicago Roadmap-a shared, systemic, and coherent strategy to generate economic mobility for Chicago's young people by building stronger education-to-career pathways and removing barriers to student success. In particular, we are taking joint action to enhance supports and close equity gaps in five connected domains: 1) Academic Readiness & Success; 2) Access to High-Quality Programs; 3) Student Advising and Supports; 4) Career Awareness, Exploration, and Experience; 5) Transparency, Alignment, and Collaboration.
The Director, Chicago Roadmap will be CPS' implementer-in-chief for the Chicago Roadmap and will work closely with CCC's Roadmap lead, CPS internal staff, and external stakeholders including city agencies, nonprofit partners, and philanthropic organizations to ensure successful execution. This is a senior role that will operate out of CPS' Office of College and Career Success and report initially to the Chief of College and Career Success.
The Director, Chicago Roadmap provide overall project management for the CPS components of this partnership, including the following responsibilities:
Joint Oversight of the Chicago Roadmap
- Liaise with CCC's Roadmap lead to manage all aspects of implementing the Chicago Roadmap. This includes:
- Facilitating Roadmap governance meetings, including the Executive Governance Committee, the Leadership Committee, and - critically - the workgroups primarily responsible for implementation
- Managing communications of Roadmap activities, including updating of the website or public-facing documents
- Overseeing the Roadmap budget and coordinating recommendations for use of funds as they are received
- Progress monitoring and reporting on Roadmap activities
CPS Roadmap Project Management
- Lead planning and oversee implementation of key strategies in all five Roadmap domains
- Facilitate and oversee the work of all Chicago Roadmap workgroups
- Manage external partners and contractors engaged to execute components of the Roadmap
- Manage the CPS components of the Roadmap budget
- Collaborate with the Executive Director of the Children's First Fund (CFF), CPS' philanthropic sister organization; CCC's Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement; and the Chicago Roadmap Campaign Director to secure philanthropic funds, report to and liaise with donors
- Coordinate CPS data and research staff to refine and develop and monitor Roadmap metrics, facilitate regular internal reporting of these metrics, and ensure timely delivery of annual Chicago Roadmap "report card"
- Support CPS leadership for internal and external briefings on the Roadmap and implementation activities
Implementation of Roadmap Activities
- Develop project plans that will guide the implementation of Roadmap initiatives within CPS
- Monitor project plans and completion of activities
- Coordinate implementation of Roadmap activities across departments within the Office of College and Career Success
- Facilitate collaborative relationships between the Office of College and Career Success, other CPS central office departments and CPS Networks to implement the Chicago Roadmap
- Commitment to increasing postsecondary attainment and labor market success among CPS students
- Ten (10) years of progressively responsible administrative experience in an educational setting
- Strong project management and facilitation skills
- Experience in developing relationships with external partners, such as higher education, nonprofits, local and state government, workforce, and community organizations
- Demonstrated experience in creating consensus through shared governance
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
- Previous professional experience in or adjacent to one or more of the following areas is preferred:
- Alignment and collaboration between secondary and postsecondary institutions
- Career-connected education pathways
- Community college
- Public agencies
Type of Education:
- Bachelor's degree required
- Advanced degree strongly preferred
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.