Manager of School Supports
Chicago Public Schools
 Chicago, IL

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.

Reporting to the Executive Director of School Supports, within the Office of Network Support, the Manager of School Supports is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of a cross-departmental plan for supporting low/underperforming schools.

The Manager of School Supports is expected to successfully oversee and/or perform the following core responsibilities:

  • Develop long and short term plans/programs and strategies to improve student achievement in low/underperforming schools
  • Development of effective tools for assessing Principal and Network team leadership capacity and provide differentiated supports that result in improved performance.
  • Directly collaborate with Network Chiefs and Principals around the Tiered Support Model
  • Conduct School-based site visits to determine levels of implementation and support needed for TSM initiatives and cohorts
  • Creation of systems and processes that effectively allocate resources to Chiefs of Schools to make data informed decisions about Principal needs
  • Partner with Academic Departments to develop a system to effectively allocate instructional supports and content experts to Principals based on need
  • Design and lead professional development sessions for school leaders
  • Manage and organize the resource allocation for both Collaborative and Independent School Principals to meet individualized school needs
  • Facilitate the creation of professional learning communities enabling best practice sharing and collaboration among school leaders
  • Collaborative with other Office of Network Support team members on cross-functional projects
  • Supervise Administrative Assistant for the School Supports Team and other Misc Employees and Interns
  • Manage and organize collaborative work with external partners and agencies to provide robust supports and services to schools
  • Guide implementation and use of a new database to tracking inputs and outputs for Collaborative Schools
  • Serve on committees and participate in projects at the request of the Chief Schools Officer and/or the Executive Director of School Supports that will improve educational offerings and increase efficiency

In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities, the Manager of School Supports must possess the following qualifications:

Type of Education Required:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in Education or a related field

Type of Experience and Number of Years:

  • Minimum of 5 years of leadership supporting educators and/or administrators within a complex educational organization is required
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience as a district-level administrator, assistant principal or principal within a large urban district is preferred

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to articulate a vision, set high standards, and effectively guide schools and principals to meet strategic goals
  • Experience in project and change management is preferred
  • Strong leadership and team building skills, e.g. ability to develop high performing cross-departmental teams united around a clear vision for serving schools and achieving student success
  • Effective strategic planning capabilities, including the ability to establish long-term vision and goals, and align/manage activities toward goal fulfillment

Residency Requirement:

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.