Manager, Performance Policy

Chicago, IL, US
Mar 01, 2021
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third-largest school district in the United States, serving over 340,000 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.

Job Summary:

The Manager of Performance Policy executes the day-to-day requirements of calculating and reporting of CPS' School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) and supports the calculation of REACH teacher evaluation, as well as administrator evaluation for the District. Within the Office Portfolio Management, the Department of School Quality Measurement and Research works to define what is a quality school and helps communicate to stakeholders how the district is performing. The Manager of Performance Policy also communicates with Academic Department Chiefs and City Hall about end-of-year performance as well helps drive strategic planning conversations within the district by supporting the work of the Vision Collaboratives.

T he Manager of Performance Policy will be held accountable for the following responsibilities:

Typical Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Manage the process of calculating metrics in rating systems for accountability policies - including the School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) and REACH (educator evaluation) - for all schools, principals, assistant principals, and teachers.
  • Document calculation business rules for metrics and ratings related to SQRP and REACH, and ensure that participating departments understand and follow these specifications.
  • Analyze SQRP and REACH results and present data for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive SQRP training and communication plan for central office and network staff, school staff, parents, and community members. Create supporting documents, calculators, and multimedia, as appropriate.
  • Provide direct support to network staff and principals on SQRP and general data-related inquiries.
  • Coordinate SQRP metric previews for schools, networks, and departments prior to the release of SQRP.
  • Support process to update SQRP and REACH through policy analysis, comparative analysis of other districts and states, and engagement with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Manage and facilitate discussions to articulate how the district defines what quality practices are at different levels of the organization (i.e., school, principal/AP, teacher).
  • Ensure the accurate, timely reporting of performance data results.
  • Effectively communicate performance results to senior leaders through memos and presentations.
  • Coordinate processes and protocols for Continuous Improvement and the use of data for planning with Central Office Leaders.

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

Type of Education Required:

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Advanced degree (e.g., MPP, MBA, Ed.D) preferred

Type of Experience Required:

  • At least five (5) years of relevant project management experience in urban education or a related field
  • Prior project management experience specifically involving the use of data and statistics to develop policies or program strategy

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to be a team player with a strong work ethic and a positive attitude
  • Ability to be flexible and comfortable working on a variety of assignments at a given time
  • Ability to balance competing priorities and deadlines
  • Proven detail-orientation and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a variety of audiences, especially through policy briefs and PowerPoint presentations; competent and creative in the visual display of information
  • Demonstrated analytic and data-driven problem-solving ability, including interpretation of data to address complex problems
  • Proficiency with statistics preferred
  • Knowledge of educational performance measures, educational research, and urban education systems, strongly preferred

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.

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