STEAM Program Manager

Chicago, IL, US
Aug 05, 2019
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 STEAM School Program Manager contributes to the guidance on the effective implementation of STEAM programming as it relates to interdisciplinary curriculum, instruction, assessment, and intervention for all students with a specific focus on the district's STEAM schools.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the district-wide vision for STEAM teaching and learning, with a focus on school-wide shifts in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary practice

  • Support and lead the school-based STEAM Specialists in their work as instructional coaches and champions of STEM practices in their schools

    • Develop and model effective coaching relationships

    • Provide guidance and resources to support Specialists in implementing meaningful coaching cycles

    • Monitor and provide feedback to Specialists to support continuous improvement

  • Design, coordinate, and facilitate ongoing and responsive professional learning for:

    • School-based STEAM Specialists

    • STEAM School Administrators

    • STEAM School Teachers

  • Collaborate with STEAM School Administrators to identify areas of growth, develop priorities, and implement strategies for school improvement

  • Lead the revision and implementation of the STEAM School Certification Process

  • Lead the revision and implementation of the Academic Program Focus RFP application process

Secondary Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate regularly with the Department of STEM and Department of Arts Education to ensure alignment of priorities and initiatives

  • Support the Departments in implementing:

    • STEM/STEAM Competitions and Challenges

    • CPS STEM Summer Institute

    • STEAM curriculum supports and professional learning initiatives

  • Perform other related duties as required

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

Type of Education Required :

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in a relevant field of study. Master's degree in STEAM field, Education, or a related field preferred.

Type of Experience and Number of Years :

A minimum of 5 years of teaching experience in a STEAM-related or interdisciplinary field; leadership experience required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities :

  • Experience with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, the Next Generation Science Standards, and Illinois Arts Learning Standards

  • Expertise in research-based instructional practices and strategies

  • Strong leadership skills

  • Understanding of Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

  • Commitment to continuous improvement

  • Proven track record of success and a clear focus on results

  • Excellent facilitation, written, and oral communication skills

  • Excellent technology skills (PowerPoint, Excel, Google Docs, etc.)

  • Knowledge of critical issues in education

  • Ability to collaborate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders

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 his or her CPS hire date and maintain residency throughout their employment with the district.

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