The Chief of Schools works in collaboration with local school councils and CPS departments to identify, prepare, place and retain great principals in network schools; create a climate of professional collaboration by establishing structures that foster shared learning and resource exchange across networks and schools; and implement a strategic plan to anchor the work of the network in improving student achievement. Chiefs also leverage network and district resources strategically to effectively support students and schools.
The Chief of Schools has the following primary responsibilities:
- Supervise and support school leaders and schools in the Network by:
- Developing the ability of principals and their instructional leadership teams to develop, implement and monitor a strategic plan that helps meet student achievement goals. This includes assisting principals and their teams in engaging in root cause analyses, developing theories of action and building coherent multi-year strategies.
- Support principals’ development and implementation of their school’s Continuous Improvement Work Plan (“CIWP”), including the change management process needed to implement transformation initiatives at the school-level.
- Working with school leaders to closely monitor school improvement through a cycle of continuous improvement and sound management practices.
- Assessing the leadership capacity of each principal and their leadership teams (including teacher leaders and Assistant Principals) and developing an individualized Leadership Development Plan (“LDP”) for each leader; conducting regular performance evaluations to support the goals in the LDPs.
- Providing frequent, actionable feedback to assist principals and their leadership teams in improving in their leadership practice and achieve better results.
- Assess principal quality within the network and effectively plan for, facilitate and/or execute school leadership transitions as needed (including succession planning), in consultation and partnership with the Office of Network Support, Department of Principal Quality and Talent Office.
- Identify, recruit and engage in the selection of new principals able to successfully lead school improvement efforts.
- Develop a high-performing community of principals who leverage one another’s strengths and support one another in achieving shared goals. This may include via principal network meetings, peer mentoring, and/or individual job-embedded coaching focused on instructional leadership.
- Develop and build a high-performing network team focused on supporting the work of school leaders and their leadership teams. This support should include activities that:
- Foster meaningful relationships with families and community stakeholders to create a strong neighborhood structure to support the learning of all students.
- Differentiate resources and support to schools in accordance with their CIWP and student achievement goals instead of a one-size fits all approach.
- Leverage the resources of Central Office departments and teams and coordinate their delivery in the best interests of principals, their leadership teams, and schools’ CIWPs.
- Pursue the district’s goals for diversity, equity and inclusion, with a particular focus on ensuring equitable access to high-quality instruction for students and eliminating the opportunity gap.
- Collaborate with the CPS Senior Leadership Team, the Chief Education Officer and fellow Chiefs of School in developing communication systems that ensure the smooth flow of information (both vertically and horizontally), enable energy to be concentrated on the highest-priority goals for each school, and ensure best practices are shared across schools
- Regularly monitor schools’ performance and provides feedback to assist in developing principal leadership capacity, the schools’ progress toward implementation of CIWP efforts, and the networks results in achieving the student achievement goals set in the 5 year CPS Vision, Success Starts Here. .
- Perform other administrative duties as assigned by the CEO/CEDO or designee.
The Chief of Schools should have demonstrated ability and/or experience to:
- Lead literacy and numeracy instruction, as well as design and implement successful instructional strategies for English Language Learners and students with diverse learning needs.
- Lead large-scale, sustainable improvement efforts, whether in school transformation or movement from “good to great.”
- Exhibit a consistent sense of urgency around closing opportunity gaps and making the instructional improvements needed to do so.
- Develop leaders, build an effective collaborative team, and coach team members to ensure professional and career growth.
- Articulate a vision and set high standards for all students, and effectively drive schools to fully commit to high expectations, as well.
- Communicate a clear vision and build consensus among a diverse set of stakeholders around the common purpose of helping students succeed.
- Build collaborative relationships with a broad variety of constituent groups, including both internal and external partnerships.
- Analyze and synthesize multiple sources of data to inform daily decisions and indicate areas for improved instructional practice.
- Seek out and share research- and evidence-based best practices; explore innovative ideas, understanding the practical challenges and how to overcome them.
- Successfully navigate politically-charged environments, always acting with integrity, honesty, and courage in the best interests of students.
- Commit to one’s own continuous improvement, and possess an unwavering belief that all students can achieve at high levels.
- Ability to make challenging decisions, remain professional under stress and possess exceptional judgment.
Type of Education Required: Bachelor's degree from accredited college or university; Master’s degree in Education or related field.
Type of Experience Required: Minimum of 5 (five) years of experience managing within a complex educational organization is essential, as well as experience teaching urban youth and/or coaching, teaching, and mentoring educators. Principal experience required. Principal supervisor experience preferred.