The Deputy Chief of Schools will be held accountable for the following responsibilities:
- Manage the transformation of schools and network support staff resulting in a dramatic increase in student achievement;
- Partner with Chief of Schools to identify, recruit and a strong pool of highly skilled principal candidates that are committed to a standard of excellence and can bring results;
- In collaboration with the Chief of Schools, assess principal leadership capacity and develop, and support execution of individualized Leadership Development Plans (“LDPs”), which include providing weekly coaching support and conducting regular formal and informal evaluations to support the achievement of their performance scorecards and goals of the LDP;
- Manage Resource Hub support in partnership with school leaders;
- Design and deliver Network-wide principal and assistant principal professional learning focused on building and sustaining instructional leadership capacity;
- Manage team administration and operations, including making sure that all team members are held accountable for meeting expectation;
- Serve as liaison to Support Centers; monitor schools’ operational performance and compliance, resolve open issues, etc. and ensure principal time can be focused on instructional leadership;
- Provide ad-hoc operational support to Principals and Network (escalated inquiries, emergencies, etc.);
- Work collaboratively with fellow networks to support a seamless PreK-12 learning community, implementing a strategic plan to dramatically increase college and career readiness throughout the collaborative.
- Apply knowledge of high school programming and goals to support members of the network support team and lead to improved strategy at schools
- As a representative of the Chief of Schools, demonstrate a high level of moral imperative to work in the best interest of children. Demonstration of high levels of instructional expertise, integrity, honesty, credibility, and courage to make difficult yet necessary decisions is a must.
In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities, the Deputy Chief of Schools must possess the following qualifications:
Type of Education Required: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Education; Master’s degree in Education preferred.
Certification: Valid Type 75 administrative certificate issued by the Illinois State Board of Education (or out-of-state equivalent).
Type of Experience and Number of Years: Five years or more of experience within a complex educational organization is essential. School leadership experience preferred especially principal experience with urban youth and/or coaching, teaching, and mentoring educators for a minimum of three years.