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Middle School ELA Teacher

Posted by | July 17, 2019 |

Be Noble. Teach Middle School ELA at Noble.

Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public charter high schools. Our 18 schools and 1,300 employees currently serve over 12,300 students, 98% of whom are minority, 89% low-income, and 83% first-generation college goers. The School Quality and Rating Policy scores for the Chicago Public Schools rated Noble campuses as ten of the top fifteen public high schools in the city. We believe our people are the most valuable asset in preparing our students to be successful in college and lead exemplary lives. For that reason, we are looking for the best talent in education.

Who We’re Seeking

Teaching at Noble is ideal for instructors motivated by the certainty that all of their students can and will succeed, eager for the autonomy to design the vision and content of their classrooms, and rooted in the desire to continuously improve their instruction through data. We are looking for mission-aligned Middle School ELA teachers for the 2019-2020 academic year who will open the world of language and literature to our scholars. Gary Comer College Prep Middle School is the only middle school campus of the Noble Network of Charter Schools in Chicago, IL.  With a vision to develop well-rounded and successful college graduates, our middle school works toward a vision of developing well-rounded and successful college graduates by starting with their students in the sixth grade and supports them through the transition to high school. Each ELA teacher is responsible for cultivating a community of learners in which diversity of thought is celebrated and results are achieved. Noble ELA teachers provide frequent opportunities for students to practice the skills and habits necessary to be successful in school, critically read, and write with concision and insight.

Our ELA teachers are expected to:

  • design and implement long term, unit, and lesson plans aligned to a standardized assessment,
  • hold self and all students accountable during class, transitions, and school events,
  • utilize data from in class and Network-wide formative and summative assessments to drive instruction and intervention, and
  • exemplify Noble’s Core Values in the work they do.

Above all else, Noble Middle School ELA teachers must invest our students in the joy of reading and the power of writing.

Noble Quality Non-negotiables

  • A belief that all students, regardless of background and current ability, can succeed in high school, college, and life
  • A belief in executing Noble’s approach to high expectations
  • A record of pursuing and achieving ambitious results
  • A regular practice of reflection and desire to continuously improve
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Eligibility to work in the United States on a full-time basis
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Independent K-12 Sales Representative

Posted by | July 1, 2019 |

NextWaveSTEM is a start-up founded in 2017 with the goal of sparking students’ interest in STEM. We know that creating an interest in emerging technologies in students today results in positive STEM outcomes for students in the future. Our goal is to ensure that all students have equitable access to STEM education.

NextWaveSTEM offers curriculum and all resources to help schools implement drones, robotics, 3d printing, and A.I programs during school or after school. NextWaveSTEM has partnered with an 80+ school in the Chicagoland area, impacting over 8000 students and educators.

The K-12 Schools Business Development job responsibilities include:

  • Attain and surpass assigned sales goal
  • Proven ability to advance the sales and build strong customer relationship expanding market penetration
  • Effectively communicates opportunities
  • Develop and execute marketing and territory strategic plans
  • Exhibit excellent organizational skills
  • Creates and identifies customer opportunities promoting NextWaveSTEM services
  • Reviews market analyses, monitors competitive activity and identifies customer needs.
  • Delivers product reviews, presentations, and proposals to district leadership, district committees, and building level decision-makers
  • Works collaboratively with NextWaveSTEM and District/School staff members
  • Drives high customer service levels within assigned account base

Job Types: Contract, Commission

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Independent K-12 Sales Representative

Posted by | July 1, 2019 |

NextWaveSTEM is a start-up founded in 2017 with the goal of sparking students’ interest in STEM. We know that creating an interest in emerging technologies in students today results in positive STEM outcomes for students in the future. Our goal is to ensure that all students have equitable access to STEM education.

NextWaveSTEM offers curriculum and all resources to help schools implement drones, robotics, 3d printing, and A.I programs during school or after school. NextWaveSTEM has partnered with an 80+ school in the Chicagoland area, impacting over 8000 students and educators.

The K-12 Schools Business Development job responsibilities include:

  • Attain and surpass assigned sales goal
  • Proven ability to advance the sales and build strong customer relationship expanding market penetration
  • Effectively communicates opportunities
  • Develop and execute marketing and territory strategic plans
  • Exhibit excellent organizational skills
  • Creates and identifies customer opportunities promoting NextWaveSTEM services
  • Reviews market analyses, monitors competitive activity and identifies customer needs.
  • Delivers product reviews, presentations, and proposals to district leadership, district committees, and building level decision-makers
  • Works collaboratively with NextWaveSTEM and District/School staff members
  • Drives high customer service levels within assigned account base

Job Types: Contract, Commission

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High School Science Teacher

Posted by | June 26, 2019 |

Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public charter high schools. Our 18 schools and 1,300 employees currently serve over 12,300 students, 98% of whom are minority, 89% low-income, and 83% first-generation college goers. The School Quality and Rating Policy scores for the Chicago Public Schools rated Noble campuses as ten of the top fifteen public high schools in the city. We believe our people are the most valuable asset in preparing our students to be successful in college and lead exemplary lives. For that reason, we are looking for the best talent in education.

Who We’re Seeking

Teaching at Noble is ideal for instructors motivated by the certainty that all of their students can and will succeed, eager for the autonomy to design the vision and content of their classrooms, and rooted in the desire to continuously improve their instruction through data. We are looking for mission-aligned Science teachers for the 2019-2020 academic year. Each Science teacher is responsible for cultivating a community of learners in which diversity of thought is celebrated and results are achieved. Noble Science teachers provide frequent opportunities for students to practice the skills and habits necessary to be successful in school and demonstrate their understanding of the natural world and scientific theories.

Our Science teachers are expected to:

  • design and implement long term, unit, and lesson plans aligned to a standardized assessment,
  • hold self and all students accountable during class, transitions, and school events,
  • utilize data from in class and Network-wide formative and summative assessments to drive instruction and intervention, and
  • exemplify Noble’s Core Values in the work they do.

Above all else, Noble Science teachers must invest our students in the joy and benefits of understanding the world around them.

Noble Quality Non-negotiables

  • A belief that all students, regardless of background and current ability, can succeed in high school, college, and life
  • A belief in executing Noble’s approach to high expectations
  • A record of pursuing and achieving ambitious results
  • A regular practice of reflection and desire to continuously improve
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Eligibility to work in the United States on a full-time basis
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Digital Arts Teacher

Posted by | June 26, 2019 |

Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public charter high schools. Our 18 schools and 1,300 employees currently serve over 12,300 students, 98% of whom are minority, 89% low-income, and 83% first-generation college goers. The School Quality and Rating Policy scores for the Chicago Public Schools rated Noble campuses as ten of the top fifteen public high schools in the city. We believe our people are the most valuable asset in preparing our students to be successful in college and lead exemplary lives. For that reason, we are looking for the best talent in education.

Who We’re Seeking

Teaching at Noble is ideal for instructors motivated by the certainty that all of their students can and will succeed, eager for the autonomy to design the vision and content of their classrooms, and rooted in the desire to continuously improve their instruction through data. We are looking for mission-aligned Art Teachers for the 2019-2020 academic year who will open the world of visual design or performance art to our students. Each Art Teacher is responsible for cultivating a community of learners in which diversity of thought is celebrated and results are achieved. Noble Art Teachers provide frequent opportunities for students to practice the skills and habits necessary for success in the visual, auditory, or performance arts. The Digital Arts courses allow students to technically understand, comprehend, and evaluate the basic tools and methods of Digital Arts & Media, computer literacy, basic life skills, and Google applications. Students will learn how to type, connect content with creative expression, and approach & execute unique projects while developing their own creative style. The overall scope of the Digital Arts course aims to equip 9th-grade students with a 21st century understanding of digital literacy and media while connecting various life skills.

Our Digital Arts Teachers are expected to:

  • design and implement long term, unit, and lesson plans,
  • hold self and all students accountable during class, transitions, and school events, and
  • exemplify Noble’s Core Values in the work they do.

Above all else, Noble Digital Arts Teachers must invest our students in the benefits and beauty of engaging in the arts.

Noble Quality Non-negotiables

  • A belief that all students, regardless of background and current ability, can succeed in high school, college, and life
  • A belief in executing Noble’s approach to high expectations
  • A record of pursuing and achieving ambitious results
  • A regular practice of reflection and desire to continuously improve
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Eligibility to work in the United States on a full-time basis
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Independent K-12 Sales Representative

Posted by | June 26, 2019 |

NextWaveSTEM is a start-up founded in 2017 with the goal of sparking students’ interest in STEM. We know that creating an interest in emerging technologies in students today results in positive STEM outcomes for students in the future. Our goal is to ensure that all students have equitable access to STEM education.

NextWaveSTEM offers curriculum and all resources to help schools implement drones, robotics, 3d printing, and A.I programs during school or after school. NextWaveSTEM has partnered with an 80+ school in the Chicagoland area, impacting over 8000 students and educators.

Looking for people with at least 3 years of experience in Education Sales.

The K-12 Schools Business Development job responsibilities include:

  • Attain and surpass assigned sales goal
  • Proven ability to advance the sales and build strong customer relationship expanding market penetration
  • Effectively communicates opportunities
  • Develop and execute marketing and territory strategic plans
  • Exhibit excellent organizational skills
  • Creates and identifies customer opportunities promoting NextWaveSTEM services
  • Reviews market analyses, monitors competitive activity and identifies customer needs.
  • Delivers product reviews, presentations, and proposals to district leadership, district committees, and building level decision-makers
  • Works collaboratively with NextWaveSTEM and District/School staff members
  • Drives high customer service levels within assigned account base

Job Types: Contract, Commission

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Dean of Specialized Services – Hansberry College Prep

Posted by | June 19, 2019 |

Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public charter high schools. Our 18 schools and 1,300 employees currently serve over 12,300 students, 98% of whom are minority, 89% low-income, and 83% first-generation college goers. The School Quality and Rating Policy scores for the Chicago Public Schools rated Noble campuses as ten of the top fifteen public high schools in the city. We believe our people are the most valuable asset in preparing our students to be successful in college and lead exemplary lives. For that reason, we are looking for the best talent in education.

Who We’re Seeking

The Dean of Specialized Services is a 52-week position responsible for coordinating and executing 504 and IEP paperwork and meetings with the monthly benchmark of 97%+ compliance.  They will be directly managed by the Principal, and will work alongside Learning Specialists and Related Service Providers.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Dean of Specialized Services coordinates the Special Education department in the following ways:

  • Completing all tasks related to triennial Full Individual Evaluations, annual Individual Education Plans, and annual Section 504 Plans.
    • Opening all documents in IMPACT
    • Conducting observations of students during class
    • Scheduling meetings on team roster and calendar
    • Coordinating with Learning Specialists and ensuring quality completion of all documents 10 days prior to meeting, including but not limited to: Consent/Assessment Planning, Learning Environment Interventions, Notice of Conference, Parental Excusal of Staff
    • Attending and facilitating all meetings
    • Ensuring all signatures are captured and all copies are provided to parents and uploaded into IMPACT
  • Communicating and coordinating with Network and CPS for all transportation, paraprofessional, and placement requests
  • Coordinating with outside service providers (psychologist, nurse, OT, PT, AT, SP, VI, HI)
  • Sending all quarterly IEP progress reports and other ODLSS mass mailings home and obtaining signatures .
  • Managing learning specialist, paraprofessionals and teacher assistants.
  • Owning promotion and matriculation of diverse learners.

Noble Quality Non-negotiables

  • A belief that all students, regardless of background and current ability, can succeed in high school, college, and life
  • A belief in executing Noble’s approach to high expectations
  • An unwavering belief that all teachers want to and will do their best when supported and developed
  • A passion for organization and completing paperwork with fidelity
  • Strong interpersonal skills for facilitating IEP and 504 meetings
  • A record of pursuing and achieving ambitious results
  • LBS1 certification
  • 3+ years experience working in the special education field
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Eligibility to work in the United States on a full-time basis

What Noble has to Offer

A Focus on Learning: You are empowered to design your course in the way you think will best achieve results for students. Our campus leaders minimize disruptions and maximize time focused on student learning. All classes start on time and are never interrupted with announcements, copy rooms are stockpiled with paper, and over 95% of students are in attendance daily.

Robust Student Services: We believe in serving the whole child. For this reason, each of our campuses is equipped with at least one full-time licensed Social Worker and teams of College Counselors. Additionally, our students have access to a variety of enrichment and extended learning options such as night and summer school courses and internship opportunities.

Active Community Involvement: Through parent advisory councils, feedback workshops, advocacy support, college enrollment guidance, quarterly parent-teacher conferences, advisory, and other engagement opportunities we invest in every student and family to build lasting, meaningful relationships.

Accountability and Support: Expectations are consistent for every adult and student in the building, and we welcome the accountability necessary to achieve excellence. We are obsessed with following through on the basics and are committed to supporting, developing, and retaining high-performing educators.

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High School Special Education Teacher

Posted by | June 19, 2019 |

Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public charter high schools. Our 18 schools and 1,300 employees currently serve over 12,300 students, 98% of whom are minority, 89% low-income, and 83% first-generation college goers. The School Quality and Rating Policy scores for the Chicago Public Schools rated Noble campuses as ten of the top fifteen public high schools in the city. 18% of our student body has an IEP, representing over 2,000 of our students,over 78% of whom are admitted to four-year universities. We believe our people are the most valuable asset in preparing all our students, including our diverse learners, to be successful in college and lead exemplary lives. For that reason, we are looking for the best talent in education.

Who We’re Seeking

Teaching at Noble is ideal for instructors motivated by the certainty that all of their diverse learners can and will succeed, eager for the autonomy to design the vision and content of their classrooms, and rooted in the desire to continuously improve their instruction through data. We are looking for mission-aligned Learning Specialists for the 2019-2020 academic year who will ensure that all of our students, regardless of ability or learning style, have success in academics and in life. Each Special Education teacher is responsible for cultivating a community of learners in which diversity of thought is celebrated and results are achieved across all ability levels. Noble Special Education teachers provide individualized opportunities for students to practice the skills and habits necessary to be successful in school. Learning Specialists will provide these supports in a variety of classroom models including self-contained, pull-out, push-in, and co-taught instruction.

Our Special Educators are expected to:

  • develop IEP goals and objectives that address students of all ability levels,
  • create, accommodate, and modify curriculum to align to IEP goals,
  • design and implement behavior management plans,
  • hold self and all students accountable during class, transitions, and school events,
  • collaborate with parents/guardians, teachers, paraprofessionals, and other service personnel to ensure that the student’s needs are met,
  • utilize data from in class and Network-wide formative and summative assessments to drive instruction and specialized intervention, and
  • exemplify Noble’s Core Values in the work they do.

Above all else, Noble Learning Specialists must advocate for and champion our diverse learners, ensuring their growth and preparing them for post-secondary success.

Noble Quality Non-negotiables

  • A belief that all students, regardless of background and current ability, can succeed in high school, college, and life
  • A belief in executing Noble’s approach to high expectations
  • A record of pursuing and achieving ambitious results
  • A regular practice of reflection and desire to continuously improve
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • LBS1 Certification
  • Eligibility to work in the United States on a full-time basis

Illinois Special Education License (LBS1) required – please still apply if you’re special education-certified in a different state and/or have a definitive timeline for your certification in Illinois. 

What Noble has to Offer

A Focus on Learning: You are empowered to design your course in the way you think will best achieve results for students. Our campus leaders minimize disruptions and maximize time focused on student learning. All classes start on time and are never interrupted with announcements, copy rooms are stockpiled with paper, and over 95% of students are in attendance daily.

Robust Student Services: We believe in serving the whole child. For this reason, each of our campuses is equipped with at least one full-time licensed Social Worker and teams of College Counselors. Additionally, our students have access to a variety of enrichment and extended learning options such as night and summer school courses and internship opportunities.

Active Community Involvement: Through parent advisory councils, feedback workshops, advocacy support, college enrollment guidance, quarterly parent-teacher conferences, advisory, and other engagement opportunities we invest in every student and family to build lasting, meaningful relationships.

Accountability and Support: Expectations are consistent for every adult and student in the building, and we welcome the accountability necessary to achieve excellence. We are obsessed with following through on the basics and are committed to supporting, developing, and retaining high-performing educators.

A Range of Benefits: We strive to be the best place to work, and our employee benefits are thoughtfully designed to support us in this ambition.

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Dean of Instruction – Humanities

Posted by | June 19, 2019 |

The Dean of Instruction is responsible for leading the development of the instructional staff. They lay the vision of the pathway for student academic gains. This may include, but is not limited to, direct teacher coaching, curriculum oversight, course auditing, standardized test coordination, organizing on-site professional development, and researching off-campus development opportunities. The Dean of Instruction is also responsible for maintaining and building enduring relationships with staff members, as well as managing content department chairs and content specific department planning. The Dean of Instruction will communicate and collaborate with school leadership to ensure alignment of overall vision. Each Dean of Instruction will manage the logistics and day to day operations of a specific grade level. In this capacity, the Dean of Instruction will have the ability to shape the culture of the entire grade level team.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Coach caseload of teachers (10-15) toward meeting their goals in terms of GPA, P/SAT growth, attendance, and culture
    • Plan for each teacher’s growth and support throughout the school year
    • Observe teachers once per week for 20-30 minutes
    • Share observation feedback within 24 hours using the Framework for Instructional Excellence
    • Debrief with teachers once every 2 weeks for 30-45 minutes using progress towards goals, video/observation evidence, gradebook data, student work, etc.
    • Serve as the first line of support for caseload of teachers
    • Advocate for caseload of teachers within the school by-celebrating successes, sharing struggles, and promoting professional growth
    • Analyze data and facilitate quarterly data conferences with coaching caseload
  • Co-own and communicate academic vision, goals, and requirements with fellow Deans of Instruction and in consultation with Principal
    • Refine and uphold academic vision documents (Framework for Instructional Excellence, Instructional Framework, and other policies) through staff meetings, smaller team meetings, weekly e-mail communication, etc.
    • Track progress toward academic goals and intervene with specific teachers and teams as necessary
    • Assign, inspect, and offer feedback on all academic deliverables (coaching reflections, planning documents, quarterly data analysis, etc.)
  • Lead one Grade Level Team toward meeting their goals in terms of GPA, P/SAT growth, attendance, culture, community service, and enrichment
    • Set and track team vision and own the Grade Level promotion and academic growth goals
    • Plan and execute bi-weekly grade level meetings of 60-75 minutes to drive progress toward meeting and exceeding grade level goals
    • Communicate with Principal, Assistant Principal, Dean of Students, and Dean of Discipline as needed to support teachers and students toward meeting grade level goals
    • In partnership with the Dean of Students, oversee MTSS process for grade level team
    • Plan and execute grade level celebrations (Town Hall, Big Group, incentives, etc.)
  • Oversee any instructional projects as necessary
    • Collaborate with IB coordinator around course offerings, vertical alignment, and student success
    • Support with hiring process for new teachers
    • Offer input and recommendations on teacher decisions regarding curriculum, text selection, content focus, etc.
  • Support and develop teacher-leaders
    • Observe teacher-leaders in meetings
    • Provide feedback based on school core values to further develop mid-level leaders
    • Serve as a thought partner in planning meetings
  • Attend and assist with important school functions – testing, celebrations, open houses, etc.

Noble Quality Non-negotiables

  • A belief that all students, regardless of background and current ability, can succeed in high school, college, and life
  • A belief in executing Noble’s approach to high expectations
  • An unwavering belief that all teachers want to and will do their best when supported and developed
  • Ownership of results for both the students and teachers on the grade level you support  An ability to flexibly respond to teacher and students needs based on results and feedback
  • A record of pursuing and achieving ambitious academic results
  • A record of coaching others to achieve ambitions academic results preferred
  • A regular practice of reflection and desire to continuously improve
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Eligibility to work in the United States on a full-time basis

What Noble has to Offer

A Focus on Learning: You are empowered to design your course in the way you think will best achieve results for students. Our campus leaders minimize disruptions and maximize time focused on student learning. All classes start on time and are never interrupted with announcements, copy rooms are stockpiled with paper, and over 95% of students are in attendance daily.

Robust Student Services: We believe in serving the whole child. For this reason, each of our campuses is equipped with at least one full-time licensed Social Worker and teams of College Counselors. Additionally, our students have access to a variety of enrichment and extended learning options such as night and summer school courses and internship opportunities.

Active Community Involvement: Through parent advisory councils, feedback workshops, advocacy support, college enrollment guidance, quarterly parent-teacher conferences, advisory, and other engagement opportunities we invest in every student and family to build lasting, meaningful relationships.

Accountability and Support: Expectations are consistent for every adult and student in the building, and we welcome the accountability necessary to achieve excellence. We are obsessed with following through on the basics and are committed to supporting, developing, and retaining high-performing educators.

A Range of Benefits:

We strive to be the best place to work, and our employee benefits are thoughtfully designed to support us in this ambition. Our robust and ever-evolving set of benefits includes:

  • Health & Wellness:
    • Competitive health benefits and paid parental leave
    • Discounts to Noble Daycare, gym memberships, & bike-share services
    • Free financial planning services
    • Free 24/7 access to a licensed social worker and 3 in-person counseling services
  • Professional Development and Recognition Opportunities:
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Principal – Butler College Prep

Posted by | June 19, 2019 |

Founded in 2013, Butler College Prep serves over 600 high school students as a campus of the Noble Network of Charter Schools (Noble)  in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago. With a focus on arts and social justice alongside a college preparatory education, Butler College Prep has produced impressive student growth, a 100% college acceptance rate, and earned a level 1 SQRP rating. In addition to top-of-city results, Butler has led the way at Noble in creating a diverse teaching staff and building a joy and pride-filled student culture. Butler College Prep has grown to be a top high school choice for students on the far south side of Chicago.

This is a unique opportunity to lead one of the highest performing charter high schools in the country alongside an incredible staff of over 70 educators as the school continues to drive excellence in college preparatory education in Chicago. The new school leader would assume responsibility as principal in the 2019-20 school year with an opportunity to transition earlier to begin planning and development for the role.

About Noble

Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public charter high schools. Our 18 schools and 1,400 employees currently serve over 12,300 students, 98% of whom are students of color, 89% low-income, and 83% first-generation college goers. The School Quality and Rating Policy scores for the Chicago Public Schools rated Noble campuses as ten of the top fifteen public high schools in the city. We believe our people are the most valuable asset in preparing our students to be successful in college and lead exemplary lives.

Our Why: Mission

Noble is a catalyst for educational equity in Chicago that empowers students with the scholarship, discipline, and honor necessary to succeed in college and lead exemplary lives.

Our What: Results

Noble defines results as ensuring that our schools are the best in the country at preparing our students to be college ready, the best place for students to attend school, and the best place for our staff to work.  We measure our success against this commitment to results by continuously looking at metrics within the following six dimensions:

  1. School Culture
  2. Academic Results
  3. Staff Engagement
  4. Student Retention
  5. Fiscal Integrity
  6. College Persistence

The strong supports and accountability to delivering on these outcomes is at the core of what is expected of a Noble principal and what has made Noble among the nation’s leaders in education.

Our HowIdeal Principal Competencies

Noble’s 18 principals are a cohesive and impressive community of leaders. The core competencies we are seeking in the next person to join this team include:

  • Values: Principals exemplify Noble’s core values of results; respect; follow-through; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and humility and self-awareness.
  • Performance: Principals inspire, protect, and deliver continuously improving excellence in Noble’s six core outcomes.
  • Talent: Principals attract, hire, train, and develop a diverse and mission-driven team of people.
  • Management: Principals create and uphold clear roles, responsibilities, and performance metrics for all team members in alignment to the campus vision.
  • Prioritization: Principals select the right priorities and execute on them effectively.

Compensation

The role of a principal is arguably among the most challenging jobs in the country. We know that to deliver on our why, what, and how for families, students, and staff we must provide a highly competitive salary for principals. Total compensation, including base salary and bonus, is expected at $145,000.

In addition to salary, and a mission-driven high-performance culture, Noble is proud of the competitive health, financial, and wellness benefits provided all employees.

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Illinois Teacher Leadership Coach

Posted by | June 12, 2019 |

Overview of Teach Plus

The mission of Teach Plus is to empower excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that affect their students’ success. The organization empowers expert teachers to advance policy changes and improve instructional leadership and teacher supports; trains and coaches teacher leaders to successfully mobilize and lead teacher teams; and empowers teacher leaders to be change agents among their peers and policy makers.  Since 2009, Teach Plus has trained thousands of teacher leaders across the country who are driving policy changes and improving the instructional practices of teachers to create an education system driven by equity, access, and excellence for all students. 

Position Summary

Reporting to the Illinois Senior Executive Director and the Illinois Teacher Engagement Manager, the Teacher Leadership Coach will have overall management responsibility for: running the Illinois Rural Teacher Leader Collaborative program which provides coaching to National Board Certified Teachers to lead changes in their buildings; providing support in running the Illinois Teaching Policy Fellowship, including providing policy and advocacy training to the Illinois Teacher of the Year finalists and supporting an expanded focus on CPS policy; and building partnerships and relationships in the education community and in the Capital focusing on both practice and policy.  Currently we expect about 50% to focus on teacher leadership coaching, 50% of the time to focus on policy work, though that balance may shift over time.

Position Responsibilities

Teacher Leadership Coaching (50%)

The Teacher Leadership Coach will provide training and coaching for up to seven teacher leaders in the Rural Teacher Leader Collaborative, a program designed to support National Board Certified Teachers who are leading change efforts in their schools.

  • Training
    • Plan for and deliver, in collaboration with the National Instructional Leadership Team (NILT), the kickoff training, a two-day hands-on training for Teacher Leaders across the Rural Collaborative
    • Plan for and deliver monthly professional development sessions (half in-person, half virtual) for Teacher Leaders across the Rural Collaborative.
  • Coaching Ongoing In-School Support
    • Provide one-on-one coaching (mostly virtually) to teacher leaders on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to help shape action plan, develop metrics to progress monitor change initiative, plan for upcoming team meetings, debrief previous meetings, troubleshoot barriers, and engage in leadership coaching and feedback.
    • Ensure that teacher leader initiative work is based in evidence and achieves desired impact on instructional practice and student learning.
    • In some engagements, foster high functioning, high impact Teacher Leader-led teams that improve teaching and learning for all students through use of calendared evidence-based inquiry cycles.
    • When possible, observe and strategically contribute in Teacher Leader-led team meetings and professional development.
  • Rural Collaborative Program Management
    • Recruitment and Selection: The Teacher Leadership Coach will implement and manage the recruitment and selection process to ensure a high quality and diverse applicant pool.
      • Create and disseminate recruiting materials, hold information sessions
      • Schedule and conduct teacher and principal interviews
      • Manage the selection process with support from the National Manager of Talent, Recruitment and the National Instructional Leadership Team
    • Supervise, ensure, document and report on the high and consistent quality delivery and fidelity of the Rural Teacher Leader Collaborative.
    • Collaborate with the National Instructional Leadership Team and the National Evaluation Team to communicate critical support, outcomes, metrics and resource needs.
    • Be the primary external communicator about the Rural Teacher Leader Collaborative.

Policy Fellowship (50%)

The Teacher Leadership Coach will support our policy program by taking charge of either the new partnership with the Illinois State Teachers of the Year or expanded CPS work, or both, and supporting in the running of our statewide policy fellows program.

  • Teaching Policy Fellows Program Leadership
    • In partnership with the Illinois Senior Executive Director, manage expansions of our Teaching Policy Program, including a partnership with the Illinois State Teacher of the Year Finalists and an expanded focus on CPS policy.
    • Train and support teachers as they conduct advocacy efforts to enact policy change, including providing training and input to teachers as they write op-eds, meet with policymakers, testify and participate in community organizing efforts at the state and local level.
    • Manage the ILSTOY Policy partnership, including coordinating a retreat and 4-5 virtual training sessions (including assigned readings, lectures, guest speakers, group discussions, and a working group).
    • Support teacher-led advocacy projects by providing strategic policy advice, project management, editing documents, and research support as teachers author policy memos and briefs.
    • Support the teachers to develop and disseminate their proposals for policy changes at the local, state and national levels.
    • Identify opportunities for teachers to advocate for equity on behalf of their students, in CPS, and in the state Capital, and to be recognized for their excellence through awards and honors.
    • Develop strong relationships with Teach Plus Policy Fellows.
    • Represent Teach Plus on various coalitions, identifying opportunities to leverage teachers’ voices.

Policy Program Management

  • Manage logistics for fellows events (both in-person and virtual events) including, but not limited to, site/vendor research, set up, ordering food and supplies, building and sharing surveys, and creation of materials.
  • Conduct internal evaluations and surveys that track the progress and impact of our policy and practice programs.
  • Maintain accurate and timely data and enter appropriate information into the Salesforce database for ongoing accountability reports. 

Skills and Talents

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 5+ years in the education field, teaching experience required
  • A minimum of 2 years of coaching teachers and/or school leaders, preferred
  • Experience with policy, advocacy, and/or community organizing
  • A relentless focus on data, including analysis and using it to inform instruction and make decisions
  • Dedication to equity for students, and a deep belief in the power of teachers to bring about positive change
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, relationship-building, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong project management skills and the ability to complete projects independently
  • Comfort working in a fast-paced, sometimes ambiguous, and highly entrepreneurial environment

Commitment to Diversity

In order to better-serve the teachers and students at the core of our mission, Teach Plus is committed to maximizing the diversity of our organization. We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage individuals of all ethnic and racial backgrounds and gender identities to apply to our positions.

Our Culture

At Teach Plus, we are driven by our mission and our core values are a driving force behind everything we do: Leadership, Diversity and Equity, Solutions-orientation, Joy, Integrity in Practice, and Collaboration. We love what we do and we work hard to make a difference for teachers and students.  We are smart, passionate, and engaged with one another.  We are thought partners, collaborators, and constant learners.

Compensation and Benefits

Salary is competitive and will be based on prior experience and qualifications. Full benefits package includes medical, dental, retirement, disability, life insurance, and generous paid time off benefits.

Term and Commitment

This is a full-time, one-year, with a tentative start date of early August or earlier based on candidate’s availability. This role may be renewed annually based on performance and funding.

Location and Travel

This position is open to candidates who live anywhere in Illinois, though we would prefer those within an hour of either Chicago or Springfield. Candidates must be willing to travel to southern IL (just south of Springfield) 6-8 times over the course of the year for 2-days each time for coaching, and willing to work occasional nights and weekends to support events.

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Managing Editor for Style and Standards

Posted by | May 16, 2019 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks a Managing Editor for Style and Standards to lead our editing team, oversee editorial operations, and boost our newsroom leadership.

The Managing Editor for Style and Standards will help elevate our overall story quality and improve our collective skills so that our journalism is the best it can possibly be. This person will supervise a team of four story editors, oversee style and voice guides, and manage onboarding and training programs for reporters and editors. The role will blend day-to-day guidance on story editing with strategic thinking on how the newsroom functions.

This position will report to the executive editor and sit on the network management team that helps guide organization-wide strategy and planning.    

Who are you?

You know that good writing starts with good reporting, and that editing starts before any words hit the page. You recognize the value of context. You believe that style standards matter, and so does voice, both organizationally and individually. You’re committed to providing learning opportunities no matter how experienced the employee (all of us can always improve!), and you understand the importance of a new reporter’s first few months. You geek out on process (perhaps you even enjoy a good spreadsheet). You want to make a difference, and you see how impact-driven local journalism can do that. You’re not a pageview chaser — you believe in listening to audiences and forging lasting relationships. Whether or not you have experience covering education, you find the topic fascinating.

What background and skills do you have?

  • 10+ years of work experience, with 5+ years of working in a digital environment
  • Experience editing breaking news, daily, and/or enterprise stories
  • Proven track record of team management with positive culture
  • Experience managing copy and other workflows, with examples of improvements you’ve made
  • Experience with onboarding and training programs, even informal ones, with examples of ones you’ve overseen
  • Ability to work autonomously while sharing pertinent information up, down, and across
  • Excellent news judgment

We know that many strong candidates will not have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!

What will you be responsible for?

  • Supervising a team of four story editors, likely with more to come in the next year as Chalkbeat continues its growth trajectory, to create compelling, impactful journalism
  • Managing and updating our style and voice guides
  • Examining and optimizing our newsroom workflows and systems so that they better support our journalism
  • Working with our Operations team to revise our current onboarding programs for reporters and editors
  • Working with other team leads in Chalkbeat’s “networked model” to help guide newsroom decisions
  • Representing local needs to network leadership, and organizational priorities to story editors and local teams
  • Working with the Executive Editor and other leaders on organizational growth planning, with an eye toward future expansion
  • Collaborating with the Director of Product on CMS improvements  

Ideally, you’d be based in one of seven cities where Chalkbeat bureaus already exist: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, New York City or Newark. However, working remotely is a possibility for the right candidate.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.


About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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PowerSchool Specialist

Posted by | April 23, 2019 |

About Us:
21st Century Charter School at Gary is a free K-12 public charter school.  We are building a team of excellence.  We are the top performing charter school in Gary, Indiana.  We are one of the few Indiana schools offering an early college program, which allows our qualifying high school students to take real college courses for real college credit, free of charge to our students and their families.  Our curriculum and our teaching methods are designed using Core Knowledge in K-8, Project Lead the Way beginning in middle school, and a blended learning model in middle school through high school.  We are a TAP school!  Please join us if you are committed to excellence, mission-driven, and ready to take 21st Century Charter School @ Gary to uncommonly high levels of achievement! Our teachers cultivate in our students the critical thinking skills they will need to understand how the world around them works and to become leaders and agents of positive change in the world. 

 

REPORTS TO/TERM:

Principal and Administrative Team

This is a full-time 12-month position.

 

Purpose Statement:
The job of PowerSchool Specialist is done for the purpose/s of managing the network for the computerized student administration system; registering and processing student records, and coordinating usage among all system users.

 

Essential Functions

  • Assesses operation and malfunctions of hardware and/or software applications (e.g. initiate and review system rule
    changes, review and adjust system data) for the purpose of determining appropriate actions to maintain computer and
    network operations.
  • Enter and process student records into the system.  
  • Maintains a variety of files, documents, and student records (e.g. grades, transcripts, academic achievement records, etc.) for the purpose of documenting and/or providing reliable information relative to student records.
  • Assists other personnel (Administrators, Teachers, Parents, Students, Department Staff) (e.g. troubleshooting program)
    for the purpose of supporting them in the completion of their work activities.
  • Collects and completes the required data for the state accounting reports for the purpose of meeting state requirements.
    Coordinates the collection and processing of data for the state systems for the purpose of ensuring compliance with state
    reporting requirements.
  • Coordinates with other staff (e.g. master schedules, rollover procedures, lunch/bell schedules, school calendar) for the
    purpose of completing projects/work orders efficiently.
  • Designs reports options and/or database applications (e.g. report cards, registration forms, lunch program) for the
    purpose of providing personnel with information customized to their specific needs.
  • Instructs other personnel (e.g. provides in-service training, set-up individual accounts, issue passwords, and resolve lock
    concerns) for the purpose of ensuring proper and efficient usage of the system and notifying users of system changes.
  • Maintains database program website (e.g. parental access) for the purpose of providing current electronic media to the
    public.
  • Runs maintenance programs daily, weekly and monthly for the purpose of ensuring efficient program operations.
    Other Functions
  • Attends a meeting as assigned for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform functions.
    Monitors and coordinates data entry of student attendance accounting system for the purpose of ensuring the accuracy of
    data and instructing on proper methods of making corrections.
  • Prepares written materials (e.g. reports, memos, letters, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written
    reference and/or conveying information.
  • Procures equipment, supplies, and materials for the purpose of maintaining the availability of required items and completing
    jobs efficiently.
  • Responds to user requests for a variety of report options for the purpose of disseminating information to appropriate
    parties.

Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
SKILLS are required to perform multiple, technical tasks with a need to periodically upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skills required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include record keeping.

KNOWLEDGE is required to perform algebra and/or geometry; read technical information, compose a variety of documents, and/or facilitate group discussions; and solve practical problems. Specific knowledge required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job includes: standard office software working knowledge of the school system computer operation/skills.

ABILITY is required to schedule activities and/or meetings; gather, collate, and/or classify data; and use basic, job-related equipment. Flexibility is required to work with others; work with data utilizing defined but different processes, and operate equipment using defined methods. Ability is also required to work with a diversity of individuals; work with a variety of data; and utilize specific, job-related equipment. In working with others, Problem-solving with data requires independent interpretation of guidelines; and problem-solving with equipment is limited. Specific abilities required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: maintaining confidentiality meeting deadlines and schedules working with detailed information/data.

 

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High School Math Teacher

Posted by | April 16, 2019 |

Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public charter high schools. Our 18 schools and 1,300 employees currently serve over 12,300 students, 98% of whom are minority, 89% low-income, and 83% first-generation college goers. The School Quality and Rating Policy scores for the Chicago Public Schools rated Noble campuses as ten of the top fifteen public high schools in the city. We believe our people are the most valuable asset in preparing our students to be successful in college and lead exemplary lives. For that reason, we are looking for the best talent in education.

Who We’re Seeking

Teaching at Noble is ideal for instructors motivated by the certainty that all of their students can and will succeed, eager for the autonomy to design the vision and content of their classrooms, and rooted in the desire to continuously improve their instruction through data. We are looking for mission-aligned Math teachers for the 2019-2020 academic year who will open the world of geometry, algebra, and problem solving to our students. Each Math teacher is responsible for cultivating a community of learners in which diversity of thought is celebrated and results are achieved. Noble Math teachers provide frequent opportunities for students to practice the skills and habits necessary to be successful in school and demonstrate number sense and an understanding of all math subjects.

Our Math teachers are expected to:

  • design and implement long term, unit, and lesson plans aligned to the SAT domains and dimensions,
  • hold self and all students accountable during class, transitions, and school events,
  • utilize data from in class and Network-wide formative and summative assessments to drive instruction and intervention, and
  • exemplify Noble’s Core Values in the work they do.

Above all else, Noble Math teachers must invest our students in the joy and benefits of manipulating numbers.

Noble Quality Non-negotiables

  • A belief that all students, regardless of background and current ability, can succeed in high school, college, and life
  • A belief in executing Noble’s approach to high expectations
  • A record of pursuing and achieving ambitious results
  • A regular practice of reflection and desire to continuously improve
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Eligibility to work in the United States on a full-time basis

What Noble has to Offer

A Focus on Learning: You are empowered to design your course in the way you think will best achieve results for students. Our campus leaders minimize disruptions and maximize time focused on student learning. All classes start on time and are never interrupted with announcements, copy rooms are stockpiled with paper, and over 95% of students are in attendance daily.

Robust Student Services: We believe in serving the whole child. For this reason, each of our campuses is equipped with at least one full-time licensed Social Worker and teams of College Counselors. Additionally, our students have access to a variety of enrichment and extended learning options such as night and summer school courses and internship opportunities.

Active Community Involvement: Through parent advisory councils, feedback workshops, advocacy support, college enrollment guidance, quarterly parent-teacher conferences, advisory, and other engagement opportunities we invest in every student and family to build lasting, meaningful relationships.

Accountability and Support: Expectations are consistent for every adult and student in the building, and we welcome the accountability necessary to achieve excellence. We are obsessed with following through on the basics and are committed to supporting, developing, and retaining high-performing educators.

A Range of Benefits: We strive to be the best place to work, and our employee benefits are thoughtfully designed to support us in this ambition.

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High School Special Education Teacher

Posted by | April 16, 2019 |

Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public charter high schools. Our 18 schools and 1,300 employees currently serve over 12,300 students, 98% of whom are minority, 89% low-income, and 83% first-generation college goers. The School Quality and Rating Policy scores for the Chicago Public Schools rated Noble campuses as ten of the top fifteen public high schools in the city. 18% of our student body has an IEP, representing over 2,000 of our students, 78% of whom are admitted to four-year universities. We believe our people are the most valuable asset in preparing all our students, including our diverse learners, to be successful in college and lead exemplary lives. For that reason, we are looking for the best talent in education.

This application is for next school year (2019-2020). 

Who We’re Seeking

Teaching at Noble is ideal for instructors motivated by the certainty that all of their diverse learners can and will succeed, eager for the autonomy to design the vision and content of their classrooms, and rooted in the desire to continuously improve their instruction through data. We are looking for mission-aligned Learning Specialists for the 2019-2020 academic year who will ensure that all of our students, regardless of ability or learning style, have success in academics and in life. Each Special Education teacher is responsible for cultivating a community of learners in which diversity of thought is celebrated and results are achieved across all ability levels. Noble Special Education teachers provide individualized opportunities for students to practice the skills and habits necessary to be successful in school. Learning Specialists will provide these supports in a variety of classroom models including self-contained, pull-out, push-in, and co-taught instruction.

Our Special Education teachers are expected to:

  • develop IEP goals and objectives that address students of all ability levels,
  • create, accommodate, and modify curriculum to align to IEP goals,
  • design and implement behavior management plans,
  • hold self and all students accountable during class, transitions, and school events,
  • collaborate with parents/guardians, teachers, paraprofessionals, and other service personnel to ensure that the student’s needs are met,
  • utilize data from in class and Network-wide formative and summative assessments to drive instruction and specialized intervention, and
  • exemplify Noble’s Core Values in the work they do.

Above all else, Noble Learning Specialists must advocate for and champion our diverse learners and ensure their growth, preparing them for post-secondary success.

Noble Quality Non-negotiables

A belief that all students, regardless of background and current ability, can succeed in high school, college, and life
A belief in executing Noble’s approach to high expectations
A record of pursuing and achieving ambitious results
A regular practice of reflection and desire to continuously improve
A bachelor’s degree
LBS1 Certification
Eligibility to work in the United States on a full-time basis

Illinois Special Education License (LBS1) required – please still apply if you’re special education-certified in a different state and/or have a definitive timeline for your certification in Illinois. If you don’t currently have an LBS1 but would like to earn your certification, please consider applying for one of our two certification pathways – Noble-Relay Teaching Residency or the Special Education MAT Program! If you have any questions or would like to know more, please reach out to Hailey Ott at hott@nobleschools.org.


What You Can Expect from Noble

  • Strong School Culture: We have structures in place that enable you to teach 99% of your class period. You have autonomy to teach what you want to teach. We trust you to do what is best for students. If you ask for support, you will receive it. The work is exceptionally challenging, but it is also the most rewarding.
  • Meaningful Relationships: Our people genuinely care for and enjoy working with each other. We focus on building strong, meaningful relationships with every student and family. Everyone works with the shared mission of getting students ready for college.
  • High Expectations: Expectations are consistent for every adult and student in the building. From ensuring we have working copiers to responding to all emails you send, we are obsessed with following through on the basics that every teacher deserves.

Be Noble.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

The Noble Network of Charter Schools Is An Equal Opportunity Employer.

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High School Principal / Charter School Chicago

Posted by | March 9, 2019 |

About Noble: Noble is Chicago’s highest-performing and largest network of public charter high schools. Our 18 schools and 1,400 employees currently serve over 12,300 students, 98% of whom are students of color, 89% low-income, and 83% first-generation college goers. The School Quality and Rating Policy scores for the Chicago Public Schools rated Noble campuses as ten of the top fifteen public high schools in the city. We believe our people are the most valuable asset in preparing our students to be successful in college and lead exemplary lives.

 Our Why: Mission

Noble is a catalyst for educational equity in Chicago that empowers students with the scholarship, discipline, and honor necessary to succeed in college and lead exemplary lives.

Our What: Results

Noble defines results as ensuring that our schools are the best in the country at preparing our students to be college ready, the best place for students to attend school, and the best place for our staff to work.  We measure our success against this commitment to results by continuously looking at metrics within the following six dimensions:

  1. School Culture
  2. Academic Results
  3. Staff Engagement
  4. Student Retention
  5. Fiscal Integrity
  6. College Persistence

The strong supports and accountability to delivering on these outcomes is at the core of what is expected of a Noble principal and what has made Noble among the nation’s leaders in education.

Our HowIdeal Principal Competencies

Noble’s 18 principals are a cohesive and impressive community of leaders. The core competencies we are seeking in the next person to join this team include:

  • Values: Principals exemplify Noble’s core values of results; respect; follow-through; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and humility and self-awareness.
  • Performance: Principals inspire, protect, and deliver continuously improving excellence in Noble’s six core outcomes.
  • Talent: Principals attract, hire, train, and develop a diverse and mission-driven team of people.
  • Management: Principals create and uphold clear roles, responsibilities, and performance metrics for all team members in alignment to the campus vision.
  • Prioritization: Principals select the right priorities and execute on them effectively.

Compensation

The role of a principal is arguably among the most challenging jobs in the country. We know that to deliver on our why, what, and how for families, students, and staff we must provide a highly competitive salary for principals. Total compensation, including base salary and bonus, is expected at $145,000.

In addition to salary, and a mission-driven high-performance culture, Noble is proud of the competitive health, financial, and wellness benefits provided all employees.

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2019 Summer Internship

Posted by | October 16, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, is seeking motivated undergraduate or graduate students to serve as summer reporting interns. Our reporting teams cover schools in seven places — Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, Newark, and New York City — and we have a national bureau covering education issues affecting schools across the country.

The 10-week paid internship from June to August 2019 will offer student journalists the opportunity to work alongside some of the nation’s top education journalists in a dynamic, rapidly growing organization. At a critical moment for an active independent press, join us as we build an organization working to sustain journalism that matters.

Interns will work 40-hour weeks and will have the opportunity to undertake daily education news assignments, work on enterprise stories, and participate in the life of our reporting teams in every way.

Learn more about what it’s like to be an intern at Chalkbeat here.

Who are you?

You’re energized by our mission and excited to help us build a news organization that reimagines daily newsgathering while embracing traditional journalistic values. You have a passion for public policy and social issues journalism, strong reporting and writing skills, and comfort working in digital media. You’re an entrepreneurial, creative, energetic, and tenacious reporter.

What background and skills do you have?

  • Clips that demonstrate strong reporting and writing skills
  • Meaningful high school, college, or professional journalism experience
  • Passion for and curiosity about education is a must; knowledge of education issues is a strong plus
  • Ability to report in a language other than English is a plus
  • Experience working with data, social media, and digital production is a plus

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Digital Marketing Manager

Posted by | September 7, 2018 |

Chalkbeatthe nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks a digital marketing manager to help Chalkbeat grow into one of the largest nonprofit news sites in the country.

Chalkbeat’s digital marketing manager will drive key outcomes for both our revenue and editorial teams — increasing digital revenue, growing email subscribers, and piloting new audience growth initiatives. This is a highly interdisciplinary role, working in tandem with almost every team at Chalkbeat, from editorial, revenue, tech, analytics, etc. This position will report to the Head of Growth.

Who are you?

You are mission-driven, and you understand that the success of Chalkbeat means combining excellent journalism with a strong business model. You’re a self-starter who can both see the big picture and jump in to help execute important work. You’re comfortable wearing many hats and are highly collaborative, able to earn trust and drive outcomes along the way.

What background and skills do you have?

  • 3+ years of work experience related to marketing or audience growth
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, with stories to tell
  • Proven track record of email-based conversion (either donations or e-commerce sales), and experience utilizing the capabilities of an email service provider
  • Comfort with segmentation and data
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and able to take initiative without heavy oversight

We know that many strong candidates will not have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!

What will you be responsible for?

  • Membership: Driving growth in reader revenue, specifically the evolution and expansion of our brand new membership program.
  • Email marketing: Creating a sustainable and scalable email experience across teams, especially as our reach continues to expand into new locales and topics within the education space.
  • New initiatives and market research: Identifying, evaluating, and piloting promising initiatives that support Chalkbeat’s growth, from re-investing in existing products to incubating new high-potential opportunities.

Ideally, you’d be based in one of the cities where Chalkbeat already has a presence: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, New York City, or Washington, D.C. However, working remotely is a possibility for the right candidate.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Designer/Developer

Posted by | September 5, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks a designer/developer to join the product team.

Chalkbeat’s product team is predominantly responsible for our technology — the CMS, chalkbeat.org, analytics, and visual storytelling. But we’re also responsible for providing support for editorial and revenue initiatives that require product thinking, such as newsletters, investigative projects, and membership. That support comes in many forms and degrees, from envisioning strategy to tactical execution. As the designer/developer, you’ll have the opportunity to work on both large-scale product design — like our website and newsletters — and help us find innovative ways to create engaging storytelling. You will have a high degree of autonomy and trust in your expertise. This position will report to the Director of Product.

Who are you?

  • You have a proven track record of solving complex design challenges, and have an online portfolio to demonstrate your experience with real work examples.
  • You value user experience and have strong communication skills, deftly connecting design decisions to the organization’s goals.
  • You are highly organized and enthusiastic about building systems that are easy to scale and adapt to new features.
  • You are curious, seeking out new ideas and skills to continuously inform your work.
  • You are passionate about supporting a new journalism model and contributing to sustainable local news coverage with a focus on education.

What background and skills do you have?

  • A solid foundation in design thinking, user experience principles, and UI design
  • A background in visual design with an appreciation for the finer arts of typography, layouts, and spacing
  • 4+ years work experience, ideally in web design, UX/UI design, or frontend development
  • Fluency in HTML and modern CSS (including SCSS/SASS), and a working knowledge of modern JavaScript
  • An understanding of accessibility requirements and best practices
  • Experience or interest working remotely or with remote team members

We don’t expect you to check all of these boxes, and we also know you’ll bring interesting skills and experiences that we haven’t thought of. Whether you identify as a designer or a developer — or both — we want to hear from you. Don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.

This position is remote and reports to a manager in Austin, Texas. If you prefer to work in an office, you’re welcome to join us in one of Chalkbeat’s bureaus in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, or New York City.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Engagement Editor

Posted by | August 17, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks an engagement editor to grow our audience and deepen our relationship with readers.

Chalkbeat’s next engagement editor will help our network of local bureaus and national team better understand the news needs of our core audiences, elevate voices that are often ignored by mainstream media, build stronger relationships with communities that need critical information about schools, and expand our reach to inform as many people as possible about key developments in public education. This position will report to the Executive Editor.    

Who are you?

You are committed to local journalism and understand that means putting the audience first.  You want to make a difference, and you see how impact-driven journalism can do that.  You’re not a pageview chaser — you believe in listening to communities and fostering lasting relationships. You’re a self-starter who can both see the big picture and jump in to help execute important work. You’re comfortable wearing many hats and moving in between the education policy world and journalism industry circles. You have experience in building and engaging audiences on social media, and growing newsletter subscribers. You think in headlines, tweets, and subject lines. You can strategize about in-person events, and you care deeply about the user experience online.

What background and skills do you have?

  • 7+ years of work experience, with 5+ years of working on the digital side of media, journalism, or communications
  • Experience reporting and writing news and/or feature stories
  • Proven track record of growing a brand’s audience and boosting loyalty through email lists and social media
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Detail-oriented and able to work autonomously
  • Proficiency with third-party email service providers
  • Experience developing strategy informed by analytics
  • Excellent news judgment

We know that many strong candidates will not have all the skills we list. That’s OK. What else do you bring to the table? Please tell us!

What will you be responsible for?

  • Develop social media strategy for the entire Chalkbeat network (seven local bureaus + national desk)
  • Own newsletter strategy and help grow subscriber base
  • Manage national and local news partners
  • Support local bureaus with strategies for in-person events and engagement-driven reporting that brings in voices from the communities we serve
  • Leverage analytics to develop best practices for growth and engagement
  • Collaborate with Product, Analytics, and Revenue teams to identify and execute on optimization and growth opportunities

We’re building this team out, so you’ll also be hiring and overseeing another engagement team member, who will be responsible for supporting social and email strategy and execution.

Ideally, you’d be based in one of six cities where Chalkbeat bureaus already exist: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Memphis, or New York City. However, working remotely is a possibility for the right candidate.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in seven locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Educational Consultant/National Training Instructor

Posted by | June 27, 2018 |

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:

This hybrid position encompasses two functions within the Great Books Foundation. The employee manages his or her assigned sales territory by consulting with respective educational institutions or individuals. Furthermore, the employee sells Great Books Foundation products and services in order to meet or exceed an established revenue quota for the territory.

In addition, the employee acts as a trainer/liaison for teachers, administrators, schools, and districts by teaching introductory-level courses that train leaders to use the Foundation’s programs. He or she provides support for these programs through demonstrations and consultations at the school and district level.

The employee is expected to travel throughout the assigned territory approximately 25% of the time, with the majority of sales and training travel focused on New York. Travel varies on a seasonal basis, both during regular working hours and on weekends when necessary. When not traveling for sales meetings, conferences, or training, the employee is based out of the Foundation’s main office located in downtown Chicago.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

Educational Consultant (75%)

  • Manages accounts of assigned territory in-house or in the field in order to meet or exceed revenue quota through outreach, calls, emails, follow-up, etc.
  • Schedules and travels to field events (appointments, administrators’ briefings, principals’ meetings, state or national conferences) as needed
  • Handles inbound calls regarding product information, schedules professional learning events, responds to customers’ questions, and provides customer support
  • Assists in promoting, developing, and expanding Great Books programs, and builds and develops relationships with new and existing customers
  • Makes outbound lead follow-up calls or emails to convert calls to sales
  • Schedules and coordinates customer professional development learning events for schools, teachers, administrators, and trainers in the assigned territory
  • Conducts data analysis related to sales territory and products in order to understand trends and opportunities
  • Actively attains a firm knowledge of the Foundation’s products and consistently learns about new products and services, competitors’ products and services, and educational initiatives in the assigned territory
  • Reacts to change productively and handles other essential tasks as assigned

National Training Instructor (25%)

  • Trains educational leaders in Shared Inquiry™ method of inquiry-based discussion and supports them with Foundation programs
  • Liaises with the sales and support team in preparation of scheduled trainings and events by utilizing Foundation CRM tool
  • Completes summary reports and follows up as needed at the end of each training and event
  • Seeks to obtain a current working knowledge of the Foundation’s products by attending meetings, sales events, and trainings to keep abreast of latest developments
  • Learns about new educational initiatives, products, services, and competitors’ products and services, with a focus on their impacts on the New York City market
  • Reacts to change proactively and productively and handles other essential tasks as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s and master’s degree required, preferably in liberal arts or education
  • Two to five years of successful sales experience within the K–12 market; experience in working with schools in the New York City metropolitan area is a plus
  • One to two years of formal teaching experience with adults and/or K–12 students is preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to flexibly teach and present to multiple types of learners—for example, expertly training K–12 students, teachers, and volunteers in the same setting
  • High level of effective written- and oral-communication skills with various audiences, including administrators, teachers, volunteers, and others
  • Ability to communicate effectively via email and other web-based formats while remote
  • Knowledge of how to use Foundation systems and tools, such as CRM, Intacct, and online course tools
  • Pronounced ability to collaborate, communicate, and work in a team environment
  • Ability to work autonomously, calling for support from peers or supervisors as needed
  • Proven problem-solving savvy and ability to work toward customer satisfaction
  • Timely follow-up and a high attention to detail
  • Strong commitment to the Foundation’s mission, with a thorough understanding of the principles and practice of the Shared Inquiry method of inquiry-based discussion
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Seeking School Leaders in Chicago

Posted by | April 26, 2018 |

Overview

Chicago International Charter Schools’ (CICS) campuses are seeking accomplished, innovative, and energetic leaders to support a growing network of innovative schools. Leaders should exemplify the imperative to innovate, be entrepreneurial, and commit to Chicago’s students. These talented school leaders will join a team of determined optimists as they prepare students for success in college and life. Apply today!

Leaders at CICS’ campuses are empowered to grow and lead. Campuses give school leaders the opportunity to succeed individually while supporting teams of educators to improve student outcomes. CICS’ campuses attract bold, ambitious, outstanding, creative professionals who are willing to take risks and are committed to lifelong learning.

About the CICS Network

CICS is a pioneer—one of Illinois’ first charter networks to manage a portfolio of talented and autonomous school operators with a wide range of school models. This vibrant network of diverse Chicago charter schools enables students to thrive every day, puts them on a path to success in college and life, and empowers entrepreneurial educators to pursue excellence through innovation. There are currently 14 Chicago campuses in the CICS network.

CICS is entering an exciting time, embarking on the implementation of a new strategic plan. Joining a CICS campus at this critical point represents an exciting opportunity to be a part of shaping the new direction of the network. CICS strives to be a consistently high-performing network of academically rigorous, pedagogically diverse, forward-thinking schools that prepare every student for success in college or career. Learn more at www.chicagointl.org.

Key Competencies

* Reflective and introspective; committed to creating a culture of excellence, inclusion and academic achievement through their leadership style.

* Uses data to set academic strategy, identify trends, set goals, and monitor instruction and other streams of work.

* Leverages deep knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment to improve student learning through their teachers and other instructional staff.

* Able to engage with diverse groups of stakeholders to galvanize the community around school goals and initiatives.

* Ensures the alignment of dashboards, systems and processes to establish effective operations that support student learning.

All campus school leaders must:

* Have an unwavering commitment to serving others – students, families, teammates, and our communities for the greater good.

* Give and receive feedback, and be open to coaching, mentoring, and partnerships.

* Embody a growth mindset.

* Be helpful, hard-working, self-motivated, and always willing to go the extra mile.

Job Qualifications

* At least 3 years of dynamic teaching experience.

* At least 5 years of leadership experience in a school-based leadership role (will need to demonstrate significant impact through leadership efforts).

* An advanced degree in education.

Salary and Benefits

CICS’ campuses offer a competitive salary and benefits.

How to Apply: https://app.jobvite.com/j?aj=oAkf7fw0&s=ChalkBeat

Chicago International Charter School campuses provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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Seeking Special Education Teachers in Chicago

Posted by | April 26, 2018 |

Overview

Chicago International Charter Schools (CICS) campuses are hiring talented special education teachers to join their teams of determined optimists as they prepare students for success in college and life. Join a CICS school that is helping Chicago students thrive. Apply today!

About the CICS Network

CICS is a pioneer—one of Illinois’ first charter networks to manage a portfolio of talented and autonomous school operators with a wide range of school models. This vibrant network of diverse Chicago charter schools enables students to thrive every day, puts them on a path to success in college and life, and empowers entrepreneurial educators to pursue excellence through innovation. There are currently 14 Chicago campuses in the CICS network. Learn more at www.chicagointl.org.

Teaching at CICS’ Campuses

CICS is entering an exciting time, embarking on the implementation of a new strategic plan. Joining a CICS campus at this critical point represents an exciting opportunity to be a part of shaping the new direction of the network. CICS strives to be a consistently high-performing network of academically rigorous, pedagogically diverse, forward-thinking schools that prepare every student for success in college or career.

CICS’ campuses empower teachers to grow and lead. They give educators the opportunity to succeed individually while supporting better student outcomes. CICS’ campuses attract bold, ambitious, outstanding, creative professionals who are willing to take risks and are committed to lifelong learning.

Specific Responsibilities

In collaboration with the instructional team, the special education teacher will:

* Manage/teach a caseload of special education students.

* Collaborate with students, parents, teachers, staff, and consultants to develop Individual Education Plans (IEPs).

* Work cooperatively with classroom teachers to integrate accommodations and modifications into lesson plans and curricula.

* Work cooperatively with teachers of record to deploy a variety of instructional techniques and media to meet the needs and capabilities of assigned special needs students.

* Consult with classroom teachers regarding management of student behavior according to IEP.

* Participate in or lead IEP meetings as needed.

* Demonstrate knowledge of specialized methodology for teaching students with special needs.

* Organize and maintain accurate Special Education records and files.

* Conduct assessments as needed for Special Education eligibility.

* Assess, monitor and report progress toward IEP goals and objectives.

* Complete all activities required for compliance with Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

* Submit required reports and documentation to administration.

* Support students and parents with student placement, curriculum, and instructional issues.

* Keep detailed documentation from parent/student conferences.

Required Qualifications

* Bachelor’s Degree.

* Illinois Special Education Certification (LBS1).

* Working knowledge of federal and state special education laws and regulations.

Salary and Benefits

CICS teachers are highly valued. CICS’ campuses offers a competitive salary and benefits.

How to Apply: https://app.jobvite.com/j?aj=oAkf7fw0&s=ChalkBeat

Chicago International Charter School campuses provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

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Director of Product

Posted by | March 16, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a director of product to lead our product and UX team.

Who are you?

You thrive in smaller organizations where you can make a huge impact, and you can draw clear lines from broad organizational goals to products that delight users and drive results. You translate strategy into execution and enjoy doing the work, not just calling the shots. You might be a news nerd or someone who loves reading policy papers, but you’re definitely inspired by our daily journalism and our mission of educational equity. You excel at communication and recognize the importance of conveying the why and how in addition to the what. You’re skilled at presenting data findings, knowing that product strategy is meaningless without the data to support it. You shine at problem-solving in highly collaborative environments and bring clarity to complex situations.

What background and skills do you have? (Not all are required, but we hope you’ll have several of these.)

  • Significant product management experience, ideally at a news organization
  • Background in UX and/or design and an innate sense for what looks good and works well
  • Experience using data to influence product strategy and the ability to present data findings in an authoritative way
  • Strong skills in data analysis and interpretation; experience with analytics platforms (e.g. Google Analytics) and A/B testing methodologies
  • Strong technical background, including knowledge of frontend, backend, and infrastructure technologies, and experience managing developers
  • Understanding of data visualization
  • Proven record of successfully launching and scaling products while working with multiple inputs
  • Outstanding communication: stellar listening skills, the ability to clearly capture other people’s viewpoints, and a knack for driving consensus and decision-making across the organization
  • Past creator of roadmaps/project plans, style guides, user manuals, and other relevant process documentation
  • Familiarity with best-in-class digital products across the journalism landscape and beyond, plus existing relationships with other news and/or product organizations
  • Interest in education and passion for Chalkbeat’s equity mission

What will you do?

  • Develop a product strategy that advances Chalkbeat’s mission, resonates with our audience, and drives toward our key performance indicators: readership, loyalty, and revenue
  • Define and own the product roadmap and feature prioritization to build and improve the user experience and outcomes
  • Establish ideal product development process and oversee product requirements and documentation
  • Communicate evolving priorities across the company, respond to requests from the newsroom and business teams, and design effective tools to document processes and train people to follow them
  • Use data to test assumptions, make recommendations, and drive actions
  • Build use cases and user stories and communicate them effectively
  • Serve as player-coach: You’re a manager, but you’re also a doer. You demonstrate capability to inspire a team while moving quickly to deliver on organizational objectives.
  • Coach, mentor, and manage your direct reports, including a full-stack developer and digital producer, plus oversee relationships with outside web development and design consultants

This position is ideally based in New York City or one of Chalkbeat’s other locations: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, or Memphis. We will also consider remote candidates. This position will report to Chalkbeat’s executive editor.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Chicago Reporter

Posted by | March 16, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking reporters to join our Chicago team.

Chicago is in the midst of sweeping changes with far-reaching consequences for students and families, educators, and communities. Poverty, violence, and deep segregation present steep challenges for students, their families, and their schools. After a last-minute budget deal, the city school district remains on the brink of financial disaster. At the same time, a respected former principal recently has been named the new chief of schools, and Chicago boasts one of the fastest-improving big city school systems in the nation, a conclusion so unexpected that a Stanford researcher double-checked his work before confirming it.

Amid these highs and lows, Chicago’s public schools face a slew of changes at every level. In the K-12 system, school closures and bureaucratic overhauls have made a complicated system more confusing for many families. Enrollment has dropped. City officials also want to lead the country by dramatically growing the number of children enrolled in public prekindergarten, and, controversially, by not allowing students to graduate unless they have a plan for what to do next.

Reporters who join our team will cover these dynamics at a pivotal moment. You won’t just be responsible for conceiving and executing daily news stories; you’ll be tasked with providing crucial context for what is happening, who is affected, and why. You’ll analyze public policy decisions at the district and state level and assess the impact on educators, families, and communities. You will scrutinize the people calling the shots.

You’ll also tell stories about Chicago’s students. You’ll examine early childhood education from all angles and find its opportunities and its gaps; spotlight the needs of English language learners, special education students and children who have experienced poverty and trauma; and use a combination of data and on-the-ground reporting to bring the schools’ struggles and triumphs to light. You’ll collaborate with the Chalkbeat team in both the Chicago bureau and nationwide to deliver content in innovative ways. Finally, you’ll communicate and build relationships with readers and key players in the local community through our weekday newsletters, social media and events.

Who are you?

You are committed to local journalism and respect the transformative power a good story can wield. You’re a self-starter who is hungry to break news, eager to understand and inform vital public policy debates, and enthusiastic about creating new models for sustainable journalism. You’re a strong beat reporter who can develop reliable sources and beat the competition. You’ve got the ability to write a range of stories, from breaking news, to enterprise and long-term investigative projects. Most important, you can serve as a guide for our readers — school personnel, education insiders, parents, students, and curious citizens — in explaining how the city works. And you’re not afraid to call its leaders to task when warranted.

What background and skills do you have?

  • Substantial reporting experience, preferably in digital, with a focus on public policy issues. (We’re open to hiring veteran reporters and up-and-coming journalists alike.)
  • Experience working in a CMS, preferably WordPress
  • Background in data journalism and visual production is a plus
  • Passion for education and the future of Chicago and its children is a must
  • Knowledge about education issues and the city of Chicago are strong pluses, but not required

The positions will be based at our Chicago office.

They are full-time positions with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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Story Editor (Part-Time)

Posted by | March 14, 2018 |

Chalkbeat, the nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most, is seeking a story editor with digital experience to make our news stories sing.

The story editor will be responsible for editing a mix of articles out of our seven local bureaus: Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, Newark, New York, and Tennessee. Stories will vary among news pieces, step-back analyses, and longer enterprise work, and each day will be different. You will work with the managing editor, digital producer, and local reporters to ready stories for publication on our website, and coordinate with the growth editor for social promotion. You will also work with the managing editor to help connect the dots across bureaus and ensure that Chalkbeat is telling a cohesive overarching story.

The story editor will provide crucial perspective, adding regional or national context where needed and ensuring that stories read logically, adhere to Chalkbeat style, and are properly sourced. While each piece that comes across the transom is different, all of our stories taken together should add up to a coherent whole, and the story editor is essential to achieving that goal through a mix of line editing, copy editing, and pulled-back critical thinking.

Who are you?

You respect the power of the (virtual) red pen, craft grabby headlines, and geek out on style guides. Although this position does not manage writers directly, you possess a mentoring spirit that’s able to coax the best story possible from reporters both green and seasoned. You believe that it’s better to teach than to tell. You live by your gut instinct for a good story and whack your way through unnecessary words to sniff out the best angle. Nut graphs? You slay them.

What background and skills do you have?

  • 5+ years’ experience in journalism and/or digital content creation
  • Expertise in story shaping, line editing, and copy editing
  • Experience working in a CMS, preferably WordPress
  • Stellar news judgment
  • Strong interpersonal skills with a knack for working with opinionated reporters and editors
  • Passion for education is a must; knowledge of education is a strong plus, but not required
  • Journalism experience in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Newark, New York, or Memphis is a plus

The ideal candidate is based in Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Newark, New York, Memphis, or Washington, DC. Remote candidates will also be considered.

This is a part-time position (20 hours per week). Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.

About Chalkbeat:

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven journalists who believe that an independent local press is vital to ensuring that education improves. Currently in five locations and growing, we seek to provide deep local coverage of education policy and practice that informs decisions and actions, leading to better schools. Read more about our mission and values.

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National Reporter

Posted by | March 2, 2018 |

Chalkbeat is looking for a passionate, enterprising reporter to join our national reporting team.

Chalkbeat is the nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. Read more about our mission and values.

We’re currently in six locations — Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, Newark, New York, and Tennessee — and we’re about to be in one more, Chicago. Now, we’re looking for an additional reporter to join our two-person national team to help cover the organizations and ideas that span the country and shape what happens locally.

You’ll be responsible for writing a range of stories at a fast clip. A typical week in your reporting life might include profiling a growing charter school network, breaking news about a national teachers union, and synthesizing local stories about challenges facing refugee students.

You’re a good fit for this position if most or all of these apply:

  • You’re excited about holding powerful organizations accountable to the public.
  • You’ve thrived as a journalist in a fast-paced, high-volume news environment.
  • You’ve previously covered education locally or nationally and have more questions than when you got started.
  • You believe high-quality journalism can make a difference to the lives of students, the work of policy makers, and the strength of our democracy.

The ideal candidate would be based in or willing to relocate to New York City, but we’re open to someone working elsewhere, especially from another Chalkbeat bureau.

This is a full-time position with benefits. Chalkbeat offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and a generous benefits package, including a paid winter recess from December 26-31.

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Summer Teacher Coach

Posted by | January 30, 2018 |

WHO WE ARE
Generation Teach is led by a national team of educators, driven by five core values – belonging, investment, initiative, growth, and excellence. We partner with communities to build local, diverse pipelines of exemplary educators who reflect the students and communities we serve. We recruit, train, and empower professional teachers to invest in their next generation of colleagues by coaching, mentoring, and supporting undergraduate and high-school students who are exploring careers in education as summer teaching fellows.

On average, our summer teaching fellows are:

  • 75% people of color
  • 60% Black and/or Latinx
  • 75% local – they grew up or attend college in our communities
  • 40% First Gen

We are committed to investing a new generation of prospective teachers in our most important profession. Every year, we learn with and from our fellows, professional teachers, and students. Learn and grow with us this summer!

WHO YOU ARE

  • You are a professional teacher who shares our core values and our commitment to ending educational inequity.
  • You value contributing to a diverse community of learners who challenge and support one another.
  • You want to invest your summer in the success of others. As a GT Summer Teacher Coach, you will focus on your undergraduate and high-school summer teaching fellows – their experiences and their success.
  • You are eager to receive feedback and coaching to develop the next generation of educators.

WHAT YOU WILL DO
You will complete two days of pre-summer training to learn about our program and protocols for lesson rehearsals, daily observations, growth conferences, and Teaching Fellow evaluation. You will participate in two weeks of pre-STEAM Academy training for Teaching Fellows and will lead practice sessions, model teach a lesson from our curriculum, and conduct lesson rehearsals. During our STEAM Academy, you will observe 4 Teaching Fellows each day, provide daily feedback, lead weekly rehearsals and data analysis sessions, and model teach complex concepts. The Teacher Coach position is a powerful opportunity to reflect and grow as a teacher and leader.

During the two weeks of Teaching Fellow training, the commitment is four hours a day, Monday – Friday (actual hours to be determined). During the STEAM Academy, the hours are Monday – Friday from 8:45 a.m. – noon. Teacher Coaches are welcome to arrive earlier or stay later to participate in other aspects of the STEAM Academy. If you are seeking a full-time role, please consider our Dean of Experiential Learning or Assistant Director role(s).

Responsibilities

  • Complete pre-reading and two days of pre-summer training
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the core curricula of the summer program to support and advise Teaching Fellows
  • Facilitate lesson rehearsals
  • Observe each Teaching Fellow every day and provide actionable feedback through a growth conference or feedback note
  • Communicate and collaborate with the Director to ensure Teaching Fellow success inside and outside the classroom
  • Work with Teaching Fellows to analyze student work and adjust instruction
  • Confer with other Teacher Coaches to identify professional development needs and opportunities
  • Complete pre-, mid-, and post-summer evaluations of Teaching Fellows
  • Evaluate program and give actionable feedback for continued evolution of best practices

QUALIFICATIONS
Ideal candidates will meet or exceed the following qualifications:

  • Model and embody GT core values
  • Believe all students can and will achieve
  • Build and value relationships
  • Create communities where everyone grows as learners, collaborators, and teachers
  • Seek and implement feedback
  • Problem solve quickly while working strategically toward long-term results
  • Show initiative to lead when appropriate
  • Invest in the experience and success of others
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree, at least two years of full-time teaching experience, and desire to grow while developing the next generation of urban educators

COMPENSATION AND COMMITMENT
The commitment is Monday through Friday, June 4, 2018 through July 20, 2018, 8:45 a.m. to noon. Compensation for the part-time coaching position is $2,100.

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Associate Director, Curriculum

Posted by | January 29, 2018 |

TITLE: Associate Director, Curriculum
DEPARTMENT: Programs, Education
LOCATION: Chicago (CSC)
REPORTS TO: Director of Curriculum

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
The Associate Director of Curriculum works closely with the National Director of Curriculum to design an e-learning Civics curriculum project for secondary-level students, ensuring that curricula and supporting tools, modules and other training resources are based on anti-bias pedagogy, sound instructional design and current learning standards, and utilize technologies responsive to the different learning styles of students.  The Associate Director will collaborate with e-learning and resources platform development staff and/or consultants to ensure curriculum and subsequent training is fully operational on the online platform. Under the direction of the Director of Curriculum, the Associate Director will initiate connections with potential partners, collaborate on the training components and provide oversight in evaluation of the project.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Review existing ADL classroom online and print curricula to gain an understanding of the philosophy, principles and overall approach of anti-bias curriculum development.
• Become familiar with the proposed content of the Civics curriculum, and conduct research to gain familiarity with current and innovative strategies and approaches in civics education.
• Develop a project outline, work plan and timeline for developing the Civics curriculum.
• With the guidance and oversight of the Director of Curriculum, design and write modules for high school Civics lessons that are pertinent, intersecting civics and anti-bias content when appropriate.
• Provide recommendations for ways that the Civics curriculum can be presented in an online course.
• Recruit and conduct educator focus group(s) throughout the Midwest on classroom and online needs and to pilot and gain feedback on online Civics lesson content.
• Ensure curriculum assessment practices are varied and reflect current and sound educational pedagogy.
• Initiate and develop new web content including blogs, webinars, teacher strategies, parent/family resources and other resources in order to market and share information about the curriculum.
• Collaborate with the Director of Education Marketing in implementing marketing strategies including email campaigns, teacher surveys, social media contributions, partnership leveraging opportunities, etc.
• Collaborate with the Director of Training to develop the pilot teacher training, Train-the Trainer sessions and webinars.
• Oversee the evaluation design and implementation.
• Represent ADL at national education conferences, webinars and meetings, as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Skills

• Expertise in curriculum design and development
• Excellent organizational and project management skills, including organization of work plans, timelines and reports
• Experience in education marketing and promoting programs
• Excellent research, writing and editorial skills
• Knowledge, understanding and experience in social studies curriculum
• Knowledge and understanding of anti-bias education
• Ability to simultaneously handle multiple assignments, work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines
• Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office
• Classroom teaching experience preferred

2. Work Experience
• Minimum of three to five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of curriculum development, diversity training, project development/management, primary/secondary education, and/or school administration

3. Education
• BA in Curriculum Development, education or a related field, MA degree preferred.

The information in this job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of employees in this classification.  It is not designed to contain, or to be interpreted as, a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications and objectives required of employees assigned to this job, nor is it to be interpreted as a contract for employment.