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School Climate Team Specialist(Job Number: 200001TR)
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States, serving over 360,000 students in 600+ schools and employing nearly 36,000 people, most of them teachers. CPS has set ambitious goals to ensure that every student, in every school and every neighborhood, has access to a world-class learning experience that prepares each for success in college, career and civic life. In order to fulfill this mission we make three commitments to our students, their families and all Chicagoans: academic progress, financial stability and integrity. Six core values are embedded within these commitments – student centered, whole child, equity, academic excellence, community partnership and continuous learning.
The Teams, Interventions, Evaluation and Resources for Supportive Schools (TIERSS) grant is a five-year effort to build the capacity of target schools and the district to implement the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), with a focus on improving professional learning and implementation support for core components of the MTSS in the following areas: school climate team leadership, classroom interventions, data and analysis strategy, family and community engagement, and prevention and mitigation of substance abuse.
The School Climate Team Specialist reports to the TIERSS Grant Manager and will be in charge of developing and facilitating training and coaching on Tier I strategies that will build the capacity of School Climate Teams to improve the climate and culture of grant schools and build the social and emotional competencies of adults and students schoolwide. Working collaboratively with grant program staff, the School Climate Team Specialist will also share best practices throughout the district.
The School Climate Team Specialist is expected to successfully perform the following core responsibilities:
Provide training and coaching on evidence-based practices for team and leadership development, using a variety of instructional techniques and formats.
Collaborate with school leaders and climate team members to develop data-driven, student-centered, trauma-sensitive, and culturally competent strategic plans for schoolwide culture and climate transformation.
Meet regularly with climate team leads at grant schools to build their leadership capacity and plan for schoolwide supports
Advise school staff on Tier I curriculum and programs, and make recommendations based on identified needs.
Organize and develop materials, such as handouts and presentations
Collect and analyze progress monitoring and evaluation data for grant schools
Collaborate with external partners to provide materials and training supports to grant schools and OSEL
Provide district-wide and regional trainings on climate team development
Train OSEL staff on best practices for climate teams
Document and compile best practices to update the CPS Supportive Schools Guide
Ensure that all reporting timelines and deadlines are met.
Collaborate with grant team and other OSEL staff at PLCs, grant team meetings, and Supportive Schools team meetings
Perform other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:
Ability to utilize quantitative and qualitative data to identify opportunities for growth, develop strategic plans, progress monitor, and evaluate the effectiveness of implementation
Ability to interface with students, families, teachers, school leaders, and classroom support staff to find creative solutions to challenging problems
Strong written and presentation skills
Ability and willingness to work both collaboratively and independently
Ability to complete concurrent, complex assignments and to prioritize assignments to meet deadlines and project requirements
Strong analytical, time management and interpersonal skills
Proficient in Google Suite, including Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms, as well as MS Office Suite
Willingness to work flexible schedules (evenings and weekends, as necessary)
Must possess a valid U.S. Driver’s License. If selected, must have permanent use of an automobile that is properly insured.
In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities, the School Climate Team Specialist must possess the following qualifications:
Type of Education Required:
Master’s Degree from an accredited university in Education, Social Work/Counseling, Public Administration, Public Health Administration or a related field
Type of Experience and Number of Years:
At least three years of experience in developing and leading effective teams
At least two years of experience in developing and implementing or supporting the implementation of data-driven strategic plans
As a condition of employment with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), employees are required to live within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago within six months of their CPS hire date and must maintain residency throughout their employment with the district.