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Equity Achievement Specialist(Job Number: 2000009Z)
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third largest school district in the United States, serving over 350,000 students in more than 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 principles are embedded within these commitments – student centered, whole child, equity, academic excellence, community partnership, and continuous learning.
Reporting to the Chief Equity Officer, the Equity Achievement Strategist (EAS) will assist in developing, monitoring, managing, and presenting the Equity Office’s strategic priorities and progress regarding closing the opportunity gap for CPS’ African-American, Latinx, and other underrepresented student populations. The EAS will design and support the implementation of school-based equity efforts to continuously enhance the district’s efforts to close the opportunity gaps for our least-served students. The EAS responsible for overseeing a coalition of schools’ equity improvement efforts and providing support to networks regarding the equity framework.
The Equity Achievement Specialist is expected to successfully oversee and/or perform the following responsibilities:
Lead a coalition of schools in equity-focused improvement efforts (i.e. courageous conversations, implicit bias, growth mindsets, school advocacy, equity assessments, literacy, and English Language Learning etc.)
Provide job-embedded supports to school leaders on the topics related to race and equity
Provide consultation to networks, schools, administrators, and teacher leaders regarding culture, heritage, and background of students and families.
Assist schools and networks in developing strong integration (e.g. culturally-responsive curriculum and pedagogy, family and community involvement, student voice, and critical examination of school and institutional practices that inhibit progress) that leads to educational equity and student achievement
Co-write white papers that reflect district best practices and lessons learned from schools
Exhibit cultural proficiency in multi-areas, which includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, class, religion, age, and gender expression and identity
Support school teams in implementing the strategies outlined in their Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP) to drive student growth and achievement, giving considerable attention to least-served populations in a given school
Make recommendations for resource allocations.
Analyze student outcome data based on race, gender, class, school-type, and other opportunity categories to collaborate and provide recommendations to schools and Equity Office
Articulate and implement clear professional learning cycles of improvement
Conduct district and school and district-level equity audits and assessments
Advise the Equity Office and other teams of possible high-level focus areas and suggest strategies for addressing the focus areas.
Serves as a direct liaison between Equity Office and internal and external stakeholders
Engage in capacity building with internal staff regarding the impact of board policy and practices through an equity lens
Facilitate focus groups consisting of various stakeholders, including principals, teachers, parents, students, and community members
Attend central office meetings and make data-informed presentations to senior leadership
Support all aspects of compliance and regulation for the Equity Office
Perform additional ad hoc duties as assigned
Type of Education Required:
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year college or university
Master’s degree in Education, Human Resources, Organizational Development, Organizational Psychology or a related field preferred
Type of Experience and Number of Years:
Minimum of 5 years of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion work in a large organization; prior urban school district experience preferred
Demonstrated experience as a teacher leader preferred
Minimum of 3 years of design, facilitation, and evaluation of professional learning
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to write detailed briefs, summaries, data-driven reports, and counter-narratives
Ability to foster synergy in student achievement efforts with other district departments by working with a variety of specialists
Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and work effectively with minimal supervision while adhering to strict deadlines in a fast-paced complex environment
Communicates and presents information effectively to colleagues at all levels of the organization and external stakeholders
Superior organizational, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills
Ability to work independently as well as to function effectively in a collaborative team environment
Expertise in the Common Core State Standards.
Expertise in research-based instructional practices and culturally-responsive pedagogy
Ability to design and lead engaging adult professional learning experiences
Ability to drive and maintain high standards of performance
Understanding of Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)
Commitment to continuous improvement
Knowledge of research-based school improvement models
Experience with curriculum mapping, unit planning, and formative progress monitoring
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 hire date and maintain residency throughout their employment with the district.