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Manager of Professional Learning

CTI Education Group

This is a Full-time position in Chicago, IL posted June 8, 2021.

Job Description
– Manager of Professional Learning (210000M8)

Job Description

Manager of Professional Learning (
Job Number:
210000M8 )


Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the third-largest school district in the United States, serving over 340,000 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 Manager of Professional Learning leads the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy for professional learning and social-emotional development within the Office of Early Childhood Education (OECE).

This manager will work in close collaboration with the Director of Early Childhood Programs, Manager of Curriculum and Instruction, the Manager of Family Engagement, and the P-2 Program Manager to create an aligned and consistent approach to developing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of school leaders and educators. 

The Manager of Professional Learning will be held accountable for the following responsibilities:
Provide support and leadership to the Social Workers and Professional Development Specialists in OECE.

Build and execute a professional development strategy to build the foundational knowledge of school leaders and teachers to understand and pursue quality, including Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS).

Develop a comprehensive annual plan for professional development in partnership with the Senior Manager of Curriculum and Instruction and other department leaders.

Engage with Office of Diverse Learners and Support Services (ODLSS), Office of Language and Cultural Education (OLCE), Teaching and Learning, Office of Network Support (ONS), and other relevant CPS departments to effectively coordinate professional development strategy.

Envision and implement a strategy for schools meeting quality benchmarks to build towards and be recognized for excellence in early childhood.

Collaborate with the P-2 Program Manager to implement OECE-owned activities to achieve the goals of the Early Literacy Collaborative and Integrated Instruction workgroup.

Work in partnership with the Manager of Data Systems to evaluate the impact of the professional development strategy on principal/teacher knowledge/skills/abilities and on instructional quality measured by CLASS.

Implements a strategy for social-emotional learning and focuses on the work of social workers and mental health consultants in partnership with OSEL.

Will work collaboratively with the OECE management team in creating and implementing strategic vision and goals.

Will support the development of Birth to 2nd-grade curriculum and instructional lesson modules that prepare children to be strong readers by 3 rd grade in collaboration with the P-2 Program Manager.

Prepare and monitor for REACH evaluations.

Maintain knowledge of best practices in early childhood and professional development.

Keep current with research in the field of early childhood education and professional learning.

Perform related duties as required.

In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities, the Manager of Professional Learning must possess the following qualifications:

Type of Education Required : 
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university  Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood education or related field preferred Valid Type 75 administrative certificate issued by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) (or out-of-state equivalent) preferred
Type of Experience Required : 
A minimum of five (5) years of early childhood teaching experiences, CPS experience strongly preferred A minimum of two (2) years developing and implementing training and professional learning in an education setting Successful experience working with adult learners preferred Experience with managing a team of adults
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities : 
Deep knowledge of current trends in adult learning theory, child development, and early childhood education Working knowledge of coaching/mentoring models Ability to manage, problem-solve, develop and delegate as situations dictate Ability to communicate effectively with all stakeholders Ability to travel to network offices and/or schools to meet the needs of network chiefs and principals Ability to use a range of technology and tools Ability to work independently as well as to function effectively and collaboratively in a team environment Excellent organizational skills and effectively multi-task Strong writing skills including excellent command of the English language and grammar 
Residency Requirement:

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.