The Chicago Public Schools Early Literacy Initiative is focused on developing a district-wide, responsive approach to literacy instruction in PreK-2 nd grade in order to increase equity in early literacy outcomes for African American and Latino children, English Learners, and students with disabilities. It is a joint effort involving multiple departments, including the Office of Early Childhood Education (OECE), the Department of Literacy, the Office of Network Support (ONS), the Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services (ODLSS), the Office of Language and Cultural Education (OLCE), Human Resources and Talent Management, and the Office of Student Assessment, among others. In order to ensure that every child becomes a joyful, confident, and proficient reader and writer, the Early Literacy Initiative focuses on four strategic priorities:
1. Ensuring equitable access to effective and rigorous core literacy instruction
2. Increasing educator capacity through a system of tiered professional learning supports 3. Providing schools with access to a comprehensive system of resources
4. Establishing collective ownership among internal and external stakeholders
The Office of Early Childhood Education seeks a Program Coordinator to support this work. The Early Literacy Program Coordinator will support with the planning and execution of this multifaceted program and provide project management support and professional guidance to Early Literacy Collaborative working groups.
Contribute to the establishment of a cross-departmental, comprehensive and connected system of supports for early literacy
Establish tasks and timelines and develop strategies to support working groups in seeing projects through from beginning to end
Help establish systems for database management and data tracking for major projects
Facilitate and monitor the progress of working groups connected to the early literacy action plan
Oversee and/or coordinate the collection, compilation, and analysis of program activity data; develop, write, and present comprehensive, accurate, and timely program reports.
Support development of district-level guidance related to early literacy instruction, assessment, and resourcing resulting from work group findings
Collaborate with program leadership and department directors to consolidate resources and enhance existing programs.
Develop ideas for new programs to support the strategic direction of the early literacy initiative
Performs additional ad hoc and assigned duties as necessary
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in education or related field. Masters degree preferred.
Familiarity with Chicago Public Schools policies and procedures
Minimum of five (5) years experience in early childhood education.
Minimum of two (2) years experience coordinating cross-functional, complex projects preferably in education
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Expertise in early literacy, including strong knowledge of early literacy standards, effective methods for supporting emergent and beginning readers and writers, and strong knowledge of and experience in the use of early literacy assessments
Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of stakeholders internally and externally in a diverse community
Ability to foster a cooperative work environment and to work with cross-departmental teams to organize, prioritize, and schedule work assignments
Ability to manage multiple tasks in an environment with tight operating deadlines
Demonstrates a sense of urgency in accomplishing goals and objectives to ensure success
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and drive multiple projects concurrently
Ability to quickly analyze a problem/question and decide the level of importance and necessary higher level intervention
Takes initiative to identify challenges and recommend solutions; identifies, documents, and shares best practices
Excellent technical skills for creating and communicating through reports and presentations
Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports
Strong analytical and organizational skills
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 his or her CPS hire date and maintain residency throughout their employment with the district.