Careers

Careers Within AUSL

AUSL creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools. AUSL staff work across the organization to support our schools and teacher training efforts with coaches, tutors, recruiters, and other administrative roles.

AUSL employees are employed by AUSL (not by the Board of Education as CPS employees are) and work from various schools in the AUSL network. AUSL is an equal opportunity employer.


Current AUSL Career Opportunities

  • Teacher Support: ID221

    Administrative Coordinator, Chicago Teacher Residency Program

    Date Posted: 06/16/2014

    Location: 55 W. Cermak, Chicago IL

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    The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) is a nonprofit school management organization operating in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools. AUSL creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools. 
     
    AUSL seeks an Administrative Coordinator to support the Director of the Chicago Teacher Residency program with his responsibilities related to communications, event coordination, and information management for the program's 150+ resident teacher trainees and their mentor teachers and coaches. The AUSL Residency program, established in 2001, is a one-year paid, full-time program providing a path to educator licensure and a Master's degree.  For more information about AUSL, go to auslchicago.org.
     
    Responsibilities include: 

    • Manage communications with the 150+ teacher trainees in AUSL's Chicago Teacher Residency program, plus their  80+ mentor teachers.  Distribute announcements and notices, coordinate meetings, and purchase books and other materials.
    • Track/update information and prepare reports about residents and mentors, including support for key processes such as new resident onboarding, mentor-resident assignments, and post-program job placement.
    • Edit and create documents using MS Office applications; use and improve the web-based document sharing tools used in the program.
    • Use and maintain online repositories of frequently-used documents, presentations, and video materials.  Assist coaches and others who deliver professional development to use and access these materials.
    • Schedule and coordinate meetings for the Director of the program.
    • Gather and summarize information about AUSL program graduates.

    Qualifications: 

    • Bachelor's degree plus some administrative work experience.  Experience in Human Resources and/or Higher Education administration not required, but would be a plus.
    • Very strong technology skills, including advanced skills in MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.  Experience with Google applications a plus.  Able to learn new technologies and applications quickly, and to develop more efficient and effective ways to manage information. 
    • Outstanding customer service skills:  resourceful, flexible, and able to juggle multiple priorities with a strong sense of urgency.
    • Excellent oral and written communications skills; able to produce attractive and accurate documents in a variety of formats. 
    • Highly organized with disciplined information management and follow up skills. 
    • Licensed driver with access to an insured vehicle (some travel required to schools in various locations in the city of Chicago). 
    • Values diversity of thought, background, and perspectives, and enthusiastic about AUSL's mission to improve student achievement in Chicago Public Schools. 

               
    This position is a full-time, year round position.  No overnight travel is required; all work takes place at various AUSL schools in the city of Chicago.  The main work location is at 55 West Cermak Rd., Chicago IL.
     
    How to Apply
     
    AUSL is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  To apply: go to auslchicago.org/about/careers, scroll to this position, complete a brief online application, and upload your resume and cover letter.
     


  • Teacher Support: ID334

    AUSL Math+ Elementary Mathematics Tutor

    Date Posted: 06/20/2014

    Location: Multiple Locations

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    The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) is a nonprofit school management organization operating in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools, and currently manages a network of 29 schools.  AUSL's mission is to improve student achievement in Chicago's high-poverty, chronically failing schools through a disciplined transformation process.  For more information about AUSL, go to auslchicago.org.

    AUSL seeks talented, dedicated individuals to tutor small groups of children to help them dramatically increase their learning and achievement in math.  Teams of Elementary Tutors will work throughout the school year in several AUSL-managed CPS elementary schools, and will receive training and support from experienced teachers dedicated to the tutoring program. 
     
    Responsibilities:
    • Provide individualized tutoring to small groups of students in math concepts, skills, and reasoning (grades 3 to 5)
    • Plan and implement lessons, based on the needs of the students, in accordance with Illinois and Common Core standards
    • Assess students' learning levels and track their progress
    • Reinforce expectations regarding student behavior and support the ongoing development of a positive learning environment and culture
    • Participate in weekly professional development
     
    Qualifications:
    • Bachelor's degree
    • Strong skills and conceptual understanding in math.  Mathematics proficiency at the level of seventh grade math is required, and AUSL's candidate screening and selection process will include a brief mathematics proficiency test 
    • Proficient at organizing materials/data and in prioritizing tasks
    • Strong verbal and written communication skills, as well as excellent listening skills
    • Proficiency in computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, web-based resources, and data management
    • Previous experience tutoring, volunteering or working with students, especially urban students, is desirable but not required
    • Spanish language skills are a plus, but not required

    This is a 10-month position (school year schedule) with 8-hour days, Mondays-Fridays, with a 30-minute lunch break.  The annual salary for this position is $25,000, plus benefits (benefits are provided year round).  AUSL tutors who enjoy and succeed at their work, and who are interested in a career in teaching, will be encouraged to advance their careers as educators with AUSL, for example by applying for AUSL's Chicago Teacher Residency teacher training and certification program.
     

  • Teacher Support: ID347

    Elementary Teacher Coach (Bilingual - Spanish)

    Date Posted: 01/13/2014

    Location: AUSL Schools, Chicago IL

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    AUSL is a nonprofit school management organization partnering with Chicago Public Schools, and currently manages a network of 29 schools. At AUSL, it is our mission to improve student achievement in Chicago’s high-poverty, chronically failing schools through our disciplined transformation process.

    AUSL seeks a highly qualified candidate with experience in Bilingual education to provide outstanding, individualized coaching and professional development to the dedicated teachers in AUSL elementary turnaround schools. Coaches work closely with teachers to deepen the teachers' repertoire of classroom strategies, including using student data to drive differentiated instruction, and to bring relentless focus to accelerating student learning, especially in the areas of literacy and critical thinking. Bilingual Elementary Coaches will also provide specific support to teachers, schools, and other members of the AUSL network around best practices and legal mandates for Bilingual instruction.  The Coach will collaborate with other AUSL coaches to develop and deliver professional development to teachers across AUSL's network, to contribute to the building and success of the network’s Bilingual program, and to participate in recruitment and other network-wide initiatives. All candidates must possess a commitment to deep levels of educational change and reform, resilience of spirit, and an earnest respect and fondness for the children of our schools.

    Responsibilities

    • Provide real-time classroom coaching and outstanding, individualized professional development in behavior/classroom management, rigorous instruction, and best practices for Bilingual education to the teachers in turnaround schools in a variety of subjects and grade levels, Bilingual/ELL and General Education.
    • Analyze teachers’ practice in order to create intentional next steps and guided practice in order to improve teacher practices. Utilize a repertoire of strategies for adult learners including real-time, side-by-side classroom coaching, co-planning and co-teaching of lessons, modeling of best practice strategies, analysis of student work, and classroom observation & feedback to improve teacher practices.
    • Implement the AUSL coaching model which is active, transparent, collaborative, and highly accountable.
    • Collaborate with administrators and teachers to establish teacher performance goals and coach teachers as necessary to meet those goals.
    • Complete projects related to the implementation of high-quality curricular initiatives at the school site or for the AUSL elementary school network.
    • Assist teachers to develop and provide bilingual and ESL students with appropriate coursework through curriculum modification, acceleration, etc.
    • Develop and coordinate a continuing evaluation of the bilingual and ESL programs and implement changes based on the findings.
    • Demonstrate commitment to increasing student achievement with data-driven instruction by managing and supporting school-based teachers and administrators.
    • Collaborate in the design and delivery of Summer Turnaround Training workshops, as well as site- and network-based professional development throughout the school year.
    • Monitor student assessment data and create reports.
    • Use basic Windows programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and video technology (Flip Cameras, iPads) to monitor coaching practices and teacher growth

    Qualifications

    • Master’s degree in an education-related field; current teaching certificate with Bilingual Approval or Endorsement or Transitional Bilingual Certificate (Type 29)
    • Experience as a successful and innovative Bilingual/ELL teacher, including the skills necessary to mentor adult learners; minimum five years of successful K-8 classroom teaching experience
    • Extensive experience in urban educational settings
    • Prior experience coaching or mentoring adult learners
    • Excellent time-management, organization, and interpersonal skills
    • Strong collaborative, interpersonal, and teamwork skills in working with a diverse group of school and network-based stakeholders
    • Strong written and oral communication skills
    • Fluent in both Spanish and English
    • Proficient in Window programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and video technology (Flip cameras, iPads)

    This is a full-time (40 hours/week), year-round position as an employee of AUSL; it is not a CPS position.

     


  • Teacher Support: ID393

    Manager of Community Engagement

    Date Posted: 04/27/2014

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    AUSL Manager of Community Engagement
     
    AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership), founded in 2001, is a nonprofit organization working in partnership with Chicago Public Schools to dramatically improve student achievement in chronically failing schools through its disciplined school transformation process. AUSL currently manages a network of 29 Chicago Public Schools, and its Chicago Teacher Residency program trains 180 teachers each year.
     
    The Manager of Community Engagement will work with the Director of Marketing & Communications to engage a diverse group of community stakeholders and strengthening the connections between AUSL, AUSL families, AUSL schools, communities and leaders.  AUSL believes that awareness, understanding and advocacy is essential to improve Chicago's lowest performing schools.
     
    RESPONSIBILITIES:
    • Cultivate and nurture community-school partnerships with residents, local institutions/organizations, and community-based businesses in the schools' community.  Develop and foster relationships consistent with the goals and mission of the schools and of AUSL.
    • Develop and execute the AUSL Parent Ambassador program.
    • Plan, implement and coordinate special events for community members and students to enhance community-school partnerships.
    • Work with school leaders, grade level teacher teams, guidance counselors, and youth intervention specialist teams to build partnerships between schools and various service sectors of each community. 
    • Work with school staff to develop recruitment plans.
    • Create and maintain systems and structures to support data-driven decision-making around parent engagement. 
    • Support the implementation of college counseling and alumni support systems.
    • Work cooperatively with a wide spectrum of internal contacts and various departments within AUSL and CPS to resolve possible issues.
    • Liaison with community leaders as well as local, state and federal elected officials.
    • Support LSCs, PACs, and CACs as needed.
    • Serve as the AUSL spokesperson and representative at school and community meetings and with the media.
    • Increase the awareness and understanding of AUSL with parents and communities.
    • Maintain frequent and timely interactions with all school leaders to ensure clear, consistent messaging to families, community members, and other stakeholders.
     
    EXPERIENCE
    • Bachelor’s Degree.
    • 3-5 years experience in Community Engagement
    • Knowledge of the history and current landscape of education policy and political issues in Chicago
    • Excellent communications skills – writing, speaking, listening, & advising
    • Strong strategic thinking and planning skills
    • Ability to multi-task multiple projects at a time
    • Ability to work in a team environment and collaborate with peers on regular basis
    • Self-motivated; with demonstrated ability to take independent action and assume responsibility
    • Ability to achieve measurable, meaningful results in a fast-paced environment and ability to embrace and incorporate direct feedback
    • Ability to work with diverse individuals and groups and pull various viewpoints toward common goals
    Willingness to travel throughout the city and work nights/weekends; and fulltime access to a car.

  • Teacher Support: ID411

    Executive Assistant

    Date Posted: 03/31/2014

    Location: 7257 South State St., Chicago IL

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    AUSL seeks a dynamic, organized, and energetic Executive Assistant with outstanding time management ability, interpersonal skills, and judgment to provide administrative support to AUSL’s Managing Director of Turnaround Schools and his team of 4 Directors.  The Executive Assistant will independently manage multiple tasks and projects with competing priorities and deadlines, screen and prioritize communications from internal and external sources, and organize and maintain administrative processes. The work location for this position is 7257 South State Street, Chicago IL. 
     
    The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) is a nonprofit school management organization operating in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools.  Our mission is to improve student achievement in Chicago’s high-poverty, chronically failing schools through a disciplined transformation process, built on a foundation of specially trained AUSL teachers.  AUSL’s network includes 29 schools serving 18,000 students. For more information about AUSL, visit www.auslchicago.org.
     
    Responsibilities include:

    Receive and review email and assist the Managing Director and Directors with communications and tasks. 
    • Schedule and coordinate meetings ranging in size from a handful to hundreds of participants.  Plan and manage room setup, equipment, catering, and communications with attendees.  Work with vendors to ensure that all details are on schedule and within budget.
    • Develop and maintain systems to support the leaders’ management of information, deadlines, events, and follow ups.  Track and communicate information to ensure that team members are aware of deadlines and specific deliverables.
    • Manage information and compile reports; update shared online project planning documents.  Create and edit emails, PowerPoint presentations and other documents.
    • Establish and maintain friendly, collaborative, and professional relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders at all levels, inside and outside the organization. 
    • Other duties as assigned.
    Qualifications:
                     
    • Bachelor’s degree plus 2+ years of professional work experience, including administrative support experience.
    • Expertise with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and with Google applications (Mail, Calendar, Drive).  Able to learn new technologies and applications quickly, and to develop more efficient and effective ways to manage information.
    • Able to meet deadlines while managing multiple projects with a high degree of ownership for projects and outstanding attention to detail, accuracy, and customer service.
    • Outstanding oral and written communications skills.
    • Highly motivated with high energy; a collaborative and creative problem-solver who takes initiative and succeeds with limited supervision.
    • Outstanding judgment, maturity, discretion, and professionalism.
    • Values diversity of thought, background, and perspectives, and is enthusiastic about AUSL’s mission to improve student achievement in Chicago Public Schools.
    • Licensed driver with access to an insured vehicle.  Must pass a criminal background check required for employees who work in CPS schools.
    This position is a full-time, year round position. Some travel is required to schools in various locations in the city of Chicago; expenses are reimbursed.  No overnight travel is required.
     
    How to Apply
     
    To apply: go to http://auslchicago.org/about/careers and scroll down to select this position, complete a brief online application, and upload your resume and cover letter.  AUSL is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information about AUSL, go to www.auslchicago.org

  • Teacher Support: ID418

    Data Analyst

    Date Posted: 06/15/2014

    Location: National Teacher`s Academy

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    AUSL is a leading nonprofit school management organization, established in 2001, that creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools. AUSL manages a growing network of 29 schools at both the high school and elementary levels.  A cornerstone of AUSL’s model for improvement is its Chicago Teacher Residency program, which recruits and trains up to 200 teachers annually to work in high-need schools.

    AUSL seeks a highly qualified candidate with keen attention to detail, strong analytical and organizational skills, and proficiency in Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint, to perform the role of Data Analyst supporting AUSL’s Director of Research and Performance Management.

    Responsibilities include:

    • Serve as lead data analyst for school operations and assessment data
    • Assist in the design and oversight of school and network goal-setting processes
    • Use Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint present a wide variety of quantitative and qualitative information
    • Manage the sharing of knowledge and documents with school and network stakeholders
    • Oversee location and equipment logistics for AUSL data events

    Qualifications:

    • Data crunching and visualization skills – strong proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint a must
    • Superior organizational/project management skills and attention to detail
    • Strong problem-solving and critical thinking abilities, combined with a “Can Do, Will Do” approach
    • Ability to communicate and trusting relationships with a broad cross-section of stakeholders
    • Presentation and group facilitation skills/experience desired

    The position is a full-time, year-round position.  No overnight travel is required; all work takes place at various AUSL schools in the city of Chicago.  The main work location for this position is 55 W. Cermak Rd., Chicago, IL.

    How to Apply

    AUSL is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information about AUSL, go to auslchicago.org.  To apply: go to auslchicago.org/about/careers and scroll down to select this position, complete a brief online application, and upload your resume and cover letter.


  • Teacher Support: ID420

    Managing Director of Teaching & Learning

    Date Posted: 07/08/2014

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    AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership), founded in 2001, is a nonprofit organization working in partnership with Chicago Public Schools to dramatically improve student achievement in chronically failing schools through its disciplined school transformation process. AUSL currently manages a network of 32 Chicago Public Schools, and its Chicago Teacher Residency program trains 180 teachers each year.
     
    The Managing Director of Teaching & Learning will lead AUSL’s development and implementation of high quality instruction and student-focused academics to ensure that the network prepares all students for college and a career. This includes providing leadership, vision and strategic direction for AUSL’s curriculum, instruction, assessment, school improvement, training and professional learning initiatives. This role will serve as a key leader of AUSL’s overall approach to developing and retaining effective educators and will ensure the use of performance data across the organization to make decisions and monitor progress toward goals. 
     
    The Managing Director of Teaching & Learning will report directly to the Executive Director, and will serve as a key member of the network’s leadership team, which works together to set and implement AUSL’s strategy and to ensure collaboration across key operational, financial, and academic functions. This role will partner closely with other senior leaders to oversee the development and implementation of high-quality academic programming across the network; and partners with the recruiting team to ensure effective talent development at all levels of the organization.
     
    RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Provide overall vision and leadership for AUSL’s core instructional programming and talent development activities, ensuring both the quality of the academic experience and the integrity of the AUSL brand
      • Assess AUSL’s academic priorities through data analysis and stakeholder engagement, and proactively align resources with high-impact strategies to achieve outstanding outcomes
      • Provide inspirational leadership for the entire network through commitment to excellent outcomes and regular communication about network priorities
      • Serve as a public ambassador for the organization, helping to strengthen relationships with city officials, other education organizations, and community leaders
      • As necessary, engage in day-to-day details of talent development activities and performance management processes to guarantee an uncompromising quality of support for schools
    • Hire, manage, develop and retain a best-in-class team
      • Bring out the very best in teammates – thoughtfully direct, coach, and partner with direct reports to reach ambitious goals and continually improve
    • Ensure alignment between the requirements of The AUSL Way and teacher preparation in the CTR
      • Work with the leadership team to develop the overall strategy and approach to teacher development, ensuring a steady stream of teachers entering the network prepared for the rigors of implementing The AUSL Way in turnaround schools
      • Work with the Director of Recruiting to ensure a steady stream of high-potential talent into the AUSL network
      • Monitor CTR recruiting and performance, and proactively initiative improvements as necessary
      • Serve as a public ambassador for the CTR, building its brand both locally and nationally to attract top teaching talent to AUSL
    • Oversee the strategic development of AUSL’s coaching program as a critical support for new teachers and new turnaround schools
      • Coordinate with other senior leadership to prioritize the teacher development needs that coaching will address and to optimize allocation of coaching resources across the network
      • Supervise the performance monitoring of the coaching program, proactively initiating adjustments as needed
    • Develop and execute on an over-arching organizational strategy for continually strengthening the skills, knowledge and performance of AUSL’s teaching and leadership corps
      • Collaborate with the academic and instructional leadership team to plan for the coherent integration of professional learning resources and other talent development supports
      • Regularly assess the return on investment in various professional learning approaches (e.g., learning clusters, REACH debriefs, network-wide PD, school-wide PD and individual PD) and reset priorities and resource allocation as necessary
    • Ensure the effective use of data and research as a tool for school planning, network talent development, and reinforcement of academic priorities and performance standards
      • In partnership with other leadership, plan the steady drumbeat of data required to power The AUSL Way.
      • Support a data-craving culture across the organization by ensuring that the right people receive the right information, analysis and insight at the right time
      • Cultivate an up-to-date, expert knowledge of field-leading practices and research-based approaches, and strive to incorporate these into AUSL’s academic programming and talent development pipeline as appropriate
     
    QUALIFICATIONS
    • Education and relevant experience
      • Master’s degree or higher (preferably in education)
      • 10+ years of experience in school operations and/or instructional leadership including significant, progressive management experience, including running complex operations, multi-site management and staff management
      • 5+ years of classroom teaching experience, with a distinguished record of achieving outstanding academic results
    • Strategic vision and team leadership
      • Strategic, analytical thinker who can translate and implement strategies into well-defined and operationally efficient practices in a highly collaborative and complex, changing environment
      • Adept at thinking strategically, drawing implications from data, translating plans into action, and exhibiting excellent professional judgment
      • Demonstrated management and administrative skills, well organized and able to prioritize and manage effectively given ambitious goals, complex challenges and evolving plans
      • Demonstrated excellence in building, leading and developing teams of adults (including a prior role as a school leader)
      • Ability to work effectively toward shared goals with a wide range of stakeholders, including executive leadership team, Directors of School Leadership, principals, teachers, school support staff, students and their families
    • Personal effectiveness and commitment
      • Knowledge and experience about effective urban teaching practices; effective practices to deliver effective professional learning; deep knowledge of the CCSS and instructional shifts required; and approaches to measuring teaching and learning outcomes for students, teachers, and schools
      • Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills
      • Reflective, humble and able to rapidly incorporate constructive feedback into practice
      • Relentless determination to go above and beyond in support of AUSL’s goal of achieving college and career readiness for all students

    AUSL is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  
     

  • Teacher Support: ID425

    Director of Recruiting

    Date Posted: 07/28/2014

    Location: The Chicago Academy/AUSL Main Office

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    Director of Recruiting
    Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) – Chicago, IL
     
    Position Summary
    AUSL seeks an experienced, innovative, and effective Director of Recruiting with a passion for changing the lives of Chicago’s children by providing the best possible teachers for Chicago Public Schools.  The Director of Recruiting is responsible for leading a high-volume teacher recruitment function in our schools, and a team of professionals to recruit and admit 180 new participants annually for AUSL’s Chicago Teacher Residency program, which recruits and trains new college graduates and career-changers to train to become teachers for Chicago Public Schools.  This highly visible, critical role reports directly to AUSL’s Managing Director, Strategy & Operations, supervises AUSL School Network recruiters and the CTR recruiting & admissions team, and provides recruitment expertise and counsel to AUSL hiring managers.
     
    AUSL
    AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership) is a Chicago nonprofit school management organization that creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools. AUSL’s network includes 32 schools serving 18,000 students. For more information about AUSL, visit www.auslchicago.org
     
    Responsibilities
    • Establish and facilitate implementation of the talent acquisition strategy and pipeline for public school teachers and the Chicago Teacher Residency (CTR) teacher training program; achieve goals for quantity, quality, diversity, and timeliness
    • Develop, implement, and direct the execution of creative, cost-effective employer branding initiatives, recruitment strategies, and recruitment and admissions processes
    • Lead, develop, and motivate a team of 9 recruiters/admissions counselors to recruit and admit 180 new CTR participants annually
    • Develop and direct initiatives to engage with graduates of the CTR program to encourage their continuing connection with AUSL and its mission
    • Develop and foster communication, and trust between the School Network and CTR recruiting teams, ensuring an atmosphere of collaboration and mutual support.
    • Consistently implement disciplined recruitment processes and procedures; train and counsel hiring managers and candidate assessors
    • Maintain current knowledge of employment laws and regulations applicable to recruitment, and provide training and counsel to ensure compliance
    • Work closely with the Human Resources team and hiring managers to develop and implement strategies that support diversity throughout AUSL
    • Select and manage relationships with recruitment vendors
    • Design and prepare management reports on recruitment results; manage recruitment/admissions budget
    • With the Managing Director, support the AUSL Board of Directors in their oversight of talent acquisition for the CTR
    • Participate in and/or manage projects as assigned.
     
    Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree desirable.  HR/Business degree, and/or any experience as a K-12 teacher would be a plus
    • 8+ years of progressive experience, including recruitment management experience; track record of achieving results
    • Experience leading the recruitment function in an organization that recruits 200+ new hires per year
    • Experience with one or more of the following:  recruitment of K-12 teachers; higher education recruitment/admissions; recruiting new college graduates
    • Knowledge of “best in class” practices for sourcing, screening, and selecting talent; knowledgeable about recruitment metrics and assessment techniques
    • Excellent leadership skills and the ability to direct, develop, motivate a team of professionals
    • Able to quickly build relationships with management, vendors, employees, and candidates
    • Trustworthy, ethical, and service-oriented; strong sense of urgency and initiative
    • Commitment to diversity and to AUSL’s mission.
     
    How to Apply
    To apply: go to http://auslchicago.org/about/careers and scroll down to select this position, apply online, and upload your resume and cover letter.  AUSL is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information about AUSL, go to www.auslchicago.org.  

  • Teacher Support: ID427

    Director of Professional Learning & Support Academy for Urban School Leadership

    Date Posted: 07/28/2014

    Location: Chicago IL

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    Position Summary
    AUSL is seeing a Director of Professional Learning & Support to drive AUSL’s ambitious goal of helping all students achieve college and career readiness by ensuring the continual improvement of teaching practice through high-impact professional development opportunities that reflect research-based, field-leading approaches. This role will play a critical role in managing AUSL’s vendor relationships, serving as the point person for ensuring the timely delivery of key external products and services, and optimizing their implementation across the network.  
     
    The Director of Professional Learning & Support reports to the Managing Director of Teaching & Learning, and partners with the other members of this team to determine and meet educator development needs across the network. In addition, he/she works closely with the Director of Student and School Supports to ensure all professional learning activities (e.g., school and network trainings) are coordinated with school and network-level calendars and that there is clear communication, follow-up, and feedback as appropriate.  This role also manages external teaching and learning vendor relationships to ensure seamless delivery of excellent academic programming across the network.
     
    AUSL
    AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership) is a Chicago nonprofit school management organization that creates schools of excellence by developing highly effective teachers and transforming educational outcomes for students in the lowest performing schools. AUSL’s network includes 32 schools serving 18,000 students. For more information about AUSL, visit www.auslchicago.org
     
    RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Manage and monitor network-wide strategy for professional learning
      • Work with internal team to analyze teacher, school and network performance data to proactively understand instructional development needs and adapt PD approaches accordingly
      • Oversee implementation of professional learning approaches including learning clusters, REACH debriefs, whole-school and network-wide PD, and individual professional learning plans
      • Support school leadership and principals in effective day-to-day implementation of all professional learning activities
      • Collaborate with peers to ensure effective integration of coaching resources with other professional learning approaches
      • Lead the planning process for Leadership Institute, and other signature AUSL talent development events as needed, to turbo-charge instructional improvement and create a platform for aligning on a common approach to academic excellence across the network
      • Provide input to the executive team on decisions regarding AUSL’s overall talent development strategy, including teacher recruitment and residency
    • Serve as a “knowledge champion” within the network, spearheading the integration of field-leading approaches into practice across AUSL schools
      • Cultivate an expert and up-to-date knowledge of the research base in instruction and professional learning
      • Regularly distill research findings and communicate key ideas, concepts and recommendations to the Managing Director of Teaching & Learning, the Managing Director of the AUSL School Network, and the Directors of School Leadership
      • In partnership with the Director of Performance Management, monitor implementation of new approaches and feed insights on practice back to the education research community
    • Manage vendor relationships to ensure timely and effective integration of external products and services into AUSL’s academic program
      • Participate in vetting conversations and provide input to decisions on external contractors and vendors (e.g., assessment and curriculum developers, consultants, external advisors and service providers)
      • Own relationships and communication with all vendors and contractors, pushing partners to deliver on time, on budget, and above expectations
      • Monitor the integration of external services and products in all AUSL schools, proactively fostering effective implementation and troubleshooting as necessary
     
    QUALIFICATIONS
    • Education and relevant experience
      • Master’s degree or higher (preferably in education)
      • Minimum of five years of teaching and/or instructional leadership experience, preferably in an under-served urban setting
      • Distinguished record of achieving outstanding academic results, specifically in terms of ELA and math proficiency
      • Experience working with and managing external partners, providers and other stakeholders
    • Instructional expertise and leadership
      • Deep expertise in effective professional learning theory and practice, especially as aligned with the Common Core State Standards
      • Tremendous instructional instincts that align with the high expectations of other AUSL leaders
      • Strong leadership presence and team management skills with passion for execution and implementation
      • Positive and personable with excellent listening skills
    • Personal effectiveness and professional commitment
      • Outstanding organizational acumen, attention to detail and ability to work under pressure
      • Excellent written and oral communication abilities
      • Fluent in the use of quantitative and qualitative data to drive decision making and strategic direction
      • Reflective, humble and able to rapidly incorporate constructive feedback into practice
      • Relentless determination to go above and beyond in support of AUSL’s goal of achieving college and career readiness for all students
     
     
     AUSL is an equal opportunity employer.