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

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  • Job ID: 465

    Development Manager

    Date Posted: 11/07/2016

    Location: Chicago, IL

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    AUSL is seeking a Development Manager, who working closely with the Director of External Affairs, will support the growth of AUSL's resource development  and play a key supportive role towards achieving our annual fundraising goals. The Development Manager will collaborate regularly alongside the Development team to facilitate research and preparation for donor solicitations, write compelling grant proposals and reports to foundations, corporations, individuals, and public funding partners.

    The successful candidate must be a self-starter comfortable performing a wide range of fundraising activities. The applicant must have direct fundraising experience as well as excellent communication and outreach skills. This role will require very strong strategic and critical thinking skills, exceptional writing and communication skills, strong relationship-building and stakeholder management, meticulous attention to detail and accuracy, and excellent project management skills.

    Responsibilities include  grant proposals and reporting (80%):

    o  Write customized and compelling grant reports, proposals, concept papers, and letters of intent.

    o   Analyze grant guidelines and funder priorities to ensure that proposal ideas are the best "fit" with a grantmaker to maximize resources developed.

    o   With the grant collaborators, determine quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods for grant requirements.  This includes determining outcomes, benchmarks, methods of measurement, logic models, etc.

    o   Gather national, state, and local community and relevant educational statistics for inclusion in grant reports and other Development materials.

    o   In collaboration with the development team, coordinate with the finance department to develop grant budgets and monitor grant expenditures as needed.

    o   In collaboration with the development team, coordinate post-award meetings after a grant has been awarded with all staff involved in the grant funded project.  Hold periodic meetings and/or check-ins with appropriate staff.

    o   Proofread proposals and reports with careful attention to detail.


    Responsible for prospect research & management (10%)

    o   Research and analyze individual, corporate, foundation prospects and donors and produce concise profiles.

    o   Prepare prospect reports, retrieving and analyzing data from the database and other sources.


    Responsible for stewardship coordination & special projects (10%):

    o   Develop and cultivate relationships for a portfolio of donors through the coordination of meetings and site visits for Managing Director and Director of External Affairs.

    o   Support implementation of events and special projects



            Bachelor's Degree required; post-graduate degree is a plus.

            2-3 years grantwriting experience for a non-profit organization required.

            Posses a high level of professionalism, initiative, integrity, tact, and discretion.

            Are customer service oriented.

            Hold belief and commitment to public education.

            Have the desire to work in a highly dynamic, goal-driven, and entrepreneurial environment.

            Have ability to quickly grasp complex concepts and express them in clear and persuasively written proposals.

            Are a team player, highly organized, and self-starter

            Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Applications

            Excellent work ethic and reliability

            Ability to work occasionally on weekends and evenings for fundraising related meetings or events.

  • Job ID: 483

    Data Analyst

    Date Posted: 10/23/2016

    Location: The Chicago Academy/AUSL Main Office

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    AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership) is a 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 in Chicago. AUSL’s network includes 31 schools serving 18,000 students. 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 Student Support and Teacher Development Analyst supporting AUSL’s Director of Performance Management.

    Responsibilities include:
    • Analyze and present data on a wide range of school and student performance indicators, including but not limited to School Culture and Climate, Attendance, and Student Behavior
    • Lead analysis of data related to Chicago Teacher Residency (CTR), including both retention and CTR-graduate effectiveness after residency year
    • Develop and maintain system for tracking teachers across the AUSL network (current staff rosters, content and grade level assignments, recent performance data, teacher retention)
    • Manage the sharing of knowledge and documents with school and network stakeholders
    • Additional data support for the Director of Performance Management as needed
    • 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 and a Team Player attitude
    • Ability to communicate and build trusting relationships with a broad cross-section of stakeholders
    • Presentation and group facilitation skills/experience desired
    • Familiarity with statistical analysis platforms – Stata, R, Tableau, etc.- useful but not required
    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 3400 N Austin Ave, Chicago.

  • Job ID: 485

    Manager, Marketing & Communications

    Date Posted: 12/08/2016

    Location: The Chicago Academy/AUSL Main Office

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    AUSL (Academy for Urban School Leadership) is looking for a Manager of Marketing and Communications to help cultivate and execute our strategy to advance our branding and public relations, build relationships, and achieve ongoing awareness and understanding of AUSL's Mission and achievements. This person must fully understand and embrace the transformational effect of the AUSL model and lead efforts to broadly share that vital message externally. We require someone to build on past marketing and communication successes and to find new and innovative ways to tell our story and convey the sense of urgency required to meet the needs of our city's most under-served young people. The Manager will work closely with senior leaders, program staff, and school teams to develop a social media strategy, inform stakeholders about important decisions, create a consistent brand, and source stories to inform the community about our initiatives.  

    As an integral part of our External Affairs team, the Manager will

    • develop a marketing plan to enable AUSL to increase awareness and understanding across multiple audiences,
    • implement an integrated program of marketing initiatives designed to achieve the goals set out in the marketing plan,
    • oversee all mass communications in order to enhance AUSL’s publicity and identity and ensure the consistency and accuracy of our story,
    • support the AUSL management team and school principals in cultivating positive working relationships with local media,
    • support the marketing and communications aspects of major events and activities,
    • lead the development and design of marketing collateral, graphics, signage and other deliverables to support development, marketing and organizational communications,
    • identify creative opportunities to maximize positioning and messaging across all communication channels; and
    • establish a dashboard of performance metrics to track progress against marketing objectives. 


    The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor's Degree (Masters Degree preferred), 3-5 years of marketing experience and have demonstrated success in translating strategic plans into marketing initiatives.  The candidate will have experience interacting with the media, developing a social media program, working knowledge of Adobe Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat) and Microsoft Office tools, excellent communication and organizational skills, and the ability to handle multiple projects at a time.  The candidate will be a team player and have the desire to work in a highly dynamic, goal-driven, and entrepreneurial environment.

  • Job ID: 491

    AUSL Chicago Teacher Residency Program Mentor-Resident Coach

    Date Posted: 08/10/2016

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    Mentor-Resident Coach – AUSL Chicago Teacher Residency Program

    AUSL is a nonprofit school management organization partnering with Chicago Public Schools to train teachers for positions in high-needs schools in the growing network of CPS schools managed by AUSL (currently 31 elementary and high schools).  At AUSL, it is our mission to improve student achievement in Chicago’s high-poverty, chronically failing schools. The Chicago Teacher Residency (CTR) is a full-time, yearlong urban teacher training program that equips residents with the training, skills, and practices to improve student learning outcomes. In one year, AUSL’s residents earn a Master’s degree and their Illinois PEL, while also obtaining experience in the classroom of a mentor teacher, four days a week for a full year.  For more information about AUSL, go to  

    The CTR seeks experienced educators to be a Mentor-Resident Coach (MRC) at a teacher Training Site within the AUSL Network. An MRC is a site-based coach and the CTR’s program leader at an assigned school. The MRC is primarily responsible for coaching and supporting a residency cohort of 10 to 15 future teachers, along with their experienced mentor teachers. MRCs also partner with Training Site administration to develop other teachers and staff.




    Residency Program

    1. Develop and deliver structured, high-quality professional development to residents and mentors

    2. Use 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

    3. Monitor resident growth and development using Danielson’s Framework for Teaching, the CTR Expectations Matrix, Rubrics, and Cycle Scorecards

    4. Participate in the resident selection process for the upcoming school year, including Saturday Selection Days

    5. Participate in projects with AUSL’s university partners to foster and enhance alignment between the residency and master’s degree programs

    6. Demonstrate proficient use of Google Tools, including Google Calendar and Drive applications including Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms


    Network School

    1. Participate on school Instructional Leadership Team (ILT), facilitate grade-band cluster meetings, and assist principals with professional development for school staff

    2. Deliver professional development to teachers using AUSL-designed professional development content

    3. Conduct classroom observations and provide actionable and manageable feedback to accelerate teacher development



    • Master’s degree or above, in an education-related field

    • Illinois teaching certificate and at least 4 years of teaching experience, either K-8 or 9-12 or a combination

    • Experience working in high-needs, urban schools

    • A visionary and passionate spirit, with a deep commitment to public education and serving the needs of teachers, students, and families in high needs communities on the south and westside of Chicago

    • Strong collaborative and interpersonal skills particularly suited for working with adult learners

    • Skills and experience coaching teachers in planning, classroom management, and instructional practices

    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

    • Excellent organizational and time management skills

    • Ability to problem-solve and to create organizational structures that facilitate efficient systems

    Candidates who are currently CPS employees will become full-time AUSL employees, with AUSL salary and benefits.   
    AUSL is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  For more information about AUSL, go to  

  • Job ID: 494

    Network Instructional Coach for Math - High School

    Date Posted: 07/21/2016

    Location: Chicago, IL

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    The Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) is a nonprofit school management organization operating in partnership with Chicago Public Schools (CPS). AUSL currently manages 31 turnaround and teacher training schools. When a school is turned around, students return to renovated facilities, a new curriculum, new leadership and staff and an entirely new culture of success by leveraging AUSL's turnaround school framework and specialized teacher training and residency program. All school staff at AUSL turnaround schools are employees of CPS.

    AUSL seeks a highly qualified elementary candidate to provide outstanding, individualized coaching and professional development around classroom management and standards-based instruction to the dedicated teachers in AUSL elementary schools. Network Instructional Coaches work closely with teachers to deepen the teachers' understanding of and ability to apply various classroom strategies, deepen their content knowledge and instructional delivery and design, and to bring relentless focus to accelerating student learning.

    The Network Instructional Coach for Math will also collaborate with other coaches to develop and deliver professional development that deepens math content knowledge and familiarity with CCSS Math standards and shifts, for teachers and leaders across AUSL's network. 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.


    • Provide real-time classroom coaching and outstanding, individualized professional development in behavior/classroom management and CCSS-aligned instruction to a caseload of teachers in one school, across a variety of subjects and grade levels.
    • Analyze teachers' practice and create intentional next steps and guided practice in order to improve teacher practices.
    • Use 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 math curricular initiatives or other professional development at individual schools or across the AUSL school network.
    • Demonstrate commitment to increasing student achievement with data-driven instruction by collaborating with and supporting teachers and administrators.
    • Monitor student assessment data and create reports.
    • Use basic MS Office programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google Apps, Gmail and video technology (iPads) to monitor coaching practices and teacher growth.


    • Master's degree in an education-related field; current IL teaching certificate.
    • Experience as a successful and innovative teacher and/or teacher coach in Math. Minimum five years of successful classroom teaching experience - preferably experience teaching CCSS Math standards. High School experience strongly preferred.
    • Extensive experience in urban educational settings.
    • Extensive knowledge of Common Core Standards in Mathematics and deep understanding and familiarity with the Mathematical Shifts and the Standards for Mathematical practice.
    • Skills and 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.

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

  • Job ID: 505

    Executive Assistant

    Date Posted: 08/29/2016

    Location: The Chicago Academy/AUSL Main Office

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    Position Summary

    As a member of the Human Resources Team, the Administrative Assistant will be the first point of contact for our employees, candidates, and visitors, and our main office phone communications. While managing and organizing all of the front desk activities, the Administrative Assistant will also provide support to our Executive Director and other personnel at the AUSL Main Office. The ideal candidate will be able to interact with staff in a fast-paced environment while remaining professional, flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Provide a friendly, helpful and engaging experience at the front desk and on the phone for employees visitors and parents

      • Ensure incoming calls are answered promptly, handled or directed to the appropriate destination, or respond as needed

      • Handle incoming calls with patience and calm

      • Act as main point of contact for escalation of parent questions and issues regarding the schools in the AUSL network

    • Receive/route incoming packages and mail; also responsible for mailing and shipping packages

    • Responsible for managing and organizing all of the front desk activities including establishing interpersonal relationships and communicating well as the first person who employees and visitors see and talk to and phone contacts call into.

    • Assist employees with special requests and provide helpful and accurate information to employees and visitors

    • Assist the Executive Director by drafting e-mails, scheduling events, and preparing confidential reports for review by internal and external stakeholders

      • Assist the Executive Director with other administrative tasks as needed, including but not limited to entering expense reports.

    • From time to time, responsibilities will include support of off site events such as job fairs and Chicago Teacher Residency interviews, which take place 4-6 times per year on Saturdays..

    • Provide administrative support for the AUSL Main Office such as:

      • Board member and employee compliance items as needed

      • Ordering food for meetings

      • Compiling, printing presentations for meetings or training events

      • Ordering supplies for various locations and programs and recording purchase invoices

      • Maintaining Office Administration Procedures and Policies and training back up personnel

      • Receiving and preparing check deposits

      • Managing office supplies and supply room

      • Assisting Accounting, Athletics, Curriculum, Development, Community Engagement, and Teacher Training  teams as needed

      • Coordinating the administration of new employee and departing employee items such as parking passes, door entry badges, laptop computers, etc. in support of the HR and IT teams.

      • Creation of email accounts for new staff; maintaining staff email lists Other duties as assigned

    Desired Skills and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree with at least two years of experience in a fast-paced and thriving environment

    • Excellent judgment and problem-solving skills

    • Demonstrably excellent written and verbal communications skills

    • Team player - willing to pitch in and assist where needed

    • Flexibility to handle varied situations during the course of the workday.

    • Knowledge of CPS structures, processes, and departments a plus.

    • Strong sense of urgency and attention to detail

    • Proven track record of being calm and focused under pressure, resolving and defusing sensitive situations, maintaining professional interactions with associates at all levels and establishing rapport quickly

    • Ability to learn quickly and apply knowledge to systems and processes to improve organizational efficiency

    • Possess excellent time management with significant experience in managing multiple projects simultaneously

    • Demonstrate enthusiasm, optimism, reliability, adaptability, curiosity and relentlessness

    • Knowledge of general office procedures

    • Ability to provide basic maintenance of office equipment (fax machine, copier, printers)

    • Medium or higher level proficiency in Microsoft suite applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and ability to act as a main point of contact for creating and editing documents.

    • Minimum Medium-level proficiency in using Google applications (e.g. Apps, Drive, and E-mail)

    • Ability to quickly learn and develop proficiency in using new computer applications as needed

    • Proficiency in Adobe document management (e.g. compiling documents into .pdf’s)

    • Believes in the mission of the organization that all students deserve a quality education

  • Job ID: 508


    Date Posted: 09/01/2016

    Location: The Chicago Academy/AUSL Main Office

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    Position Summary

    As a member of the Finance Team, the Accountant will learn, master and improve financial processes and reporting, prepare financial reports, process transactions, and strategically work with program managers and grant writers to maximize resources and impact to our students.

    Primary Responsibilities

    • Manage month-end close activities including preparation of journal entries, account reconciliations, and financial statements

    • Record and reconcile complex revenue transactions

    • Actively manage multi-tiered budget, projections and variance details

    • Develop departmental reporting and work with managers to optimize use of resources

    • Develop and manage personnel budget and actual database

    • Prepare financial reports on a cash and accrual basis

    • Identify and investigate financial discrepancies and resolve open items

    • Manage the organization’s complex public and private grant reporting

    • Prepare the year-end audit including but not limited to preparing audit schedules and assisting auditors with inquiries to ensure compliance

    • Manage bank reconciliations

    • Oversee accounting system data management

    • Develop, implement, and maintain internal financial controls and procedures

    • Research and advise the Director of Finance and senior management on existing and new legislation, policies, regulations, and best practices related to accounting

    • Support accounts payable and payroll processing

    • Support the development of Board Committee and Board of Directors presentation materials

    • Assist and lead special finance projects

    • Other duties as assigned


    Desired Skills and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, or in Business with an Accounting concentration, is required.  CPA desirable; knowledge of nonprofit accounting a plus but not required

    • 1+ years accounting work experience

    • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Excel including complicated formulas and preferably macros

    • Strong written and oral communication skills

    • Outstanding accuracy and attention to detail

    • Experience with various accounting systems

    • Strong understanding of and experience with ensuring strong accounting controls

    • Ability to learn quickly and apply knowledge to systems and processes to improve organizational efficiency

    • Work well in an open office environment with team and other colleagues

    • Eagerness to learn, master and improve processes and reporting

    • Demonstrate enthusiasm, optimism, reliability, adaptability, curiosity, creativity and relentlessness

    • Belief in the mission of the organization that all students deserve a quality education

  • Job ID: 510


    Date Posted: 09/20/2016

    Location: National Teachers Academy

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    Position Summary

    As a member of AUSL’s Recruitment Team, the Recruiter will be responsible for identifying the best and brightest for our yearlong teacher residency program and schools.

    Primary Responsibilities

    AUSL’s Recruitment Team is tasked with identifying, cultivating, and selecting candidates for the Chicago Teacher Residency program and for vacancies within our network schools. The Recruiter will identify high performing individuals for admission into the Chicago Teacher Residency Program or for prospective teacher vacancies within the AUSL Network of Schools.

    A few of the Recruiter’s job responsibilities include:

    • Travel and serve as a point of contact for select Universities and Partner Organizations to build and maintain a territory of relationships that generate pipelines of diverse candidates (Traveling will be approximately 50% of this role)

    • Assist 10-12 AUSL schools with the recruitment of high-performing teacher candidates

    • Assist in the organization, coordination and management of recruitment and vetting events which may include college recruitment fairs, networking events, information sessions, career fairs, selection days and other activities that may be deemed appropriate

    • Serve as the lead for identifying teachers endorsed in 2-3 high need areas in support of the overall needs of the network

    • Source, recruit and screen prospective candidates

    • Assist in the intake, review and update of candidate files for the CTR program and prospective teacher vacancies

    • Successfully collaborate with and support team members, business partners, and the Director of Recruitment to create sourcing and recruiting plans, develop strategies, identify trends, implement action plans and initiatives, and coordinate events to develop candidate pipelines

    • Create and maintain a database to track progress towards filling vacancies

    • Manage and utilize data to drive results across the organization

    • Design and prepare reports for management on recruitment results

    • Work closely with management to prioritize business and information needs and track progress towards key performance indicators

    • Other duties as assigned