Chief of Schools

Posted on: February 11, 2019

Who We Are:
In 2017, CICS Loomis-Longwood began a journey to reimagine what school could look like for our Kindergarten-12th grade students. We aspire to be the most innovative, empowering and transformative learning community on Chicago’s South Side. Empowered Community Schools (ECS), an organization founded by leaders from CICS Loomis and CICS Longwood, will support the reimagining of these two campuses as they become a continuum of high quality education. ECS, a collaborative and innovative learning community, is on a mission to empower students to leverage their academic knowledge, character and non-cognitive skills to flourish in college, career, and life. We are looking to transform the learning community for our students, and we seek educators and staff members who are talented and reflective, driven by a belief in social justice, culturally responsive, emotionally intelligent and a believer in the power of a team.

Who We Are Looking For:
The Chief of Schools will act as an advisor to the CEO and lead strategic initiatives across the organization. They will work with the CEO to align organizational time and resources to goals and priorities, build dynamic relationships with key external stakeholders and represent the organization when necessary, and lead the team of academic leaders across the organization to bring about dramatic improvement in student achievement,.
What You’ll Do:
Academic Leadership:
● Directly manage the Chief Academic Officer (CAO), the three school Directors (Principals), and the Director of
● Lead all Social Emotional Learning (SEL) efforts within schools and manage the integration of SEL into the curriculum
CEO and Strategic Operational Support:
● Set the strategic direction of the CEO’s calendar to ensure that it aligns with ECS priorities, including vetting and evaluating
requests, both internal and external
● Participate with the CEO and other Leadership Team members in strategic planning, policy development, and problem
resolution of complex issues and needs
● Serve as a liaison to CICS to monitor schools’ operational performance and compliance and resolve open issues
● Provide ad-hoc operational support to Directors and CICS (escalated inquiries, emergencies, etc)
External Relationship Building and Messaging:
● Establish and maintain external relationships with community groups, policymakers, funders, and other important
● Respond to media inquiries, concerns, and complaints
● Collaborate with the CEO and CAO to:
○ Identify, recruit, and retain a strong pool of Director candidates who are committed to a high standard of
excellence and had demonstrated results
○ Assess Director leadership capacity, support the execution of individualized leadership plans, and conduct
regular formal and informal evaluations
○ Design and deliver professional learning opportunities for Directors that are focused on building their
capacities as school leaders

What You Need:
● Strong instructional vision and expertise and the ability to align others around that shared vision
● Experience leading a team of adults with demonstrated achievement of ambitious goals
● Demonstrated success in project management of complicated work streams to execution
● Strong critical thinking skills with experience creating, implementing, and/or revising sustainable, efficient systems and
processes to support a developing organization
● A proactive self-starter with the ability to independently multitask, establish and rearrange priorities, while maintaining
● Relentless results-driven orientation
● A willingness and ability to make courageous yet necessary decisions in the interest of students and families
● A proven track record as a sophisticated relationship-builder who is able to adapt communication styles to work
effectively with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders with multiple priorities

Required Credentials
● ≥ 3 years of dynamic teaching experience (will need to demonstrate significant impact through instructional efforts)
● ≥ 5 years of experience within a complex education organization
● School leadership experience highly preferred, with a strong preference for Principal experience with urban youth
● An advanced degree in Education highly preferred
What We Value:
All candidates must demonstrate a strong commitment to ECS’s mission and Core Values of Joy, Persistence, Integrity, Curiosity, and
having a Growth Mindset. These values are realized through our daily interactions with students and staff in the following ways:
● We are Empowered. We collectively work to empower learners who cultivate curiosity, passion and personal
ownership in our learning and our lives.
● We are Connected. We prioritize and celebrate the value of relationships, joy, and collaboration with our community.
● We are Responsive. We meet everyone where they are and design learning experiences with them in mind.
● We are Affirmed. We affirm and support students and staff individual identities by helping them develop a mindset of
success and self-worth.

ECS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.