Communities In Schools (CIS) of Chicago is a nonprofit organization dedicated to working in partnership with Chicago Public Schools and community organizations to help students stay in school and be successful. During the 2017-2018 school year, CIS of Chicago is partnering with 146 Chicago public schools and expects to connect 1,850 services and programs to more than 71,000 CPS students and their families. In addition, CIS of Chicago places full-time Student Supports Managers in ten Chicago public schools – our Intensive School Partners. Our staff in these schools provide intervention services to a caseload of 50 students who are at risk of dropping out, as well as helping connect support services to the whole school.
CIS of Chicago is an affiliate of Communities In Schools, Inc., a national nonprofit organization with offices in more than 150 different cities.
The Mission of Communities In Schools of Chicago is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The Vision of CIS of Chicago is to ensure that every public school student in Chicago graduates from high school prepared to succeed. The organization’s core values are Impact, Integrity, Relationships, and Social Justice.
The STEMpathy Program will be a new direct service offered to targeted middle school students at CIS of Chicago Intensive School Partners. The term “STEMpathy” was coined by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman when he observed, “The best jobs in the future are going to be what I call STEMpathy jobs – jobs that blend STEM skills with human empathy.” With the support of a recent seed grant, the CIS of Chicago STEMpathy Program will operationalize this concept by providing students with unique opportunities to (A) Build STEM skills through hands-on learning; (B) Explore STEM careers; and (C) develop interpersonal skills vital for success in the 21st Century.
The part-time STEMpathy Program Coordinator (20 hours/week) will lead the delivery of the STEMpathy Program, in collaboration with other CIS of Chicago staff members and school personnel. S/he will be responsible for: refining the curriculum to include key instructional components and standards; collaborating with other CIS staff to coordinate services; teaching the curriculum in an after-school setting, coordinating speakers and field trip opportunities for participating students; and working with a consultant to evaluate the impact of the program.
Pilot and refine the STEMpathy curriculum
Pilot the program in one school during fall/winter 2017-2018 using the Robotics 1 with EV3 curriculum, designed by Ohio State University
Incorporate Next Generation Science Standards and social emotional learning standards
Gather feedback from students and school staff to increase program effectiveness and student engagement
Expand STEMpathy Program to more schools
Work closely with school staff and CIS of Chicago school-based staff to coordinate program implementation and the collection of student data
Expand the program in up to three schools per semester, reaching a total of 50-60 students
Connect and schedule STEM professionals to speak to students about careers in science
Develop and coordinate student field trips
Work with an evaluation expert to develop and implement a program evaluation of impact objectives
Data, Analysis and Reporting
Communicate regularly with supervisor on the status of benchmark goals
When appropriate, work with school staff to collect student information relevant to the program goals
Utilize formative assessments to improve program implementation
Produce data reports for grant and school reporting
Represent CIS of Chicago and the STEMpathy program at events, meetings
Continue to develop professional knowledge and skills on STEM education, social emotional learning, and instructional best practices
Explore other curricula as needed
Lead or assist with other organizational projects as needed
Desired Skills and Attributes
Expertise in instruction and program delivery
Expertise in adolescent development and cognition
Advanced understanding of curriculum development: backwards design, learning objectives, assessment and feedback; additional understanding of science instruction and NGSS standards preferred
Understanding of social emotional learning skill development
Familiarity with navigating the Chicago Public Schools system or other urban school districts
Ability to independently monitor program outcomes and progress toward program delivery goals
Ability to work collaboratively as well as independently
Strong written and oral communication skills
Solid computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel
Ability to effectively work with people differing in value systems, ethnicity, cultural backgrounds, language capabilities, and learning abilities
Demonstrates an awareness and respect for cultural diversity
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in education; endorsement in middle or high school science instruction preferred
Minimum of three years teaching experience; experience in urban schools preferred
Excellent communication and organizational skills
Bilingual candidates (Spanish preferred) and candidates from diverse backgrounds strongly encouraged to apply
Driving should be expected for this position; applicants must have a valid driver’s license and daily access to a reliable vehicle
A criminal background check and verification of employment and degrees are required
Senior Community Partnership Specialist
The position will be based out of the CIS of Chicago main office, with regular travel to school sites throughout Chicago.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply or for further information, please write or email (no faxes or phone calls please):
Senior Community Partnership Specialist Communities In Schools of Chicago 815 West Van Buren Street, Suite 300 Chicago, IL 60607 firstname.lastname@example.org – please write “Part-time STEMpathy Program Coordinator” in the subject line to ensure that your materials get directed appropriately.
In addition to a cover letter and resume, please include answers to the following questions:
In what ways have you worked to better understand Chicago’s diverse communities and people?
What are 2-3 challenges you expect to encounter with developing and delivering a new STEM after school program? What skills do you possess to overcome those challenges? Use examples from your professional experience.
This is a grant-funded part-time position, with an initial term of 18 months. If additional funding is secured, would you be willing and able to increase your weekly work hours? Please explain.