The Role: The University of Chicago Education Lab seeks a full-time Project Director to oversee our portfolio of CPS projects and support the effort to ensure that all Chicago Public Schools students receive high-quality supports across academic instruction, socioemotional supports, and postsecondary pathways.
The Project: The Education Lab works closely with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) on a portfolio of projects aiming to support CPS students on their path to graduation and postsecondary education, improve academic outcomes, and reduce disparities in achievement for students. Existing partnerships include the evaluation of large-scale investments in personalized learning interventions as well as efforts to support socioemotional learning. Our current focus is on leveraging this partnership to identify and implement strategies to support students who are most at-risk of dropping out of school, experiencing homelessness, or becoming justice-involved. This partnership and the resulting innovation will not only impact Chicago students, but provide insight and guidance for other cities struggling to serve this population.
Develop a workplan for projects that sets intermediate deadlines and identifies key milestones and critical interdependencies between workstreams.
Along with CPS Project Managers, establish a governance structure that secures input from key stakeholders on the direction and progress of the projects.
Build strategic partnerships with government agencies, non-profit organizations, and community organizations.
Coordinate with Crime and Education Lab Executive Director and Education Lab Research Director to identify staff resources for projects.
Manage research staff responsible for conducting the evaluations described above.
Coordinate with Crime and Education Lab Executive Director to interface with funders on Education Lab project work.
Ensure that all grant milestones are achieved.
Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to develop and maintain positive relationships with a broad array of partners.
Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to present complex ideas in a simple and straightforward way for non-technical audiences required.
Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment required.
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Understanding of research; ability to effectively communicate research to non-technical audiences.
Knowledge of urban policy, social policy, crime policy, and workforce development preferred.
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Bachelorâ™s degree in public policy, education, social work or a closely related field required
Masterâ™s degree is preferred.
A minimum of five years of full-time work experience in a professional setting, including at least three years of experiencing managing full-time employees.
Strong project management skills including demonstrated success navigating various stakeholder interests to produce a common goal. Knowledge of or experience working with high needs or vulnerable populations preferred.
Previous experience working with a research study preferred.
Demonstrated ability to manage a large portfolio of projects with multiple partners.
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