Nearly 50% of Chicago’s West side teens never finish high school.
Share the vision. Keep the hope. Be the change to a more just and equitable future.
Director, West Town Academy Alternative High School
About the Agency and West Town Academy: Greater West Town Community Development Project (GWTP) is a 29-year old community-based non-profit organization working to expand educational and economic opportunities for Chicago’s West Side low-income communities. GWTP seeks a Director for our West Town Academy (WTA), an alternative high school that re-enrolls former high school dropouts, 17-21 yrs old. WTA grants state-recognized high school diplomas and assists graduates in pursuing post-secondary education and career opportunities, while fostering a strong culture of community service. WTA’s diverse student body is approximately 75% African American and 25% Latino. Given that nearly 50% ofChicago’sWest Sideteens never finish high school, the WTA plays a critical role in providing a pathway out of poverty for local at-risk youth. Without a high school diploma, at-risk youth have few chances at getting and keeping a job, or starting a career. Since its inception in 1998, WTA has helped more than 1,300 former dropouts earn their high school diplomas and go on to college or start careers. WTA also serves as a model for how civic and government leaders could create and expand resources and programs to effectively address the needs of our communities’ at-risk and dropout youth.
Position: Director, West Town Academy Alternative High School
The Director serves as the school’s instructional leader, responsible for creating and implementing an academic program that engages and inspires at-risk students through a culture of high expectations and commitment to success for all students. The Director is also responsible for providing leadership to teachers and staff in creating a safe school climate that clearly communicates strong values of mutual respect among students and the adult staff, and a commitment to community service.
Director’s Role and Core Responsibilities:
Administrative Role:Serves as administrator of the WTA alternative high school and its alternative education programs; responsible for ensuring compliance with state and local administrative regulations governing public high schools
Role in GWTP:Works under the direction of Greater West Town Community Development Project’s Executive Director, and participates in GWTP’s Management Team
Curriculum Development and Instructional Support: Maintains an effective instructional program; oversees curriculum planning, development, and implementation; provides instructional leadership and support to WTA teachers and support staff; and develops professional development plans and initiatives
Student Achievement:Works directly with teachers to continually improve student achievement; monitors and track trends in student performance
Student Management:Responsible for developing and implementing effective strategies for student engagement and motivation of at-risk youth; clearly communicates, and supports teachers and staff to implement student discipline strategies that ensure a safe and structured learning environment. The Director is also responsible for the supervision of the on- and off-campus student activity programs, and monitors overall student attendance and retention rates
School Leadership:Encourages teamwork and creative problem solving among WTA administrative team, teachers, and other staff; helps to develop and oversee implementation of effective student recruitment and community outreach strategies
Qualifications and Experience:
A demonstrated commitment to community service and familiarity with low-income communities’ education issues and challenges
Experience with at-risk, dropout youth
Master’s Degree or equivalent skills
Five or more years of educational leadership experience
Experience with educational regulatory compliance; prior charter school experience a “plus”
Strong verbal and written communications skills
Bi-Lingual (Spanish) a “plus”
Qualified candidates should submit a detailed cover letter and resume demonstrating how you meet or exceed each minimum qualification and describing generally their relevant special knowledge, skills, and abilities. Please also include a salary history.
Submit your materials to West Town Academy via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to:
Human Resources West Town Academy 534 N. Sacramento Blvd. Chicago, IL 60612
No phone calls, please.
Additional Salary Information: Salary and Benefits: Full-time, permanent, year-round, career position; salary based on skills and experience. GWTP benefits package includes: health/life/disability insurance, retirement plan, and bonus program;
Internal Number: 07052016
About Greater West Town Community Development Project
Greater West Town Community Development Project (GWTP) is a community-based economic development organization dedicated to expanding educational and employment opportunities in Chicago’s low-income communities. GWTP is a pro-active and effective advocate for unemployed community residents and at-risk and dropout youth in Chicago’s economically distressed neighborhoods. We provide practical, on-the-ground solutions to our communities’ complex challenges through hands-on vocational skills training, comprehensive job placement, and our West Town Academy Alternative High School that re-enrolls high-school dropouts. For over 25 years, GWTP has successfully linked expanded educational and employment service for community residents to community development initiatives and the needs of small-mid-size local employers. For more information, visit us at www.gwtp.org or www.gwtp.edu.