Research continues to show that a majority of America's schools fail to prepare students of color and students from low-income families to succeed in college and beyond. Many view these problems as intractable. UChicago Impact does not.
Launched in 2011 as a not-for-profit organization, UChicago Impact is one of four units that comprise the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute (UEI). The other units include: the UChicago Charter School, the UChicago Consortium on School Research and the Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP).
UChicago Impact culls knowledge and learning from across these units to create scalable evidence-based tools and supports designed to improve schooling nationwide. UChicago Impact stands apart from others in the market for the following reasons:
It is embedded in The University of Chicago
Its work is grounded in rigorous research
It establishes long-term partnerships with schools and distric
Its partners achieve results
UChicago Impact currently has partners and clients in more than 60 cities and 33 states — including some of the highest performing school systems and charter management organizations nationwide (e.g., KIPP, Uncommon Schools, Achievement First).
The Spanish STEP Research and Development (R&D) Manager position is grant-funded for a period of 24 months upon hire. If the associated research project receives more funding and/or another project requiring similar skills emerges, the Spanish STEP R&D Manager may have opportunity to continue on at UChicago Impact beyond the currently confirmed 24-month time period.
The Spanish STEP R&D Manager will report to the Co-CEO of UChicago Impact and work collaboratively with both her and the Spanish STEP Senior R&D and Professional Learning (PL) Manager to research, develop, revise, test and analyze data pertaining to Spanish STEP.
The successful candidate will help with a variety of tasks and projects- some in partnership with the Senior R&D and PL Manager, others under direction from the Co-CEO and/or Senior R&D and PL Manager. He/She will assert ideas on how to approach the design and implementation of a Spanish formative literacy assessment for STEP. This role requires a range of skillsets including: deep knowledge of the developmental trajectory for reading- in Spanish and English, data analysis and interpretation, ability to speak to literacy knowledge and related supports for teachers and students, ability to oversee planning and execution of projects, and ability to establish high-level goals while also working to address the day-to-day responsibilities of project implementation.
Coordinate the development process: managing the work- flow, monitoring progress, and ensuring that timelines are met.
o Write plans and progress reports. o Maintain documentation of the assessment development process: documenting all products and procedures.
Collaborate with Co-CEO and Spanish STEP Sr. Manager of R&D & PL on the day-to-day activities of the Spanish STEP research project, including creating, implementing, monitoring & updating recruitment project plans;
Tracking tasks/deliverables to ensure timelines, milestones &/or goals are attained.
In coordination with psychometrician, develop and maintain IRB protocols for Spanish STEP research
Oversee data collection, evaluation and analysis.
Analyze student assessment data.
Write reports, articles and manuscripts.
Coordinate efforts with piloting classrooms: managing relationships with teachers and school leaders, informing schools and UEI leaders of on-going work and scheduling changes and revisions.
Arrange/Coordinate, prepare for and conduct regular check-in calls and meetings with internal and external team-members, advisory boards, and focus group members
Conduct interviews and focus groups.
Manage certain as aspects of the project work; including, budget, communication with internal and external partners, and scheduling
Represent Impact at conferences, client presentations, and workshops.
Present research findings at meetings, conferences, and community forums as well as to funding agencies and other community-level and policy-level stakeholders.
Master’s degree in literacy, bilingual education, dual language or equivalent area of study required
Eight or more years of professional experience; demonstrated success in a research/practitioner role
Fluency in Spanish: writing, speaking, reading
Ability to manage multiple projects with multiple leads and/or managers, as well as multiple key internal/external relationships
Ability to create project plans, timelines and budgets
Background with MS Office products
Excel and database work, in particular
Experience collecting, tracking, and acting upon key performance metrics
At least 5 years as an elementary classroom teacher (Grades 1-6 preferred)
Small group reading instruction (Guided Reading) instruction preferred
Strong knowledge of formative literacy assessment and instructional practices (and related research)
Experience with STEP assessment administration preferred
Desire to collaborate and build strong working relationships with others
Strong initiative and ability to work well under pressure
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Commitment to local and out of state travel (up to 15% of overall time annually)
A passion for supporting schools in their work to continuously improve student outcomes.
For more information or to apply to this position, please visit the UChicago Impact employment website at https://uchicagoimpact.simplicant.com
UChicago Impact employees enjoy opportunities for personal growth and advancement, rewarding work in a people-oriented environment, an organizational culture that values work/life balance, and commitment to a diverse workforce and an environment of inclusion.
About UChicago Impact
UChicago Impact is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating an evidence-based profession for K-12 education. UChicago Impact provides tools designed to improve teaching, learning, and leadership nationwide.
UChicago Impact was launched in response to the need for better tools to establish excellent schooling in urban America. Understanding that reliable excellence requires assessment and coordination, the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute established UChicago Impact to disseminate its tools to drive school improvement across the nation. The tools offered through UChicago Impact diagnose practice inside schools and classrooms. With access to these tools, administrators can begin to understand a school’s strengths and weaknesses and use them as leverage in developing school improvement plans. Our goal is to transform the practice of teaching from private and idiosyncratic to transparent, public, and systematic.