Early College STEM Network Manager

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous


The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has set ambitious goals to ensure that every student in every neighborhood is engaged in a rigorous, well-rounded instructional program and graduates prepared for success in college, career and life.CPS offers an environment that allows growth, encourages innovation, supports teamwork and fosters the belief that all students, given a positive experience, can learn.

As part of their five year vision, CPS has made the commitment to Academic Progress. This progress includes a high quality education that develops not only academic skills, but a love of learning, the ability to work with others, the motivation to take initiative, the experience to solve problems creatively, the knowledge to live healthy lives, and the desire to become active citizens in their communities.

The Early College STEM Program

CPS’s 10 Early College STEM High Schools (ECSS) are unique examples of the commitment to Academic Progress. The goal of these schools is to connect K-12, post-secondary, and the business community to directly prepare students for the workforce in Chicago and jobs aligned to high-growth STEM fields. Each school is partnered with a City College and an industry partner to support this goal. City Colleges of Chicago provides students with significant access to early college coursework, allowing students to cut the cost of college or get a headstart on their STEM career. Schools also work with their industry partners to give students the opportunity to explore a variety of careers and get hands on experiences through the ECSS internship program. In every classroom, students are focused on project-based, hands-on learning to support the development of their communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking skills.

Overview of Role

The STEM Network Manager will be responsible for supporting the strategy and implementation of the Early College STEM program at five high schools. They will help create the STEM strategy for the department and work to implement that strategy in a way that is reflective of the unique needs of each school and community. This person will manage a team of five school-based, STEM Program Managers and report to the STEM Senior Manager. The main functional areas of this role include:

Partnership management

●Building and strengthening communication structures with industry partners

●Building and strengthening communication structures with City College partners

●Supporting strategic planning between all three entities, as needed

●Seek out additional partners, as needed

●Capacity building for partners, as needed

●Attend/have leadership role in Steering Committee or other meetings

Operational support

●Strategic budget support

●Programmatic support around Career & Technical Education programs and industry certification attainment

●Programmatic support around early college coursework

STEM Culture Building & Stakeholder Engagement

●Identifying key stakeholders for cultivation of STEM culture

●Engage key stakeholders

●Capacity building around STEM model and STEM engagement

●Teacher and student interviews as needed to gauge STEM culture

Program Manager Development & Support

●Support team in developing and meeting goals

●Identify areas for growth at school and personal levels

In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities, the STEM Network Manager must possess the following qualifications:


Education and Experience -Minimum of five years to seven years of project/program management experience.Experience leading a team and with partnership engagement a plus. Understanding of CPS landscape strongly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities :

●Demonstrated ability to resolve issues and conflicts within the project team and manage project dependencies and critical paths

●Ability to lead a team, including team development

●Demonstrated ability to engage with multiple stakeholders

●Strong problem-solving skills and ability to be solutions-oriented

●Demonstrated ability to set and achieve goals and support others in achieving goals

●Understanding of adult learning and ability to facilitate learning sessions

●Ability to collaborate and communicate with school leadership, universities, partners, and other key stakeholders to facilitate successful implementation and execution of projects and initiatives

●Ability to create and use robust data sets to inform planning, execution, and drive for results

●Ability to prioritize, manage, and drive success on multiple projects simultaneously

●Demonstrated ability and/or willingness to work collaboratively with a diverse school community to promote STEM awareness and engagement through targeted partnerships and activities

●Demonstrated technical skills: Microsoft Office (Excel) and data management / analysis tools

●Demonstrated excellence in interpersonal skills which include both oral and written communication

●Predisposition to be proactive and a self-starter; comfort with ambiguity and ability to troubleshoot and to devise targeted, ad hoc solutions

●Evident passion for and commitment to serving students; practical understanding of the urban district setting for school improvement

Residency Requirement:

As a condition of employment with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), employees are required to live within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago within six months of his or her CPS hire date and maintain residency throughout their employment with the district.

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