Regional Assistant Director, IL Center for School Improvement
American Institutes for Research - Illinois

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Overview:

The Center for School Improvement (The Center) will be operated by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education. The Center will provide coordination of the Statewide System Of Support (SSOS), including the various regional improvement efforts under ISBE’s existing network to ensure that schools receive expert, timely and relevant assistance with an emphasis on closing the achievement gap. The Center will collaborate with the Regional Offices of Education, Intermediate Services Centers, Chicago Public Schools and other important state partners to deliver services through the state’s established regional delivery system.
The Regional Assistant Director will be charged with the implementation of the statewide system of support in one of the ten regions of Illinois. The Assistant Director will serve as the coordinator of services to schools and districts in their region.

Responsibilities:
Use data analysis and strategic planning to assess statewide and regional support needs and respond with appropriate staffing and deployment of District Assistance Teams (DATs), coaches and interventionists;
•Oversee District Assistance Teams in implementing research based strategies targeted to build the capacity of districts to positively impact teaching and learning and student achievement with special attention to dramatically reduce the largest within-school gaps in achievement or largest within-school gaps in graduation rates at the high school level between the highest performing student group(s) and the lowest performing student group(s) for any of the following groups when compared to their counterpart group: racial and ethnic minority students, English language learners (ELLs), students with disabilities (SWD), or low-income students;
•As a member of the Regional Assistant Director team, assist with the design and implementation of statewide supports for regional service areas including analyzing progress, identifying service gaps, regional needs, and recommendations for improvement as well as supporting the professional development of district assistance teams.
•Support the comprehensive implementation of Rising Star, an online continuous improvement tool housed on the Illinois Interactive Report Card (IIRC) for quality district and school continuous improvement planning across the state.;
•Working collaboratively with the entities of the SSOS to align and coordinate services based on levels of need and differentiated accountability for districts and schools;
•Communicate regularly with the Center staff as well as the statewide team of Regional Assistant Directors to ensure coordination and effective delivery of services ;
•Use technology in new and creative ways (including electronic mail, essential user applications, web-based resources and data entry, and other venues) to increase communication across the region and the state;
•Maintain regular and ongoing communication including preparing and submitting reports meetings with the Center Director, Center Manager for Regional Support and the team of Regional Assistant Directors, the Deputy Superintendent and the ISBE Roundtable;
•Collaborate with SSOS entities such as Regional Offices of Education, Intermediate Service Centers, and other organizations as guided by the Center Director and the Center Manager for Regional Support;
•Assist District Assistance Teams to assess the overall presence or absence of the eight essential elements in focus schools and their districts;
•Conduct audits and determine effectiveness of programs, practices, and policies;
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Qualifications:
Master’s degree in education or education related field (doctorate preferred).
•3 to 5 years of experience in the field of education, with K-12 administrative and teaching experience preferred.
•A minimum of 2 years of experience working in a consultant and/or coaching capacity
•Demonstrated knowledge in one or more areas: school/district improvement, turnaround/transformation, ELL, racial/ethnic diversity and/or children in poverty.
•Experience with implementing improvement supports for low performing districts and schools.
•Experience leading teams through direct supervision, facilitation and through the creation of targeted professional development.
•Experience with continuous improvement planning processes and knowledge of research-based effective practices.
•Experience in using data to inform strategic initiatives and implementation.
•Expert facilitation, oral and written communication skills.
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