Associate Director of Curriculum and Program Evaluation

Job description

Job location: Hyde Park Campus

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-02-27
Req: JR04262
Department7068020 Special Programs

About the UnitThe Office of Civic Engagement and External Affairs is responsible for a diverse portfolio of programs and initiatives related to community relations, civic and City/State/Federal government relations, economic development, corporate relations, business diversity, and educational outreach programs, while supporting faculty and local community-based research projects and initiatives. The office works closely with internal and external stakeholders on a range of quality of life initiatives, including public education, community development, workforce development, arts and culture, public safety, employer-assisted housing, and civic partnerships. The Office of Special Programs-College Prep (OSP-CP) is one of three college readiness programs operating under the Office of Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago and a key program under UChicago Promise. UChicago Promise is the University of Chicago’s multipronged initiative designed to help students and families throughout the City of Chicago gain admission to, pay for, and thrive in college. With UChicago Promise, the University of Chicago offers resources and special scholarships to help guide students in the City of Chicago to selective four-year institutions. The Office of Civic Engagement’s existing college readiness programs serve as an integral part of UChicago Promise, and reinforce the institution’s commitment to broadens access to the University’s transformative education and outreach programs.

Job Information

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Director of the Office of Special Programs – College Prep (OSP-CP), the Associate Director of Curriculum and Program Evaluation (AD) will support the mission of OSP-CP serving as an active member of the OSP-CP leadership team, whose role is to drive organizational development and decision making in service of the Office of Civic Engagement’s emerging plan for college readiness and access. The AD will be a highly-effective, flexible innovator, who will leverage his/her experience and expertise to support the effective and efficient identification, implementation, evaluation, and coordination of the OSP-CP curricular options. Furthermore, the implementation effort for the position has been organized as a portfolio of projects and programmatic oversight across the following primary categories: 

Program Management: Serve as an active member of the OSP-CP Leadership Team and manage student workers, part-time, full-time and seasonal instructional staff. Curriculum Development: Identification, Design, Teaching Theory and Innovative Implementation. Assessment and Evaluation: Content and Instructional Methodologies, Infrastructure for Analytics and Reporting.


  • Outreach and partnership development to identify University of Chicago and external content experts in English Language Arts, science, mathematics, languages, financial literacy, and College/Career exploration and planning
  • Provide guidance and direction to multiple programs, developing and recommending curricula
  • Supervise the coordination/integration and evaluation of academic content, implementation and evaluation of curriculum content and changes
  • Plan and advise on the technological and textual materials
  • Identify and cultivate internal and external academic/college and career exploration and planning content resources and partners
  • Ensure quality organizational operations including program planning, seasonal program hiring, problem-solving and long-term strategic planning.
  • Support the Director of OSP-CP to provide core metrics for program evaluation, and establish and oversee operational policies
  • Teach, guide, and mentor; provide instructor training and evaluation, based in part on observing instructional staff in the classroom and reviewing and approving course syllabi, handouts, course goals and objectives
  • Collect, analyze, evaluate and present academic program assessments and student achievement results
  • Supervise program assistants in the maintenance of educational supplies and materials and monitoring of instructional use of Canvas
  • Create and sustain relationships that could support each students’ success outside of the classroom i.e. (tutoring services, mental health services, multicultural student supports, etc.) both on and off the University of Chicago campus.
  • Ensure strategic and tactical direction of all projects are consistent with OSP-CP and College Readiness and Access Strategic Plans
  • Facilitate group processes in consensus building, conflict resolution, planning and decision-making
  • Serve as escalation point to ensure issues/barriers are addressed and potential for reoccurrence are diminished/eliminated and foster an environment wherein risk/control issues are escalated and trends/barriers are understood/anticipated


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with advanced communication and organization skills
  • Strong analytical, problem solving, critical thinking and decision making skills; can understand all the information available, tie it all together and speak to it clearly and concisely
  • Experience with web-based, automated management information systems such as Canvas
  • Ability to handle administrative details independently, including classroom composition, student content transition planning, staffing coverage, identifying resources and support materials, and guiding the planning, implementation and integration of academic curricula across content areas
  • Independent self-starter with the ability to handle multiple priorities and produce successful results in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others and the public, implement reflective practice with individuals and groups, lead and inspire collaboration
  • Ability to work effectively across the University – including students, faculty, and staff – and with the broader community, including community and civic organizations to creating meaningful and sustainable partnerships required
  • Ability to maintain calm and courteous demeanor and to work productively despite heavy workload, competing priorities, complex problems, and tight deadlines required
  • Excellent collaboration, negotiation, facilitation and conflict management skills; an ability to facilitate group processes in consensus building, conflict resolution, planning and decision-making

    Additional Requirements

    Education, Experience, or Certifications:


    • Bachelor’s degree in curriculum and instruction or a closely related subject, such as instructional design or another type of pedagogical degree in a specialty field required
    • Master’s degree preferred


    • Minimum five to seven years of relevant educational experience as an instructor or administrator for K-12 Education or undergraduate students required. Experience must include managing the design, implementation and evaluation of teaching and learning processes, practices and research
    • Experience in a large urban setting preferred

    Technical Knowledge or Skills:

    • Knowledge of current Common Core state standards and Chicago Public School academic guidelines, policies, and regulations as they pertain to helping students to be college ready and aware of career options required
    • Bilingual Spanish is preferred

    Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

    • Occasional evenings and weekends required

    Required Documents:

    All required documents must be submitted to be considered for this position

    • Resume
    • Cover Letter
    • Reference list

    NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

    Benefit EligibilityYes

    Pay FrequencyMonthly

    Pay RangeDepends on Qualifications

    Scheduled Weekly Hours37.5


    Job is Exempt?Yes

    Drug Test Required?No

    Does this position require incumbent to operate a vehicle on the job?No

    Health Screen Required?No

    Posting Date2019-02-27-08:00

    Remove from Posting On or Before2019-08-27-07:00

    Posting Statement:The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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