The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has set ambitious goals to ensure that every child—in every school and every neighborhood—has access to a world-class learning experience from birth, ensuring our students will graduate from high school college- and career-ready. The Library and Digital Media Manager will support the district’s digital transition by effectively identifying, procuring, developing, organizing and distributing standards-aligned, digital and print resources. This role will leverage the skills and expertise of the district’s librarians and technology coordinators to ensure decisions are context-appropriate.
Critical responsibilities include:
- Development and implementation of strategic plans that drive the effective use of digital and electronic format materials, resources and tools (including standards, policies/processes/protocols and pilots).
- Administration of programs, systems and policies to develop CPS libraries, librarians and technology coordinators as key levers in the district’s digital transition.
- Identification, prioritization, development/procurement and continuous improvement of standards-aligned, instructional resources housed in the district’s Learning Object Repository (LOR).
- Promotion/advocacy for libraries and librarians via collaboration with internal and external stakeholders (e.g. municipal entities, CTU, funders, university partners, etc.).
- Collaboration with external partners and vendors (Universities, Council of Great City Schools, ISDE, ISBE, IMS Global, etc.) to ensure planning and implementation models are innovative and aligned to industry standards/best practices.
- Collaboration with (internal) technical and instructional teams at the school, network and central office levers, to support the effective integration of digital systems.
- Manage the SOAR Integrated Library System (centralized library platform for 200+ school libraries) and ensure the platform integrates effectively with other enterprise platforms.
- Manage procurement, payroll and budget processes, including monitoring of grant funds (existing and new) and donations.
- Provide high-quality professional learning opportunities to librarians, technology coordinators and other key stakeholders supporting the district’s digital transition.
- Represent the district as an expert in digital media (frameworks, strategies and education best-practices).
In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities, the Instructional Materials and Libraries Manager must possess the following qualifications:
Type of Education Required:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Library Science, Library Media, Technology, or a related field of study. Master’s Degree preferred.
Type of Experience and Number of Years:
Five or more years of experience with educational technology or digital media.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Knowledge of educational standards, including Common Core State Standards, NGSS, MTSS and WIDA ELD standards
- Knowledge of how technology can be most effectively integrated in a classroom environment,
- Extensive successful experience in designing professional learning for large and small groups
- An unyielding commitment to continuous improvement and ability to use multiple sources of data to inform short- and long-term decisions
- Exceptional written, verbal, organizational, and technology skills
- Strong project management skills, certification strongly preferred
- Ability to review and interpret highly technical information, translate technical materials for non-technical audiences and/or speak persuasively to implement desired action
- Proven leadership, direction, and team building experiences
- Ability to communicate effectively with persons of varied educational and cultural backgrounds
- CPS employees are required to be actual residence of the City of Chicago within six months of beginning employment, and are required to maintain Chicago residency throughout employment.
- Chicago Public Schools is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future require sponsorship for employment based non-immigrant and immigrant visas.
- Chicago Public Schools is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals, including minorities, females, veterans, and individuals with disabilities, are encouraged to apply.
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