Arts Education Manager of Professional Learning

Arts Education Manager of Professional Learning (posted as of May 28, 2017)


About CPS: The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has set ambitious goals to ensure that every student in every neighborhood will be engaged in a rigorous, well-rounded instructional program and will graduate prepared for success in college, career and life.


Position Summary: Lead management, implementation, and evaluation of CPS Department of Arts Education professional learning programs that impact student learning and increase student access to the arts:

  • Advanced Arts Program--examining quality high school arts instruction

  • Arts Liaisons and Lead Arts Liaisons--arts advocacy as professional practice

  • ArtView Poetry Program--writing and language arts integration

  • PDAE: Arts Teachers Leading Achievement and Success (ATLAS) program staff and guide its professional development content--arts and technology integration at the elementary school level; and future grant-funded PD programs.

  • District-wide professional learning for arts educators and school administrators


Other essential duties include:

  • Design and direct professional learning for the district’s arts teachers and administrators to engage standards-based, Common Core-aligned arts instruction.

  • Manage the drafting, editing, and reporting related to all grant-funded professional learning programs.

  • Identify professional learning needs of educators by continually examining achievement data of students and teacher evaluation outcomes.

  • Serve as the school district liaison to professional learning experiences for arts partners.

  • Lead the Department of Arts Education’s performance management programs, including establishing and document Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)


This position will have 2.0 Full-Time Equivalent direct reports (1 full-time Coordinator, and 2 part-time staff) for whom the incumbent will manage and develop their professional growth and leadership opportunities.



  • Type of Education Required: Graduation from an accredited college or university with at least a Bachelor’s in arts education, arts, and/or education. Illinois Teaching certificate, license, and/or endorsement(s) in visual arts with secondary preferred, but not required.

  • Knowledge of professional learning design pedagogies, and ability to engage adult learners

  • Experience with the CPS Framework for Teaching, and/or the Charlotte Danielson Framework

  • Data-based research experience, and the ability to set goals and objectives based on data-identified evidence

  • 5 or more years of professional experience in a management or administrative capacity in arts administration, arts education, and/or professional development coordination,  including managing staff

  • Ability to provide discipline-specific expertise in dance, theatre or visual arts

  • Ability to work directly with teachers and staff, and to address their unique learning needs to impact student achievement

  • Google Applications and Microsoft Office suite workflow experience is needed

  • Strong communication skills (speaking, listening, and writing)

  • Spanish language skills preferred

  • Basic design/photography, social media, and or web content management skills preferred

  • An unwavering belief that all students deserve a high quality arts education.

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