C Day Manager

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Intrinsic Schools is a small charter network in Chicago that is implementing a revolutionary new model for public education that prepares all students for postsecondary success and world-changing endeavors. We started Intrinsic to reimagine the learning experience for middle and high school students based on the beliefs that young people learn best when they collaborate, feel a deep sense of belonging, and set and monitor progress toward individualized goals. Our model systematically teaches students to think, solve, communicate and reflect while also building Empathy, Perseverance, Identity and Curiosity - our EPIC Core Values. We flex time and space in both of our schools, redefine the role of teachers, and use technology in new ways to ensure every student receives tailored instruction, and eventually graduates with their own personalized postsecondary plan that is dedicated to their own interests, goals, and choices.

Our approach is focused on the whole child, and can look different than in other public schools - in part because of our dual focus on student gains in academics and personal agency. To support this, we use mastery-based grading in many of core content classes; a weekly Choice Day (C Day) for all students; Student-Led Conferences (SLCs) that connect students, teachers, and families three times each year; and Advisory classes comprised of groups of students who meet daily all four years of high school and essentially grow up together, under the guidance of one four-year advisor. Our school culture deliberately prioritizes student voices and relationships - with each other and with adults - while also having very high expectations of them. To support this work, we rely on restorative practices as well as consequences, when necessary, to ensure a safe and joyful learning environment for all students.

Intrinsic currently operates two exceptional public high schools open to all Chicago students. Founded in 2013, our Belmont Campus serves 1,000 students in Grades 7-12 in the Hermosa neighborhood. Our Downtown Campus currently serves 700 students in Grades 9-12 and will serve 1,000 students in Fall 2023. Both schools are public schools, with enrollment that is based solely on an open lottery each spring – no tuition, entrance exams or other selective criteria. Our student demographics across both schools are 90% students of color, 86% free and reduced lunch and 19% students with disabilities.

ABOUT THE OPPORTUNITY

As the Manager of C Day, you will collaborate with school leadership teams to design Choice Day and lead the weekly execution of C Day. On C-Day, students participate in Advisory and follow different schedules based on their needs, interests, and goals. As a result of this experience, students will develop a strong sense of self, feel connected to the school community, leverage resources to meet their academic goals, and explore a variety of interests to discover their passions. The intent of the C Day structure is to:

  • Provide opportunities for more student extracurricular involvement (given that many students work or have other outside obligations)
  • Increase student choice & voice
  • Improve students’ skills for postsecondary success: time management, event planning, coordination, organization, long-term project management, managing conflict
  • Increase sense of belonging, positive school culture and strong relationships
  • Provide academic interventions during the day
  • Provide opportunities for diverse sets of students to work together (passion tours, community service, etc)
  • Provide avenues for students to discover their passions & interests
  • Provide additional structures for students to lead, create & produce in different ways
  • Provide opportunities for students to take credit-bearing, elective courses
  • Build partnerships to expand program offerings
  • Increase student awareness of local, city, national, global issues

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Design of C Day
    • Work with school leadership teams to build clarity for students & staff on the vision of C Day, expectations, and measures of success
    • Work with school leadership teams to create a C Day Master Schedule that aligned to priorities for C Day and unique campus needs (related to space, staffing, etc)
    • Build out semester and year long C Day calendar
      • Create student facing C Day Club Descriptions documents every semester
      • Work with teacher leaders & school leadership teams to build a showcase of learning at the end of each semester (or as determined by school leadership teams)
    • Develop/Adapt staff training materials for summer and launch C Day PD sessions
      • With the leadership teams, refine the C Day Look For Tool and C Day Club Charter
      • Work with teacher leaders to build out normed practices for academic blocks (related to goal setting, planning, and reflection)
    • Organize & regularly update all relevant C Day materials on the each campus’s Google staff site (C Day Page)
  • Execution of C Day
    • Own the scheduling process and communication to students and staff via weekly updates or announcements
    • Become fluent with the C Day Portal (Google Script - all documentation will be provided)
      • Ensure accuracy with all offerings and master schedule
      • Ensure all students have a schedule 48 hours prior to the C Day
      • Work with the Director of Technology to ensure all student portals are linked on their Clever page
      • Revise C Day Portal documentation (operations guide) at least quarterly if needed
    • Observe components of C Day using the C Day Look For Tool and provide feedback to school leadership teams
    • Attend school leadership team meetings as needed especially before the launch of any new C Day schedule
  • Evaluating Efficacy of C Day Programming
    • Utilize human-centered design methodology to learn and apply a R & D mindset to make improvements from semester to semester
      • Administer surveys toward the end of each C Day semester and summarize insights for students & staff
      • Host focus groups with students & staff to get a holistic view of C Day strengths and areas of improvement
      • Meet with teacher leaders and school leadership teams quarterly to provide insights and capture feedback for improvements
      • Work with the Director of Data to provide insights on what is working and for whom
    • Provide options for solutions for issues related to C Day operations
  • Other Administrative Duties
    • Work with various staff members to organize logistics of other C Day Events (Town Halls, Field Trips, Presentations, etc)
    • Problem solve day of scheduling or space issues
    • Maintain a curated list of partnerships, offering, and budget
    • Design a rubric to evaluate quality of external programming and meet with Senior Leadership Team every semester to share findings
    • Cultivate and maintain relationships with external partners
    • Provide coaching and support to staff (especially new staff)
    • Codify knowledge (practices & content) and prepare it for sharing

Who You Are

You believe we must challenge the traditional notions of school to ensure all students receive the education they deserve and need to be successful in college and beyond. You are excited about creating something new and you want to roll up your sleeves and engage in the messiness that comes with the unknown. You’re optimistic, a problem-solver, and enjoy finding flexible, effective solutions where there’s not always a “right” answer. You’ve had opportunities to hone your leadership chops, and know how to influence and guide senior colleagues to provide input, identify priorities and make decisions. You’re comfortable using data to test hypotheses and evaluate efficacy of different ideas. You’re passionate about user-centered design, can learn from failing fast, and believe in rapid iteration. You’re open to feedback, eager to grow, and bring your best to everything you do you like being part of a team.

Ideal Candidate Qualifications

  • Energy for creating innovative, breakthrough new school models that generate unprecedented results for students
  • Strong and demonstrated commitment to advancing equity and justice in education and beyond
  • Excellent relationship-building and oral and written communication skills
  • Fluent in technology skills to facilitate innovation
  • Comfortable in the design of and leading staff training
  • Comfortable presenting to large groups of students
  • Willing to provide feedback to stakeholders as necessary
  • Embody a research & development mindset with an eagerness to iterate based on feedback
  • Excellent customer service skill set to meet changing needs of students & staff

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Systems-thinker with operations experience especially in scheduling and logistics
  • Must be fluent in Google Sheets
  • Bachelor's degree
  • A minimum of 2-3 years of experience as a teacher; school leadership experience preferred
  • Strong organizational and problem solving skills and proven record of success
    • Managing multiple tasks and prioritizing according to organizational needs
    • Managing complex projects across multiple organizations
    • Implementing and revising programming
    • Delivering high-quality work against deadlines
    • Willingness to use a ticketing systems such as ZenDesk
  • Experience leading design projects and employing human-centered design methods a plus

Equal Opportunity Employer

Intrinsic Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Intrinsic Schools ensures equal employment opportunities regardless of race, creed, gender, color, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability or any other characteristic or classification protected by law. Intrinsic Schools has a policy of active recruitment of qualified minority teachers and non-certified employees. Any individual needing assistance in making an application for any opening should contact HR Director, Maya Pencheva at mpencheva@intrinsicschools.org.

Equal Opportunity Employer

Intrinsic Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Intrinsic Schools ensures equal employment opportunities regardless of race, creed, gender, color, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or disability. Intrinsic Schools has a policy of active recruitment of qualified minority teachers and non-certified employees. Any individual needing assistance in making an application for any opening should contact the Department of Human Resources.

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