The CPS Department of Arts Education has job openings for the following positions:

POSITION: Arts Professional Learning Specialist

The Arts Professional Learning Specialist is responsible for working closely with DAE staff, Arts Instruction Specialists (a cohort of expert CPS arts teachers), and other stakeholders to collaborate on the design, delivery, and evaluation of arts professional learning events for educators and administrators and the development of instructional core resources to accompany professional learning.

This position is funded through Project Cultivate, a four-year U.S. Department of Education AAEDD grant designed to expand and improve DAE arts professional learning and associated instructional resources. The grant will conclude in September 2023, after which there may be an opportunity to extend the Professional Learning Specialist position.

The Arts Professional Learning Specialist will be held accountable for the following responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the Manager of Professional Learning, other DAE staff, expert CPS arts teachers, and other stakeholders to design and deliver multiple yearly Project Cultivate professional learning opportunities with a focus on implementation of the Illinois Arts Learning Standards and best practices in arts teaching and learning. 
  • Independently manage one or more professional learning streams within the Project Cultivate portfolio, including the planning, design, delivery, and evaluation of learning sessions and accompanying administrative tasks (e.g., scheduling, venue coordination, purchasing, payroll).
  • Collaborate with the Manager of Professional Learning, other DAE staff, expert CPS arts teachers, and other stakeholders to generate instructional resources to be used in Project Cultivate professional learning and disseminated to teachers and administrators districtwide.
  • Collaborate with the Manager of Professional Learning and Arts Data and Evaluation Specialist to collect and analyze data in order to evaluate the effectiveness of Project Cultivate professional learning.
  • Collaborate with the Manager of Professional Learning and other DAE staff to engage in data-informed planning of yearly cycles of arts professional learning, building upon learning goals and objectives from previous cycles and aligning to the Project Cultivate research plan.
  • Contribute to the creation of twice-yearly Project Cultivate grant reports for the U.S. Department of Education, in collaboration with personnel within and outside of the DAE.
  • With the Manager of Professional Learning, contribute to hiring, management, and professional development of Arts Instruction Specialists—a cohort of expert CPS arts teachers who contribute to the design and delivery of DAE professional learning and accompanying resources.
  • With DAE team members, engage in collaborative planning of long- and short-term departmental goals.
  • Assist where appropriate with departmental daily operations, as well as special events and initiatives.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Type of Education Required: 

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with at least a Bachelors in Arts and/or Education or related field. Illinois Teaching Certificate and/or endorsement(s) a plus

Type of Experience and Number of Years:  

  • At least 3 years experience working in K-12 arts education
  • At least 3 years experience designing, delivering, and evaluating adult professional learning, preferably in the arts
  • Strong experience in project management
  • Experience in event coordination a plus

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Strong knowledge of the Illinois Arts Learning Standards and/or the National Core Arts Standards
  • Strong knowledge of research-based instructional practices and quality educational frameworks (e.g., the Danielson Framework for Teaching and Learning, Understanding by Design, Universal Design for Learning, Depth of Knowledge, Bloom’s Taxonomy)
  • Fluency with Google Applications (including Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms) and Microsoft Office suite
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Outstanding organizational skills and time-management skills
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects within a fast-paced environment while maintaining attention to detail and adhering to deadlines
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, including (but not limited to) CPS teachers and administrators, other CPS office and department staff, and external partners
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite or other design programs a plus

Residency Requirement:

As a condition of employment with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), employees are required to live within the geographic boundaries of the City of Chicago within six months of their CPS hire date and must maintain residency throughout their employment with the district.

To Apply for This Position:

Please visit CPS Careers and search for job number 200000A7.