The University of Chicagoâ™s My Very Own Library (MVOL) literacy program encourages and supports students' love of reading by providing them the opportunity to choose brand new, free books to build their own home libraries. MVOL is rooted in research indicating that students foster a life-long love of reading and demonstrate stronger literacy skills as they build home libraries. The current 2018-2019 program, in partnership with Scholastic, Inc., provides approximately 90,000 books to more than 9,000 students from 17 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) in the South Shore, Woodlawn, Washington Park, Kenwood, and Hyde Park neighborhoods
and at the University of Chicago Charter School. The following components are part of the My Very Own Library program model: Book fair events, free books, family engagement, author visits, and additional literacy resources. The Chicago Director, My Very Own Library will lead all aspects of the MVOL program in Chicago.
In addition to supporting and managing MVOL at 17 CPS locations and at the UChicago Charter School, the Chicago Director, My Very Own Library will lead the development and implementation of MVOL for the University of Chicago. The Chicago Director, MVOL will work closely with University leadership, partners, and stakeholders to develop a strong foundation for MVOL, to support relationships with program funders, and to manage both national and local partnerships.
Oversee management of the My Very Own Library program in 17 Chicago Public Schools and in the University of Chicago Charter School; develop solid program structures for these 18 Chicago school partnerships
Lead the University of Chicagoâ™s partnership with the national MVOL team, including relationships with other lead agencies (in six other U.S. cities) and any possible expansions into other regions
Manage the Universityâ™s partnerships with the Mayorâ™s Office, CPS leadership, and local CPS network to ensure buy-in for MVOLâ™s Chicago program
Manage partnerships with all 18 Chicago schools to ensure their program structures, MOUs, and funding arrangements are consistent and up-to-date
Ensure all 18 Chicago schools have leadership buy-in and identified MVOL coordinators onsite
Own and manage the Chicago regionâ™s partnership with Scholastic, Inc. publishers
Working with MVOL school-based coordinators and Scholastic, execute three annual Book Fairs (often in December, February, and April) at all 18 schools
Own the parent and family engagement events and ensure all 18 schools have regular parent and family engagement events that meet the schoolsâ™ needs
Working with key stakeholders, oversee kick-off and other events related to three annual book fairs
Partner with Scholastic to annually bring childrenâ™s and young adult authors to each of the 18 schools
Coordinate an annual culminating event and celebration including participation from all schools, MVOL national team, Scholastic representatives, and University leadership, among others
In partnership with University leadership and in alignment with schoolsâ™ needs, design and implement professional development sessions focused on literacy development and complementary literacy support initiatives
Manage the MVOL branding and identity for the 18 Chicago schools and for the University of Chicago; ensure branding and materials are consistently used throughout Chicago region
Prepare and manage annual reporting for MVOL Chicago; this may include gathering relevant research and data and writing and preparing reports for leadership, national MVOL, and/or program funders
Oversee the processing of invoices and the allocation of Scholastic dollars to the 18 schools
Make presentations to University leadership, school partners, and other MVOL stakeholders
Work with University partners, such as Communications and Alumni Relations and Development, to communicate about MVOL program and its impact and to support MVOL fundraising
Provide support as needed for other University K-12 initiatives in partnership with University leadership
Other duties as assigned
7+ years of professional experience in education or other relevant fields
A commitment to K-12 education and experience building or managing education programs
Excellent skills working both independently and as a team member
Able to earn trust in relationships with others by consistently demonstrating integrity (honesty, consistency, and reliability) and professional competence
Demonstrated ability to build strong relationships with both leadership and other stakeholders
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to work and collaborate with numerous partners across multiple organizations
Highly proficient organizational skills, attention to detail, and the ability to manage numerous tasks simultaneously
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to remain courteous and professional at all times
Demonstrated ability to review and prioritize work independently and effectively
Demonstrated ability to be resourceful and creative when problem-solving
Ability to maintain calm and positive attitude and to work productively despite heavy workload, competing priorities, complex problems, and tight deadlines
Ability to handle sensitive and conï¬dential situations/information with absolute discretion
Education, Experience or Certiï¬cations:
Bachelor's degree required
Master's degree preferred
Experience in K-12 education strongly preferred
Experience with higher education preferred, but not required
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