Director of Information

Intrinsic Schools - Chicago, Illinois - Full time

About Intrinsic

Intrinsic is a small charter network currently serving 1,100 students. Our Belmont Campus opened in 2013, and has earned a Level 1/1+ Rating (the highest ratings on the Chicago Public Schools School Quality Rating Policy) the past five years. This fall, we opened our Downtown Campus with 9th graders and will eventually serve grades 9-12. We are deeply committed to the postsecondary success of our students and to improving education at scale in our city and beyond.

Since our inception, we have developed an innovative, personalized learning model that is yielding strong student outcomes and is coveted by families. At Intrinsic, personalization and independence is achieved via a holistic, 1:1 application of technology to empower team-teaching in flexible, data-driven classrooms—called “pods”—in which upwards of 60 students engage in a variety of learning modes from independent work, to instruction, to collaboration and project-based learning. As we look to the next five years, we are committed to continuing to iterate, deepen, and improve our learning model to ensure we are supporting all students to achieve their goals.

About the Opportunity

Intrinsic Schools has been nationally recognized for its innovative use of technology and data by students and staff. The Director of Information will collaborate with a highly skilled team and drive strategy and continued innovation of this work. As Intrinsic Schools continues to grow our second campus to scale in 2022, a strong information strategy is crucial to the success of the organization. With technology and data deeply integrated into the model, this opportunity affords meaningful relationships and deep impact on the students, families, and staff in the entire school community. This position reports to the Chief Learning Officer of Intrinsic Schools.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

Information Strategy

The Director of Information will lead the information strategy and support data systems across both campuses. As a member of the network Tech & Data Team, the Director of Information will ensure that information is accurate, useful, and timely and is ultimately responsible for how data is contributing to academic and operational outcomes for Intrinsic Schools.

Compliance

The Director of Information will be in charge of the data reporting requirements for Chicago Public Schools, the State of Illinois Board of Education, grant funders, the Intrinsic Schools Board, and other stakeholders in the school community and network.

Academic Operations

Intrinsic has an innovative school model where technology and data are deeply woven into the fabric of the student and staff experience. The Director of Information will work closely with the academics team to manage assessments, student information, grades and credits, family communications, and logistics around serving families and students during report card pickup, test administrations, etc.

Technology

The Director of Information will support and partner with the Director of Technology, who oversees technology budgets, vendors, network infrastructure, student and staff software, devices, technical support, and new campus technology planning. As the Intrinsic model continues to evolve, new approaches to teaching and learning will mean reviewing new software and helping to make implementation and change management plans.

Data Management and Analysis

The Director of Information will manage and execute data management and analysis budgets, cloud infrastructure, and reporting. The Director of Information will work directly with the Chief Learning Officer to establish priorities and deadlines and ensure accuracy and quality. This includes building a data quality system, designing the next iteration of the Intrinsic data reporting strategy, and ensuring that reports reflect the needs of students and staff. The Director of Information, along with the Tech & Data team, provides training for staff on data reports and analysis.

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 aboutcreating 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, and you like being part of a team.

Experience & Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree preferred
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multitask and prioritize work
  • Attention to detail and problem solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Fluent in business intelligence tools (Tableau, Google Data Studio, etc)
    • Experience in SQL, BigQuery, JavaScript, ReactJS, Python preferred
  • Strong organizational and planning skills in a fast-paced environment
  • A creative mind with an ability to suggest improvements
  • Professional attitude, highly solutions oriented, and strong work ethic

Equal Employment Opportunity

Intrinsic Schools is an equal opportunity employer. Intrinsic Schools' policy is to provide equal employment opportunity as required by law. Intrinsic Schools will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, arrest record, disability, physical or mental handicap unrelated to ability to perform the assigned task, work‐related injury, covered veteran status or military service, political ideology, genetic information, marital or parental status, or any other legally protected category. This equal employment opportunity refers to all applicable personnel practices, including employee recruiting, hiring, assignments, working conditions, compensation, transferring, training, promoting, disciplining, terminating and all other conditions of employment. 

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Role

District / Charter Chief Information Officer

Experience Level

Mid Level

Intrinsic Schools

Intrinsic is a small charter network currently serving 1,100 students. We are deeply committed to the postsecondary success of our students and to improving education at scale in our city and beyond.

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