5Essentials Director

Background: UEI and Impact

The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) is dedicated to creating knowledge to produce reliably excellent schooling for all students. To meet this challenge, UEI conducts rigorous research, trains outstanding teachers and leaders for urban schools, designs and operates charter schools and through UChicago Impact, creates scalable tools and practices to improve student outcomes. Impact currently supports three tools: an organizational climate and culture survey – 5Essentials; a literacy assessment tool -Strategic Teaching and Evaluation of Progress (STEP); and a college-readiness coaching program – 6to16. 5Essentials is an evidence-based system designed to drive improvement in schools nationwide. The 5E system reliably measures changes in a school organization through its survey, predicts school success through scoring, and provides individualized actionable reports to schools, districts, parents, and community partners. The 5E system also provides training for system level leaders, school level leaders, and teachers.

Job Summary

The 5Essentials Director coordinates daily activities and productivity of the unit, including preparing and maintaining project plans, goal setting, monitoring budgets, and meeting staffing requirements. She or he tracks project progress, identifies/resolves problems, communicates with internal and external clients, and coordinates select administrative tasks such as arranging meetings, developing agendas, and preparing progress reports. He or she assesses team progress and provides specific and timely feedback both informally, through anecdotal observation and formally through the UEI Performance Appraisal process. The Director works in collaboration with the 5Essentials team to identify project objectives. She or he understands and maximizes the role and function of each team member to effectively coordinate the activities of the team. This position requires regular cross-unit collaboration within UChicago Impact and across Urban Education Institute units. The 5Essentials Director reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UChicago Impact providing updates regarding the status of specific projects and the progress of the team as a whole.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead the planning and strategy efforts of the unit
  • Manage administrative functions to ensure efficient operations of the unit
  • Create and maintain unit budget and track expenditures
  • Hire, develop, and evaluate staff members
  • Provide feedback, support, and guidance in helping staff to meet performance goals
  • Coordinate technology supports for survey administration, scoring, and analysis
  • Partner with the Research Advisory Committee serving as a liaison with CCSR
  • Design, coordinate and facilitate training of clients and partners
  • Facilitate the marketing and outreach efforts of the unit
  • Represent the unit to the public, key stakeholders, current, and potential clients
  • Manages vendor/third party relationships
  • Serve as a member of the Management Team for UChicago Impact


  • Master’s degree required and a minimum of five years of related experience
  • 1 to 3 years of management experience
  • Strong background in Project and Program Management
  • Ability to lead and manage multiple projects with multiple project coordinators, leads and/or managers
  • Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines
  • Strong initiative and ability to work well under pressure while maintaining a productive disposition
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Ability to provide direction and pay attention to detail
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with others
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

How to apply

For more information or to apply to this job posting, please visit the UChicago Impact employment website at http://uchicagoimpact.simplicant.com/job/detail/16110-5essentials-director

UChicago Impact is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Chicago, Illinois
The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI)

1313 East 60th Street, Chicago, IL, 60637, US