UNO Charter School Network: Interim School Leader

Position Description:
Interim School Leader
Opening Date: 2013
Closing Date: Open until Filled
Salary: Director of School Performance and Support
Reports to:School Director
Location: Chicago, IL
How to Apply: Apply online at

UNO’s Educational Philosophy
UNO’s educational philosophy is grounded in the principle that the key to student success is the powerful presence of adults in each child’s life. Our organization believes in a calltoservice and a call for service ; the type of service that reflects pride, passion, and respect. Because of this, UNO aims to recruit only the most talented, dedicated, and visionary professionals that are capable of creating and cultivating genuine relationships with our key stakeholders ; students, parents, and the community.

UNO educators believe in not only establishing the highest expectations for our students, but also taking on the critical responsibility to ensure they are met. To reach this end, we employ strategic evaluative techniques to assess student learning and use this data to drive instructional decision-making. Furthermore, we utilize a variety of instructional methods and interventions in order to ensure that all students achieve mastery of both skills and content knowledge across the curriculum.

UNO educators have urgency for student growth and achievement and rely on our innovation to ensure all students meet the rigorous individual goals set for them. We are results-oriented and regard student learning as the measure of effectiveness of our teaching. Ultimately, we know that we are responsible for the academic and personal growth of our students, and we are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure success.

Position Overview
The Interim School Leader supports UNO schools by executing the responsibilities of a School Director or Master Teacher in the event of his or her long-term leave of absence. This primarily involves upholding the school’s instructional strategy and ensuring the successful implementation of the leave plan. Through this means, the Interim School Leader accepts responsibility for the achievement of the school’s academic goals.

The Interim School Leader will be interacting with key constituents ; students, teachers, parents and community ; to maintain a school environment that empowers students to achieve ambitious learning goals, thus preparing them for the finest area high schools, colleges, and lifelong learning. Utilizing the school as a catalyst for building community, the Interim School Leader contributes to UNO’s goal of supporting the broader success of Hispanic and other minority, urban families.

During times in which the Interim School Leader is not on active assignment, he or she will provide additional network-level support related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
Core Responsibilities
Implementation of Leave Plan:

  • Meet targets and deadlines as described by the leave plan
  • Uphold communication protocols and norms as described by the leave plan
  • Record and monitor the fidelity of the leave plan’s implementation
  • Consult regularly with the relevant Director of School Performance regarding implementation of leave plan
  • Effectively manage the transition in and out of leave assignments

Student Achievement and Success:

  • Monitor and track trends in student performance across all academic areas, including specialized instruction, to ensure performance of school toward meeting UNO’s vision and mission
  • Work directly with teachers to continually improve student achievement, including ensuring the right tools and development plans are in place to assist.

Interim School Leadership:

  • Be visible and accessible by parents, students, and UNO personnel
  • Oversee and evaluate the work of direct reports
  • Drive instruction and support teacher improvement towards meeting school and network goals as well as overall student and school performance
  • Sustain a culture of excellence among school staff to carry through key areas of UNO culture, student discipline, classroom management, assessment, data analysis, instructional planning, instructional delivery, and use of the curriculum to improve teachers’ skill levels.

Personnel Management and Development:

  • Supervise school personnel in all aspects of work, and identify evaluative evidence in relation to specific performance goals
  • Conduct observations, as well as individual and group meetings
  • Support design and implementation of effective group and individual professional development
  • If applicable to assignment, manage hiring and dismissal of teachers with student success and performance in mind.

Network-level Leadership:

  • Provide network-level support related to curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Key Characteristics
Commitment to Equity:Passionate about ensuring that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, receives an excellent education.
Leadership: Coaches, mentors, and challenges others to excel despite obstacles and challenging situations. Builds positive relationships in and out of the organization.
Focus on Data-Driven Results: Relentlessly pursues the improvement of UNO Network performance and school leadership, instruction, and operations, and is driven by a desire to produce quantifiable student achievement gains.
Innovative Problem-Solving: Approaches work with a sense of possibility and sees challenges as opportunities for creative problem solving; takes initiative to explore issues and find potential innovative solutions.
Adaptability: Excels in constantly changing environments and adapts flexibly in shifting projects or priorities to meet the needs of a dynamic organization; comfortable with ambiguity and non-routine situations.
Teamwork: Increases the effectiveness of surrounding teams through collaboration, constant learning and supporting others; sensitive to diversity in all its forms; respects and is committed to learning from others
Dependability: Does whatever it takes to consistently deliver with high quality under tight deadlines; successfully manages own projects through strong organization, detailed work plans, and balancing of multiple priorities.
Communication and Customer Service Skills: Communicates clearly and compellingly with diverse stakeholders in both oral and written forms; anticipates and responds to customer needs in a high-quality and courteous manner.


  • Bachelors Degree.
  • Masters Degree or higher in education or related field (preferred)


  • Minimum three years teaching experience
  • Minimum two years of school leadership or management experience (strongly preferred)
  • Proven track record of academic progress of students under his/her leadership


  • Illinois Professional Educator License or equivalent (required)
  • Illinois Principal or Superintendent Endorsement (strongly preferred)


Chicago, Illinois
UNO Charter School Network

954 W Washington Blvd, Chicago, IL, 60607, US