Associate Director K-12 Programming

University of Illinois System

Posted: 11/6/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Education/Training

Primary domain: Higher Education

City: Chicago

Postal code: 60612

State: Illinois

Country: United States

Organization Information:


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Mission statement:

System Human Resource Services is a strategic partner in achieving the University of Illinois’s strategy and land-grant mission by maximizing the value of human capital and aligning it with university initiatives, values, goals and the needs of all stakeholders. 

Position Details:

Job Description:

Associate Director K-12 Programming

Discovery Partners Institute

University of Illinois System - Chicago

The Discovery Partners Institute (DPI) empowers people to jumpstart their tech careers or companies in Chicago. Led by the University of Illinois System in partnership with some of the world's top research institutions, DPI does three things centered around economic development: tech talent development for high-demand tech jobs; applied research and development; and building a stronger tech ecosystem. DPI prepares students and workers to step into high-demand tech jobs. It also builds research teams and matches them with new funding. With state investment and a new innovation district in development, DPI has the resources to attract, develop and leverage the most ambitious people and companies the region has to offer - and keep them here.

DPI is seeing an experienced education professional to serve as the Associate Director for K-12 Programming. This individual will be responsible for development and program management for DPI's K-12 initiatives with the goal of preparing primary and secondary in Illinois for college programs and careers in tech fields. Additional responsibilities include:


Manage and oversee the implementation of the Community Education Unit's K-12 programs, including dual credit and community college pathways.Support the Community Education Director in developing the system and program strategy for the high school to career pathway, with a focus on developing student skills in computing, data science and analytics, as well as problem solving, communications, team building, and other college and career readiness skills.Lead and coordinate student programming, including program design and logistics of activities and events at DPI and other locations, which could include summer courses, workshops, guest speakers, field trips, work-based learning, problem-based learning, and other immersive learning experiences.Work closely with education leaders in the community, particularly those focused on computing and data, serving as day-to-day liaison to high school administrators, non-profit service providers, community college partners, corporate partners, foundations, and others in the community to facilitate partnership opportunities with DPI.Engage directly with private sector employers and tech community to advance work-based and problem-based learning opportunities, mentorship, and other points of engagement.Represent DPI in the education community, including attending relevant meetings and events and building close relationships with K-12, community college and community leaders.Assist with tracking and measuring outcomes and reach of K-12 program efforts. 


Candidates must possess a minimum of a bachelor's degree required, in education or area related area preferred (Master's degree preferred) with a minimum 5 years working in education, preferably in the areas of computer and data science. Other qualifications include: experience with program management and implementation; experience working with K-12 populations, particularly students from underserved backgrounds; excellent verbal, writing and presentation skills; strong inter-personal skills, including relationship building, teamwork, and emotional intelligence; experience working with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

This is a full-time, 12-month Academic Professional position. For full consideration, candidates must apply and submit a letter of application, resume, and names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references by November 30, 2020 at

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The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit

System Human Resource Services
(312) 585-9064
[email protected]

The System Office is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer dedicated to building a community of excellence, equity and diversity. The System Offices welcome applications from women, underrepresented minorities, individuals with disabilities, protected veterans, sexual minority groups and other candidates who will lead and contribute to the diversification and enrichment of ideas and perspectives.


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How to Apply:

For full consideration, candidates must apply and submit a letter of application, resume, and names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references by November 30, 2020 at 


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