Chicago Public Schools
Library Type: 
School Library

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Full Time
Competitive Salary

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has set ambitious goals to ensure that every child—in every school and every neighborhood—has access to a world-class learning experience from birth, ensuring our students will graduate from high school college- and career-ready. The Library and Digital Media Manager will support the district's digital transition by effectively identifying, procuring, developing, organizing and distributing standards-aligned, digital and print resources. This role will leverage the skills and expertise of the district's librarians and technology coordinators to ensure decisions are context-appropriate.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Development and implementation of strategic plans that drive the effective use of digital and electronic format materials, resources and tools (including standards, policies/processes/protocols and pilots).
  • Administration of programs, systems and policies to develop CPS libraries, librarians and technology coordinators as key levers in the district's digital transition.
  • Identification, prioritization, development/procurement and continuous improvement of standards-aligned, instructional resources housed in the district's Learning Object Repository (LOR).
  • Promotion/advocacy for libraries and librarians via collaboration with internal and external stakeholders (e.g. municipal entities, CTU, funders, university partners, etc.).
  • Collaboration with external partners and vendors (Universities, Council of Great City Schools, ISDE, ISBE, IMS Global, etc.) to ensure planning and implementation models are innovative and aligned to industry standards/best practices.
  • Collaboration with (internal) technical and instructional teams at the school, network and central office levers, to support the effective integration of digital systems.
  • Manage the SOAR Integrated Library System (centralized library platform for 200+ school libraries) and ensure the platform integrates effectively with other enterprise platforms.
  • Manage procurement, payroll and budget processes, including monitoring of grant funds (existing and new) and donations.
  • Provide high-quality professional learning opportunities to librarians, technology coordinators and other key stakeholders supporting the district's digital transition.
  • Represent the district as an expert in digital media (frameworks, strategies and education best-practices).

In order to be successful and achieve the above responsibilities, the Library and Digital Media Manager must possess the following qualifications:


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in Education, Library Science, Library Media, Technology, or a related field of study. Master's Degree preferred.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of district - or systems - level library experience.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience with educational technology or Learning Management Systems.
  • Prior experience supporting teachers in K-12 curriculum development preferred.
  • Strong project management skills preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with standards-based systems interoperability (IMS Global Standards).
  • Extensive successful experience in designing professional learning for large and small groups.
  • Ability to review and interpret highly technical information, translate technical materials for non-technical audiences and/or speak persuasively to implement desired action.
  • Knowledge of educational standards, including Common Core State Standards, NGSS, MTSS and WIDA ELD standards.
  • Knowledge of how technology can be most effectively integrated in a classroom environment.
  • An unyielding commitment to continuous improvement and ability to use multiple sources of data to inform short- and long-term decisions.
  • Exceptional written, verbal, organizational, and technology skills.
  • Proven leadership, direction, and team building experiences.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with persons of varied educational and cultural backgrounds.

Residency Expectation:

As a condition of employment with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), an employee must be an actual resident of the City of Chicago or become a resident within six months of the date of his/her employment with Chicago Public Schools.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
Application Contact: 
Arielle Dixon
Apply To: Chicago , IL 60602