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  1. Works directly with the principal and department chairs throughout the district to implement curriculum in the classroom.
  2. Facilitates the curriculum adoption processes for the district.
  3. Assists in the determination of types of programs needed by the schools and makes appropriate recommendations.
  4. Supervises the work of developing and improving the curricula and the instructional programs.
  5. Ensures that established curriculum is being implemented with fidelity and is in compliance with state standards and Board Policy.
  6. Guides curricular decisions including course offerings, course content, and the selection of materials in collaboration with the principal and Superintendent.
  7. Assists with the integration of technology in instruction.
  8. Encourages the development of and oversees implementation of experimental and innovative programs that will improve student learning.


  1. Oversees district-wide testing for measuring the effectiveness of the total educational program.
  2. Collaborates with the Assessment Coordinator for the planning, preparation, implementation, and analysis of state mandated or district-wide assessments.
  3. Supports and oversees Department Chairs in the planning, preparation, implementation, and analysis of department specific and class specific assessments.


  1. Assists in obtaining outside funding through grant planning, applications, and amendments and reviews requests for grant proposals.
  2. Conducts research to identify and determine available grants, and makes recommendations to the Superintendent regarding the pursuit of grant opportunities.
  3. Designs and writes grant applications and proposals, and interprets related legislation, policy, and guidelines.
  4. Stays informed of grant research, proposal writing, and submission procedures.
  5. Maintains all grant documentation for related grant audits.
  6. Reports grant activity to various individuals and groups as appropriate.

Professional Development

  1. Plans and organizes professional development for the district.
  2. Plans and executes professional development to support curricular objectives.
  3. Plans and executes professional development to address instructional needs.
  4. Plans and executes professional development to support district objectives.
  5. Plans and executes professional development to align with state mandates.
  6. Oversees individual professional development and compliance with state requirements.

Special Projects

  1. Assists the Superintendent in the review and revision of Board Policies and makes appropriate recommendations.
  2. Oversees Impact Aid reporting process as directed by the Superintendent.
  3. Maintains IWAS reporting as directed by the Superintendent.
  4. Prepares documentation for the Regional Office of Education compliance visits.
  5. Conducts special research projects and data analysis as requested.
  6. Coordinates CRDC reporting
  7. Oversees all DoDEA processes and reporting requirements
  8. Oversight of all SIS reporting and compliance
  9. Reviews Report Card data for accuracy
  10. Coordinates SWIC Dual Credit Programming for the District
  11. Manages the Running Start Program for the District
  12. Implements select Student Enrichment Programs including Saturday Scholars and Medical Explorers
  13. Conducts CTE Compliance Reporting
  14. Coordinates District Level AP Responsibilities


  1. Participates in meetings as are required or appropriate.
  2. Completes certified and non-certified evaluations as assigned.
  3. Works with designated committees of board members, teachers, principals, and lay persons in specific programs, projects, or courses of action as directed by the Superintendent.
  4. Performs all other duties necessary to the office and such other duties as may be assigned by the Board of Education or the Superintendent of Schools.


  1. Master’s degree or higher in Curriculum and Instruction or School Administration preferred. 
  2. Must hold a valid Illinois professional educator license (PEL), Administrative Endorsement preferred.
  3. Must have a minimum of five (5) years teaching experience with two (2) years of school administrative experience, preferred. 
  4. Must have knowledge of Business Office applications, including word processing, spreadsheets, slides, etc. 
  5. Must establish and maintain effective and courteous working relationships with others (students, parents, and staff). 
  6. Must be able to work as a team, including sharing ideas. 
  7. Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and have the ability to understand and follow basic oral and written instructions. 
  8. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the district may find appropriate and acceptable. 


Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Benefits offered include:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program

Additional Notes

The primary functions of the Director of Academics and Special Projects are to (a) to work directly with the administration and teachers to implement curriculum and to facilitate the curriculum adoption processes, (b) to oversee the assessment process, (c) to identify, write for, and provide oversight for all district grants, (d) to plan and organize professional development for the district, and (e) to conduct any special projects and/or data analysis requested by the Superintendent.

How to Apply

To apply, please go to:  https://www.applitrack.com/oths/onlineapp/default.aspx?Category=Administration

Equal Opportunity Employer 
Qualified applicants are considered for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital, veteran status, or the presence of a non-job-related medical condition, or disability. In compliance with the immigration reform and control act of 1986, District 203 intends to hire only individuals authorized to work in the U.S.

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