Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

  • Director of Innovation and Inquiry

    Job Locations US-IL-Aurora
    Posted Date
    1 week ago(7/12/2018 10:13 AM)
  • Overview

    The Director, Innovation & Inquiry will work to identify, support and develop innovative programming and social experiences specifically in STEM Teaching and Learning, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at IMSA to support achievement of IMSA’s mission by 2022


    • Lead the design, implementation and evolution of a comprehensive strategy to ensure disruptive and sustaining innovation at IMSA
    • Recruit, cultivate and leverage internal and external resources to focus and support innovation within the Academy.
    • Scan research for disruptive innovations and disruptive innovation practices and make appropriate recommendations to further innovation within the Academy.
    • Apply innovative and entrepreneurial practices to filter, review, and recommend potential business partnerships
    • Promote curricular innovation at IMSA by partnering with Academic Programs and Professional Field Services to design and develop new opportunities for faculty and students
    • Assess current IN2 programming and create written plan for leveraging and utilizing IN2 to drive innovation within the Academy.
    • Develop and execute a written strategic vision, branding, storytelling and communications plan for Professional Field Services and IN2 through collaboration with the Office of Public Affairs and other internal stakeholders.
    • Create and document the integration of social+design thinking and mediated technology to support world leading connected learning experiences at IMSA; identify and document opportunities for collaboration with IMSA leaders across the academy (faculty, staff and students), as well as with external partners.
    • Assess the current roles of IN2 staff and update job descriptions as necessary. Implement best practices in collaboration with the Senior Leadership Team to improve employee engagement throughout the Academy.



    • Master’s degree and a minimum of 7 years’ professional experience with at least 3 in supervisory role
    • Honesty/Integrity.  Earns trust and maintains confidences.  Acts ethically and keeps commitments.
    • Organization and Planning.  Plans, organizes, and prioritizes, schedules and budgets in an efficient, productive and timely manner.  Focuses on key priorities.
    • Advocacy.   Promotes a safe living and learning environment for all constituent groups that takes into account the needs and goals of the entire organization
    • Thoughtfulness. Is proactive, deliberate, solicits and is open to critical feedback and new ideas and is decisive.
    • Emotional Intelligence. Demonstrates the ability to effectively recognize, understand and manage one’s own emotions, as well as effectively recognize, understand and influence the emotions of others.  Uses such knowledge to guide thinking, behavior and problem solving.
    • Analytical Thinking. Structures and processes qualitative or quantitative data and draws insightful conclusions from it.
    • Effective Leadership. Demonstrates empowering, purposeful, inclusive, relationship-building abilities that motivate and influence security staff to achieve common goals.  Envisions, leads and manages innovative initiatives.  Adapts quickly to changing priorities and conditions.  Manages and mentors team to improve practice and performance.  Demonstrates persistence, tenacity and willingness to “go the distance” to get something done.
    • Cultural Competence. Effectively communicates and collaborates with diverse individuals and groups; applies positive strategies to address social issues, including discrimination, bias and stereotype threat; and uses this competence to inform practice



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