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Les Lynn

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Assistant Director of Programming for School Support
Job Description and Application Information

The Chicago Debate Commission (CDC) seeks a qualified candidate to join its programming staff, working in a variety of fields central to the CDC’s mission of bringing rigorous and engaging academic debate opportunities to as many public school students in Chicago as possible.  The CDC facilitates, promotes and manages academic debate programming in 70 public schools in Chicago, and runs the Chicago Debate League, one of the nation’s leading Urban Debate Leagues.  The Assistant Director of Programming for School Support will work full-time from the CDC’s downtown offices. 

Job Description

The Assistant Director of Programming for School Support will work with other programming staff members, including the Assistant Director of Programming for Operations, and will report to the Director of Programming.  The Assistant Director of Programming for School Support will conduct a variety of academic debate programs, involving all four high school conferences in the Chicago Debate League (CDL), and all three conferences in the Chicago Middle School Debate League (CMSDL).  The Assistant Director of Programming for School Support:   
•   Has program building responsibility for a majority of schools in both the CDL and CMSDL;
•   Creates program building resources and materials for coaches;
•   Participates in tournament planning and operations;
•   Runs assigned tournaments;
•   Develops resources and materials for training and instruction of CDL and CMSDL coaches;
•   Recruits and supports coach training volunteers;
•   Conducts assigned coach training and professional development events;
•   Provides on-going and targeted coach support;
•   Directs or co-directs the Chicago Debate Summer Institute;
•   Conducts assigned student training seminars;
•   Oversees and monitors the preparation of the Core Files and the CMSDL Core Files;
•   Meets with local school administrators to provide periodic feedback;
•   Proves support and on-site management of CDL events additional to the regular six-tournament calendar for all schools;
•   Participates actively in the Qualitative Assessment Project, and aligns all training and instructional resources used to the QAP;
•   Supplies data and information for programming reporting and funding proposals;
•   Fulfills other assignments and projects, as issued by the Director of Programming


•   B.A. or higher degree;
•   Extensive experience in current high school cross-examination policy debate;
•   Demonstrated ability to teach and train policy debate to all levels of debaters and coaches, from raw beginners to successful competitors on the National Circuit;
•   Demonstrated ability to work to support educators with little debate experience in their application and deployment of academic debate;
•   Passion for the urban debate mission and the educational justice objectives of the Chicago Debate League
•   Ownership of a vehicle and/or willingness to ride public transportation to high schools and other sites;
•   Willingness to work evenings/weekends where necessary – total working hours will be 40-50, but hours will not always be “9 to 5”;   
•   Experience in urban education – non-profit, administrative, or classroom – is a plus;
•   Experience directing competitive academic debate tournaments is a plus;
•   Familiarity with curriculum and instructional resource design and development;
•   Effective time management skills and ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously;
•   Strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills.

Additional Information

Compensation commensurate with experience and skills. 

Candidates passing an initial screening will be interviewed by the staff of the Chicago Debate Commission. 

The Chicago Debate Commission is seeking a commitment of at least two years. 

The Assistant Director of Programs position may begin between June 1st  and July 1st depending on candidate’s availability.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled; however, we encourage submission quickly as we expect to interview beginning the week of May 20.

It is the policy of the Chicago Debate Commission to provide employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex) as required by law.

Submit your c.v. and a cover letter, including salary history, via email or hard-copy to:

Les Lynn
Director of Programming
Chicago Debate Commission
332 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 500
Chicago, IL   60604

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Re: Chicago Debate League Asst. Director of Programming for School Support
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2013, 10:00:59 PM »
Position filled.  Thanks.