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Innovation Hub Manager - Chicago

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Job Location:
Aurora, 60506
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The overall goal of the IMSA Innovation Hub is to provide a regionally-based community hub of engagement to expand IMSAs reach and impact across the state of IL. This will foster increased capacity and collaboration to better support IMSA’s mission and vision.

This position is responsible for providing leadership, direction, coordination, management, and supervision to IMSA's inaugural Innovation Hub and respective offsite IMSA programs. This individual will help the Center for Teaching and Learning and the greater IMSA community meet objectives, achieve growth, and maintain best practice.

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) is committed to an equitable, diverse and inclusive teaching and learning environment. Through a model of Equity and Excellence, IMSA has committed to advancing equity in STEM education and representation and creating a diverse, inclusive community of global citizens who can realize their full potential, and execute our mission to advance the human condition.

This Equity and Excellence work is the intentional integration of Cultural Competence, Diversity, Equity, Equity-Minded Frame, Excellence and Inclusion into every facet of the Academy, with the understanding that it is an active and ongoing process involving structures, processes and people and not an isolated initiative.

This position will support IMSA's Diversity work by ensuring the delivery of quality, equitable, and inclusive constituent-centered support while promoting and maintaining an inclusive work environment and culture that embraces the diversity of people and perspectives collaborating at IMSA to ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable Accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This individual is responsible for but not limited to:

  • In conjunction with the Director of Downstate of Illinois Programs, develop a growth strategy to secure partners and programs to foster a culture of innovation.
  • Develop and implement strategies to expand IMSA’s reach and impact, creating learning opportunities for IMSA students and STEM educators in Chicago.
  • Assess the needs of local educational agencies to identify potential outreach programs.
  • Organize and deliver professional development workshops on STEM content and pedagogy to teachers in Chicago.
  • Lead the efforts in expanding “IMSA off-campus” programs ensuring all students have the opportunity to participate and have opportunities that meet the diverse interests of the student body and reflect the resources and partnerships available at the Hub.
  • Provide a valuable exchange network of ideas and resources for K-12 schools, colleges and universities, and network partners to serve the STEM needs of the region.
  • Identify, build, and maintain relationships with key communities across the region with special attention and sensitivity to historically underrepresented, at risk, and marginalized populations.
  • Collaborate with team members to develop outreach strategies and materials.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of an outreach schedule throughout the region to educate the community about IMSA’s mission and programs.
  • Conduct outreach activities at community events, resource fairs, education, and training workshops.
  • Actively participate in regional events, meetings, and conferences to represent the organization and promote awareness.
  • Manage substantial aspects of offsite program operations, including scheduling, facilities and equipment, and preparation of any necessary materials, certificates or evaluations.
  • Assist with administrative tasks related to outreach efforts, such as data entry and report generation.
  • Manage customer relations and address requests for information, program support and program modifications in a timely, respectful manner.
  • Promote equitable access for all students to pursue learning opportunities at the Hub.
  • Other duties as assigned.



The required skills and experience for this position include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • Master’s degree and experience in an educational environment required
  • 5 or more years of related experience
  • Experience developing and coordinating educational programs
  • Demonstrated experience in relationship building
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience working with, and sensitivity to the needs of, historically underrepresented populations
  • Strong attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and the ability to provide efficient, quality service to both internal and external partners.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication and active listening skills.
  • Strong time management skills along with problem solving skills and ability to manage multiple projects concurrently, establish workload priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Solid interpersonal skills along with the ability and willingness to respect and value the differences and perceptions of diverse groups/individuals.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.


Work is performed in an office setting with minimal exposure to health or safety hazards. Substantial time is spent working on a computer. This role generally requires mobility, written and verbal communication, hearing and visual capabilities. The job also requires the ability to move and transport program materials and drive a motor vehicle. However, reasonable accommodations, including assistive technology, may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform such requirements. 


This position is a full-time twelve-month position. Salary and benefits are commensurate with training and experience expected at this level of leadership in comparable institutions. The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including health and retirement benefits.

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