Director of Curriculum and Learning

University of Chicago

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL, USA
Posted on Friday, July 28, 2023


UL Urban Crime Lab

About the Department

Who We Are

In cities across the country, people face high rates of gun violence, under-resourced schools, and social harms associated with the criminal justice system -- all of which disproportionately impact people of color. These inequalities have profound consequences on public safety and opportunity. As a society we have failed to address these challenges, in part, because of our lack of understanding of the most effective and cost-effective solutions that can have a real impact on people’s lives. We believe that rigorous research can help.

The University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab partner with cities and communities to use data and rigorous research to design, test, and scale programs and policies that enhance public safety, improve educational outcomes, and advance justice. Our mission is to combine world-class data science and research, in partnership with government agencies, to substantially improve the effectiveness of the public sector and achieve impact at scale.

To learn more about the Crime Lab and Education Lab, visit

The Role
The University of Chicago Crime Lab is seeking an experienced Director of Curriculum and Learning who can support the launch of the Community Violence Intervention (CVI) Leadership Academy. The Academic Affairs Director will work closely with the Director of the CVI Leadership Academy and other members of the organization’s leadership team to ensure the success of this new initiative. The Director of Academic Affairs will provide administrative support for all faculty and assist with academic recruitment. We seek applicants who have academic affairs experience, as well as experience in strategic decision-making, organizational leadership, program administration and implementation in a community-based setting.

Job Summary

The job manages a team of professional staff responsible for the development and implementation of continuing education programming. Develops, evaluates and manages program curriculum, policies, and procedures. Conducts communications and outreach for these programs, and responds to inquiries from enrolled students.


  • Research, recruit, onboard, and supervise instructors in collaboration with CVILA personnel.

  • Assist in the expansion of course outlines into lesson plans.

  • Research current pedagogy for optimal learning experiences and the utilization of technology for enhanced distance learning and program retention.

  • Ensure fidelity to the learning objectives of the CVILA curriculum.

  • Lead the identification and creation of asynchronous materials for the CVILA.

  • Participate in ongoing program and instructional evaluation to identify potential training needs and solutions.

  • Ensure proper facilitation, supervision, and curriculum delivery of the CVILA curriculum.

  • Provide academic guidance to CVILA cohorts for year-end capstone projects.

  • Provide real-time instructional support to classroom instructors.

  • Evaluates program performance using developed metrics.

  • Collaborates with internal and external professionals to create new programs and enhance existing ones.

  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 7+ years of work experience in a related job discipline.



Preferred Qualifications


  • Bachelor degree in criminal justice, public policy, project management or related field.


  • Experience in Community Violence Intervention is strongly preferred.

  • Experience working with community-based organizations serving Black and Brown communities strongly preferred.

  • Experience working with nontraditional learners is desired.

  • Experience working in a university setting.

  • Supervisory experience.

  • 5-7 years of experience in related field.

Preferred Competencies

  • Excellent written/verbal communications skills.

  • Experience with program and operations management.

Application Documents

  • Resume (required)

  • Cover letter (required)

  • References (required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Job Family

Academic Affairs

Role Impact

People Manager

FLSA Status


Pay Frequency


Scheduled Weekly Hours


Benefits Eligible


Drug Test Required


Health Screen Required


Motor Vehicle Record Inquiry Required


Posting Statement

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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