The Dean of Faculty will work as part of a team with Principal, Dean of Teaching and Learning and Dean of Students in providing for the smooth functioning of all programs in the N-2 division, helping to assure the academic and social progress of the students, maintaining good community relations, advising the N-2 Principal on matters concerning the division and representing the Principal as requested. The Dean will ensure that school’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is a part of all work. The Dean reports directly to the Principal, N-2.
Academic administrators are expected to build deep relationships with students, families, faculty and staff to foster a culture of community. We are looking for team members who will emanate optimism, solve problems collaboratively, reflect on how actions impact others, create an engaging and inclusive school culture, and share in the united pursuit of Lab’s mission.
Maintains congruence between the School’s mission, core values, and core beliefs and all activities in N-2
Supports Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work in N-2
Supports teamwork and collaboration of classroom teaching teams and faculty leadership teams
Works to develop professional development coherence and advises the work of Professional Growth Groups (PGG) groups
Works with Dean of Students and Dean of Teaching and Learning to give tours to visitors
Supports committee work, including public space committee, Green Team, outdoor spaces and other teacher initiatives
Establishes process to facilitate teachers visiting one another’s classrooms and create more opportunities for faculty collaboration
Participates in the hiring of faculty, staff, and approval of substitute teachers
Coordinates placement for student teachers
Supports faculty chairs to create agendas, norms, protocols for faculty meetings; leads Faculty and Grade Chair meetings
Establishes training and resources for faculty leaders
Partners with the Dean of Teaching and Learning to support faculty professional growth and curriculum development and implementation
Support new teachers and facilitates mentor program
Education, Experience, and Certifications:
Bachelor's Degree required
Master's degree preferred
Advanced degree in education preferred or comparable experience
Leadership experience in education required
At least three years of leadership experience preferred
Early childhood - 2nd grade teaching experience strongly preferred
Experience working in a team setting
Supervisory & evaluation skills required; preferably in a unionized environment
Experience leading, developing and managing change management initiatives
Familiarity with reggio and project based learning.
An understanding of Dewey’s philosophies and experiential learning.
Significant experience in creating, implementing, managing and assessing educational programs preferred
Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Ability to use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, calendar/schedule software, etc.) and student database software required.
PowerSchool experience preferred.
About University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life—of thought and exploration—infuses all aspects of our curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey—one of the great minds in education—established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today’s students still benefit from his vision, and today’s Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field.
Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. Lab’s student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes.
The Laboratory Schools seek the fine...st employees—people who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We seek employees who share a similar commitment to these values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission of igniting and nurturing an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence in the youngest members of the University of Chicago’s academic community.
The Laboratory Schools is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.
Interested candidates should apply via our website at: http://www.ucls.uchicago.edu/about-lab/employment
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