The Dean of Students will work as a team with the Principal, Dean of Teaching and Learning and the Dean of Faculty in providing for the smooth functioning of all programs in N-2. Helping to assure the academic and social progress of the students, maintaining good community relations, advising the N-2 Principal on matters concerning N-2 and representing the Principal as requested. The Dean will ensure that the school’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is included in all work. The Dean reports directly to the Principal of the N-2 division.
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.
Supports children and families in N-2 by building relationships, being a public face available to answer questions, solve problems, and facilitate connections.
Makes connections between students, families, grade levels, divisions, and campuses.
Coordinates all-building assemblies and gatherings and facilitates an all-building gathering at least once a quarter
Participates in the admissions, enrollment, and placement processes for N-2 and placement in 3rd grade, including attending playgroups in coordination with the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid
Works across departments in support of ensuring continuity for students with Learning & Counseling, Extended Day, and Coordinator for Wellness and Title IX
Participates in the hiring of faculty and staff.?
Aids in the development of an orientation program and continued support for new parents.?
Reads progress reports
Works with the Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Dean of Teaching & Learning, N-2 to incorporate diversity, equity and inclusion goals throughout program
Establishes a positive, cooperative working relationship with other school administrators
Work with administration and counselors to revise and update the student handbook and code of conduct for grades for N-2, including provisions regarding bullying.
Works with staff and teachers to create and strengthen systems that simplify and improve experiences for families and students.
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 in curriculum development preferred
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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