The Dean of Students will support the Lower School Principal and Assistant Principal in providing for smooth functioning of all programs in the Lower School, helping to assure the academic and social progress of the students, maintaining good community relations, advising the Lower School Principal on matters concerning the Lower School and representing the Principal as requested.
Reporting to the Principal, Lower School, the Dean of Students is responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of Lower School students, ensuring smooth relationships with the Lab Schools community-students, parents, faculty, staff, and the University, participating in the admission and enrollment process, and participating in planning and administering of the Lower School budget. The Dean of Students will meet regularly with the Lower School faculty, with the Principal and Assistant Principal, academic and administrative leadership, and the Parents' Association, and attend events as needed.
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.
Maintain congruence between the School’s mission, core values, and core beliefs and all activities of the Lower School
Supports Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work in the Lower School working with the Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to incorporate this work throughout program
Support an effective system of communication within the Lower School community
Foster positive connections between students, faculty and parents
Establish a working relationship with the Early Childhood Campus (N-2) and Middle School to support consistency across divisions
Work with the Principal and Assistant Principal to develop and coordinate special activities that empower student leadership and develop a sense of community responsibility
Work with the Principal and Assistant Principal to educate the faculty on the shared nature of responsibilities, including discipline, attendance, mandated training and supervision
Serve as the point person for the student referral system working with the Department of Learning and Counseling, school nurses, and Extended Day programs on student concerns and support
Aid in the development of an orientation program and continued support for new students and families.
Oversee and approve all student fundraising proposals
Support school and student initiatives such as assemblies, community meetings, buddy programs, field trips, student programs and other events
Supervise arrival and dismissal to ensure safety and security of Lower School students
Participate in the admissions, enrollment, and placement process
Lead the disciplinary process
Conduct an annual revision of the Lower School handbook
Supervise the attendance process and ensure effective implementation of policies and procedures. Communicate with faculty and families regarding these policies.
Support learning specialists with identified student needs and resources
Participate in the hiring of faculty and staff
Provide faculty support as needed
Revise publications as needed and initiate communication and information to be distributed to the community, and/or specific parent or civic groups
Education, Experience, and Certifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field required
Master’s degree in Education or related field preferred
Significant experience in creating, implementing, managing and assessing educational programs
Significant experience in working with students and student concerns
At least five years of experience as a teacher or counselor required
Previous experience as a school counselor, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, Principal, or equivalent administrative experience preferred
Experience working in an independent school setting preferred
Supervisory & evaluation skills required; preferably in a unionized environment preferred
Experience leading, developing and managing change management initiatives
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.) required
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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