The University of Chicago Laboratory School seeks an Assistant Principal for Lower School to serve as a member of the Lower School administrative team. Reporting the Principal, Lower School, the Assistant Principal is responsible for the safety and well-being of Lower School students, for supporting excellence in academic and co-curricular programs, for aiding in curriculum development and supervision, for assisting with faculty evaluation and professional development, for participating in the admission and enrollment processes, for participating in the planning and administering of the Lower School budget, and for assuring smooth relationships with the Lab Schools community - students, parents, faculty, staff, the University, and surrounding South Side communities. The Assistant Principal will also meet regularly with the Lower School faculty, with the Principal, academic and administrative leadership, and the Parents' Association.
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 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
Supports the principal in providing instructional and organizational leadership, including the use of data to inform instruction and learning outcomes
Establishes a working relationship with the Early Childhood Campus (N-2) and Middle School to support consistency across divisions
Works with the principal to ensure a safe, engaging learning environment for all students
Drives instructional excellence through administration of a system for instructional evaluation
Supervises, monitors, and guides teachers in developing academic programs
Builds an environment that fosters collaboration and continuous improvement
Aids in the development of an orientation program and continued support for teachers, including providing opportunities for professional growth
Serves as school's advocate and regularly communicates with the Lab Schools community - students, parents, faculty, staff, the University, and the surrounding community
Revises LS communications and publications as needed
Manages diverse opinions, ideologies, and expertise to achieve school vision and objectives
Constructs a master instructional schedule and assigns faculty within the schedule
Advises the Principal on faculty hiring and evaluation
Approves hiring of substitute teachers for the Lower School and aids in the development of an orientation program
Manage enrollment, registration and placement processes for Lower School students, including the use of the student database
Directly supervise clerical office personnel
Supervises the completion and submission of reports as required by the Principal, the State Department of Education, and accrediting agencies
Participates in developing and managing the school budget
Represent the Lower School at Lab events
Education, Experience, and Certifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field required
Master’s degree in Education or related field preferred
At least five years of experience as a teacher required
Significant experience in creating, implementing, managing and assessing educational programs preferred
Previous experience as an Assistant Principal, Principal, or equivalent administrative experience preferred
Experience working in an independent school setting preferred
Experience leading, developing and managing change management initiatives
Supervisory & evaluation skills required; preferably in a unionized environment
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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