The job is responsible for providing educational leadership assuring excellence in academic, co-curricular programs, curriculum development and supervision in support of the mission. Provide leadership in the improvement, development, and evaluation of the instructional program, as well as the implementation of new programs, and the assessment of all existing programs and pedagogy. Responsible for the safety and well-being of students in grades nursery - 12 at each divisional level, hiring, and supervision of teachers (Lab School faculty) and other staff and for performance evaluation. Provide direction in the professional growth of teachers. Provide guidance related to and participate in the Schools' admission process. Plan and administer the individual divisional budget. Assure positive, transparent communications and relationships with the Lab Schools community, students, parents, faculty, staff, and the University while building community relationships.
Unit Specific Responsibilities
1) Lead in a dynamic teaching and learning environment rooted in the tenets of progressive education where the faculty and other administrators are committed to the continuous improvement of the program and curriculum.
2) Lead the institutional vision and development of curricular planning.
3) Work closely with the Senior Leadership team to promote and live an organizational culture that fosters a passion for our mission, collaboration, open and frequent communication, teamwork, and a common vision throughout the entire school community.
4) Lead and mentor the continued professional development of faculty.
5) Help guide and define the meaning of Lab Middle School today within a progressive school.
6) A deeper connection with university and community resources.
This is a twelve-month position, which will begin 07/01/2020.
1) Supervisory skills.
2) Budget management skills.
3) Knowledge of instructional methodologies.
4) Knowledge of accreditation process and applicable laws and regulations.
5) Ability to develop and assess curricula, lesson plans, and assessment tools.
6) Analytical skills.
7) Problem-solving skills.
8) Decision-making skills.
9) Attention to detail.
10) Organizational skills.
11) Demonstrated use of data.
12) Computational skills.
15) Verbal and written communication skills.
16) Values benchmarking.
17) Interpersonal skills.
18) Customer service skills.
19) Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
20) Ability to manage stressful situations.
21) Ability to maintain confidentiality.
22) Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
23) Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
24) Ability to lead in a decisive, consistent, and clear manner.
1) Bachelor’s degree
2) Master's degree
3) Further advanced degree in education
1) A minimum of three years of senior leadership experience in education.
2) Experience and knowledge in the tenets of progressive education.
3) Proven experience and skill in recruitment and hiring.
4) Teacher evaluation and remediation.
5) Successful evidence of enthusiastic engagement with students, faculty, parents, and staff.
6) Developing and delivering on strategic initiatives and partnerships.
7) Middle School teaching experience desirable.
8) Curriculum development.
9) Supervisory experience.
10) Developing and implementing local and global partnerships, including university and community partnerships.
11) Service learning desirable.
12) Arts as an integral part of learning desirable.
2) Cover letter
3) Professional References
About University of Chicago Lab 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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