Director, Family Support Programs

May 05, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
About The Unit: The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding progressive, 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 finest 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. It 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.

Unit Job Summary: Under the direction of the Associate Director of Schools, Finance & Operations, the Director, Family Support Programs is a senior leadership position on the Finance & Operations team. The Director, Family Support programs will deliver overall strategic leadership, program development, and day-to-day management of Laboratory Schools family support programs including, Extended Day, Summer, Club Swim, Food Service, Student Bus, and School Nursing programs. Specific Responsibilities Include: Assess and enhance current family support programs and develop new programs, including working with curriculum staff to determine programs that will meet the needs of families and the school's mission. Develop and monitor budgets for all programs with targeted financial goals that reduce costs and increase revenues year over year. Directly supervise the Director of Extended Day, Director of Summer Programs & Partnerships, the Lead School Nurse, and Manager, Midway Aquatics Club & Aquatic Resources. Manage external vendor relationships related to Student Bus services and Food Service. Create staffing plan to maximize operational support for all programs including an active role in recruitment of program staff and participants. Work with the academic administration and other department directors to ensure programmatic integration.

Unit Education: Bachelor's degree required Master's degree in Business, Education, Social Work, or education-related field required

Unit Experience: Minimum 7 years youth program development and management experience, required Supervisory experience required Minimum 5 years experience in staff and budget management required Leadership experience in Pre-K through 12th grade setting, preferred Prior leadership experience in university/collegiate setting, preferred

Unit Job Function Competencies: Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students. Knowledge and understanding of progressive education and an ability to infuse programming with that philosophy Demonstrates deep knowledge of child development, from early childhood through early adolescence Learns with curiosity and thinks flexibly Leads in a manner that exemplifies and fosters the Lab's mission Builds interpersonal relationships with colleagues and families Possesses excellent listening, communication, management, problem-solving, and analytical skills Exhibits sound judgment and decision-making abilities Shows a strong sense of integrity, reliability, and accountability Works independently, attends to details, and multi-tasks effectively Meets deadlines and works well under pressure Analyzes data with acumen Communicate in a style that is both inspirational and invitational Familiarity with general business practices required. Commitment to providing a high level of service and working in a team environment required. High degree of professionalism required. Ability to handle confidential information with utmost discretion required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously required Strong analytical and organizational skills required.

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