Laboratory Schools: Dean of Students, Lower School
Hyde Park Campus
11420 Lab Schools Ed Programs
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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 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 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 AA/EOE Statement: The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination. Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-834-1841 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org with their request.
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
- Ability to be agile and flexible required
- Ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents required.
- Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students
- Strong knowledge of course subject matter required
- Knowledge of instructional methodologies and progressive educational principles required
- Strong knowledge of child development required
- Ability to develop curricula, lesson plans and assessment tools required
- Analytical skills required
- Problem-solving skills required
- Decision-making skills required
- Attention to detail required
- Organizational skills required
- Computational skills required
- Creativity required
- Verbal and written communication skills
- Interpersonal skills required
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team required
- Ability to manage stressful situations required
- Ability to maintain confidentiality required
- Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required
- Ability to think strategically required
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
- Cover letter
- Professional references
- Brief statement of philosophy regarding:
- Ways in which your qualifications can help Lab achieve its goals of inclusivity, equity, and diversity.
- Approach to teaching
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