Laboratory Schools: Assistant Principal, Lower School

Chicago, IL
Feb 21, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Hyde Park Campus


About the Unit
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.

Job Information

Job Summary:

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

  • 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.

Additional Requirements

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.

Required Documents:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • 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

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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