Principal, UCLA Lab School

Job description

The UCLA Lab School is seeking a principal for its innovative, research based educational program supporting 430 students, ages 4-12. For over 100 years, the UCLA Lab School has created and shared school-based opportunities to support children's academic, social and emotional development within a diverse society in a way that promotes bi-literacy and multicultural awareness.

The UCLA Lab School is committed to progressive education for ethnically, linguistically, socio-economically diverse students and research based innovation Educational Outreach.

The UCLA Lab School Principal:

  • Reports to the Dean of GSE&IS;
  • Works closely with the Associate Dean for Community Programs to strengthen and maintain close relationship with GSE&IS;
  • Fosters collaborative creation and implementation of the UCLA Lab School's vision;
  • Establishes goals and priorities aligned with the UCLA Lab School's and the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies' (GSE&IS) mission;
  • Leads the faculty in developing, evaluating and refining curricula and instruction;
  • Provides intellectual leadership required to synergize teaching, research and outreach efforts;
  • Supervises all school personnel in a diverse range of classifications and oversees their performance.
  • Responsible for monitoring and preparing a self-supporting annual school budget of approximately $10 million ;
  • Oversees financial management and fundraising for the Lab School, which include but are not limited to endowments, capital needs, Chairs, Centers, Institutes, and the Annual Fund;
  • Manages a 7-acre facility with 28,000 sq. ft. of office, classroom and playground space and ensuring educational facilities meet all requirements; and
  • Represents the UCLA Lab School and its laboratory functions to the UCLA community, GSE&IS faculty, UCLA Lab School community, regional K-12 community, other laboratory schools, national and international education communities, and general public.  




Application Instructions

Applicants must submit their qualifications via UCLA's Career Opportunities website at  Reference position # 27478  AA/EEO


The complete listing of qualifications is available on UCLA's official job posting.


  • Relevant classroom teaching experience and several years of successful public or independent school administrative experience.
  • Graduate degree in education or related field. Extensive knowledge of innovative curricula, pedagogy and current learning theories. Active interest in educational research and outreach.
  • Demonstrated experience working in an ethnically, linguistically and socio-economically diverse educational community.
  • Demonstrated success with pedagogical and curricular innovation.
  • Ability to apply deep analysis and creative problem solving to issues and situations across the full range of University business and academic matters as they relate to the Lab School.
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively in the resolution of problems.
  • Superior organizational, decision-making and action planning skills, which include analyzing information, practices, procedures, and situations to generate alternatives and formulate logical and objective performance against it.
  • Ability to establish schoolwide goals and objectives, and ability to monitor and evaluate performance against these.
  • Ability to make effective financial and business decisions and use personnel resources in the most effective and appropriate manner to meet organizational goals.
  • Excellent communication skills in speaking and writing for multiple constituencies.
  • Ability to speak well in public settings. Ability to write with clarity for a wide range of purposes.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan for and manage facilities, physical renovations, and capital projects.
  • Skill in creating a safe and appropriate environment for personnel, students, faculty, parents, patrons, and others.
  • Knowledge of safety, environmental, and emergency practices, and knowledge of California's Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and associated responsibilities for the mandated reporter, especially as they relate to an elementary school setting.
  • Ability to both lead and participate in collaborative projects and general management. Demonstrated ability to direct and motivate others



UCLA offers a comprehensive benefits package, including an average of three weeks' vacation per year; an average of 12 days per year sick leave; 12 paid holidays per year; health, dental and optical benefits; life insurance; disability insurance; the University of California Retirement Plan with 5 year vesting and various voluntary UC Savings Plans. There are also special programs and privileges available, such as accessibility to cultural and recreational programs, athletic events, and the University Credit Union.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy -




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Job No: 27478
Posted: 3/5/2018
Application Due: 4/5/2018
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