Laboratory Schools: Assistant Director, Family Life 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.
Reporting to the Associate Director, Family Life Programs, the Assistant Director will support the management of the operations within the Family Life Programs portfolio including extended day, Summer Lab, and the student bus service at one of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools' two campuses. The Assistant Director will provide operational oversight and ongoing support to extended day and Summer Lab staff. The Assistant Director will assess staff strengths through formal and informal evaluations and observation and provide feedback. The Assistant Director will provide operational oversight of outside vendors managing ongoing relationships with on-site providers through formal and informal evaluations and observation. Responsible for aligning operational procedures for providers with those of our internal partners and programs. The Assistant Director will align program offerings with the developmental scope and sequence of their student population in coordination with the Schools' administrative teams.
- Oversee and support extended day and Summer Lab staff including lead teachers and teaching assistants. Provide feedback and coaching to staff toward growth and development in their teaching practice as well as seamless operational execution.
- Provide guidance and support to teaching teams in an effort to meet program goals and balancing group and individual growth.
- Monitor and coach outside providers in all segments of the program each day. Coordinate provider assessments based upon qualitative evaluation of the program. Support the in-class activities of providers within the after school program.
- Conduct outside provider class observations on a regular basis and provide constructive feedback to the Associate Director and providers to drive program improvement.
- In coordination with the Associate Director, will have responsibility for managing budgets and payroll, reconcile and track accounts receivable/payable.
- Support the development and refinement of systems used to organize and execute the program each day including PowerSchool, Schoology, Google docs, School Pass, as well as development of non-electronic based systems to support program operations.
- Use short and long range plans to support registration, communications, and daily operational tasks focussing on student safety and growth.
- Create and implement ongoing program-wide needs assessments to ensure appropriate diversity of activities are available.
- Develop plan to broaden scope and scale of program offerings.
- Support the development and creation of program-wide initiatives.
- Demonstrated organizational and leadership skills required
- Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skill required
- Ability to work with a diverse group of students, parents, staff, administrators, vendors and faculty
- 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
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team required.
- Ability to manage stressful situations required
- Ability to perform multiple concurrent tasks with occasional interruptions required.
- Ability to work with a diversity of individuals and/or groups.
- Ability to adjust to changing priorities.
- Ability to lead, guide and coordinate with others.
- Bachelor's degree required, preferably in education.
- Master's degree in a related field preferred.
- Experience working with students and student organizations and facility management required.
- At least two years experience working with school age children or equivalent experience required.
- A minimum of one year of experience managing projects or programs required
- Bookkeeping or budget management experience preferred
- Supervisory experience preferred
Technical knowledge or skills:
- Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and the Internet required
- Experience with Google docs preferred
- Knowledge of Apple computer systems preferred.
- Ability to lead and mentor others required
- Ability to understand the needs of the University of Chicago community and work with students, faculty, and staff in a wide array of situations required
- Ability to work into the early evening on a daily basis required. Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends required.
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
- This is a 12-month, 40 hour per week position located at either the Historic Campus or the Early Childhood Campus of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.
- Ability to carry or lifts loads of up to 25 lbs.
- Ability to sit for up to 2 hours
- Ability to use computers extensively for 4 hours or more Ability to climb stairs up to 2 stories
- Ability to push/pull objects of up to 25 lbs.
- Ability to stand for 2 hours to 4 hours
- Ability to travel to various on-campus locations
- Ability to Use Standard Office Equipment
- Cover letter
- Professional References
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