Laboratory Schools: Coordinator, Internship for Civic Engagement Program (Temporary)

Job description

Hyde Park Campus

11420 Lab Academic Divisions & Departments

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. Through visionary philanthropic commitment in the 2015-16 academic year, the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (Lab) and the University of Chicago Charter Schools (UCCS) formed an extraordinary partnership that is designed to benefit the students in both schools and the community that is home to both institutions With a committed and dedicated group of administrators and teachers representing both organizations, several programs were expanded and established to bring students at all levels together and to create innovative educational opportunities for both school communities The overarching goal of the Lab/UCCS partnership is to strengthen existing programs, implement a set of strategies to enhance UCCS's college graduation culture, anchor Lab students more firmly in their surrounding community, and help students at both schools learn from one another. Key areas of focus are cooperative teaching and learning and summer academic enrichment activities such as the Internship for Civic Engagement.

Job Information

Job Summary:

The successful candidate is a self-starter. This is a significantly autonomous position that requires a well-organized and selfmotivated candidate. The individual will work out of our offices located in Hyde Park and report to the Director of Partnerships and the High School Principal or designee.

The successful candidate will provide leadership in the implementation of the Internship for Civic Engagement program and the development of supporting lessons and activities. He/she will direct the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programming.

Work alongside the UCCS Director of Partnerships to lead the development of overall program goals and strategy in partnership with the UCCS

The Temporary Coordinator, Internship for Civic Engagement Program will serve as the primary program liaison, developing and establishing a collaborative partnership with partner organizations.


  • Develop an internship manual and promotional material and updates as needed
  • Conduct site visits to evaluate and ensure appropriateness and relevance of internships for students
  • Designs, develops and produces training information materials to be implemented during the 3-day training boot camp.
  • Plan and conduct weekly internship workshops and information programs
  • Work collaboratively with the Office of Civic Engagement to assess the effectiveness of internship programs
  • The Internship Coordinator will assist in matching students with appropriate internships based on the student's areas of interest This process requires creativity, persistence, and exceptional organizational, planning, and time management skills
  • Student/Family Support: speaking with students and parents about our program and the expectations to ensure student success
  • Prepare all students for placements, through workshops, written materials and/or one-on-one and team coaching
  • Liaise with employers to advocate for students
  • Assist students in the development of final Capstone Presentations
  • Coordinates, facilitates, and participates in the Capstone Presentation final event
  • Assess the effectiveness of internship programs
  • Tracks expenses for outreach activities and provides status reports relative to grant funds
  • Coordinate and assist other staff with various events and activities throughout the summer
  • Coordinate other summer programs as needed

  • Ability to mediate differences in opinions of varying individuals and foster consensus on diverse issues
  • Ability to work flexible working hours
  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely and accurately, orally and in writing with various individuals and groups
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, community groups, educators, parents, civic associations and the general public as necessitated by the work
  • Familiarity with leading discussion on issue related to socio-economic and racial issues.
  • Skill in public speaking, presentations, and designing programs

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience, and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree preferred
  • Master's degree preferred
  • Advanced degree in education preferred or comparable experience

  • Program management experience
  • Classroom experience preferred
  • Leadership experience in youth education required
  • Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality
  • Considerable experience working with students of high school age

  • Knowledge of current techniques and procedures used in the design and development of curriculum
  • Skill in utilizing computer software
  • Ability to prepare and maintain required reports and records
  • Ability to develop visual aids and other instructional materials to meet specific training needs

Required Documents:
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Professional references

(NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.)

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualification

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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Job No:
Posted: 5/8/2018
Application Due: 5/30/2018
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