Laboratory Schools: Principal, N-2
Hyde Park Campus
About the Unit
For complete information about the position, please click on the link below. https://www.ucls.uchicago.edu/uploaded/HR/UCLAB_Principal_N-2_6.22.pdf 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 [email protected] with their request.
The Principal, Grades N-2 of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools offers an exciting opportunity to lead a division of a world premiere institution dedicated to providing students a holistic education through a progressive education model based upon the findings of John Dewey. The professional community of the Laboratory Schools is characterized by engaging and dynamic educators committed to best practices and supported by the tremendous offerings of the University and the resources found in the city of Chicago. The Principal has the opportunity to lead in a dynamic teaching and learning environment where the faculty and other administrators are committed to the continuous improvement of the program and curriculum. The next Principal, Grades N-2 will be supported by three new senior level administrators: the N-2 Dean of Teaching and Learning, the N-2 Dean of Students (and Families), and the N-2 Dean of Faculty. These administrative roles were intentionally created to appropriately support the needs of the nearly 700 students and 100 staff on the campus.
The Principal, Grades N-2 will have proven experience in both teaching and educational administration, understanding best practices in curriculum development, faculty and staff development, and current trends in early childhood education.The Principal provides for the smooth functioning of all programs in grades N-2 including assuring the academic and social progress of the students, providing educational leadership to faculty, maintaining good community relations, and providing for the safety and well-being of the students, for curriculum development and supervision, faculty hiring, evaluation and professional development, overseeing admissions procedures, and planning and administering the the ESH budget.
Academic administrators are expected to build deep relationships with students, families, faculty, staff, and alumni to foster a richness of community. Lab is 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.
This is a full-time, year-round administrative appointment, beginning July 1, 2019.
- Responsible for all day-to-day, campus-wide operations at Earl Shapiro Hall.
- Lead in a dynamic teaching and learning environment where the faculty and other administrators are committed to the continuous improvement of the program and curriculum.
- Lead the institutional vision and development of a curricular planning.
- Work closely with the Senior Leadership team to promote and live an organizational culture that fosters passion for our mission, collaboration, open and frequent communication, teamwork, and a common vision throughout the entire school community.
- Lead and mentor the continued professional development of faculty.
- Ability to be agile and flexible
- Ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, parents and alumni
- Ability to be a champion of issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion in support of healthy, supportive relationships between community members
- Knowledge of instructional methodologies
- Strong knowledge of child development
- Ability to navigate in a complex and ambiguous environment
- Analytical skills
- Problem-solving skills
- Decision-making skills
- Attention to detail
- Organizational skills
- Computational skills including data analysis and presentation
- Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Ability to manage stressful situations
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines
- An entrepreneurial spirit, the capacity to think strategically
- Ability to successfully navigate and lead diverse and non-diverse communities
- Empathy and emotional intelligence;
Education, Experience or Certifications:
- Master's degree in Education or related field required
- At least ten years of teaching experience required, preferably at different age levels
- At least five years of administrative experience required, preferably in independent schools
- Significant experience in creating, implementing, managing and assessing educational programs
- Experience leading, developing and managing change management initiatives
- Experience working in a unionized faculty covered by a collective bargaining agreement
- Demonstrated interest in and experience with issues of diversity
- Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality.
- Prior leadership experience within an early childhood/lower school setting, preferably as a division head/principal or similar
- A broad understanding of early childhood/elementary curricula and child development, including knowledge of Reggio Emilia and/or other play-based, child centered curricula
- Classroom teaching experience at age/grade level
- Passion for professional development and continuing education
- An abiding commitment to creating and maintaining safe learning environments
- An ability to keep ideals of diversity, equity, and inclusion central to hiring practices, program development, and admission policies
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
- Ability to use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, calendar/schedule software, etc.) required.
- Ability to move in and around the classroom/building to interact with students, faculty, staff, parents, and other members of the community.
- A cover letter expressing their interest in this particular position
- A current resume
- A one-page statement of educational philosophy and practice
- A list of five (5) professional references with name, phone number, and email address of each (references will not be contacted without the candidate's permission)
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
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