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Director of Lab School and PK-12 Partnerships

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

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Permanent Staff (EHRA NF)

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Director of Lab School and PK-12 Partnerships

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EHRA Non-Faculty

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Full-Time Permanent



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North Carolina, US

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Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience

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Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit:

The School of Education is an academic unit reporting to the Provost. The School is a major center of research, teaching, and public service within the State of North Carolina, the nation, and the world. The mission of the School of Education is to conduct research, and generate basic and applied knowledge about human development, educational technology and entrepreneurship, teaching and learning, school counseling, school psychology, administration, as well as educational policy and leadership; prepare leaders in the profession of education by conducting outstanding research, teaching, and service; and assist in the development of strong and effective public schools in North Carolina.

The Carolina Community Academy is a laboratory school that has been created as specified in North Carolina General Statutes (NCGS) Chapter 116, Article 29A, with the goal of improving student performance in the partner school district by providing an enhanced education program and providing exposure and training for teachers and principals to address challenges existing in a high-needs school setting. The Academy is one of nine lab schools identified to partner directly with local school districts to promote evidence-based teaching and school leadership, while offering real-world experience to the next generation of teachers and principals. UNC System lab schools will serve every part of the UNC System mission teaching, research, and public service. UNC-Chapel Hill will be partnering with Person County Schools to establish the Carolina Community Academy, which will be collocated within North Elementary School in Roxboro, NC.

The UNC Chapel Hill Carolina Community Academy is rooted in the stance that education has the power to break down barriers, lift up individuals, and empower communities to rise and thrive. The Academy will engage the local and University community, inspire its educators to lead and act with passion, prepare students to be critical and creative thinkers, and strive for equity for all. The Academy will ultimately include at least three classes per grade level for kindergarten through 2nd grade. To learn more about the Academy, please visit

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Job Description
The Director of Lab School and PK-12 partnerships (Director) will serve as the primary contact for the School of Education and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) to collaborate, resource, and develop the vital work of Carolina Community Academy (CCA), UNC-CH’s Lab School. The Director will provide administrative and operational oversight for CCA at UNC-CH; facilitate and coordinate collaboration between UNC-CH, School of Education, and CCA; and support CCA efforts to implement innovative, evidence-based practices to promote student learning and wellbeing. The Director will also lead efforts to initiate, build, and sustain research and development partnerships between the School of Education and school districts and communities.

We are seeking a leader with robust expertise in school administration, curriculum, and instruction with preference for experience at elementary schools; a record of collaborative and innovative achievements in leading and improving schools; a working knowledge of institutions of higher education (IHEs); and dynamic ability to collaborate, develop partnerships, and leverage resources that connect IHEs, elementary and secondary schools, and communities.

This is a full-time, 12-month, EHRA Non-Faculty position in the UNC-CH School of Education. The target start date is July 1, 2022 and is negotiable. The position reports to the Dean of the School of Education or their designee.

As per North Carolina General Statute Chapter 116, Article 29A (116-239.5), provided for the establishment of nine university laboratory schools with the mission of improving student performance in local school administrative units with low-performing schools by providing an enhanced education program for students residing in those units and providing exposure and training for teachers and principals to successfully address challenges existing in high need school settings. The laboratory school shall provide an opportunity for research, demonstration, student support, and expansion of the teaching experience and evaluation regarding management, teaching, and learning.

UNC-CH partnered with Person County School District to launch CCA, an innovative school for K-2 students at North Elementary School in Roxboro, North Carolina. UNC-CH will function as the school district for the Academy, and the UNC-CH School of Education will lead the initiative while forming a cross-campus coalition to best serve the students, families, and community in CCA and Person County. CCA principal, staff, and students will be UNC-CH employees and students. The CCA principal leads the school and oversees all school administration and operations at the Roxboro site.

The Director of Lab School and PK-12 Partnerships (Director) will: (1) oversee all CCA operations at UNC-CH; (2) serve as liaison between, and coordinate the engagement with, CCA and UNC-CH School of Education and a cross-campus coalition of units supporting the Academy; and (3) initiate, build, and sustain relationships and partnerships between the School of Education and school districts and community partners, especially around research and development partnerships that connect School of Education scholars and externally funded projects with school district and community needs.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Relevant post-Baccalaureate degree required (or foreign degree equivalent); for candidates demonstrating comparable independent research productivity or comparable background in independent academic or instructional activities, will accept a relevant Bachelor’s degree (or foreign degree equivalent) and 3 or more years of relevant experience in substitution. This experience may be related to the direction/oversight of programs that focus the academic and research resources of a higher education institution towards community or regional issues.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

* A minimum master’s degree in elementary and/or secondary school teaching, administration, or services, or a closely related field.
* A minimum of three years teaching experience in K-12 schools.
* A minimum three years of leadership experience in an educational setting. North Carolina Administrative Licensure or eligibility to obtain North Carolina Administrative licensure (principal, director, or superintendent) required.
* Experience with effective and innovative pedagogues, curriculum development, professorial development of K-12 school staff, and/or teacher education required.
* Evidence of effective communication and collaborative skills with various and diverse stakeholders, including university faculty; school administrators, faculty, and staff; and/or parents and community members.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience:

* An Ed.D. or Ph.D. degree in education or a closely related field highly preferred.
* Teaching experience in elementary schools preferred.
* Experience as elementary school principal and/or in district-wide leadership preferred.
* Leadership experience in innovative and diverse schools highly desirable.
* Evidence of visionary and innovative leadership and mentoring highly preferred.

Campus Security Authority Responsibilities:

Not Applicable.


The nation’s first public university is at the heart of what’s next, preparing a diverse student body to become creators, explorers, innovators and leaders in North Carolina and throughout the world. Carolina’s nationally recognized, innovative teaching, campus-wide spirit of inquiry and dedication to public service continue the legacy that began in 1795 when the University first opened its doors to students.

Here, in one of America's most beautiful college settings, we offer exceptional careers in richly diverse fields. Come explore what UNC-Chapel Hill has to offer you.

Undergraduate Enrollment: 19,117

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,894

Total Student Enrollment: 30,011

Founded: 1789, as the first state university in the United States

Type of Institution: Public, four-year

Undergraduate Admission: 15,961

Graduate/Professional Enrollment: 10,039

Total Student Enrollment: 26,000

Faculty: 3,000

Percentage of faculty who hold Ph.D.s or the highest degrees in their field: 94 percent

Faculty/student ratio: 1/14

Location: UNC is located in the heart of Chapel Hill, the best college town in America! It's a friendly town of about 40,000 in the geographical center of North Carolina. Chapel Hill is at the western point of the Research Triangle, an area of about one million people, comprised of Chapel Hill, the cities of Durham and Raleigh, and the Research Triangle Park, home of many corporate offices and scientific research centers. Carolina is about 30 miles from the state capital, Raleigh, and 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

Chapel Hill's main street, Franklin Street, borders the campus and offers shops, coffee houses, cafés, movie theaters and houses of worship. The town has a historic district, museum, library, parks, malls, and many recreational facilities.

Origins of Carolina's students: 82 percent of UNC's freshmen are from North Carolina and 18 percent are from out-of-state. Our students come from 42 different states and our international students represent 37 countries.

Size of freshman class: Approximately 3,400

Class size: Barely five percent of undergraduate classes contain more than 100 students; two-thirds of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Forty-one percent have fewer than 20 students, including First Year Seminars, in which first-year students work closely with professors.

Sports and athletic programs: UNC is an NCAA Division I school with 28 varsity teams. Carolina is the proud home of the Dean Smith Center, Kenan Stadium, Carmichael Auditorium, Koury Natatorium, and many other fine athletic facilities. Students join more than 60 intramural and club sports, which include baseball, bowling, crew, golf, lacrosse, rock climbing, rugby, tae kwon do, and ultimate frisbee. The Student Recreation Center offers weight training, aerobics, stair machines, and all the equipment you would expect to find at a great health club! Carolina offers a newly renovated outdoor pool and indoor pools, a golf course, tennis courts, and the longest zipline in America!

Number of residence halls: Incoming undergraduates will live in one of Carolina's 29 residence halls, which are wired for Internet access and cable television.

Scholarships and financial aid: About 40 percent of UNC-Chapel Hill students receive scholarships and/or some form of financial aid.

Special research institutes: Institute for Research in Social Science, Institute of Outdoor Drama, Morehead Planetarium, Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Institute of Government, Institute of African American Research.

Career services: On-campus counseling, job fairs, résumé writing service, internships, placement services.

Technological facilities: Students find multiple uses for Carolina's state-of-the-art technological resources. They can access Carolina's computer services through Academic Technology and Networks, which manages academic computing, e-mail, microcomputing labs, interactive media presentation, video and classroom support, and a help desk. The MetaLab oversees the development of SunSITE, one of the world's busiest digital library and electronic publishing projects.

Students may open e-mail accounts, and many use campus computer resources to construct personal Web pages. Students in residence halls have hardwired network connections to the Internet and cable television in their rooms. At the ATN Training center, students may take classes on software packages and utilities. Computer labs are available for student use all over campus.

Carolina Computing Initiative: Beginning with the freshman class of 2000, undergraduates must purchase laptop computers. The University has arranged for IBM to offer computers at excellent prices. Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy cost savings, higher quality compatible equipment, and better technical support through CCI.

The Study Abroad program allows students to live and learn in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific Rim, Africa, and the Americas.

The Honors Program offers special seminars, research programs, and the chance to design your own independent studies.

Carolina students spend time in public service through student organizations, the Campus Y, the Carolina Center for Public Service, and courses that incorporate community service.

UNC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a national collegiate honor society, is the oldest in North Carolina, dating from 1904. There are many other honorary societies at Carolina.

UNC offers ROTC programs in all branches of national military service.

Through the First Year Seminars program, first year students will understand what it means to study at a premier research university. They will learn from faculty members and share in their research in seminars of no more than 20 students.

Life outside the classroom: More than 370 clubs, teams, and student organizations offer something for everyone! You can choose from among musical and dramatic performing groups, publications, ethnic and religious clubs, the Campus Y and other service organizations, fraternities and sororities, and pre- professional organizations. Whatever your interests, you will find others at Carolina who share them!

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