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 Labâ™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
Attention to detail
Computational skills including data analysis and presentation
Outstanding verbal and written communication 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 candidateâ™s permission)
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application
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