Assistant Principal, Lower School
University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
Chicago, Illinois
Salary: Based on Experience
Date Posted: 2/7/2018
Job ID: 41422
Position/Title: Assistant Principal, Lower School
Employer: University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
Category: Administration
Type: Division Head/Principal - Assistant Division Head Lower/Elementary Sch
Status: FullTime
Job Description/Responsibilities:
Job Summary:
The University of Chicago Laboratory School seeks an Assistant Principal for Lower School to serve as a member of the Lower School administrative team. Reporting the Principal, Lower School, the Assistant Principal is responsible for the safety and well-being of Lower School students, for supporting excellence in academic and co-curricular programs, for aiding in curriculum development and supervision, for assisting with faculty evaluation and professional development, for participating in the admission and enrollment processes, for participating in the planning and administering of the Lower School budget, and for assuring smooth relationships with the Lab Schools community - students, parents, faculty, staff, the University, and surrounding South Side communities. The Assistant Principal will also meet regularly with the Lower School faculty, with the Principal, academic and administrative leadership, and the Parents' Association.
Academic administrators are expected to build deep relationships with students, families, faculty and staff to foster a culture of community. We are 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.
Maintains congruence between the School’s mission, core values, and core beliefs and all activities of the Lower School.
Supports Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work in the Lower School working with the Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to incorporate this work throughout program
Supports the principal in providing instructional and organizational leadership, including the use of data to inform instruction and learning outcomes
Establishes a working relationship with the Early Childhood Campus (N-2) and Middle School to support consistency across divisions
Works with the principal to ensure a safe, engaging learning environment for all students
Drives instructional excellence through administration of a system for instructional evaluation
Supervises, monitors, and guides teachers in developing academic programs
Builds an environment that fosters collaboration and continuous improvement
Aids in the development of an orientation program and continued support for teachers, including providing opportunities for professional growth
Serves as school's advocate and regularly communicates with the Lab Schools community - students, parents, faculty, staff, the University, and the surrounding community
Revises LS communications and publications as needed
Manages diverse opinions, ideologies, and expertise to achieve school vision and objectives
Constructs a master instructional schedule and assigns faculty within the schedule
Advises the Principal on faculty hiring and evaluation
Approves hiring of substitute teachers for the Lower School and aids in the development of an orientation program
Manage enrollment, registration and placement processes for Lower School students, including the use of the student database
Directly supervise clerical office personnel
Supervises the completion and submission of reports as required by the Principal, the State Department of Education, and accrediting agencies
Participates in developing and managing the school budget
Represent the Lower School at Lab events
Minimum Degree: BA
Certification Required: No
Minimum Experience: 5-7 Years

Education, Experience, and Certifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field required
Master’s degree in Education or related field preferred
At least five years of experience as a teacher required
Significant experience in creating, implementing, managing and assessing educational programs preferred
Previous experience as an Assistant Principal, Principal, or equivalent administrative experience preferred
Experience working in an independent school setting preferred
Experience leading, developing and managing change management initiatives
Supervisory & evaluation skills required; preferably in a unionized environment
Experience working with a wide range of students with diverse backgrounds such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, learning abilities, class, language and nationality
Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Ability to use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, calendar/schedule software, etc.) and student database software required.
PowerSchool experience preferred.
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