Laboratory Schools: Dean of Students, Lower School
University of Chicago
February 17, 2018
Location: Hyde Park Campus
The Dean of Students will support the Lower School Principal and Assistant Principal in providing for smooth functioning of all programs in the Lower School, helping to assure the academic and social progress of the students, maintaining good community relations, advising the Lower School Principal on matters concerning the Lower School and representing the Principal as requested.
Reporting to the Principal, Lower School, the Dean of Students is responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of Lower School students, ensuring smooth relationships with the Lab Schools community-students, parents, faculty, staff, and the University, participating in the admission and enrollment process, and participating in planning and administering of the Lower School budget. The Dean of Students will meet regularly with the Lower School faculty, with the Principal and Assistant Principal, academic and administrative leadership, and the Parents' Association, and attend events as needed.
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 Labâ™s mission.
Maintain congruence between the Schoolâ™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
Support an effective system of communication within the Lower School community
Foster positive connections between students, faculty and parents
Establish a working relationship with the Early Childhood Campus (N-2) and Middle School to support consistency across divisions
Work with the Principal and Assistant Principal to develop and coordinate special activities that empower student leadership and develop a sense of community responsibility
Work with the Principal and Assistant Principal to educate the faculty on the shared nature of responsibilities, including discipline, attendance, mandated training and supervision
Serve as the point person for the student referral system working with the Department of Learning and Counseling, school nurses, and Extended Day programs on student concerns and support
Aid in the development of an orientation program and continued support for new students and families.
Oversee and approve all student fundraising proposals
Support school and student initiatives such as assemblies, community meetings, buddy programs, field trips, student programs and other events
Supervise arrival and dismissal to ensure safety and security of Lower School students
Participate in the admissions, enrollment, and placement process
Lead the disciplinary process
Conduct an annual revision of the Lower School handbook
Supervise the attendance process and ensure effective implementation of policies and procedures. Communicate with faculty and families regarding these policies.
Support learning specialists with identified student needs and resources
Participate in the hiring of faculty and staff
Provide faculty support as needed
Revise publications as needed and initiate communication and information to be distributed to the community, and/or specific parent or civic groups
Ability to be agile and flexible required
Ability to interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents required.
Knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion issues and dynamics in the classroom and in developing healthy, supportive relationships with all students
Strong knowledge of course subject matter required
Knowledge of instructional methodologies and progressive educational principles required
Strong knowledge of child development required
Ability to develop curricula, lesson plans and assessment tools required
Analytical skills required
Problem-solving skills required
Decision-making skills required
Attention to detail required
Organizational skills required
Computational skills required
Verbal and written communication skills
Interpersonal skills required
Ability to work independently and as part of a team required
Ability to manage stressful situations required
Ability to maintain confidentiality required
Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines required
Ability to think strategically required
â‹Education, Experience, and Certifications:
Bachelorâ™s degree in Education or related field required
Masterâ™s degree in Education or related field preferred
Significant experience in creating, implementing, managing and assessing educational programs
Significant experience in working with students and student concerns
At least five years of experience as a teacher or counselor required
Previous experience as a school counselor, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, Principal, or equivalent administrative experience preferred
Experience working in an independent school setting preferred
Supervisory & evaluation skills required; preferably in a unionized environment preferred
Experience leading, developing and managing change management initiatives
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.) required
Brief statement of philosophy regarding:
Ways in which your qualifications can help Lab achieve its goals of inclusivity, equity, and diversity.
Approach to teaching
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 773-702-5800 or submit a request via the Applicant Inquiry Form.
The University of Chicago's Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (Report) provides information about University offices and programs that provide safety support, crime and fire statistics, emergency response and communications plans, and other policies and information. The Report can be accessed online at: securityreport.uchicago.edu. Paper copies of the Report are available, upon request, from the University of Chicago Police Department, 850 E. 61st Street, Chicago, IL 60637.
Internal Number: JR00323
About University of Chicago
One of the world's premier academic and research institutions, the University of Chicago has driven new ways of thinking since our 1890 founding. Today, UChicago is an intellectual destination that draws inspired scholars to our Hyde Park and international campuses, keeping UChicago at the nexus of ideas that challenge and change the world.