Laboratory Schools: Dean of Students, Lower School
University of Chicago (UC)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Internal Number: JR16296
Location: Chicago, IL
Maintains 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 of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the LS DEI Coordinator, the LS Administrative team, and faculty to incorporate this work throughout program.
Effectively communicates to the Lower School community information regarding programs, events, and policies to support student life and wellness.
Fosters positive connections between students, faculty and parents.
Establishes a working relationship with the Early Childhood Campus (N-2) and Middle School to support consistency across divisions.
Works with the Principal and Assistant Principal to develop and coordinate special activities that empower student leadership and develop a sense of community responsibility.
Works with the Principal and Assistant Principal to educate the faculty on the shared nature of responsibilities, including discipline, attendance, mandated training and supervision.
Serves 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.
Helps lead student and family orientation programs and provides continued support for new students and families.
Oversees and approves all student fundraising proposals and initiatives.
Supports school and student initiatives such as assemblies, community meetings, buddy programs, clubs,Â field trips, and other special events.
Supervises arrival and dismissal to ensure safety and security of Lower School students.
Participates in the admissions, enrollment, and placement process.
Leads the disciplinary process using restorative justice and Responsive Classroom tools.
Conducts an annual revision of the Lower School handbook and school policies.
Supervises the attendance process and ensures effective implementation of policies and procedures. Communicates with faculty and families regarding these policies.Â
Partners with Learning and Counseling to support social emotional learning for students in the Lower School.
Participates in the hiring of faculty and staff.
Provides faculty support as needed.
Coordinates the fifth grade yearbook process with parents and faculty.
Works with counselors, wellness coordinator, PE, and Science teachers to coordinate growth and reproduction for fourth and fifth graders.
Coordinates the annual Picture Day process, including communicating with outside providers, creating schedules for LS classes, and coordinating parent volunteers.
Supports students, families, and faculty. Administers student services in the areas of extracurricular activities and programs, investigation and discipline. Administers communications systems between home and the school, including providing for parent conferences. Manages student personnel matters.
Build deep relationships with students, families, faculty and staff to foster a culture of community. 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.
Performs other related work as needed.
Bachelorâ™s degree in education or related field.
Masterâ™s degree in education or related field.
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.
Previous experience as a school counselor,Â Dean of Students,Â Assistant Principal, Principal, or equivalent administrative experience.
Experience working in an independent school setting.
Supervisory and evaluation skills, preferably in a unionized environment.
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 Skills or Knowledge:
Use standard productivity software (Microsoft Office, Google Suite, calendar/schedule software, etc.).
Use Schoology, PowerSchool, and other learning management platforms.
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.
Knowledge of instructional methodologies and progressive educational principles.
Strong knowledge of child development.
Develop curricula, lesson plans and assessment tools.
Agile and flexible.
Interact with a diverse group of faculty, staff, students, and parents.
Attention to detail.
Verbal and written communication skills.
Work independently and as part of a team.
Manage stressful situations.
Work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
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Brief Statement regarding: a) Your philosophy on education; and b) Ways in which your qualifications can help Lab achieve its goals of inclusivity, equity, and diversity.
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