University of Chicago Laboratory Schools Director effectively manages a large and growing multi-site school and oversee a large staff and budget. This role successfully leads in a complex system, builds effective structures, procedures and methods of communication, and defines roles and responsibilities clearly. In addition, this role fosters open collaboration that generates creative thinking among faculty, staff, and students and models transparent leadership through clear and consistent communication. The Director anticipates and manages the issues that arise during a period of growth and change.
Build on Labâ™s longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Central to Labâ™s mission is ensuring the diversity of the student body, faculty, and staff. Lab continues to make steady progress on all fronts, but there is more work to be done. It is important for the director toÂ articulateÂ and implement an intellectually robust vision for diversity that is reflected not just in headcount but that is woven into curricula and school programming. Model and encourage relationship development across Labâ™s divisions as well as within the Hyde Park and surrounding communities. The director will be looked upon to guide Labâ™s community of learners, educators, and parents in supporting grade-level-appropriate standards of free expression.
Bring strategic oversight to the management of the budget and will be astute in working with the community to ensure that finances are supporting academic priorities.
Maintain a healthy and productive relationship with the Lab faculty membersâ™ collective bargaining unit, and work with various offices throughout the University on issues such as planning, programming, budgeting, and operational infrastructure.
The director will be mindful of the challenges that come with building community in such a complex setting and will work across many dimensions both internally and externally to nurture a community of engaged learners and educators. Build strong, mutually effective relationships with the University of Chicago faculty and administration. One of Labâ™s greatest assets is its affiliation with the University. There is ample opportunity to create even closer connections between the two with the aim of further enriching the experience of both Lab students and University faculty. Nurturing the existing strong relationships and forging new ones will be key to maximizing the potential of this connection. In turn, the director will be an advocate for Labâ™s unique population within the University community.
Be an inspiring and thoughtful leader who brings energy, intellect, and the ability to engage others effectively in common purpose.
Understand and value this unique educational enterprise and represent Lab with integrity on its campuses and in the broader community.
Possess managerial and operational expertise and build organizational capacity and strong leadership teams, set clear expectations, and communicate effectively with multiple constituencies.
Knowledgeable about diversity, equity, and inclusion, and foster a culture of inclusion by appreciating and respecting diversity.
Have a commitment to experiential learning and inquiry and engage directly with faculty and four principals on issues related to pedagogy and curriculum.
Have financial management skills and business acumen.
Demonstrate excellent strategic and problem-solving skills.
Possess the highest level of integrity and emotional intelligence.
Education, Experience or Certifications:
Bachelor's degree required.
Advanced degree preferred.
Ten years of related experience required.
Successful leadership experience in complex, multi-stakeholder educational institutions.
Experience fostering collaboration and community, particularly during a period of institutional growth and change.
Demonstrated experience in leading a diverse and inclusive community and the ability to be a strong voice for ethical values.
Experience as the visible face of an organization; demonstrated ability to represent an institution in compelling ways to various constituency groups.
Successful fundraising experience, or at a minimum, the confidence and skill to be the chief fundraiser for Lab.
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