Support the Laboratory Schools' educational mission and values building on the Schools' national leadership position as a model of academic excellence. The director will be an unabashed supporter of Dewey's principles who will continue to foster the Schools' experiential approach to learning while ensuring that students acquire the cumulative knowledge and skills from grade to grade that prepare them to be global citizens in today's world. The director will work collaboratively with the Laboratory Schools' community to ensure ongoing renewal of a leading and forward-thinking curriculum that reflects and celebrates the Schools' mission and values.Lead the development of a strategic plan that articulates key institutional priorities and leads to a capital campaign. The director will have the opportunity to work with the entire Lab community to set new goals and priorities for educational growth in line with Lab's mission, and will then lead the development of a campaign that will fund those educational priorities. In 2007, the Laboratory Schools launched the most ambitious campaign in the Schools' history, reaching its 2013 goal of $55 million. As a result, the institution is on solid financial footing, which enables the Schools to attract and retain the best teachers and the most qualified students, while providing significant financial aid to students. The director will build on this success and will lead the next phase of the Schools' planning and fundraising efforts. Build on the Laboratory Schools' longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Central to the Lab's mission is ensuring that the student body, faculty, and staff reflect the diversity of Chicago and the world. The Schools continue to make steady progress on all fronts, but there is more work to be done. It will be important for the director to articulate and implement an intellectually robust vision for diversity that is reflected not just in headcount but that is woven into curricula and school programming. The director will model and encourage relationship development across the divisions of the Schools as well within the Hyde Park and Kenwood neighborhoods. She/he will also be looked upon to guide the Schools' community of learners, educators, and parents in supporting grade-level-appropriate standards of free expression.Effectively manage a large and growing multi-site school. The director oversees a large staff and budget and works in a non-traditional reporting environment. The director will lead successfully in a complex system, building effective structures, procedures and methods of communication, and defining roles and responsibilities clearly. She/he will foster the open collaboration that generates creative thinking among faculty, staff, and students and will model transparent leadership through clear and consistent communication. The director particularly will anticipate and manage the changes that occur during a period of growth.
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