Catherine Cook School

Chicago , Illinois

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Head of Lower School Division - Catherine Cook School
Type: Full-Time
Supervisor: Head of School
Start Date: July 1, 2018

Position Overview
The ideal candidate will bring direct and successful experience in progressive education leadership within a 1st-4th grade environment, as well as a passion for engaging stakeholders in discussions and strategies to support diversity and equity. She/he must also have a sense of humor, be a supportive team player, and an advocate for the school. The school is celebrating twenty years of operation as an independent school and has cultivated a supportive and can-do community where a “good fit” in leadership is essential.

More than half of the administrative team has been serving the school in their various roles for over a decade. The next two years will bring about changes in leadership because of planned retirements. This tight and trusting team requires an appetite for collaborative decision-making, diligent communication, and a passionate student-centered perspective to leadership.

Catherine Cook School Mission and Diversity Statements
Catherine Cook empowers students from preschool through eighth grade to be adaptive, confident, and productive stewards of an evolving world. Our community engages with ideals of cultural competence, progressive academics, ethical literacy, and innovation designed to inspire personal excellence and compassionate leadership.

Catherine Cook School is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse and compassionate community grounded in a culture of integrity.

The Catherine Cook School Mission Statement and Diversity Statement are on the school’s website. All successful candidates should be both familiar and comfortable with their contents.

Job Description
The Head of Lower School reports to the Head of School and serves on the Administrative Team. Lower School includes 1st-4th Grades. Student Support Services and various enrichment programs are included in the supervision responsibilities.
The Head of Lower School should be knowledgeable in using the best practices from a variety of student-centered educational approaches, including an interdisciplinary, hands-on reading and writing workshop, constructivist math, inquiry-based science, and social studies. Our social-emotional program is rooted in the Responsive Classroom philosophy. A working knowledge of and ability to coach teachers in differentiated instruction in a caring, nurturing environment is essential.

The successful candidate should possess a solid understanding of the importance of communication in building relationships between students and adults. She/he should be organized, able to work independently, demonstrate flexibility, and have a willingness to be collaborative and creative. Excellent oral and written communication skills are required, as well as experience and comfort in educational technology.

Administrative Responsibilities
- Prepare appropriate sections of the annual budget and oversee expenditures throughout the year
- Assist in the admission process for the testing, interviewing, and evaluating of student applicants
- Make recommendations to the Head of School regarding the hiring, retention, and assignment of Lower School faculty
- Other duties as assigned by the Head of School

Academic Responsibilities
- Work with faculty to evaluate, refine, and implement a coordinated, sequential, and articulated curriculum in the context of the total school program (PS-8th Grades)
- Plan and lead weekly Lower School division meetings

Parent Responsibilities
- Support faculty in communicating personal and academic progress of students and oversee all correspondences relating to student life programs, discipline, and procedures
- Facilitate additional support services, when needed, in conjunction with teachers, learning support, and the school counselor

- B.S./B.A. and M.S/M.A. in Elementary Education
- Five or more years of teaching or working in an elementary program
- Two or more years in a school-based administrative or leadership role

Applicants should submit the following to info@eklundconsulting.com:

- Cover letter indicating interest in and qualifications for the position
- Current résumé
- Statement of educational philosophy
- Any available supporting material (e.g. articles or writing samples)
- Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references (we will obtain permission from candidates before contacting references)

Catherine Cook School is an equal opportunity employer. The goal of Catherine Cook School is to hire and motivate an outstanding and diverse faculty and staff who work together toward the common mission. Visit www.catherinecookschool.org to learn more about our school and culture to see if you’d be a good fit.
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