Reporting to the Director of the Laboratory Schools and serving as an integral member of the senior leadership team, the Associate Director of Schools, Finance & Operations Officer (ADoS) provides strategic leadership in the development of the Laboratory Schools financial management strategy and helps lead the development and accomplishment of the organization’s strategic and mission-critical goals through execution of strategies and key specific imperatives. In addition to the strategic components, the ADoS is charged with developing and implementing consistent policies and procedures for finance and operations of the Schools. The ADoS works closely with diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders, including the Laboratory Schools’ senior leadership, University senior administrators, the Laboratory Schools’ advisory board, and parent groups. The AdoS will build and maintain working relationships with University constituents and acts in the place of the Director of Schools where appropriate. The ideal candidate will complement the Director’s experience, style, and knowledge base. Candidates must submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of leadership philosophy to be considered for this role.
Strategy, Vision, and Leadership
Advise the Director and other key members of Lab’s senior leadership on financial planning, budgeting, operations, and policy matters.
Serve as the management liaison to the Laboratory Schools’ board and other University administrators; effectively communicate and present critical financial matters at select board and committee meetings.
Lead the development and implementation of the Laboratory Schools’ strategic goals and objectives as well as the overall management of the organization.
Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping the Director informed of all critical issues. In the absence of the Director, assume full responsibility for all aspects of the Schools.
Serve as chief spokesperson for the Schools during collective bargaining negotiations.
Lead school accreditation processes, ensuring the proper allocation of resources.
Oversee, direct, and organize the work of the finance and operations teams, including Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems, Operations, Registrar, and Family Life Programs.
Provide mentoring and guidance as a cornerstone to the team’s career development using a supportive and collaborative approach through assigning accountabilities; setting objectives; establishing priorities; and monitoring and evaluating results.
Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality.
Motivate and lead a high-performance management team; attract, recruit, and retain required members of the team
Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments.
Oversee master-planning activities related to facilities positioning the Schools as a leader in sustainable resources.
Supervise the planning and implementation of all building and renovation plans.
Ultimately responsible for decision making and consultation with University Facilities Project Management group, architects, and construction representatives during major construction projects.
Ensure that Lab’s information systems, infrastructure, and applications are effective, secure, and supported for users throughout the organization.
Oversee and partner with senior leadership to guide the strategic vision of non-academic programming.
Lead and support the planning and execution of expansion to international programming.
Oversee safety and security programming.
Liaison with the Office of Legal Counsel on all contracts, disputes, and concerns.
Financial Management and Planning
Oversee development and communication of the annual budget and the long-term financial planning and projections for the Schools.
Plan, coordinate and execute the annual budget process.
Develop and maintain documentation necessary to inform Lab’s board and the finance committee periodically on the financial matters relating to the Schools.
Analyze financial data and prepare financial reports for presentation to Lab’s board and its committees.
Upgrade and implement an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, accounting standards, and procedures partnering with central University functional areas to ensure adherence to a unique financial and regulatory environment.
Ensure that the Schools adhere to the strategic plan, delivering status reports to the board.
Provide analytical support to the senior leadership team, including the development of internal management reporting capabilities.
Develop and implement data analyses, data collection systems, data dashboards, and other strategies.
Identify, analyze, and interpret trends or patterns in a complex data set.
Recommend actions by analyzing and interpreting data and making comparative analyses.
Bachelor's degree with a minimum of ten years progressively responsible administrative experience required.
Master's degree in business, accounting, non-profit management, or related field strongly preferred
People management experience required.
Experience with strategic planning and execution required.
Experience leading multiple and diverse teams required.
Budget direction experience required.
Financial management experience required.
Experience working with collective bargaining agreements within a unionized environment strongly preferred.
Experience working in a university and/or Nursery–12th grade school setting preferred.
Ability to develop and leverage relationships with high emotional and social intelligence required.
Demonstrates advocacy across different stakeholder groups both internal and external required.
Demonstrates an ability to manage conflict, build consensus, and facilitate problem-solving and collaboration among various parties required.
Leads with a growth mindset embracing challenges required.
Ability to mentor and guide team leaders required.
Flexible, with a strong work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit to accommodate a high level of responsibility and multiple priorities required.
Ability to relentlessly pursue improvement and results required.
Ability to create processes and structures to facilitate effective systems both internally and externally. Leadership capabilities required.
Ability to think strategically required.
High degree of business acumen required.
Ability to make well-informed decisions under pressure required.
Familiarity with general business practices required.
Commitment to providing a high level of service and working in a team environment required.
High degree of professionalism required.
Attention to detail required.
Ability to handle confidential information with utmost discretion required.
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills required.
Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and under tight deadlines required.
Strong analytical and organizational skills required.
Ability to direct and coach others required.
Ability to work with a diverse group of employees and community members required.
Standard office environment
Ability to sit for 2 hours to 4 hours.
Ability to use computers extensively for 2 hours to 4 hours.
Typical Safety Training:
Fire Safety and Evacuation (Annually)
About University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provide one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life—of thought and exploration—infuses all aspects of our curriculum, and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey—one of the great minds in education—established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today’s students still benefit from his vision, and today’s Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field.
Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. Lab’s student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes.
The Laboratory Schools seek the fine...st employees—people who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We seek employees who share a similar commitment to these values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission of igniting and nurturing an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence in the youngest members of the University of Chicago’s academic community.
The Laboratory Schools is a great place to work and our connection to the University provides our faculty and staff with opportunities that would be nearly impossible to match in any other environment.
Interested candidates should apply via our website at: http://www.ucls.uchicago.edu/about-lab/employment
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