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Director Laboratory School

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Work type: Full-time
Location: TCU Main Campus
Categories: Managerial / Administration

Job Summary: The Director of Laboratory School is responsible for directing the Laboratory Schools by serving the educational needs of students with learning differences and Down syndrome; serving as a training site for TCU students to become teachers; establishing educational research opportunities for faculty and staff.
Duties & Essential Job Functions: 1. Directs the day-to-day operations of the Laboratory Schools by developing curriculum; establishing policies and practices in all aspects of the operations; preparing budgets; overseeing facility maintenance; implementing accountability systems that provide resources, support, and clear action steps to ensure compliance with regulations and to ensure that practices are adopted resulting in high quality services.
2. Enhances services by developing strategies for capturing family and community voices and supporting active and meaningful participation of families and community groups; collaborating with families and professionals from diverse disciplines to ensure participatory decision-making across systems; maintaining active communication with parents and community private and public schools; developing and implementing IFSPs/IEPs.
3. Promotes the Laboratory Schools by affiliating with professional early childhood/early childhood special education organizations; participating in relevant activities of the College of Education; participating in fundraising, grant writing, public relations and other activities related to the management of the school.
4. Accomplishes staff results by hiring, training and evaluating staff; overseeing professional development opportunities for teachers and staff; evaluating teacher and student performance using a variety of formative and summative measures.
5. Counsels and guides applicants regarding academic programs by developing, evaluating, interpreting and enforcing admission policies, procedures and strategies; interpreting the school to prospective candidates and their families through personal interviews and tours; counseling applicants about eligibility and options with special responsibility for those denied admission and with continuing responsibility for counseling those admitted.
6. Assists teachers in accessing instructional needs of students by developing and implementing comprehensive program evaluation systems to incorporate a variety of methods for assessing student progress, child and family outcomes, and implementation of NAEYC and DEC recommended practices; reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating the results of student testing for continuous improvement of the school program.
7. Enhances preparation of future teachers by coordinating with faculty to foster collaborative research by faculty and staff; participating in the selection of college students for relevant scholarships and the Starpoint Associate positions; teaching at least one class per year for the College of Education.
8. Establishes policies and practices in all aspects of the operations of lab schools including hiring, training, evaluating staff, curriculum development, and parent and donor interactions.
9. Prepares and provides oversight of each individual school’s budget.
10. Develops, evaluates, interprets and enforces admissions and financial aid policies, procedures, and strategies.
11. Oversees professional development opportunities for teachers and staff, funding, program evaluation, accountability, program accreditation, and curriculum development.
12. Maintains active communication with the College of Education, parents, and community private and public schools.
13. Supports fundraising, grant writing, public relations, and other activities related to the management of the school.
14. Ensures participatory decision-making across systems that deal with children and families and among professionals from diverse disciplines; maintains active communication with parents and community private and public schools
15. Creates and sustains an inclusive working and learning environment.
16. Participates in relevant activities of the College of Education including occasional teaching or supervision.
17. Serves in an on-call capacity when necessary to provide proper building security and building maintenance to handle emergency situations.
18. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Required Education & Experience: • Master’s degree in Special Education, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Leadership, School Administration or related field.
• 5+ years of teaching and/or leadership experience in K-12 education.
Preferred Education & Experience: • Ph.D., Ed.D., or other doctorate degree in Special Education or related field.
• 6+ years of experience as a leader in a K-12 setting.
• 6+ years of experience in teaching in special education, early childhood education, early intervention, or contexts.
• Experience with University partnerships.
• Experience in the development and implementation of comprehensive program evaluation systems that incorporate a variety of methods for assessing student progress, child and family outcomes, and implementation of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and Council of Exceptional Children (CEC) Division of Early Childhood (DEC) recommended practices.
• Leadership experience with program policies that result in families and professionals from different disciplines working as a team developing and implementing IFSPs/IEPs that integrate their expertise into common goals.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and access across the schools’ stakeholders.
Required Licensure/Certification/Specialized Training: • Professional teaching certificate.
• Certification as a school leader in the State of Texas or ability obtain certification.
• Ability to meet requirements for the role of licensed daycare director in the State of Texas.
Preferred Licensure, Certification, and/or Specialized Training: • None
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: • Knowledge of state licensing rules and Child Care Minimum Standards.
• Knowledge of presentation techniques for adults and children.
• Knowledge of IDEA requirements and SAIS accreditation guidelines for elementary schools.
• Knowledge of child development stages; knowledge of admissions practices.
• Knowledge of current educational strategies.
• Knowledge of basic customer service techniques.
• Knowledge of CPR, basic first aid, Heimlich maneuver, safety and hygiene techniques.
• Skill in written and oral communication.
• Ability to clearly communicate in English.
• Ability to apply diagnostic testing and evaluate the results.
• Ability to maintain accreditation standards for StarPoint educational programs and NAEYC accreditation for KinderFrogs school.
Physical Requirements (With or Without Accommodations): • Visual acuity to read information from computer screens, forms and other printed materials and information.
• Able to speak (enunciate) clearly in conversation and general communication.
• Hearing ability for verbal communication/conversation/responses via telephone, telephone systems, and face-to-face interactions.
• Manual dexterity for typing, writing, standing and reaching, flexibility, body movement for bending, crouching, walking, kneeling and prolonged sitting.
• Lifting and moving objects and equipment up to 10 lbs.
Work Environment: • Work is indoors and sedentary and is subject to schedule changes and/or variable work hours.
• There are no harmful environmental conditions present for this job.
• The noise level in this work environment is usually moderate.
AA/EEO Statement: As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. 

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