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Oak Park and River Forest High School, or OPRF, is a comprehensive public high school located in Oak Park, Ill., a suburb eight miles due west of downtown Chicago. We are a one-school district, with the majority of our students coming from two sender districts, River Forest Public Schools District 90 and Oak Park Elementary School District 97. We offer more than 200 courses, a variety of programs for students with special needs, 75 clubs and activities, and 29 competitive sports. We prepare our students well for post-secondary success, with an average ACT composite score of 24 and a 94% graduation rate.


Oak Park and River Forest are communities that highly value diversity. OPRF is a founding member of the national Minority Student Achievement Network, and our school is racially and economically diverse, with about 44% of our 3,300 students identifying as African-American, Hispanic, multiracial, or Asian. Our villages have long embraced the LGBTQ community, and we have a significant mix of homeowners and renters.


We seek faculty and staff who have high expectations for all students, and who value student voice in education. As a school, we are particularly focused on closing opportunity gaps for our students of color.


OPRF is an equal opportunity employer that provides equal employment opportunities to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. OPRF’s goal is to increase its representation of people of color.



Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 is a progressive district that is focused not only on our tradition of excellence but our future. The District prides itself in offering our students a comprehensive 9-12 college and career readiness curriculum and a rich arts education program.  Our students are curious, creative, and they come ready to learn. More than 90 percent of our students go on to college.


Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 believes that we can “become an ever-improving model of equity and excellence that will enable all students to achieve their full potential.” We can accomplish this through dedicated teachers, staff, and administration who build relationships with students and have high expectations for themselves and their students. We believe in planning for and providing the academic and developmental support students need to meet those expectations. We further believe that every student can learn through exposure to academically challenging content, feedback during learning, and the educator’s knowledge and skill.


Oak Park and River Forest High School District 200 is a great place for those who are interested in an environment that supports creativity, leadership at all levels, innovation, a focus on professional and curriculum development, and the best practices of instruction. We are currently seeking individuals to join our team where we enable all students to achieve their full potential every day.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (Core Competencies):

  • Knowledge of Fine and Applied Arts high school curriculum and programming
  • Knowledge of instructional strategies as they relate to Fine and Applied Arts.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational and time management skills.
  • Proven skills in collaborative decision-making and team building.
  • Effective skills in data collection and analysis for decision-making.
  • Knowledge of and experience preparing, overseeing and administering budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform duties under stress and adhere to strict deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain strict confidentiality and exercise sound judgment.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain and update professional expertise, including involvement in professional organizations that highlight new trends in education.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong rapport with students, staff, parents, and community.


Position Summary:

Division Heads are members of the Administrative Collaboration Team (ACT) and the All District Administrative (ADA) Team. The Division Heads are responsible for administrative decision-making by initiating recommendations, providing advice and counsel, and implementing decisions. They have responsibility for curricular, instructional, student, personnel and financial matters within their divisions and are the first line of administrative contact for faculty and staff with students and parents.


As exemplary teachers and leaders in their fields, they have major responsibility for the development of curriculum improvement of instruction student academic achievement in their divisions and in the school. They are leaders in the school who balance their roles as Division Heads with their roles as leaders within the school. As such, they help develop policy recommendations and procedures, provide input into and make decisions, all of which are in the best interests of students.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Supervisory and Leadership Responsibilities
    • Assist teachers  in  their  handling  of  the  day-to-day  problems including student behavior, student achievement, student evaluation, lesson planning and lesson presentation
    • Continuously evaluate the performance of faculty and non-certified staff and the division
    • Apprise the appropriate administrator of division needs and concerns
    • Provide educational leadership for the division and the entire school program
    • Organize the competition and selection of student recipients in fourteen (14) scholarship foundation awards
    • Organize and promote student exhibitions and performances of the fine and performing arts


  • Curricular and Instructional Responsibilities
    • Form and advise division curriculum committee(s)
    • Plan long-range curricular needs
    • Evaluate current courses and recommend courses to be added, dropped, or revised
    • Provide division leadership in the selection, development and use of curricular materials
    • Recommend all textbooks and other teaching materials
    • Provide division leadership in the selection, development, and use of instructional methodologies
    • Assume teaching duties as assigned
    • Cooperate with the appropriate administrators in recommending faculty and staff FTE based on course enrollments and in the assignment of classroom and supervisory responsibilities
    • Advise and cooperate with the appropriate administrator regarding the selection of course offerings and assignment of teachers, and to the allocation of facilities and equipment for summer school offerings and assignment of teachers
    • Cooperate with the appropriate administrator in planning the long-range personnel, facility and equipment needs of the division
    • Assist in the consideration and planning of field trips and transportation and make initial recommendations to the Principal
    • Cooperate with appropriate personnel in the classification and placement of students


  • Administrative Responsibilities
    • Attend Administrative Collaboration Team (ACT) meetings and All District Administrator (ADA) meetings
    • Develop and maintain a professional, productive, and effective relationships with other school and community groups and individuals, including articulation with public and private associate schools
    • Develop and maintain a professional, productive and effective relationship with the Applause Parent Group.
    • Develop and implement division budgets for five different departments (Visual Art, Music, Theater/Television Studio, Business and Family & Consumer Science, Auditorium, Box Office) and monitor and control expenditures
    • Assist in the selection and help coordinate the activities of student teachers, interns and substitute teachers
    • Oversee within the division four Department Chair position
    • Recruit and recommend for employment non-certified staff within the division
    • Recommend division wide student workers for hire and manage work time
    • Promote accomplishments of students and division members
    • Promote the activities of the division including administration and budgeting.
    • Develop goals, activities, outcomes and reports for divisional professional learning teams
    • Work closely with the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources in the implementation of the District recruitment and employment program, including but not limited to identifying division faculty for the District recruitment team; attending job fairs as requested; working to achieve District minority staff goal(s); creating and facilitating division interviews; working with the Director of Student Learning, the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, and the Associate Superintendent to identify candidates to be interviewed for faculty positions; and making recommendations of candidates for faculty positions to the appropriate administrative team ; and participating in those interviews
    • Supervise and recommend the selection of directors and plays for twelve dramatic productions each school year; including production budget and reconciliation.
    • Responsible for the maintenance, repair and ordering of equipment in the Visual Arts, Theater/Television Studio, Instrumental and Vocal Music program, Business and Family & Consumer Science
    • Coordinate the administration of the local Computer Proficiency Test.
    • Write, manage and coordinate to the CTE, Carl Perkins, and the Des Plaines Valley Region for Employment (DVR) grant applications.
    • Manage the school art collection and the school Halls and Walls program.


Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Work activities are conducted in a climate-controlled open office environment and noise levels are usually quiet. There are no hazardous or significantly unpleasant conditions.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for extended periods of time, possess average ordinary visual acuity necessary to prepare or inspect documents or operate office equipment, talk, hear average or normal conversations, reach with hands and arms, walk, climb and descend stairs, bend, crouch, lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Frequent and regular movements are required using the wrists, hands and fingers to feel, handle, or operate office equipment, tools, or controls.


Other Duties:

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Employees are expected to perform other related functions as assigned. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is not an exhaustive listing of the duties performed in this position. The individuals currently holding this position perform additional duties and additional duties may be assigned.



Excellence Our Tradition - Diversity Our Strength

Oak Park & River Forest High School District 200 is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively seeks applications from underrepresented individuals.


  • A master’s degree in Education or a closely related field is required; Ed.D/Ph.D desirable.
  • Valid Illinois Professional Educator License with the General Administrative or Principal Endorsement
  • Certification in one of the content areas of the Division
  • Illinois State Board of Education issued teacher evaluator designation.
  • A minimum of three years of successful instructional leadership experience.
  • A minimum of five years of successful teaching experience.
  • Commitment to equity and eliminating systemic obstacles for students of color and diverse learners.
  • Leadership style that values people and is based on high professional and ethical values.
  • Demonstrated initiative and high level of motivation.


$108,000 - $130,000 based on qualifications and experience; competitive benefits package.

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