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The Assistant Principal (K-12) assists the Principal and/or Executive Director in providing day-to-day management of the school and all core functions that support The Cove School’s mission.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES (include but are not limited to):

Instructional & Personnel Leadership

  • Provide teachers support to foster a classroom climate conducive to learning, and assistance to develop, implement and monitor progress toward Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Contribute to the selection, assignment, supervision, and evaluation of certified and classified employees
  • Develop and evaluate curriculum and programs
  • Keep current with technologies and their uses as they pertain to educating students
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and compliance with Part 401 rules and section 226 of the Illinois administrative codes
  • Support the entire IEP process and team
  • Supervise instructional assistants, nurse team, and other staff as needed
Organizational Leadership
  • Work in conjunction with fellow administrators (i.e., Principal, Clinical Director, District Liaison, Director of Finance, Director of Advancement) to maintain and enhance an organizational culture that prioritizes students' and staff needs
  • Recognize personnel policies/regulations and the importance of conferring with faculty, district personnel, and the community in a professional manner
  • Assure the safety, conduct, and general welfare of students and faculty
  • Communicate effectively and assist in resolving conflicts with students, parents, faculty, and community members
  • Strive to improve leadership skills through self-initiated professional growth and development activities by utilizing information and insights gained in professional efforts for self-improvement 

Operational Leadership

  • Create a master schedule including all classes, therapies, and teacher prep periods, as well as scheduling dates for progress and report card distribution
  • Coordinate and supervise after-school and evening activities: assign student teachers/observers, assign coverage as necessary, lead staff meetings, lead teacher departmental meetings, assist with IEP documentation

Community Leadership

  • Project a positive image to the community through the dissemination of ideas, information and responsiveness to student, family, SC district, and community agency concerns



  • Master’s degree required
  • State of Illinois Professional Educator’s License (PEL)/General Administrative & Learning Behavior Specialist (LBS-1) or special education endorsement; Illinois Educator Training 
  • Administering classroom and schoolwide behavior management programs, creating lesson places and writing Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Collaborating with a multi-faceted group of professionals in a diverse student population and setting
  • Application or experience with improving academic achievement 


  • Knowledge of special education policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of state and federal guidelines for the educational requirements for students with special needs
  • Ability to articulate sound educational philosophy
  • Excellent instructional competence
  • Ability to evaluate the instructional process
  • Background in computer and assistive technology
  • Leadership qualities and excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Ability and willingness to contribute to a collegial working environment and to perform responsibilities in accordance with applicable guidelines, policies, and procedures
  • Commitment to innovation and creativity



The salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. A competitive benefits package will also be offered.

Additional Notes

This position is a Full-time (12 months) position.

The Cove School is a non-public therapeutic day school for students with complex learning disabilities located in Northbrook just 35 minutes north of Chicago. Cove students come from over 60 different public schools throughout the Chicago area. Families can also choose to fund tuition privately.

For 75 years, The Cove School has been a national leader within its field, creating an exceptional environment where children with learning disabilities “learn how to learn” and develop the emotional and social skills to reach within, achieve above, exceed beyond, and maximize student growth. Classes are kept small. Teaching is flexible and varies according to the individual student’s learning style. A team of onsite specialists work collaboratively to provide students intensive, integrated related services.

Statement of Non-Discrimination

The Cove School is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. The Cove School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic background.

How to Apply


Interested candidates should submit a resume on the NextGroup website at: https://recruitcrm.io/apply/16787274921230029972Drc


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