Director of Learning Support Services

Academic Department
Published
April 14, 2021
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Description

Saint Mary’s School is an independent, Episcopal, college-preparatory, boarding and day school for girls in grades 9–12. The School is the fourth oldest girls’ boarding and day school in the country.  The School is located on a beautiful 23-acre campus which is within walking distance to many restaurants and attractions of downtown Raleigh.  Raleigh-Durham, NC is ranked as one of the best places to live in the United States by US News & World Report.

Saint Mary’s School is offering a unique and exciting opportunity for a Director of Learning Support Services to live and work on our beautiful historic campus for the 2021-2022 year. This 12-month benefited position offers campus housing provided by the School where you can participate in a vibrant campus life with other families and students and enjoy meals in the dining hall. This exceptional location is in the heart of downtown Raleigh in a gated campus with 24/7 security.

The Director of Learning Support Services will report to the Assistant Head of School for Student Experience and will be responsible for developing, implementing, and overseeing academic support plans for students who are identified and diagnosed with learning differences. The Director will work with faculty, parents, and students directly, helping students understand themselves as learners and developing their academic skills; assisting faculty and parents to identify and seek diagnosis and support for their students; and fostering student growth to develop self-advocacy regarding their learning needs in a college-preparatory environment.

This position is residential and as such there is an opportunity to be a part of a close-knit residential faculty community where one lives on campus and works with students who board at the school. Residential Faculty members report to the Director of Residential Life and are responsible for duty of the girls at least one night a week and one weekend a month, including participating as a chaperone/sponsor or in some other capacity in aspects of the student life program.

Responsibilities

  • Create and implement academic and advising strategies that promote success and independence within a challenging college-preparatory curriculum.
  • Work well in a team environment and collaborate with other specialists to assist faculty with successful the implementation of pedagogical practices that support a universal learning environment.
  • Keep abreast of changes and advancements within the field of learning support, differentiation of instruction, and instructional best practices to foster and initiate innovative systems and structures within the school.
  • Research and implement various assistive technologies that help students to use their strengths to demonstrate their learning.
  • Track student progress, implement accommodation plans, provide and support the professional development of faculty and serve as a resource and model for all classroom teachers and administrators in best instructional practices for students with learning differences.
  • Provide data through the use of informal testing to students who are struggling academically.
  • Interpret the results of psycho-educational evaluations for teachers, parents, and students; help develop individualized learning plans for students based on findings.
  • Communicate and collaborate with parents, teachers, and outside professionals to implement appropriate supports and accommodations.
  • Create systems for ensuring ongoing testing and updating of profiles for students who are identified as gifted or learning challenged.
  • Observe other classes to appraise student learning and progress, instructional effectiveness, and the appropriate implementation of learning plans for individual students.
  • Provide consultation, counsel, and push-in support to teachers, as needed.
  • Maintain a current list of local educational services for testing and with the collaboration of the Division Heads, provide appropriate information, recommendations, and counsel to families needing this service.
  • Create study skills curriculum for 9th and 10th grade learning lab.
  • Offer faculty workshops/professional development as needed for individualized student needs.
  • Collaborate with Admission Office concerning prospective students.
  • Act as a testing coordinator for standardized testing on campus.
  • With administrative assistance, vet online school providers and support students electing to take on-line classes through selection, registration, pacing and reporting.
  • Provide resources for dorms to support learning and growth, time management, organization, and study skills.
  • Coordinate tutors who work on campus, including background checks, and master tutor list.
  • Assist with return to learn protocols for students having concussions or other medical issues.
  • Perform weekend and night responsibilities to support the life of the residential community and the academic program as required by your position or requested by your manager/supervisor.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by an employee in this position. Employees are required to follow other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by those authorized to give instructions or assignments.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in special education, psychology, or other related field and a minimum of three to five years of experience in a school setting developing and implementing accommodation plans or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of skills and strategies needed to support student academic development and achievement.
  • Be fluent in the language and assessment tools used in educational-psych and gifted evaluations
  • Have experience with informal diagnostic testing.
  • Demonstrate a nuanced understanding of learning challenges and gifted profiles as well as how to address them for optimal student achievement in a college preparatory environment,
  • Have previous experience in handling accommodations with the College Board and standardized testing.
  • Excellent interpersonal, collaborative, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Have a working knowledge of current reading practices, intervention strategies, systematic reading curriculum, language-based learning disabilities, and differentiated instruction including giftedness
  • Have the ability to work effectively, professionally and enthusiastically with children, parents, and teachers
  • Be self-directed and highly organized

 Physical Requirements and Work Environment

 May deal with stressful situations in the normal course of duties, including a wide variety of challenges, deadlines and a varied and diverse array of contacts

  • Work primarily in a traditional climate-controlled classroom/office environment
  • Be able to occasionally lift up to 30 pounds
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of times
  • Standing, bending, reaching and moving about to coordinate work
  • Regularly sit, talk, hear and interact with students, parents, employees, and visitors
  • May work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time

Saint Mary’s School is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive compensation and an excellent benefit package.  We cannot respond to every applicant regarding the status of his or her application.  Only those whose qualifications most closely meet our requirements will be contacted.

Saint Mary’s School is a drug-free workplace.  A background check satisfactory to the school is required.

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