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 has a unique and exciting opportunity for a full-time, year-round, Director of Learning Support Services to join our faculty and work on our beautiful historic campus for the 2017-18 year. 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 oversee all of the school’s efforts to ensure the academic success of every Saint Mary’s student. This position will develop, implement, and oversee academic support plans for students who are identified and diagnosed with learning differences to include both the learning challenged and gifted prognosis. 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.
The Director of Learning Support Services will:
- Create and implement academic and advising strategies that promote success and independence within a challenging college-preparatory curriculum
- Work well in a team 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
- Establish entry and exit criteria, tracking student progress, developing and implementing instructional plans, providing and supporting the professional development of faculty and serving 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
- Teach up to two classes
- Assist classroom teachers in selecting, locating, and securing instructional materials and developing skills and techniques for diverse learning styles
- Offer faculty workshops/professional development as needed for individualized student needs
- Collaborate with Admission Office concerning prospective students
- Oversee all standardized testing accommodations (preparation and implementation) for CTP IV, wRAP, PSAT, SAT, ACT, and the College Board, etc.
The ideal candidate will have experience working as a learning specialist in a rigorous academic environment. Preference will be given to candidates with specialized training and direct instruction experience in literacy (reading and writing), math, and those with a history of providing effective intervention and support services for students.
Saint Mary’s School is an equal opportunity employer offering a competitive compensation and 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.