Title: High School Learning Specialist
Department: High School
Founded in 1881 by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, the Academy of the Holy Names is a Catholic, coeducational elementary school and a college preparatory high school for young women. The Academy of the Holy Names empowers students to be authentic individuals who engage in independent thought, are inspired by creativity, and lead culturally aware, spiritually rich lives.
High School Learning Specialist
Employment Opportunity: The Academy of the Holy Names seeks a High School Learning Specialist for the 2021-2022 school year. This is a full-time, 10-month position commencing in October 2021. The Learning Specialist works with the principal, assistant principal, guidance counselors, and classroom teachers to provide programs for students who are experiencing learning difficulties and require individual, specific assistance.
1. Bachelor's degree in special education/exceptional student education; Master's degree preferred.
2. Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Certification (or eligible for certification in Florida).
3. Support the mission and goals of the Sisters of the Holy Names and the initiatives set forth by the AHN Board of Trustees.
4. Previous classroom teaching experience in the general and/or special education setting.
1. Knowledge of a variety of IQ tests and other assessment instruments.
2. Understanding of nationally standardized testing programs and how students qualify for special consideration.
3. Understanding of current research in best teaching practices for varying learners.
4. Strong organizational, administrative, and leadership skills.
5. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively orally and in writing.
6. Ability to work with a broad spectrum of age groups.
7. Assists in identifying students' needs through appraisal, consultation with teachers, observations, etc.
8. Administers and interprets standardized tests.
9. Conducts a separate testing session for the annual administering of school-wide standardized tests.
10. Is responsible for determining eligibility for and coordinating all standardized testing procedures for all students who request special accommodations.
11. Coordinates the creation of a plan of action (student support plan) for individual students.
12. Coordinates the designing and implementation of tutorial programs for students with identified learning difficulties.
13. Assists teachers in implementing instructional strategies to meet the needs of individual students with learning difficulties.
14. Provides leadership for teachers in identifying and addressing special student needs.
15. Monitors the implementation of student support plans.
16. Observes students in a classroom setting.
17. Provides teachers and parents with consultant services and resource information regarding specific student needs.
18. Evaluates students' progress regularly in consultation with teachers.
19. Holds meetings with parents and teachers of students with special learning needs.
20. Communicates regularly with parents and teachers of students with special learning needs.
21. Collaborates with the guidance counselors and administration regarding the total well-being of students with special needs.
22. Assists in the referral process of individual students with a possible special learning need to available community agencies, when necessary and share appropriate information with counselors and teachers.
23. In collaboration with the curriculum specialist and administration develops and implements specialized in-service programs on specific learning needs and other topics associated with special learning needs.
24. Conducts short-term small group, in-class instruction of compensatory techniques, and building foundational knowledge and skills.
25. Assists individual students with organizational, test-taking, and study skills.
26. Maintains accurate, complete records of any special instructional needs of individual students.
27. Maintains accurate, up-to-date information regarding the available services offered by public and private agencies that assist and remediate students with special learning needs.
28. Participates in professional growth activities at the local, state, and national levels.
29. Perform such tasks and assume other responsibilities as may be assigned by the principal.
No phone calls, please.
The Academy of the Holy Names does not discriminate on the basis of any class protected by federal, state, or local law in its hiring process nor in the administration of educational policies, admission policies or tuition-assistance programs, athletics, or other school-administered programs. The school admits students of any aforementioned protected class, and gives to all students rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to all members of the student body. In accordance with its mission, the school seeks a diverse population. The Academy of the Holy Names is a designated drug-free workplace. Offers of employment are contingent upon passing a drug screening and criminal background check.