Collegiate School seeks an energetic and committed Chair of Upper School Academic Services to work closely with the faculty and administration of the division to support students with identified learning differences. The Chair reports to the Assistant Head of the Upper School and supervises the other learning specialist in the Upper School. This is a full-time, 10-month, benefited faculty position.
Monitor the progress of all students receiving support from Academic Services and pro-actively communicate important updates regarding the student.
Meet with students and parents to discuss accommodations that a student will receive.
Work with students individually and in small groups to improve specific academic skills in reading, writing, and math.
Teach students to use active learning strategies to practice and review class content for assessments.
Teach and consistently review executive functioning skills, such as organization of notes and materials, time management, organization of assignments and planning for assessments and assignments
Create or update Academic Services Plans (ASP) for every student with a diagnosed learning difference.
Meet with teachers to discuss diagnoses, accommodations, support, and plans to help students grow.
Work collaboratively with grade level teachers to provide coaching and support for differentiation in the classroom.
Coordinate Return to Learn plans for any concussed or otherwise injured student.
Initiate and participate in transition meetings with Middle School Academic Services for rising 9th grade students.
Administer diagnostic tests to determine if referral for third-party testing is needed.
Maintain a list of possible outside evaluators for assessments and screenings as well as a current list of providers for speech and occupational therapy.
Meet with tutors to discuss regulations and expectations for tutoring on campus.
Work with colleagues to develop professional development programs that support learning differenced students.
Serve as a member of the Upper School Student Support Team (SST).
Team with members of K-12 Academic Services team to coordinate process and policy for academic support services.
Communicate directly with students, parents and college counselors regarding admission applications, disclosing disability information to admissions or other college departments, and information about support programs available at colleges and universities.
Serve as the SSD Coordinator for College Board and Lead Coordinator for ACT.
Serve as an Upper School advisor.
Other duties as assigned by Upper School Head.
Qualities of a successful candidate will include:
A Master's degree in Special Education/Learning Disabilities, or a related field, and a minimum of three years of experience working in a classroom setting with children with needs.
Experience in assessing and teaching children with learning differences.
Significant knowledge of learning disabilities, the ability to interpret results of IQ, achievement, and learning disability diagnostic tests.
Ability to develop strong rapport with students.
Interpersonal skills for communicating effectively with and supporting all members of the Collegiate community, including students, parents, faculty and staff.
Enthusiasm for professional growth.
Ability to maintain accurate records and confidentiality.
Experience in and commitment to the ongoing development and maintenance of an inclusive campus community.
Collegiate School is an independent, JK-12 college preparatory, coeducational school with over 1,600 students in Richmond, VA. The School is a community of learners committed to seeking and welcoming students, faculty and staff who represent the multicultural community and world in which we live. We believe that the education we offer in our school is greatly enhanced when many traditions, backgrounds, and perspectives are given expression in school activities. We aspire to create an inclusive environment that promotes engaged citizenship and encouragescompassionate leadership. Our concept of diversity and multiculturalism is dynamic and serves a vision at Collegiate where all members of the community find in our school a sense of belonging and a supportive place to reach their full potential.
The School is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender (including pregnancy), age, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, veteran or military status, marital status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law. Employment decisions at the School are based on merit, qualifications and skills.
Collegiate School is an equal opportunity employer.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About Collegiate School
Collegiate School is an independent, JK-12 college preparatory, coeducational school with over 1,600 students in Richmond, VA. The School’s mission is to create a diverse and inclusive community of learners committed to a challenging and supportive educational experience that will foster the intellectual, moral, emotional, and physical development of each student.