Founded in 2012, ESLA is an independent, college-preparatory day school serving grades six through twelve. Our core virtues are Generosity, Integrity, Curiosity, and Courage. Over half of our students’ tuition expense is made possible through donor-funded scholarships. This generosity and philosophy allow the school to recruit and enroll the brightest, most dedicated students from all walks of life. Now in our seventh year, we are growing a community that reflects the vibrant diversity of Los Angeles. Our academic model is enhanced by the belief that one of the most important educational tools for any young person is the collaboration and camaraderie of peers from different backgrounds—peers who have stories and perspectives to share, the stuff of life that simply cannot be gleaned from a textbook. For further information about the school, go to www.es-la.com.
What we are looking for . . .
The Episcopal School of Los Angeles is seeking a Learning Specialist that has an unshakable commitment to student success and has experience developing strong professional relationships with students and families. The Learning Specialist Provides direct care and program planning for the academic and emotional development of students so that they can thrive in an academically challenging environment. Inspires students through passion and empathy and exudes a love for teaching and learning.
The ideal ESLA candidate has:
An abiding passion and experience working with a diverse student body,
Leveraged technology to enhance student achievements,
Expertise in differentiating instruction for a heterogeneous study body,
Demonstrated success with different adolescent needs across grades 6-8.
Reports to: Head of School, Dean of Academics, Dean of Students
Direct Supervisor: Dean of Academics
Implement an (academic) Response to Intervention approach to assess and support students and teachers in diverse classroom environments
Read and interpret psycho-educational evaluations for parents, teachers, and students when needed
Develop learning plans for students with diagnosed learning differences
Collaborate with administrators, classroom teachers, parents, and outside educational therapists to support students with learning differences
Teach and support faculty to provide differentiated learning in the classroom through one-on-one meetings, department/divisional meetings, and professional development workshops
Communicate proactively with parents/guardians regarding student challenges and progress
Organize and coordinate parent education initiatives
Coordinate in-house accommodations and ensure plans are in place and maintained with testing agencies (College Board, ACT, etc.)
Advise the Admissions Director to assist the school in identifying students that would be well-served at ESLA
Teach academic study skills and/or resource class
Assist in implementing and SST process for students
Coordinate Spanish language translation when necessary
Work with Director of College counseling to ensure that academic counseling in aligned with college needs
Builds strong professional relationships with students and families
School Based Counseling
Completes weekly documentation of student counseling sessions
Adheres to school’s internal referral process, and ensure that there is parent and student consent for regular counseling session
Maintains an organized list of students on their caseload
Understands and exercises confidentiality with regard to student personal and educational information
Provide supportive, cognitive-behavioral, and other research-based, short-term counseling in one-on-one setting to support students academic success, as needed
Utilizes a referral network of outside professionals and refer students/families to the Chaplain or mental health professionals as needed
Work with the Chaplain to develop school-wide responses to critical incidents and worth with Chaplain during pastoral emergencies or critical incidents to provide app[ropriate care, response, and referral
Every member of the ESLA faculty and leadership team plays a role in arts, athletics, and the after-school program. These responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, working in the following capacity:
All members of the ESLA community are also expected to participate in the Student Life program and attend community events as a representative of the school. These responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, working in the following capacity:
Student Council Sponsor
Attendance at chapel, commons, lunch, and community programs
Attendance at Admissions Open Houses and other events as necessary
All or most of the following:
Bachelor’s Degree in related field of study.
Experience designing and implementing processes for students with learning needs
A desire to work in a creative, collaborative, innovative environment.
Written statement that includes, at a minimum, answers to the following:
How do you view the role of a learning specialist within 6-12 schools? What dynamics do you find most challenging?
Why do you enjoy working with grade 6-12 students and faculty?
In what ways does equity or inclusion inform your own identity and work? How have you demonstrated commitment to inclusion work, and how would you see yourself demonstrating it here?
How would your understanding of the Episcopal tradition inform your contribution to the school’s culture and climate?
What are you eager to learn and develop in yourself as you grow in this profession?
Write the name of the position for which you are applying in the subject line of your email.
This is a full-time, exempt position. Diverse and traditionally underrepresented candidates are encouraged to apply.
The Episcopal School of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.
About The Episcopal School of Los Angeles
Serving students in 6-12th grade, The Episcopal School of Los Angeles is a city school founded in the heart of Hollywood. We are looking for bright, hardworking, creative teachers and staff members who are interested in being a part of a pioneering generation of educators. Technology and ethics play a central role in our culture. As an Episcopal School, we are an inclusive community that welcomes people from all backgrounds. Unlike traditional independent schools, 75% of our students receive financial aid. As a result, we offer one of the most diverse communities in the independent school market.