New England Innovation Academy seeks an inspiring middle and high school Learning Support Coordinator who will help develop students’ passions and curiosities and enable them to think deeply about the world. We seek a dynamic Learning Support Coordinator who inspires students and works collaboratively and creatively with colleagues in various curricular areas across grades 6-12. Candidates should also have a love of teaching middle and high school students.
Reporting to the Dean of Community Life, the Learning Support Coordinator will serve as a thought partner and collaborator to the Social Emotional Coordinator in the creation of the NEIA Wellness Center, the execution of the formal wellbeing curriculum, and other initiatives, and to the Dean of Faculty and faculty advisors concerning accommodations, and other learning support matters.
The Learning Support Coordinator serves as a member of the faculty. Faculty at NEIA encourage collaborative teamwork in the classroom, teaching students to communicate effectively and thoughtfully, justify their reasoning, and consider multiple perspectives when solving problems. Faculty invest in the life of the school by participating in the advisory program, social and emotional learning, weekly department meetings and multidisciplinary team meetings, anti-bias training, residential life when we include boarding students, and any and all aspects that support the student experience. Faculty are responsible for creating and maintaining a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential and accomplish the learning goals of NEIA.
Embodying NEIA’s principles of empathy, equity, personalization, authentic work, and collaboration in all work activities and actions;
Supporting classroom teachers by sharing expertise and recommending instruction strategies, particularly with accommodations to address student learning barriers, diversify access to the curriculum and multi-level learning;
Working effectively with advisors to empower students to achieve personal and educational goals;
Liaising with educational psychologists and specialist services;
Meeting with parents/guardians, inviting their participation and support, and making them feel comfortable and valued as part of the educational team;
Helping struggling students to overcome or work around challenges that interfere with learning and develop the self-confidence and independence necessary to reach their potential;
Reviewing student records, psychoeducational testing, and sharing pertinent information with classroom teachers;
Using a variety of assessment procedures to gather additional information necessary to determine appropriate interventions and programming;
Coordinate and facilitate team meetings for the annual review of goals for students in need of individualized learning plans
Serving as a resource and information source for faculty;
Establishing a system of files, records, and documentation that is professional, efficient, and accountable.
The ideal candidate possesses the following competencies:
Ability to work with professionalism, discretion, sound judgment, equity, honesty, and personal accountability at all times;
Proficient knowledge of teaching strategies and methods;
Ability to incorporate goals, competencies, and objectives into lesson plans in ways that directly apply to student’s lives;
Critical thinking skills;
Strengths-based approach to addressing learning barriers;
Ability to create a welcoming and supportive community for a diverse study body;
Strong written and verbal communication skills;
Exceptional administrative and organization skills;
Uses technology effectively in teaching, learning, and administrative functions;
Ability to efficiently and effectively manage the time of self and others.
Required education and experience:
Special Education license recognized in MA preferred;
At least three years of experience in a residential or day school setting a plus;
Demonstrated experience in a supervisory role a plus;
Knowledge of legal standards in compliance with state and federal laws, as well as an ability to maintain appropriate confidentiality is essential.
At least three years of experience.
This 10-month, full-time faculty position begins in August 2021. The founding faculty will also be compensated additionally for fleshing out the curriculum and program for up to two weeks in July.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume/CV to Ayla Gavins, Director of Faculty Recruitment and Development, at [email protected]. Candidates who advance in the process will be asked to submit additional materials, including two or three on-demand short written responses to prompts that flow from our Mission/Vision; a recording of a lesson taught this past year or if this is not available, a sample lesson taught to members of the NEIA team, and in the final stage of the process the contact information for three professional references.
About New England Innovation Academy
The New England Innovation Academy (NEIA) is preparing the next generation of innovators to pursue their dreams and shape a better world. A brand new global school for day and boarding students in grades 6-12, NEIA prepares young innovators with a future-focused curriculum, human-centered design, and real-world inclusion. Students connect Passion to Purpose, bring Ideas to Impact, and graduate prepared for what’s Next. Students create a unique PIN to the change they want to see in a rapidly evolving world. We invite you to learn more about NEIA by visiting the school’s website at https://neiacademy.org.
Diversity is essential to NEIA’s existence as a place of innovation. To innovate, you must feel you belong. As a human-centered design community, we work toward every NEIA innovator feeling a sense of belonging at school. The diverse community and inclusive culture supported by a social justice curriculum empower NEIA innovators to act for equity and not be passive or passersby in the face of inequity. NEIA innovators are empowered by inclusion in a diverse community, which strives for equity by putting into action relevant social justice programs. We value creating the same experience for our staff and invite you to join our community.