Demonstrates support of the school’s mission and policies
Consistently models The Benjamin School values
Builds positive interpersonal relationships with colleagues by establishing effective communication through listening, responsiveness, openness, availability, and approachability
Takes initiative and ownership in displaying positive work ethic and behaviors and encourages this attitude in others
Maintains proficiency in the field through personal and professional development that strengthens the role and the school
Creates a warm, welcoming environment in the Learning Lab for students, parents, faculty, and staff
Meets weekly with the Student Services Counselors
Accepts feedback from the Director of Student Services and the Head of Lower School
Maintains confidentiality and student integrity
Provides direct service to students in need of support, as determined through educational testing, recommendation of a licensed professional, and/or referral from a teacher or Student Services; understands psycho-educational evaluations and uses them to inform instructional goals
Works closely and collaboratively with other Student Services personnel, faculty, and outside professionals (ex. psychologists, speech-language pathologists, etc.) in order to identify and support students with learning differences/needs
Interprets and facilitates implementation of academic recommendations in psycho-educational testing reports; maintains learning profiles for students based upon related accommodation recommendations and develops detailed lesson objectives for these students that align with their learning profiles and demonstrated needs; composes reports as needed
Acts as a resource for faculty in the development and implementation of strategies and accommodations to compensate for learning deficits, and helps coordinate their delivery
Communicates effectively with parents and teachers in a timely manner regarding students relative to identification, progress monitoring, and assessment results; leads parent meetings to discuss learning objectives and strategies
Provides ongoing support and training to faculty in regards to such things as differentiated instruction, universal design, and other strategic interventions
Creates systems that aid all students in executive functioning and organizational skills
Effectively incorporates principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and classroom culture
Models and reinforces the Lower School Code of Conduct and Benjamin Values
Attends faculty meetings, grade-level meetings, grade-level parent gatherings, admissions testing, Open House, Back to School Nights, and other school-wide events
Completes all work and assigned tasks in a timely, efficient, accurate, and organized manner
Performs other duties as assigned
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to prioritize and work independently and address several challenges simultaneously
Possession of pleasant and collaborative style in the workplace including professional attitude
Ability to communicate effectively with all constituents in a school environment
Well versed in technology, various software suites and office equipment related to the position
Ability to maintain confidential information
Effective managerial techniques and approaches; positive leadership style
Ability to prioritize and delegate tasks
Education and Experience
Master’s degree or higher in Special Education and experience in specialized instructional practices and in working with students with learning differences
Minimum of 5 years teaching with classroom experience instructing students with learning differences
Training and certification in Orton-Gillingham or Wilson Language Program preferred
Experience in assessment and test interpretation; knowledge of standardized and informal assessments used in the diagnosis of reading, writing, and math disorders
Familiarity with independent school settings is an advantage
Physical and Work Requirements:
Prolonged periods of time sitting at a desk and working on a computer
Occasional movement about the office and lift and/or move up to 15 pounds
Ability to work in excess of 8 hours a day, as well as evening and weekend hours as necessary for events and projects
Travel required for meetings, events, professional development
Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.
Please email a resume and letter of interest to [email protected]. Please, no telephone calls.
About The Benjamin School
General Information: The Benjamin School is an independent, non-affiliated day school for 3-year-old pre-kindergarten to 12th-grade students in Palm Beach County. The School resides on two campuses; the 14 acre Lower and Middle School campus in North Palm Beach and the 50 acre Upper School campus in Palm Beach Gardens. Approximately 155 teachers and associates are responsible for about 1060 students. The Lower School currently serves 455 students in grades Pre-K 3 through 5; the Middle School enrolls 203 in grades 6-8, and the Upper School has 403 students in grades 9-12. The School’s rigorous and varied program prepares its students for acceptance to 4-year colleges.
The Benjamin School’s core is academics, with a balanced emphasis on athletics and the arts. The Lower School challenges students with an academic program that includes, among other strong elements, highly developed research-based instruction in language arts and mathematics and a strong Pre-K 3 to 5th-grade world language program. In the Middle School students are challenged with a wide variety of college preparatory courses including advanced world language instruction, Algebra I and Geometry and advanced ...science programs. At the Upper School campus, the faculty offers courses on three levels: regular, honors, and AP.
Each May the School administers 600 or more AP examinations to all of the students enrolled in its 22 AP courses. In May 2017 eighty percent of those tests received qualifying scores of at least a 3, and 89 percent of the students taking the tests earned at least one 3 or better. More than 200 students took one or more AP exam. The Upper School also has more than 50-semester electives. Students can study Spanish, French, and Mandarin Chinese to satisfy their language requirement.
In all three divisions, students have many opportunities to be involved in dance, instrumental (including strings) and vocal music, drama, and the visual arts. Students in all three divisions also have a physical education program, and those in the Middle and Upper Schools must participate in one or more team sports.
The School makes extensive use of technology in its programs. All classrooms have an interactive whiteboard (Smartboard or Epson), and all computers on both campuses have internet access via school-wide Wireless access. The third, fourth, and fifth-grade students bring iPads to school each day. The Middle School has a BYOD program, and in the Upper School, all students own and use laptops or iPads. The School also provides specialized computers for video editing, digital graphics, desktop publishing, and the computer lab.
Mission Statement: The mission of The Benjamin School is to provide a challenging college preparatory education to a diverse student body in a structured, nurturing community environment. The School motivates students to master the skills of learning, communicating and evaluating choices, encourages them to grow intellectually, socially, morally, aesthetically, and physically to their fullest individual potential. Benjamin inspires in its students a coherent set of values that include a love of learning, personal responsibility, self-motivation, concern for others and a desire to serve society.