The Learning Specialist provides essential academic support to Episcopal students and their families so that students with learning challenges can flourish academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. Support from the Learning Specialist facilitates and encourages student self-advocacy, skill development, and the achievement of personal and academic goals. The Learning Specialist works in a highly collaborative environment and partners with students, parents, teachers, administration, and outside providers to effectively support students, understand individual needs, and facilitate student success. This is a full-time 10-month position.
Duties and Responsibilities
Direct Student Support
Provide one-on-one and small-group support/instruction to students based on documented learning needs
Identify and develop student skills and resources to maximize student success
Support students with learning differences by providing intervention and remediation in areas such as learning strategies, organization, study skills, and overcoming academic and personal challenges
Make appropriate referrals for students and families to tutoring and other professional service providers
Proctor assessments as needed
Serve as Student Services liaison to prospective new students
Partner with teachers and advisors to: 1) identify effective strategies that meet the needs of students, 2) assist with implementation of appropriate classroom and testing accommodations, and 3) provide resources, assistance, advice, and training to help faculty meet the diverse needs of learners
Coordinate completion of teacher evaluation forms and review of completed psycho-educational evaluations with parents, students, teachers, and providers
Create, share, and maintain accommodation plans based on psycho-educational evaluation documentation and students’ specific learning needs
Coordinate and facilitate parent meetings and/or parent-teacher conferences as needed to discuss student progress
Collaborate with other ESJ departments including Financial Aid and Admissions to foster a supportive student learning environment that includes appropriate accommodations
Develop and maintain communication and documentation protocols related to academic support
Maintain communication with outside providers as needed
Actively participate in committee, department, and staff meetings as well as school-sponsored events that would benefit from your areas of expertise
Support accommodations process for standardized testing from application to administration
Remain current with accepted and appropriate instructional theory, practice and research
Engage in regular and strategic professional development to advance the role of the Learning Specialist (including local and national seminars and conferences)
Perform other duties as determined by the Director of Student Services
Bachelor’s degree in exceptional education or related field from a regionally accredited college or university. Master’s degree preferred.
At least three years of experience as a learning specialist or in a related role. Independent school experience preferred.
Familiarity with legal responsibilities of independent schools related to accommodations.
Ability and desire to collaborate with faculty, staff, administrators, and parents.
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
Positive attitude, flexible approach, and a sense of humor.
Founded in 1966, Episcopal School of Jacksonville has distinguished itself as the finest college preparatory school in North Florida. Located on 88 acres along the beautiful St. Johns River, Episcopal provides a challenging educational experience for students of all backgrounds in grades 6 through 12.
The mission of Episcopal is to provide a superior college-preparatory education in an environment marked by high expectation, Christian nurture, and social diversity. Through a balanced program of academics, arts and athletics, Episcopal’s faculty seeks to stimulate in each student intellectual growth, character development, responsible leadership, and a commitment to community service.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, a resume, and a list of references to: firstname.lastname@example.org