JOB GOAL / PURPOSE: The role of the Director of Student Support Services is to evaluate and enhance the effectiveness of Student Support Services at ISB, provide leadership and technical assistance to EAL and learning support throughout the school, and assist in developing and maintaining related school policies and procedures. ISB is becoming a more inclusive school with plans to launch an Intensive Needs program in Elementary School (Grades 3-5) in the next two years. The school is looking for someone who ideally has had experience teaching and/or leading in an inclusive setting, and who is deeply passionate and highly committed to inclusive practices.
DUTIES / RESPONSIBILITIES:
Administration • Provide oversight and ensure continuity of Student Support Services programs and processes PreK-12 • Strengthen the effectiveness and interconnectedness of EAL, counseling, and learning support services at ISB through…
Enhanced consistency of referral process across divisions
Enhanced identification and screening of children with special needs
Enhanced transition of students from division to division
Facilitation of SSS quarterly meetings
• Assist principals in clarifying and communicating the process of student referrals, support services, and cessation of services for students to be exited from programs • Participate in the recruitment, selection, assignment and evaluation of learning support personnel and the School Psychologist • Recommend policies, programs and procedures essential to the needs of children • Assist administrators in developing and maintaining related school policies and procedures • Develop a budget for Student Support Services.
Consultation • Consult and support teachers, parents and administrators regarding healthy and effective ways of dealing with problems in learning and behavior • Consult with the School Psychologist (a direct report), learning support and guidance personnel to develop interventions based on individual student needs • Help teachers, parents and administrators to understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior • Serve on the Admissions committee for admission decisions as needed • Help students effectively utilize the educational opportunities of the school • Participate on the Child Safeguarding and Crisis Management teams • Provide Student Support Services Program orientation to new students, their parents, and new teachers
Community Liaison • Help foster tolerance, understanding and appreciation of diversity in the school community • Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to create a healthy school culture • Update teachers and parents about the activities of Student Support Services • Process referrals to external agencies/professionals as needed • Serve as a liaison with community agencies providing support services to students and parents.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
• Master’s Degree or higher preferably in educational administration or special education • Experience in coordinating or providing oversight of Student Support Services programs and processes including EAL and special education • Experience with inclusive practices and/or programs • Experience of managing a team • Excellent written and verbal communication skills • Strong team facilitation and problem-solving skills • Cross cultural experience/understanding a definite plus
About The International School of Beijing
Igniting a Passion for Learning, Caring for All, Impacting Lives
The International School of Beijing aspires to be an adaptive, inspirational, forward-looking learning community, cultivating relationships that ignite each student's passion for lifelong-learning. We will nurture the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional developme...nt of each child. We will embrace change, inspire creativity and foster innovation. We will actively promote global understanding and respect within and between cultures. Our community will model integrity and seek opportunities to serve with compassion and conviction.
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