The Director of Learning Support Services oversees all of the School’s efforts to ensure the academic success of every Packer student, including our most fragile learners.
- Acting as the public face of the department, communicating effectively with colleagues, students, parents, and other key constituencies about the department’s philosophy, vision, offerings, challenges, and measures of success and representing the department in deliberations on and execution of school-wide decisions.
- Overseeing and supervising instructional and related student support services (K-12) in all three divisions, including the direct supervision of seven learning specialists.
- Establishing entry and exit criteria; tracking student progress; developing and implementing instructional plans; providing and supporting the professional development of faculty; and serving as a resource and model for all classroom teachers and administrators in best instructional practices for students with special learning needs.
- Overseeing the implementation of student accommodations within each of the three divisions and assisting families applying for testing accommodations for college entrance.
- Coordinating, collaborating and facilitating horizontal and vertical communication between and among Lower, Middle and Upper School Division Heads, deans, and parents.
- Keeping abreast of changes and advancements within the field of special education, differentiation of instruction, and instructional best practices to foster and initiate innovative systems and structures within the department.
- Coordinating student testing and psychological services and supporting the respective division heads in their supervision of school psychologists.
- Assuring smooth transitions for and appropriate support of students from Lower to Middle and Middle to Upper School.
- Assuming primary responsibility for the hiring, supervision, and evaluation of all learning specialists K-12 and serving in the dual capacity of Learning Skills Department Head.
- Creating and implementing a departmental budget that provides for classroom materials, professional conferences, speakers, programs, and other instructional needs for learning specialists in collaboration with the three division heads.
- Planning and leading department meetings that articulate a vision for the department, as well as setting and accomplishing annual departmental goals in collaboration with department members.
- Acquainting new faculty with departmental practices.
- Performing such other duties as determined by the Head of School.
The work year for this administrative position is July 1 to June 30, with four weeks of summer vacation and one week each at Winter and Spring breaks.
NYS certification in the field of special education and a minimum of five years of experience working with students with varied learning differences are required.
The successful candidate will have exceptional oral and written communication skills, the ability to relate successfully with both children and adults, and the capacity to build trust and collaborate effectively with parents and colleagues,
Packer is deeply committed to diversity and an inclusive curriculum and community. We actively encourage applications from candidates with broad and diverse backgrounds and from individuals of all races, nationalities, and beliefs.
Please send cover letter and resume to hr@Packer.edu with "Support" in the subject line of the e-mail.