Director of Academic and Learning Support
Professional Job Summary
The Director of Academic and Learning Support inspires excellence, responds to the needs of the time, and makes a positive difference by preparing young women to live with heart, faith, and courage in the Catholic tradition. The Director of Academic and Learning Support greatly values accepting uniqueness, awakening minds, and guiding students in the spirit of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet. The Director of Academic and Learning Support is responsible for the supervision and implementation of academic and learning support programs; retrieving data from multiple measures of assessment, and analyzing and responding to the unique conditions that apply to academic and learning support.
The Director of Academic and Learning Support models humble leadership, embraces possibility, and inspires an Esprit De Corps amongst students, parent guardians, colleagues, and community stakeholders.
The position requires working closely with Carondelet High School’s students, parent guardians, faculty and staff, community stakeholders, and at times outside professionals, to help meet the various needs and multiple challenges that relate to academic and learning success.
The Director of Academic and Learning Support exercises good judgement and sound decision making, is an inventive and critical thinker, is innovative, is technologically savvy, and an industrious leader of academic and learning support programs. In addition, the Director of Academic and Learning Support advances student development and learning, fosters community engagement, promotes diversity, inclusion, respect, and empowers students, faculty, and staff to thrive.
Essential Leadership Responsibilities
- Manages complex conversations, meetings, and crisis situations and deals with conflict proactively, responsively, and with balanced intent.
- Aptitude toward analyzing, solving, and interpreting problems, facilitating consensus decision making at meetings, organizing resources and events, and establishing priorities.
- Fosters a positive and supportive educational environment built on trust, safety of the whole child, and with mission and charism grounding all decision-making that precipitates parent guardian and student conferences, meetings, and academic and learning plans.
- Incorporates best practices, new and significant information, creative strategies and modalities in aiding the student, teacher, and parent guardian toward successful outcomes of interventions.
- Coordinates academic and learning programs for 9th, 10th and 11th, and 12th grade students. Monitors the academic and learning progress of each student and empowers each student to be self-regulated in their learning, as central advocates for meeting their personal academic and learning needs. Confers regularly with students regarding academic performance that needs improvement and discusses options and strategies to resolve issues and strategizes ways to increase and maintain academic success and positive learning outcomes.
- Works closely with the Learning Specialists in supporting Carondelet High School’s students, parent guardians, faculty and staff, and at times outside professionals, in meeting the various needs, successes, and challenges that relate to educational plans and learning styles/differences. In addition, supports the Learning Specialists in coordinating services for all students with documented learning disabilities.
- Monitors and evaluates the quality, depth, and scope of student educational plans, accommodations, medical, and or psychological diagnosis that impacts academics and learning.
- Works with the Vice-Principal of Student Affairs in creating the Department of Student, Academic, and Learning Affairs meetings by providing agendas, eliciting minutes, promoting professional and staff development opportunities, assessment and evaluation of department-wide programs, and covering academic issues, accommodation plans, and learning styles/needs/differences.
- Leads bi-monthly Student Success Intervention Team Meetings.
- Organizes and leads all Student Success Team (SST) Meetings. Is proficient in using digital documentation for various intervention forms and documentation.
- Maintains teacher’s electronic office hours as posted on Carondelet High School’s Website.
- Updates the Student, Academic, and Learning Department’s portion(s) of the website in collaboration with Carondelet High School’s Student Affairs Department members and with Carondelet High School’s Communication Manager as needed.
- Meets and reports weekly with Vice-Principal for Student Affairs for the purposes of communication and fostering academic and learning success while serving as an advocate for students and their families.
- Recommends students for academic probation in consultation with the Vice-Principal for Student Affairs and approval of the Principal.
- Monitors progress of students on academic probation, providing parents and school personnel with periodic reports. Notifies students and parents of all deficiencies in written and verbal form as it relates to placement on academic probation.
- Proactively creates and implements a plan of academic support for students on academic probation and confers with the Vice-Principal for Student Affairs on matters related to academic probation.
- Structures formal letters to student and parent guardian and documents all communication with such probation matters. Consults with the Athletic Director on a case by case basis regarding athletic probation and eligibility.
- Meets with students on academic probation on a weekly basis and encourages students to be advocates for their academic and learning success during the designated time period.
- Monitors the academic progress of each student and empowers each student to be self-regulated in their own learning and as central advocates for meeting their academic needs. The Academic Support Specialist interrelates with students to help them identify what is, and is not, working. Learning options are explored with each student and study skills are taught that enhance individual learning styles.
- Creates and executes a plan of academic support for students encountering medical diagnosis and communicates all information and results to the team, parent guardian, and designated faculty and staff.
- Retrieves and creates D and F reports on a weekly basis from student’s struggling with their academics and learning and supervises appropriate remediation of D/F grades toward graduation and college eligibility. Notifies students, parent guardians, and the Student Affairs Department members of all academic deficiencies.
- Creates and maintains an innovative program of study skills and related tutorials
- Assists Principal of summer session, primarily, in the role of Attendance Officer
- Manages, reports, and guides the (Return to Learn) Concussion Protocol
- Designs, leads, and implements the schedule for PSAT prep, ordering/organizing materials, packaging, and execution of the on campus PSAT for grades 10 and 11.
- Monitors students assigned to study hall. Provides direction and support for those students who may benefit from additional support.
- Confers with parent guardians of students on academic probation and/or in danger of academic disqualification at the conclusion of the third quarter. Provides necessary documentation and appropriate notification of possible dismissal for lack of academic progress.
- Refers students with academic deficiencies to the Vice-Principal for Student Affairs and Principal for review in June, recommending academic probation, or dismissal as appropriate.
- Arranges, participates, and often leads parent and student conferences, academic and learning meetings, transition meetings, and pulse meetings as requested by the student, parent guardian, and/or faculty and staff.
- Advises students in need of remediation and advancement about summer remediation opportunities. Is responsible for follow through with students about completion of necessary remediation. Works in concert with College and Career Advisors, and Carondelet High School’s Data Analyst with this follow-up.
- Works with the Data Analyst to collect and disseminate data that will lead to improved methodology and advising to ensure the success of all students.
The Director of Learning and Academic Support is an active listener, attentive problem solver, and exhibits higher order thinking skills that reflect invention and development. Confidentiality, self-actualization, compassion, and courage are vital virtues toward effective academic and learning outcomes. Communication and interpersonal skills are grounded in humility and sound judgment.
Please apply at: www.carondeleths.org