The Brearley School, an independent girls’ school serving over 700 students K-XII, seeks candidates for the position of Head of the Learning Skills Department.
Founded in 1884, the school is a center of intellectual exuberance, attracting students from across and beyond New York City. Its mission has long combined outstanding academics with an insistence on larger purpose: we seek to prepare our students for principled engagement in the world.
The mission of the Learning Skills Department is to ensure that every student receives the support she needs to have a successful educational experience at Brearley. The department provides assistance to students in all three divisions who are at risk for reading or math difficulties (Lower School) or who are currently having academic difficulties with language acquisition (Middle and Upper School). Members of the department, including the Head, teach Language Arts (Classes K- IV), reading, writing, and study and organizational skills (IV - VIII), and may work individually with students in all three divisions.
The Head of the Department is an excellent teacher who is well informed of current scholarship and best practices in language arts and remediation. Ease and excellence in spoken and written English are essential, as are supervisory and human skills. Empathy, discretion and flexibility are important qualities, as is the ability to listen. Brearley teachers love to teach students who love to learn. They have the wisdom and skill to spark in students the ability to think critically and creatively. We count on our faculty to maintain an atmosphere of honesty and genuine respect for the thoughts of others. We actively seek to build, nurture and sustain a diverse faculty and student body.
Administrative duties include:
Running meetings of the department at appropriate intervals to discuss curriculum, professional development opportunities, and departmental and school matters;
Meeting monthly with other department heads and administrators with the expectation that the Head will represent the opinions of the department to the school leadership and to the larger community; meeting regularly with the Assistant Head of School for Academic Life;
Meeting weekly with the Lower School Child Study Team and with the Middle School Child Study Team to discuss needs of students and provide teachers with intervention strategies; serving on the Accommodations Committee;
Oversee standardized testing in Classes III-VIII;
Providing support to the members of the department, according to their needs, in areas regarding curriculum development, scholarly interests, teaching strategies, collegial relations, evaluation and counseling of students, and meeting with them on an individual basis to facilitate personal and departmental business;
Assigning teaching duties in consultation with the members of the department and the Assistant Head of School for Academic Life;
Managing the hiring of new teachers and mentoring new hires;
Evaluating department members in accordance with the school’s evaluation process;
Managing departmental business, including book ordering, record-keeping, assignment of coverage, departmental review and other duties as necessary
The Brearley School is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to hiring exceptional, dedicated teachers of diverse backgrounds. We consider qualified individuals for employment with the School regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability or any other state or federal protected classification.
We seek candidates with an advanced degree as a learning specialist and at least six years of experience.
About The Brearley School
The Brearley School, an independent school for girls, was founded in 1884 to provide its students with a college-preparatory education equal in rigor to that of boys, and, in the words of the mission statement today, to prepare them for “active responsible citizenship in a democratic society.” Within a highly articulated 13-year curriculum, and with a 6:1 student-faculty ratio, teaching methods are varied, flexible and pragmatic, taking into account individual patterns of development and ways of learning. The School’s program is designed to challenge eager, able students intellectually, and to give each one the opportunity to gain competence, self-reliance and self-knowledge through academic achievement as well as experience in the visual and performing arts, sports, community service and a wide variety of extracurricular activities.
Brearley’s K-12 enrollment is divided into Lower School, Middle School and Upper School, and consists of about 690 students from throughout the New York metropolitan area who represent a diversity of backgrounds, experiences and points of view.