Oak Hall School is seeking a dynamic and collaborative Learning Specialist to join our Middle School team. The Learning Specialist will support and enhance the academic experience of students in the Middle School, with primary emphasis on serving students with academic and social-emotional learning differences. The Learning Specialist will provide support to the entire Middle School community through instruction, professional development, and parent resources.We invite well-qualified candidates to apply for this position which will begin August 2018.
Provide Faculty and Staff with general training on various learning styles, learning differences, and learning challenges
Train Faculty and Staff on learning strategies that can be utilized to successfully manage these differences and difficulties within the classroom setting
Be a resource for Faculty, Staff, and parents on learning differences and differentiated instruction
In collaboration with Faculty, parents, and Team Leaders, identify students experiencing learning or behavioral social-emotional difficulties
Work collaboratively with Faculty, parents, and Specialists in the Lower School, to ensure that students in fifth grade are prepared for a smooth transition to Middle School
Observe identified/referred students in their regular classroom settings
Assess the students’ individual skills and difficulties in consultation with teacher, parents, and others, as appropriate
Develop individualized Student Action Plans for identified students, as appropriate
Assist teachers to implement individual Student Action Plans and other strategies to ensure improved learning of identified students balanced with the learning needs of the other students
Recommend/refer students for formal evaluations, as needed, and liaise with outside professionals
Work with individual teachers and grade level teams to adapt lessons to meet the needs of students
Communicate clearly and regularly with parents of students being directly served
Work closely with the teachers and administration to ensure coordination of appropriate messaging regarding students with learning differences
Monitor the progress of identified students and evaluate strategies for effectiveness
Document and discontinue non-effective strategies and modify Student Action Plans as needed
Participate in parent meetings, as needed
Participate in grade and team level meetings, as needed
Keep accurate, thorough, and confidential records of all support services and communications
Develop and maintain a keen understanding of laws, policies, procedures, and ethical standards as related to the needs of students with learning differences
Stay abreast of current research and research-based practices on learning differences, strategies, and interventions
Support and advance the mission of Oak Hall School
Serve as a mentor and advocate for your students
Be a role model of integrity and professionalism
Work positively and professionally with all constituencies of the school
Meet regular and predictable attendance requirements, including attending division and other school meetings, professional days, and other required events
Adhere to School policies as described in the Employee Handbook and other materials
Well qualified candidates will possess the following credentials, talents, commitment, and comportment:
Master’s Degree in Education or major in similar/related focus, required
A minimum of 5 years of experience in a learning support, resource specialist or related role
Ability to effectively communicate the needs, services, and accommodations of students to both faculty and parents with confidence, tact, and genuine compassion and empathy
Experience in individual student case management preferred
A keen understanding of the developmental and social-emotional needs of Middle School students
Working Knowledge of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, including Individual Education Plans, 504 plans, etc.
Strong knowledge of learning resources, working knowledge of assistive technologies
Ability to cultivate a professional referral network of learning specialists, mental health professionals, and other outside experts
Experience in an independent school setting is a plus
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
A high degree of professionalism, collegiality, and personal conduct, both in and outside of school
Ability, willingness, and judgment to communicate thoroughly, accurately, and concisely with all constituents in the school community
Enthusiasm and commitment to the vision and mission of the School
Oak Hall School offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including insurance, paid leave, professional development opportunities, tuition remission, and a robust 403(b) retirement plan with generous employer matching contributions.
Candidates who wish to be considered for this position should complete our online application available at oakhall.org/employment and click on "Current Openings". Please be prepared to upload a cover letter, resume, and copies of transcript(s).
Oak Hall School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Thank you for your interest in Oak Hall School.
About Oak Hall School
Founded in 1970, Oak Hall School is north-central Florida's premiere independent school. Serving 773 students from age three through 12th grade, Oak Hall's mission is "Preparing students for ethical leadership in a diverse and global society." Oak Hall’s safe, self-contained, and community-friendly 43-acre campus is located in southwest Gainesville, Florida, 5 miles from the University of Florida. If you are passionate about inspiring students, come join our team.