The Buckley School, Los Angeles’ oldest K-12 coeducational school, has a need for a Middle School Student Support Specialist This individual serves the learning needs and the emotional, social, and psychological needs of our 6-8th grade students. The Student Support Specialist provides support services to students with learning differences and their families. Counseling/psychological services may be provided through one-on-one sessions, group support sessions, conflict resolution, and the creation of social/emotional educational programs for all middle school students. The specialist works closely with administrators, teachers, and other student support staff to promote overall student wellness and academic performance.
Work with teachers, administrators, and parents to help identify students with learning differences, including follow up guidance to faculty and families for identified students and/or referrals to outside professionals as needed.
Interpret psycho-educational evaluations and create Individual Learning Plans (ILP) when appropriate, including obtaining family endorsements of ILPs and dissemination of ILP to faculty, advisor and administration.
Meet and work with faculty, advisors, students, and families to understand the identified student’s strengths and weaknesses as well as ensuring proper implementation of accommodations.
Monitor progress of students with ILPs and assist them in utilizing accommodations.
Coordinate extended testing time for Buckley assessments and standardized testing, including supervision of the testing center, which may include proctoring in the testing center.
Proctor standardized testing for all MS students with accommodations as well as assist families with the application process when applying for testing accommodations to outside organizations.
Work with students who are having academic difficulty and/or students returning to school after an extended absence.
Conduct counseling sessions in systematic response to identified needs of individual students and/or groups of students. Themes include social skill development, conflict resolution, family issues and making healthy choices.
Provide short-term individual counseling in response to student requests/needs.
Collaborate with Social/Emotional Learning instructors on the design and delivery of culturally relevant prevention and intervention programs for students, faculty, and families. Focus on programs that pertain to SEL, Health and Human Development, and Mindfulness.
Assist parents in addressing school related problems and issues. Refer students and their parents, as needed, to appropriate specialists, special programs, and/or outside agencies. Inform Middle School Administration of any such referrals.
Promote the coordination of academic responsibilities, school activities and wellness resources, including appropriate communication between school and home.
Function as a liaison among faculty, advisors, parents/guardians, and those providing outside support to students. Communicate often with faculty and advisors.
Coordinate parent education programs.
Coordinate classroom observations of students with faculty and administration.
Periodically conduct professional development workshops for faculty and staff.
Assist in the transition to and from school divisions, communicating regularly with student support staff in both Lower and Upper Schools, including an annual transition meeting in the spring.
Maintain current referral list of outside professionals for both mental/social/emotional health services and learning difference support, acting as a liaison between the school and outside professional support.
Observe students in classroom setting to help teachers with behavior management and learning issues.
Participate in Outdoor Education, chaperone school events, attend grade level meetings, and get involved in Middle School life.
Conduct admission interviews for possible incoming students who have identified as having a learning difference.
Review the school counseling program and learning differences services annually with administrators and other support staff. Establish a planning calendar for activities with the other counselors.
Plan, implement, maintain, and evaluate the systems necessary for the support, maintenance, and improvement of the school counseling program and the educational support program.
Articulate the school counseling program and learning differences support program to students, parents, teachers, advisors, staff, and community.
Develop and maintain skills needed to utilize technology systems and participate in professional development activities.
Cooperate and collaborate with other professionals in enhancing the education of students and their social/emotional wellness.
Meet weekly with Middle School Administration and other student support staff to consult and collaborate (MS Student Support Team). Attend all faculty and grade level meetings.
Adhere to the ethical standards and preferred practices of related state and national professional associations.
Demonstrate knowledge of local policies and state and federal laws pertaining to children.
Demonstrate personal growth and professional development.
Maintain professional confidentiality and discretion at all times.
Must be comfortable working with teachers and administration in a collaborative environment
Master's Degree in school psychology from an accredited college or university
A minimum of two years of experience working with Middle School children and families in a school setting is preferred.
Must possess excellent verbal, written and organizational skills
Strong interpersonal, counseling and facilitation skills
Kindness, compassion, sensitivity, and the ability to listen carefully
Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion
Demonstrated expertise and experience in childhood development and social-emotional learning
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse populations, including students, parents, and faculty.
Genuine interest and excitement in working with students and a desire to support their learning and growth
Additional Salary Information: Compensation includes full benefits and retirement plan contribution match
About The Buckley School
The Buckley School, a K-12 college preparatory school with 830 students, is one of the most respected independent schools in the Los Angeles. Buckley is known for its unique educational philosophy, the 4-Fold Plan of Education, which melds a whole-child approach with elements of structure, as well as for its warm, intimate educational environment.
The school’s curriculum balances academics, the arts, physical development and moral education. Its creative, personalized approach to education emphasizes high academic standards for all students, and includes traditional touches that develop the character and discipline that unlock students’ full potential.