Sandy Spring Friends School seeks candidates interested in working in a learning support capacity for international and American students in grades 6-12. The Learning Specialist is a member of the Sandy Spring Friends School’s Learning Resource Collaborative (LRC) and the Student Resource Team (SRT). Sandy Spring Friends School is eager to consider applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups.
working in partnership with middle and upper school families and teachers to provide strategy-based academic support and services to students (especially those who are academically vulnerable)
providing professional development on learning strategies and collaborating with teachers
synthesizing psycho-educational evaluations to develop and coordinate accommodation plans as well as collaborate on admission decisions
making appropriate referrals for private tutoring and/or academic coaching
assisting students and parents in applying for accommodations for standardized testing.
Required Qualifications: Master’s degree or specific training and/or expertise in learning disabilities, adolescent development, speech and language development, and MBE; familiarity with a range of diagnostic instruments; ability to work collaboratively with students, parents, faculty members, and off-campus professionals; and strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
Ideal candidates will embrace ongoing professional development; be willing to develop new initiatives as needs arise; possess strong interpersonal and written communications skills; and basic computer literacy for both administrative and instructional purposes. Knowledge of Quaker history and education is desirable, but not required. For all positions, SSFS seeks team members who value the importance of issues of diversity and can both share and teach differing points of view.
Physical Requirements: The ability to navigate stairs as part of daily routines; mobility around a large campus with uneven pavement; bending and squatting as required to participate in activities; lifting/carrying boxes up to 25 pounds and the ability to move sets as necessary; and the ability to maneuver as necessary within a regular classroom setting.
Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring and other school-administered programs.
About Sandy Spring Friends School
Founded in 1961, Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, academically-rigorous day and boarding school serving approximately 600 students from age three through 12th grade. The campus is located on 140 acres in the historic Sandy Spring area of Montgomery County, Maryland, and the School is approved by the Maryland State Board of Education and accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.
SSFS offers an inquiry-based college preparatory program that emphasizes deep understanding throughout the curriculum while encouraging collaboration, instilling confidence, fostering practical experience, and cultivating respect for others. The School's teachers help students internalize a process we call "QRA” —Question, Reflection, Action—which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world.
Our school’s culture, rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement, can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and p...eaceful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each student’s intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. In doing so, we help shape students whose actions speak volumes and whose lives become exemplars—not only among their peers and families today but also in their personal, educational, and professional communities long after high school. Sandy Spring Friends School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond.