Phoenix Country Day School seeks a Learning Specialist/Counselor to begin in the fall of 2019. The Learning Specialist/Counselor is responsible for supporting students in grades 5-12 who have mild to moderate learning needs. The Learning Specialist helps students who may have an Individualized Learning Plan as a result of a student’s psycho-educational evaluation. The Learning Specialist is also responsible for developing learning plans for students who might need their learning extended through supplemental enrichment. They will also be responsible for securing accommodations for College Board Tests for eligible students. The Learning Specialist works closely with faculty as a consultative expert to differentiate curriculum according to students' strengths and challenges. Additionally, this individual will work to support the mental health needs of students and provide one on one counseling. They will be part of the Counseling Department and collaborate with other health and wellness staff.
Working collaboratively with faculty to provide coaching and support for students with specific learning differences
Identify the need for external learning evaluations and facilitate the process of outside referrals
Communicating regularly with parents with regards to testing accommodations for both internal and external assessments
Inform parents’ of their roles with regards to paperwork and testing accommodations and liaise with counselors and external testing administrators when necessary
Document and communicate learning evaluation results, recommendations and accommodations to teachers, advisors, tutors and parents
Secure accommodations for standardized testing for eligible students
Consult with teachers periodically to follow up on students with learning needs to ensure recommendations and accommodations are executed
Help facilitate smooth transition for incoming Upper School students
Collaborate and meet regularly with Counselors and Division Heads to work on school-wide priorities and coordination
Attend Student Wellness and Action (SWAT) Meetings
Teach a Health and Wellness Course
Provide individual counseling/learning support for students struggling with both academic and socio-emotional needs
Applicants must have a Master's degree in Special Education/Learning Disabilities, or a related field, and a minimum of three years of experience working in a classroom setting with children with needs. They should possess significant knowledge of learning disabilities, the ability to interpret results of IQ, achievement, and learning disability diagnostic tests as well as training in developing and implementing strategies that will allow different learning styles to achieve success. Additionally, experience in direct counseling and mental health is preferred.
About Phoenix Country Day School
PCDS is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, religion, age, citizenship status, national origin, ancestry, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, creed, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.