Seattle Country Day seeks to hire a K-8 Learning Specialist, who will address the needs of a diverse group of learners. The successful candidate will have demonstrated knowledge of, and experience in, learning assistance programs, learning theory, and effective interventions. The ability to generate and implement creative and innovative ideas for engaging and working with students is needed along with demonstrated experience and skill in working with students from diverse ethnic, gender, socioeconomic, and educational backgrounds. A strong interest in continued professional growth and development is also required.
The Learning Specialist provides academic support through individual work with students and collaboration with teachers, parents and outside resources. In addition to expertise in teaching and a background in literacy, math and special education theory and interventions, the candidate should have experience with a collaborative/consultative approach to serving students with diverse learning styles and the ability to offer common diagnostic assessments, remedial and intervention services, and interpret psycho-educational reports.
Work one-on-one and with small groups of students to assist them in developing learning strategies and executive function skills;
Administer diagnostics tests to determine if referral for third-party testing is needed;
Read and analyze educational/psychological student assessments and make recommendations for programmatic interventions. Support the learning needs of all students;
Coordinate all student intervention services;
Confer with parents, teachers, and other professionals to develop educational plans that promote students’ academic development;
Ensure appropriate modifications and accommodations are in place for students
Act as a case manager for individual students;
Work with the Division Heads to administer the school’s assessment system;
Participate in curricular reviews, professional development and curriculum design to support student needs;
Participate in Student Support Meetings and Division Meetings as needed;
Work with parents, teachers, and administrators to recommend professional services (e.g, occupational therapists, educational evaluations, speech and language pathologists, psychologists, etc.);
Participate in school admissions and community events;
Stay current in instructional approaches in order to be a resource to classroom teachers assessing student performance and interpreting assessment results;
Maintain and ensure security of confidential student records.
A graduate degree in Special Education or related field;
Ability to conduct reading and math diagnostic assessments
Ability to create and implement learning plans based on educational assessments
Experience providing intervention support for students with reading, writing, math, and executive function challenges in an educational setting;
Five years’ experience in school administration, teaching, learning/support services or related field;
Ease in working with all members of the school community;
Superior written and oral communication skills;
Computer literacy with MS Office applications.
About Seattle Country Day School
Since 1964, Seattle Country Day School has been inspiring gifted children in grades K-8 to discover their
potential through inquiry. Students are the center of a dynamic learning and discovery process. Experienced
teachers focus on intellectual and character growth, attending to the social, ethical, and emotional needs of
students. Small classes generate curiosity and innovation through inquiry learning, and provide opportunities
for collaborative experiences with a curriculum rich in mathematics, science, technology, humanities, and the
Seattle Country Day School affirms that attracting, supporting, and embracing a diverse community is critical to
fulfilling its mission of educating gifted students, and seeks diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds in its faculty
in order to reflect the diversity inherent in a multicultural city and society. The school is committed to diversity
among students, faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender,
religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical challenges.