Job Title: Learning Specialist Date Revised: 03/04/2019 Department: Lower School Position Type: 10 Month Reports to: Head of Lower School FLSA: Exempt, Full Time
Summary: The Learning Specialist is a committed Sacred Heart educator who is proficient in assisting primary aged students with learning differences as well as advanced students reach their full potential.
• Support students with different learning needs by providing reading and math intervention and remediation in a pull-out, small group setting • Support students who are ready to be accelerated and explore the reading and math curriculum more deeply. • Support teachers in their efforts to differentiate for all students in their classroom to meet the full range of student needs • Work with parents, students and outside professionals in order to better support individual students • Coordinate MAP testing for the Lower School
In the performance of his/her duties, Employee shall be guided by the Goals and Criteria of the Sacred Heart and the Catholic Faith. Candidates must also possess:
• A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree required with a focus in Special Education Reading preferred • Neuhaus, Orton-Gillingham and or Dyslexia Certification a plus • Have familiarity with psycho-education evaluations • Be willing to work within a team that includes three counselors, a Learning Specialist, and the Head of Curriculum and Learning Support • Genuine affinity for working with children and families in an educational setting • Ability to make independent decisions along with maintaining the confidentiality of privileged and sensitive information • High level of competence using technology • Experience in a PreK – 12 environment, preferably in independent schools is a plus • Strong references to convey your abilities • Successful completion of criminal offender record information and sexual offender registry information checks • Current Safe Environment training • Current CPR certification
• Excellent communication skills with attention to detail • Punctuality and dependability • Ability to maintain accurate records and to maintain confidentiality • Adherence to all personnel policies, procedures, and rules contained in the Duchesne Employee Handbook • Treat parents as partners in their child's education • Maintain productive relationships with other Duchesne faculty and staff • Possess strong people skills in order to be empathetic to children’s and parent’s needs
Tenets of Staff Excellence
Duchesne Academy employees embody and promote the Goals and Criteria of a Sacred Heart education. As a staff of excellence, they commit to a personal and active faith in God, a deep respect for intellectual values, a social awareness that impels to action, the building of community as a Christian value, and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom. As community builders, employees of Duchesne value and respect their colleagues, and they promote School goals and policies with a generous and positive spirit.
A Sacred Heart employee…
Demonstrates an understanding of Catholic Identity, respects the tenets of Catholicism, and participates in the faith life of the School.
Models acceptance of and respect for other faith and cultural traditions.
Values and encourages interactive service as a life-long commitment.
Creates an inviting environment which honors rigor and relevance, and promotes critical thinking, collaboration, and the creative use of the imagination.
Embraces the importance of the integration of technology within the school; supports and promotes the ethical use of all forms of technology.
Researches, reflects on, and adopts best practices to promote excellence in the area of expertise.
Continually seeks professional growth through self-reflection, observations, collegial dialogue and professional development opportunities.
Fulfills routine professional responsibilities in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Works in partnership and open communication with parents and colleagues to ensure the well-being of the school.
Contributes to a community culture that fosters thoughtful decision-making, honorable behavior, accountability, and a sense of hope.
Nothing in this Job Description restricts Duchesne’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time. This position is at will, which means that either the employee or Duchesne may terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without notice and for any reason or no reason.
Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart is committed to providing equal opportunity in all of its employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, and compensation, to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex (gender), age, national origin, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.