This position is charged with facilitating our school-wide approach to learning and academic support. In close collaboration with the Middle School and Upper School Learning Specialists and the Division Heads, this person will coordinate academic support for students with identified learning differences and for internally identified students who may benefit from additional supports. The Director of Learning Enhancement and Development will report to the Associate Heads of the divisions, and work closely with the Head of Upper School and the Head of Middle School to create policy, train teachers and support individual students.
Through close partnerships with teachers, this position will facilitate and lead professional development opportunities. The ideal candidate has a deep understanding of the current research and best practices related to teaching and learning, brain science and learning differences. Ideal candidates will be able to build strong working relationships with a wide-range of stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers and administrators. Special consideration will be given to candidate with prior experience developing policies at an independent school and to those that have a demonstrated track record as an innovative thinker and a collaborative leader.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Specific responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
Working with Staff (in coordination with the Dean of Faculty, Division Heads and Class Deans):
Align Middle School and Upper School policy and practice around accommodations and other issues related to student academic support
Assist students in learning how to advocate for themselves as learners
Coordinate with relevant faculty and staff to interpret diagnostic testing, gather feedback regarding students of concern, and provide specific learning strategies to the teachers
Share new and relevant research and pedagogical best practices with internal stakeholders
Oversee record keeping and support the creation of strong record keeping systems
Working with Students (in coordination with US and MS Learning Specialists):
Be familiar with all students with psycho-educational testing and their needs, both from observation in classes and discussions with teachers
Create profiles in a timely manner from psycho-educational evaluations to be accessible by teachers.
Add additional capacity by meeting individually with students to help identify and implement learning strategies and to support note taking, organization and time management
Process requests for in-house accommodations (such as the use of calculators, laptops or extended time)
Working with Parents and Outside Agencies:
Work in conjunction with Learning Specialists to recommend psycho-educational testing as warranted.
Facilitate meetings with parents of 8th graders to discuss transitional issues and available support.
Consult, as necessary, with diagnosticians to review educational findings, in collaboration with the School Counselors, Class Deans and Administrators.
Coordinate standardized testing for students with documented disabilities (College Board, ACT, AP) in conjunction with the College Office
Assist families in applying for the accommodations for standardized tests.
Participate in annual review (CSE) meetings with local districts/public schools
SKILLS AND CHARACTERISTICS:
Committed to student-centered pedagogical approaches
Knowledgeable of and able to stay current regarding best practices in the field
Demonstrated commitment to fostering trusting relationships with students, teachers and parents to promote a positive and caring environment
Superior written and verbal communication skills
Solid organizational skills; proficient with technology
An open mind, demonstrated by strong listening skills and the willingness to consider different perspectives
Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion and a high degree of cultural competency
An institutional perspective and a desire to work collaboratively across divisions and departments
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, please submit a letter of interest that explains why you would succeed in this position, resume, three references, and salary requirements via email to email@example.com (Adobe® PDF format preferred) and include “Director of LEAD” in the subject line.
Master’s degree in Education/Special Education or related field with emphasis on teaching/learning preferred
Several years of relevant experience at the secondary school level in all matters related to learning disabilities
About The Masters School
The Masters School (www.mastersny.org) is a coeducational day and boarding school that engages 5th–12th grade students with a challenging academic program in a welcoming learning environment. Located on 96 picturesque acres overlooking the Hudson River, The Masters School community takes advantage of both its access to the tri-state area and its proximity to the rich cultural and educational magnet that is New York City. We offer our diverse student body, hailing from 33 different countries, the resources and activities of our seven-day campus and dedicated, talented faculty and staff. Through exceptional academics, outstanding visual and performing arts, championship athletic teams, and active community engagement, the Masters experience prepares students to thrive in college, career, and life. Our students graduate determined to make a positive contribution to their world.
The Masters School celebrates active participation, deep understanding, and meaningful connection. A community of diverse individuals, we gather to learn, to strive, to dare, to do – to be a power for good in the world.