La Jolla Country Day School is currently seeking a passionate, collaborative, experienced, credentialed educator to serve as Learning Resource Center Director for the 2019-2020 school year.
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is a community that supports and bridges learning for our students in lower, middle, and upper school. Our mission is to ensure that all La Jolla Country Day School students graduate as independent, self-reliant, and resourceful learners who can manage their own paths. These attributes are acquired by the student in large part due to the success and commitment of the LRC educators and our faculty; they serve as teachers, mentors, and coaches to our students.
The director reports to the Assistant Head of School and serves as a member of the school’s leadershi team. The director is responsible for administering the LRC program and supervising a team of educational therapists, speech and language pathologists and tutors who report directly to s/he.
The Director of the LRC:
Serves as a model in behavior and expectations to members of the LRC team
Serves as the master scheduler for all LRC related needs; including scheduling of LRC educator caseloads, online platforms, professional development days, and other logistical duties as needed
Serves as the lead case manager for students with learning plans and facilitate meetings between teachers and parents as well as external providers when applicable
Serves as lead trainer in Universal Design for Learning (UDL); a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn
Serves as the lead researcher on The Research Institute for Learning and Development and disseminate helpful publications on learning, attention, executive function and behavioral difficulties
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Train and facilitate expectations around classroom observations; Response to Intervention & Instruction (RTI) and define expectations around calendared meetings with struggling students (with and without accommodations) individually and in groups to help develop strategies for effective independent learning
Interpret psycho-educational testing results and work with administration/educators to create and implement Student Support Plans (SSPs) and/or Accommodation Plans (OAPs) for students with documented learning differences; review results with families and teachers
Ensure the proper training of all LRC team members in Universal Design for Learning (UDL); a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn; reading/literacy/mathematics specialists as an example
Demonstrate a commitment to training and professional development to remain current with educational standards and classroom pedagogy
Serve as the evaluator, observer, and supervisor to members of the LRC team
Coordinate temporary learning accommodations for students recovering from concussions and other medical conditions
Oversee organization and administration of ERB testing and student accommodations for exams, and standardized tests for college. This may include some weekend ACT/SAT proctoring
Conduct electronic and paper file review and maintenance for students with accommodations via OnRecord
Guide teachers in using current best practices to support students with a range of learning preferences and challenges through individual meetings and formal presentations at faculty meetings, professional development days, and teacher-workshop week
Attend Faculty and Students of Concern/Student Success Team meetings
Applicant must have an advanced degree or equivalent experience supporting specialized learning
Applicant must have experience with and a deep understanding of learning disabilities and how they impact children
A minimum of three-five years of experience working in a classroom setting
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 students who learn differently to achieve success
Applicant must know the Response to Intervention approach to services and must be willing to implement a program services delivery model based on inclusion
Knowledge of executive functioning skills and adolescent growth and development and demonstrated interest and skill working with this population
Minimum of 3-5 years of meaningful experience in a role(s) supporting specialized learning
Ability to design, coordinate and implement formal accommodation plans
Ability to interpret results of psycho-educational testing
Advanced degree in related field
Classroom teaching experience
Familiarity with computers and expertise in the use of technology to enhance instruction is also preferred. To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point), and be able to learn to use other applications and hardware (Google Drive, Apple TV, OnRecord, Blackboard, etc.).
The ideal candidate will possess or demonstrate the following: a growth mindset, self-motivation, positive energy, strong interpersonal skills, a service-oriented and team approach to work, approachability, openness to new and divergent ideas, excellent oral and written communication skills, and comfort in an educational setting where children and adults are present.
All school personnel must successfully complete a fingerprint background check through Live Scan and provide current tuberculosis clearance.
About La Jolla Country Day School
La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood (age 3) through Grade 12. LJCDS prides itself on identifying students and teachers of character who have a strong work ethic and a desire for greatness in any realm that inspires them. Through an outstanding faculty and staff, the school delivers an exceptional academic program, mentors the pursuit of greatness, and engages thought leaders into the fabric of the school. Its promise is to “Inspire Greatness for a Better World.”