Position Title: Director of the Academic Resource Center
South Kent School, established in 1923, is a college preparatory school for boys in grades 9 through 12 nestled in the hills of picturesque northwestern Connecticut. South Kent School prepares young men to succeed in college and thrive as thoughtful and engaged citizens in a rapidly changing and intensely competitive world.
Stand out features of South Kent:
Challenge-based learning techniques encourage students to solve real-world problems by employing the principles they learn
600 acre campus with 10 miles of bike trails, two ponds, a working farm, and a teaching kitchen
A strong international student presence offering unique opportunities for cross-cultural learning and the development of international contacts
Elite level athletic programs that foster an overall environment of physical and mental fitness
Ideal candidates are those who seek to partner with parents, collaborate with team members, demonstrate a commitment to professional growth, motivate students academically, and support students in developing their moral character. A firm understanding of differentiated instruction and 21st century skills should drive this candidate’s instruction. Qualified candidates should have the understanding and ability to respond to the distinct needs of high school boys.
Preferred Professional Qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree in academic support or a related field. Advanced degrees preferred.
Previous school support experience.
Familiarity with independent school culture.
The learning specialist will:
Partner proactively with faculty and administration to support students with different learning styles and teachers in their efforts to advance students with different learning needs.
Observe and evaluate individual students displaying academic or behavioral difficulties and assess their learning strengths and challenges.
Direct one-on-one or small-group instruction.
Develop and write student accommodation/learning plans with long-term goals and specific objectives.
Provide regular written student-progress reports to the school and parents with assessment results and recommendations of diagnostic testing and remedial programs for learning-related issues.
Maintain confidential student records and keep accurate documentation of sessions, meetings, and assessments.
Initiate and schedule parent conferences as needed.
Recommend in-school and community resources for identified students.
Work with professionals outside the school to support students.
Coordinate and facilitate communication between student, family, school, and other involved professionals.
Secure standardized testing accommodations for qualifying students.
Network with learning specialists at other independent schools.
Pursue professional development opportunities.
Attend conferences and professional meetings in order to remain current with industry trends.
Participate in committee, department, and staff meetings as well as school-sponsored events that would benefit from your area of expertise.
Be involved in the school community at large.
Assume responsibility for other projects as assigned by the Head of School.
To fulfill other customary duties of teachers at the school:
dining hall supervision
Coaching sports/supervising afternoon activities
advisor to students
communication with parents of students and advisees
participation in all other co-curricular programs of the school, including chapel
Qualifications and Skills Needed
In addition to proficiency in academic support and a strong background in technology, the Director must:
Work well with, and relate to high school boys
Convey enthusiasm and excitement to help instill a desire to learn
Teach adolescents the fundamental aspects of the English and associated skills
Commit to helping our boys thrive
Possess strong organizational skills
Use effective classroom management techniques
Understand how to improve and assess student progress
Employ effective strategies for integrating students of any skill level
Perform other duties as assigned by the head of school
Support the school and its leadership
The full-time position comes with a competitive compensation package, including:
$35,000 base salary - additional compensation based upon degrees and experience
Housing - depending on availability
Meals while school is in session
Retirement Plan (for qualified applicants)
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Phillip Darrin, Dean of Student Success, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Salary Information: Base salary is $35,000. Additional salary available based upon experience and degrees earned.
About South Kent School
Nestled upon a hill among 550 acres of lush Connecticut countryside, South Kent School stands as a beacon, a place for boys to embark on their journey toward becoming a man.
Three fundamental principles were established here on "The Hillside" by our first headmaster, Samuel S. Bartlett, in 1923, and remain foundational to the powerful, transformative South Kent experience today: Simplicity of Life, Self-Reliance, and Directness of Purpose.
South Kent School prepares young men to succeed in college and thrive as thoughtful and engaged citizens in a rapidly changing and intensely competitive world.