Title: Part-time Learning Specialist Department: Educational Support Position Type: Part-time, 10 months
Founded in 1810, The Lawrenceville School, one of the country’s premier independent schools, is located in central New Jersey, five miles south of Princeton, 55 miles south of New York City, and 40 miles north of Philadelphia. Lawrenceville attracts outstanding students in grades 9-12, plus postgraduate students. The School’s 817 students come from 30 states and 34 countries/territories, with over 30 percent receiving a total of $12.2 million dollars in financial aid. Across academic, residential, and co-curricular settings, Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose, inspiring the best in each to seek the best for all.
The Lawrenceville School seeks enthusiastic, energetic, collegial individuals who want to work with both adults and students in a collaborative and inclusive academic setting.
Summary: The Learning Specialist is responsible for implementing individualized academic support for students who are facing academic challenges at Lawrenceville. The Learning Specialist will work collaboratively with the Educational Support team, teaching faculty, and academic advisors to provide students essential skills they need to be more efficient and effective learners. Candidates must have knowledge of, and be able to implement, evidence-based approaches to assist those students who are struggling with time management, organization, study strategies, test-taking, note-taking, goal setting, and other executive functioning skills. The Learning Specialist works with students to further enhance self-awareness of their learning needs and their self-advocacy skills, as well as other life skills that promote their academic success. The schedule will be mostly at night and it will vary from week to week.
Typical responsibilities include the following:
Help students develop effective techniques for planning/prioritizing, organizing materials, preparing for assessments, and sustaining attention.
Assess students’ needs and generate appropriate remedial assistance:
Develop self-awareness, self-advocacy, and personalized strategies to maximize learning.
Implement research-based interventions to assist students in developing effective reading, organization, and time management strategies.
Monitor and document student progress and send weekly reports to the student and their academic advisor.
Teach and monitor study skills that integrate into Lawrenceville’s curriculum.
Attend required department meetings.
The strongest applicants will have the following qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Education, Psychology or a related discipline required.
Must demonstrate a nuanced understanding of executive functioning and its role in student achievement.
Experience with reading, organizational, and study strategies.
Experience in brain-based learning and the ability to use applied neuroscience in education.
Ability to use a variety of techniques to help students develop organizational, study, and test-taking skills; target habits relating to time management, goal-setting, lack of motivation, and specific academic concerns.
Candidates must be able to work flexible hours to accommodate students’ schedules. This includes both day and evening responsibilities.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Highly proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and Google GSuite tools, as well as comfort using technology and systems to document work with students. Demonstrated ability to learn and use effectively departmental and school-wide tools and databases.
Organizational and problem-solving skills. Operate efficiently, learn, and adapt quickly. Ability to manage ambiguity and proactively find solutions.
The Lawrenceville School is a diverse and inclusive community and makes all employment decisions without regard for an individual’s race, creed, color, religion, national origin, nationality, sex, pregnancy, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, physical or mental disability (including AIDS and HIV related illness), genetic information, refusal to provide genetic information, refusal to submit to genetic testing, ancestry, familial status, marital status, domestic partnership status, civil union status, atypical cellular or blood trait, military service, application for military service, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The Lawrenceville School will also provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals in accordance with applicable law.
The Lawrenceville School conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
Eligible employees receive a competitive benefit package that includes health insurance coverage, paid leave and retirement plan options and many other valuable programs.
About The Lawrenceville School
Founded in 1810, The Lawrenceville School offers a comprehensive, coeducational program for 817 boarding and day students from grades nine through 12, who come from 30 states and 34 countries/territories. The school is located in central New Jersey in the town of Lawrenceville, five miles south of Princeton, 55 miles south of New York City, and 40 miles north of Philadelphia.
Through House and Harkness, Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose. Our mission is to inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.