Location: New Lebanon, New York
Type: Full Time
Salary: starting at $55,000
negotiable based on education and experience
The Learning Skills Program is a comprehensive support program that serves students with mild to moderate learning needs, focusing on the individual as a whole. Our Learning Skills faculty assist students experiencing challenges by providing direct instructional support to grow their understanding of how they learn and develop tools for success. Most typically, this includes skills needed to effectively prioritize and plan work, break down major assignments and utilize systems for written production. Learning Skills coaches also help students and faculty to identify and understand an individual’s learning strengths and needs while promoting self-advocacy skills and independence.
The Learning Skills Program Director reports to the Director of Studies and is expected to collaborate closely and effectively with the Health Services and Admissions teams to ensure the prompt review of all applicants and student testing and to support the proactive development of plans, as needed, for students. The Learning Skills Program Director is responsible for assigning students to coaches, taking into account the students’ particular learning profiles and support needs.
This is a full-time, 10-month, academic year position. However, the Learning Skills Program Director will be available to consult and review materials, such as testing materials, during school breaks and during the summer.
Responsibilities of this position include:
- Manage the Learning Skills department budget and oversee all aspects of program development
- Support and coordinate the Learning Skills faculty
- Assign students to coaches
- Create an appropriate schedule for mentoring in consultation with the Director of Studies
- Coordinate with the Dean of Students, School Counselor, and Academic Coaches to create and manage strategies to support students for whom there are academic concerns
- Serve as an Academic Coach, if needed, based on program needs and enrollment numbers
- Communicate and collaborate with faculty around appropriate accommodations and learning needs
- Closely understand the learning profiles of the students in the program
- Coordinate the annual review and preparation of student Learning Profiles
- Arrange for SAT/ACT testing accommodations for students who qualify
- Partner with families and school districts for students maintaining IEP’s
- Engage with professional organizations to maintain knowledge of learning and learning support practices that are current and relevant
Responsibilities of all Darrow faculty:
- Serve as a dorm parent in our residential program and work within a team to supervise and facilitate weekend activities on occasional weekends
- Advise a small cohort of students
- Coach sports and/or lead after-school activities
Benefits of this position include:
- On-campus housing, including utilities
- Generous paid time off
- Medical and dental insurance
- 403(b) retirement plan (Darrow will match 2% of gross salary after one year of service)
- Health Savings Account
- Health Reimbursement Account
- Basic life and AD&D coverage
- A Bachelor’s Degree with skill sets related to English, Math, or mild to moderate learning needs; Master’s Degree preferred.
- Experience in a setting that required instructional practices to address a range of learning needs.
- Skill and experience interpreting educational testing documents with regard to implications in the classroom
- Demonstrated ability to forge strong relationships with students and colleagues with a mindset of unconditional positive regard
- Adept with technology and a desire to grow skills with technology specific to learning disabilities
- An understanding of the developmental and emotional needs of students
- A desire to be part of a close, diverse, and vibrant boarding school community with roles that extend beyond the classroom, thereby strengthening relationships and student learning.
About Darrow School
Darrow School, an independent, co-ed, boarding and day school for grades 9-12, offers a comprehensive and individually focused college-preparatory curriculum that features a unique combination of classroom instruction, experiential learning, and environmental consciousness. The School is located on 365 acres in the Town of New Lebanon, located on the New York State side of the Berkshires, and comprises 26 buildings, 16 of which are Shaker-built and designated as Registered National Historic Landmark buildings.
Why Work at Darrow?
There is something indefinable and remarkable about Darrow School. Perhaps it’s our historic Shaker Heritage, or our location nestled between the Berkshire Mountains and the Hudson Valley. Or maybe it's our community of individuals where everyone feels welcome and celebrated. Darrow is a place that draws people together, connects them, and stays with them forever.
Darrow offers a generous benefits package that includes retirement; health, life, and disability insurance plans; and generous paid time off. Some positions are year-round; others offer an academic-year schedule. Given the residential responsibilities of a boarding school, housing is provided for numerous positions either in a dormitory or residences on campus.
There's so much to enjoy about living and working at Darrow, and the community offers something for everyone. Our faculty and staff have said that some of the reasons they love working at Darrow include meaningful work, the feeling of inclusion and acceptance, and friendly and familiar faces on campus. Darrow is a small community with a big heart.
Living, Breathing History
With just over 100 students from around the world, Darrow offers faculty, staff, and students a dynamic boarding school experience. Founded in 1932 on a beautiful 365-acre Mountainside campus, we are the only boarding school community on a National Historic Landmark. Our campus was once home to the Mount Lebanon Shaker Society, renowned for its commitment to social and racial justice, community planning, architecture, and entrepreneurship.
Mission and Values
Darrow serves diverse backgrounds and abilities, building on individuals' talents and interests to deepen thinking with specialized programs, providing opportunities to explore the creative spaces where ideas intersect and solutions emerge. Our Active Curriculum, rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, is individually focused and combines innovative classroom instruction with project-based learning to educate future generations of global citizens who understand the wider world and their place in it.
Our Guiding Values
We will continuously live up to our potential, hold ourselves accountable, work hard for our success, and express gratitude for others' accomplishments.
We draw strength from our connections and put community needs above individual ones. We value our uniqueness and learn across differences. We commit to building meaningful bonds and deepening our understanding.
We dare to imagine because we are not afraid of change. We challenge the paradigms with curiosity and creativity, thinking about where we want to be tomorrow to prompt the action we need today.
We are proactive and resilient in the face of obstacles, and we are prepared to take risks.
There's always something exciting and thought-provoking happening at Darrow. Enjoying a lively campus culture, faculty and staff have opportunities to regularly attend and participate in a diverse array of year-round events, including Hands-to-Work, Winterm, Tuesday Night Community Programming, fitness classes, concerts, performances, talks, lectures, live theater, and art exhibitions. Additionally, there are countless opportunities for collaboration on several campus-wide projects and initiatives for those seeking to serve their community.
World-renowned Arts and Culture
Darrow is at the center of world-renowned arts and culture. Our location at the edge of the Berkshires is home to music and performing arts venues in the summer, dozens of museums, and various historic sites. Cultural festivals and concerts speak to the region's diversity, while art colonies and craft villages offer inside views of skilled artisans at work. One of America's first art movements started in Hudson Valley. Today, Modern art is well represented with venues such as MassMoCa, Storm King Arts Center, and Dia: Beacon, all international destinations.
Darrow School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, creed (religion), color, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristic, marital status or domestic violence victim status, and shall also follow the requirements of the Human Rights Law with regard to non-discrimination on the basis of prior criminal conviction and prior arrest.
Darrow School does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation in the administration of any of its admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, educational, athletic, recreational, and other school-administered programs.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.
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About Darrow School
Darrow School, a small independent, co-ed, boarding/day school for grades 9-12, located on the New York State side of the Berkshires, offers an innovative, individually-focused college-preparatory curriculum, featuring a unique combination of dynamic classroom instruction, active learning, and environmental consciousness. Students learn within an atmosphere that supports intellectual curiosity, creativity, and experimentation. The School emphasizes differentiated instruction and student-centered, active learning as key teaching philosophies.
Darrow School faculty and staff are fully engaged in the life of a boarding school beyond the academic day as well, supporting students in a range of co-curricular programming, including athletics, residential life, weekend activities, and signature programs like Hands-to-Work, Winterm, and Spring Term. Darrow School’s mission is to create a community of learning able to empower students with a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities, building on each student’s individual talents and interests to inspire enduring confidence for success in college and life.
Darrow School’s mission is to serve students with a wide variety of backgrounds ...and abilities, building on each student’s individual talents and interests to inspire enduring confidence for success in college and life.