Full-time, 1.0 FTE, 10 months, Exempt (Salaried)
Sandy Spring Friends School seeks candidates interested in working in a learning support capacity for international and American students in grades 6-12. The Learning Specialist is a member of the Sandy Spring Friends School’s Learning Resource Collaborative (LRC) and the Student Resource Team (SRT). Sandy Spring Friends School is eager to consider applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups.
- working in partnership with middle and upper school families and teachers to provide strategy-based academic support and services to students (especially those who are academically vulnerable)
- providing professional development on learning strategies and collaborating with teachers
- synthesizing psycho-educational evaluations to develop and coordinate accommodation plans as well as collaborate on admission decisions
- making appropriate referrals for private tutoring and/or academic coaching
- assisting students and parents in applying for accommodations for standardized testing.
Required Qualifications: Master’s degree or specific training and/or expertise in learning disabilities, adolescent development, speech and language development, and MBE; familiarity with a range of diagnostic instruments; ability to work collaboratively with students, parents, faculty members, and off-campus professionals; and strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
Ideal candidates will embrace ongoing professional development; be willing to develop new initiatives as needs arise; possess strong interpersonal and written communications skills; and basic computer literacy for both administrative and instructional purposes. Knowledge of Quaker history and education is desirable, but not required. For all positions, SSFS seeks team members who value the importance of issues of diversity and can both share and teach differing points of view.
Physical Requirements: The ability to navigate stairs as part of daily routines; mobility around a large campus with uneven pavement; bending and squatting as required to participate in activities; lifting/carrying boxes up to 25 pounds and the ability to move sets as necessary; and the ability to maneuver as necessary within a regular classroom setting.
Sandy Spring Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or a person's status as a qualified candidate with a disability in administration of its educational program, admission policies, financial aid program, staff hiring and other school-administered programs.