The Jemicy School located in Owings Mills, Maryland educates talented and bright college-bound students with dyslexia or other related language-based learning differences. The school is currently seeking a qualified candidate to serve as a Learning Specialist on the Upper School campus. The primary role of the Upper School Learning Specialist is to support and advance the mission and credo of the Jemicy School by providing strong academic support to students for continued instruction. In addition, this full-time 12-month position will be responsible for working closely with teachers, parents, outside professionals, and the students themselves to maintain a healthy, vital and rigorous educational program that encourages students to maximize their academic potential and ensure overall academic success. Candidates must be highly organized, flexible, and a team player.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Read and analyze psycho-educational evaluations in order to develop, maintain and communicate a student’s learning profile and accommodation plan to families and all members of the teaching team.
Revise/update all learning profiles at the conclusion of a school year to reflect growth and any updated testing results.
Collaborate with faculty members in helping to understand and implement strategies within a classroom setting for a given student as well ensure that both classroom and testing accommodations are being implemented.
Strategize and develop “support plans” with teaching team members for any student struggling in content area classes.
Provide small group instruction and/or support across all curricular areas, including organization, time management, self-advocacy, and homework assistance.
Work closely with outside therapists and evaluators to ensure that all strategies are implemented in the school setting.
Apply and monitor all PSAT/SAT/ACT accommodations for all students in grades 9th-12th with College Board and ACT – includes an application for accommodations, appeals for all denied accommodations, and monitoring of the school dashboard with College Board.
Proctor PSAT/SAT/ACT tests that are administered here at Jemicy School.
Conduct 1:1 meetings with individual seniors - College Self-Advocacy Preparation Program – review learning profile, talk about advocating for accommodations needed in college, provide a sample accommodation letter, and have the students advocate by asking Jemicy teachers for necessary accommodations.
Observe all new students to Jemicy in their content area classes and those returning students when requested by a teaching team member.
Review all progress reports and report cards for the entire Upper School, five-six times a year.
Plan and organize Upper School parent-teacher conferences twice a year (November and April).
Organize and schedule exams two times a year - including, proctors, and test accommodations.
Conduct conferences with a student’s teaching team on a case by case basis.
Conduct conferences with parents to address concerns they have for the student, transition meetings, evaluator recommendations, etc.
Serve on the Admissions Committee.
Serve on the School Leadership Team.
Teach Jemicy Study Skills to new students to the Upper School.
Administer standardized testing to USP and 9th
Collaborate with Head of Upper School, Guidance Counselor, Dean of Students, and Director of Education on a consistent basis to ensure student success.
How to Apply:
To apply for the position, please submit a cover letter and resume to Rizzel Montgomery, Re: Learning Specialist • email@example.com or 11 Celadon Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in education, special education or a closely related field is required.
3-5 years’ experience working with students with language-based learning differences.
Demonstrated understanding of learning differences and how those differences can impact a student in all academic, social and emotional areas.
High proficiency in analyzing psycho-educational evaluations and assessments to inform individual student learning profiles.
Solid verbal and written communication skills.
Strong organization skills with high attention to detail, flexibility, and collaboration.
Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in education or a closely related field.
Special training in Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading or Visualizing and Verbalizing programs.