Ojai Valley School is a pre-kindergarten to grade 12 boarding and day school located on two campuses in Ojai, California. The Lower Campus serves students in grades PK-8 and the Upper Campus serves students in grades 9-12.
Summary of Position
The Learning Center Teacher, among other duties and under the supervision of the Head of School, Lower Campus, is responsible for the day-to-day management and instruction of the Learning Center. This includes helping students meet educational, academic, life skills, behavioral, physical, social and emotional goals. Due to the varied and individual needs of each student, Learning Center Teachers may provide a variety of support and assistance, and should be flexible adjusting to student needs and grade level.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Participate in the intake process of students who may need services beyond the regular classroom.
Assist the Admissions Committee to best provide transitional student services between campuses.
Support students who need support developing skills in the areas of reading, oral language, written language, or math.
Support students who need support developing strong time-management, organization, and study skills.
Support students who need support developing strategies to support executive function skills.
Support students who need support developing as gifted, highly gifted/talented in a specific area.
Interpret data from general testing instruments to determine the collective needs of the student.
Collect additional in-house data using the school's assessment tools.
Provide assessment for students that can be conducted and reviewed within a reasonable amount of time during the first few weeks of each semester and used for internal use.
Write summary notes sufficient to provide services to the student and to communicate effectively with parents, administration and colleagues regarding student progress.
Provide regular support to the classroom teacher of Learning Center students with strategies/learning plans that will be helpful to those students when not in the Learning Center.
Provide professional development opportunities to faculty and improve understanding of differentiation strategies for all learners.
Support transition for ESL students to the regular classroom.
Meet regularly with colleagues to exchange ideas for strategies and learning plans to support these students.
Lead children, by example and otherwise, adhering to the guidelines of the school Course of Study and Employee Training Manual.
Maintain a warm and positive environment in the classroom, while establishing and managing classroom rules and regulations.
Care for and protect the safety of the students and be versed in emergency and disaster procedures.
Prepare course objectives and outlines for the Course of Study following curriculum guidelines, satisfying state and local requirements.
Accompany classes to special events and school functions.
Communicate with parents, dorm parents, and administration on a regular basis.
Display student work and progress.
Orient new students.
Teach rules of conduct.
Prepare a presentation for an All School assembly.
Maintain order and discipline in the classroom.
Counsel students and review grades on a continual basis.
Coordinate and contribute to class field trips.
Contribute to parent newsletters and/or publications.
Provide leadership with emergency and disaster procedures; is thoroughly advised and clear about role during emergency and disaster procedures.
Is a member of a weekend team.
Give instructions to children regarding desirable health and personal habits.
Provide after-school tutoring 2-3 days a week for students as needed.
Participate, as needed, in athletics, outdoor experiences with students and student advising.
Support the school and its leadership.
Other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university; prior teaching experience required. Credential and experience in/with special education is preferred. Also preferred: experience/background working with students who have mild learning disabilities.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of the organization.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to calculate grades, and possesses basic skills to work with budgets.
Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
Current CPR and First Aid preferred.
California Driver's License preferred.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:
Ability to use training and experience to teach children of all ages.
Enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control.
Good character, integrity, and adaptability.
Ability to supervise children of all ages.
Ability to relate to one’s peers.
Excellent communication skills
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands, fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; stop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance.
The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and toxic or caustic chemicals.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Ojai Valley School is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religions, sex, national origin, disability or veteran status.