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Director of Learning Services

Part-time Position: Director of Learning Services
Expected Beginning Date: August 1, 2013

Position Description:
The Athenian School is seeking a Director of Learning Services to give academic support to students in grades 6-12. This is a 60% position which will report directly to the Heads of Middle and Upper School.

Key Responsibilities:
• Work and consult with teachers on how best to support students, in particular those with gaps in their academic foundation, those who are struggling in particular subject areas, and students with learning differences
• Visit classes both to observe particular students in classroom settings and to provide feedback to teachers about the needs of particular students/types of learners
• Oversee and arrange the logistics for extended time testing and other accommodations both for students’ classes and for standardized testing
• Read and summarize educational evaluations for students with learning differences and make these Personal Learning Plans accessible to faculty
• Share with the faculty, in workshops or faculty meetings, the latest research about learning and adolescent brain development
• Work with the parents of students who are struggling academically on how best to support students at home, and, when necessary, recommend to parents that students be professionally assessed
• Coordinate peer tutoring for those students who find this the most comfortable avenue of accessing help outside of the classroom

Core Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years teaching experience in relevant field is required; master’s degree and teaching credential is preferred.

Preferred Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have experience providing academic support, learning services or educational therapy to middle and upper school students. Demonstrated commitment to education for democracy, justice, equity, inclusion, community service, and environmental stewardship will resonate with Athenian’s core values.

School Description:
The Athenian School is a distinctive independent school that prepares its students for college and for lives of meaning and purpose. Athenian encourages students to become life-long learners and infuses them with confidence, independence, personal responsibility and a sense of community. Enrollment in grades 6-12 is 440 students, including 42 boarding students, 30 of whom are international students. We ask that applicants take time to read about Athenian’s history and philosophy (visit our website: www.athenian.org).

Every employee is an Athenian community member, and as such, embraces the cornerstones of Athenian’s philosophy: respect; open, direct communication; honesty; fairness; responsibility; and dedication to the students in their intellectual and personal growth. Additionally, active support for environmental conservation, international understanding, equity, inclusion, justice, participatory government, outdoor education, and service is essential. Cultural competence is an expectation of employment for all teaching and professional staff at Athenian. As a school that from its founding has valued the worth and integrity of each individual, we are particularly interested in candidates with a proven commitment to teaching and working in a diverse, multicultural setting.

Athenian School strives to attract and retain a faculty and staff of the highest caliber. We have a unique community here, filled with many differing opinions, backgrounds, ideologies and experiences. We have students from all over the globe, our families include a mom and a dad, two moms, two dads, single parents, guardians and stepparents. We have many faiths and those who are non-observant. We represent all income levels. What we share is a belief in Athenian’s mission. By embracing diversity in all forms — gender and gender identity, sexuality, faith, ethnicity, socio-economic status — we encourage students to take intellectual risks, to challenge their own assumptions and to learn to work collaboratively as global citizens and advocates for positive change.

The Athenian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, faith, sex, gender or gender expression, age, ability, sexual orientation, familial or marital status. The Athenian School is actively seeking to create a more culturally diverse school community and as such, we encourage people of color and members of the LGBTIQ community to apply.

Athenian’s salary and benefits are competitive and include medical, vision, and dental insurance, a retirement plan, a smoke-free environment, and a daily prepared lunch.

Please send letter of interest, current resume, and three references via email to: ushiring@athenian.org

Address your letter of interest to Dick Bradford, Head of Upper School. Please also include the particular source through which you learned about this position: job search website (which one?), professional referral organization (which one?), Athenian website, friend/colleague, etc.

School
The Athenian School
Contact Phone Number
925 362 7217