Middle School Learning Specialist (Grades 6-8)
3245 Sheffield Avenue
Oakland, CA 94602
Redwood Day is a vibrant K-8 school where students, faculty, and staff all learn together on our four-acre campus in the heart of Oakland.. Everything we do is designed to keep every child engaged and growing. Academically, that means a world-class curriculum, the best teachers, and a focus on the individual student. Socially and emotionally, we teach students to work through challenges, respect each other’s differences, and honor their diverse community. We find great strength in multiple perspectives and embrace every opportunity to weave diversity in thought and action into our social, emotional, and academic lives.
Job Description and Desired Qualifications
The Middle School Learning Specialist is responsible for the overall coordination, oversight, monitoring, and remediation of student support services for students in 6th- 8th grades at Redwood Day. This position reports to the Middle School Director, and collaborates closely with the K-5 Learning Specialist, K-5 Reading Specialist, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, School Counselor, classroom teachers, parents, and outside professionals.
The Middle School Learning Specialist will provide direct services to students through interpreting recommendations and accommodations, collaborating with teachers to enhance differentiation, and ensuring the effective implementation of learning plans. This position helps Middle School students understand their learning styles, assists teachers working with students with different learning needs, and coordinates all learning plans for students with formal diagnosis that require accommodations.
The ideal candidate will have experience working with Middle School students and appreciate the opportunity to work with this age-group that is experiencing lots of transitions in three short years. They will also be a strong collaborator with other teachers and community members, have a strong commitment to meeting the learning needs of each student, and an interest in building a community.
As a member of the Middle School faculty and staff, this individual will serve as an Advisor to a group of 11-14 students, facilitate an enrichment activity, and participate in various student and community activities and professional development. Additional responsibilities include active involvement in collaborative teacher meetings, supervisory duties, and accompanying students on an annual outdoor education trip.
Schedule and Hours
This is a full-time, exempt position and begins in August 2024. To adequately prepare for the start of the school year, the Lower/Middle School Learning Specialists begin work one week prior to the start of August Work Week, or as otherwise directed by the Head of School.
● B.A. in related field; Master’s degree preferred
● Experience working with students with learning differences; middle school aged preferred
● Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion
● Culturally competent, responsive, and sensitive to diverse populations
● Strong time management and organizational skills
● Experience teaching in a middle school classroom setting
● Experience applying student accommodations in middle school classroom settings ● Experience supporting the development of executive functioning
● Experience partnering with parents and outside professionals to develop the best support plan for students
● Strong understanding of middle school developmental stages
● Knowledge and experience interpreting educational and psychological assessments ● Experience partnering with teachers to offer resources and training to enable faculty to better meet the needs of all learners
Redwood Day offers highly competitive compensation and benefits. The anticipated pay range the school reasonably expects to pay candidates for the full-time position of Middle School Learning Specialist is $79,000 to $103,000, depending on factors such as experience and education.
Limitations and Disclaimer
The above job responsibilities are meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities associated with the position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform other job-related duties requested by their supervisor in compliance with federal and state laws. Employment at Redwood Day is “at-will”. All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Offers are contingent on passing a background check and TB assessment.
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Redwood Day is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. We want to have the best available person in every job. School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race (including traits historically associated with race, including but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles), religion (including religious beliefs, observance or practice, including religious dress or grooming practices), color, sex (including gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, transitioned, transitioning or perceived to be transitioning), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital
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Authorized Employment Status
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