• Full Time
  • Atherton, CA
  • July 31, 2024

Website Sacred Heart Schools

Lead Learning Specialist, K-5


Job Details


Position Summary


Position Purpose: Lead the lower school learning services team (K-5) to ensure high-quality services are provided to all students.


Specific Expectations for P-8 Employees: In addition to regular teaching responsibilities (including but not limited to preparing curriculum and grade reporting, class prep, student reporting – report card narratives, parent-teacher conferences, supervision duties, classroom substitution, advisory, elective teaching, office hours, outdoor education/field trips, etc.), the following duties and responsibilities are required as part of the P-8 faculty/staff workload: Responsibilities beyond the boundaries of teaching assignments that foster a growth mindset in order to continually improve our P-8 program such as professional development and trainings, attendance of or participation in, mandatory meetings and/or events (Director’s Days, Open Houses, accreditation meetings, etc.) are required as directed by your supervisor. All employees will be paid appropriately and according to current law. All employees will be paid appropriately and according to current law. If staff are required to work outside of regular work schedule, permission to work outside of the regular work schedule is required; non-exempt employees will receive overtime pay, as eligible.


Essential Functions


Core Responsibilities:


• Oversee the implementation of processes for supporting students needing accommodations by reviewing outside testing reports, identifying strategies to meet the needs of evaluated students, planning for and communicating with teachers regarding implementation of student accommodations and differentiated lesson planning

• Systematically check in with teachers on how lesson plans are being differentiated, and accommodations are being implemented, to ensure for consistency and fidelity across grade levels

• Oversee student transitions between grade levels, including the collaboration on class lists, development of transition plans and the coordination of services and supports

• Collaborate with Point of Contact teachers to analyze and interpret benchmark data related to student performance to inform decision-making and improve outcomes:

• STAR, F&P, ERB Milestone, and curriculum based measures


• Collaborate closely with the school counselor

• Provide professional development opportunities for staff and the parent community to enhance their skills and knowledge related to educational services

• Collaborate with the Director of OMCS in partnership to ensure that all students are supported in an equitable manner

• Collaborate with the Director of Admissions to ensure screening processes are appropriately identifying factors that affect student levels of performance

• Actively participate in a collaborative employee culture that is committed to being at the leading edge of P-8 education

• Perform additional duties assigned by the Principal and support the school and its leadership


Case Management


• Ensure that SHS has a robust case management system for supporting students that is both age-appropriate as well as cohesive across multiple divisions, including student life and counseling

• Facilitate and document ongoing communication with families, teachers, and administrators to discuss accommodations, recommendations, supports, and student progress

• Facilitate Student Study Team (SST) meetings as student concerns grow to require tier 2 or 3 support/intervention

• Conduct student observations to inform follow-up with teachers and families


Campus Leadership


• Facilitate the Student Support Team, which currently includes the Principal, Assistant Principal(s), Director of OMCS, LS Learning Support Specialists, the School Counselor(s), to provide opportunities for team members to grow, develop, and feel supported and nurtured, while ensuring that the whole child is supported

• Educate faculty, including specialist teachers and administrators, about supporting neurodiverse students, and serve as both a resource and faculty trainer

• Work with teachers to effectively enable students to use diverse learning strategies in the classroom

• Meet regularly with Directors and Division Heads on a regular cadence to ensure student learning is progressing and families feel supported




• Education equivalent to the completion of a Master of Arts (MA) or higher degree in special education, educational administration, counseling and guidance, or closely related field

• A minimum of three (3) years of successful experience in a responsible administrative position performing student support services and/or related functions; and a minimum of five (5) years of successful experience as a classroom teacher, counselor, school nurse or other related certificated position

• Demonstrated experience effectively forming and leading teams of colleagues as a coach, mentor, director or similar role

• Demonstrated skill in designing and executing on systems for case management

• Skilled in Google suite


• Experience and demonstrated excellence in classroom teaching

• Ability to both envision and communicate a compelling strategic vision and to execute the essential functions of the position stated above

• Ability to balance dynamic relationships with parents and outside professionals

• Demonstrated commitment to teaching and learning in a diverse, dynamic, and progressive school community

• Proficiency communicating with varied constituents around complex topics while effectively balancing candor and warmth

• Desire and ability to work in a collegial, highly collaborative environment

• Deep understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and context associated with Sacred Heart Atherton’s mission and educational philosophy as evidenced in Sacred Heart School’s Goals & Criteria, and its identity as an independent, Catholic school

• A commitment to anti-racism and demonstrated skill designing equitable and inclusive educational experiences and learning environments that incorporate themes of diversity and justice

• Collaborative, consensus-building leadership style with an approachable, relational, and responsive way of working with all constituencies

• Outstanding written and oral communication skills in English supporting excellent interpersonal communication. Additional skills in Spanish are valued and preferred

• Demonstrated ability to give and receive feedback

• Demonstrated excellent punctuality and attendance


Physical Requirements and Work Environment


• Works in a fast moving and dynamic environment dealing with a wide variety of challenges, deadlines and a varied and diverse array of contacts

• Must comply with all state vaccination requirements and show proof of vaccination including but not limited to COVID-19 or proof of eligibility for exemption

• May work at a desk and computer for extended periods of time

• Be able to occasionally and safely lift up to 30 lbs. and regularly lift up to 10 lbs.

• Work primarily in a traditional climate controlled classroom environment

• Must be able to regularly travel safely and comfortably across the 64 acre campus


Salary: Please note that if there is a salary estimate listed for this position, it is being automatically generated from the career website and may not be an accurate reflection on the salary for this position. However, we offer competitive compensation based on years of experience and skills level. This position offers health and welfare benefits subject to plan parameters, including medical, dental, vision, Life & LTD, 403(b) retirement plan and more.


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