St. Mary’s Academy seeks a dynamic and experienced Learning Support Specialist to start the 2021 – 2022 school year. St. Mary’s Academy is a Catholic, private, college preparatory high school for young women, founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, that shapes women of distinction who are committed to lifelong learning and service to the “dear neighbor”. We are looking for an educator who exhibits excellence in the classroom, can articulate the school’s mission, and is interested in working collaboratively with colleagues and students.
Student Instruction and Support
● Work with students as needed in one-on-one, small groups, or class settings to support individual learning needs and/or challenges, including teaching academic skills, executive functioning skills, study skills, and/or test taking skills.
● Coordinate with the Director of Counseling to interpret and understand psychoeducational testing and other relevant assessments to develop, monitor, and update learning plans (ILPs), medical accommodation plans, progress reports, or other services for students.
● Monitor student progress and initiate progress reports when needed.
● Engage and encourage students in the active process of learning; help students develop and maintain accountability for their actions related to learning.
● Utilize school learning management systems such as PowerSchool and Google Classroom to track student progress.
● Function as the school’s Advanced Placement testing coordinator.
● Additional teaching duties as assigned (preferably Spanish 1/2).
Communication, Collaboration, and Consultation
● Provide parents, teachers, administrators, counselors, and/or outside parties with specific information about a student’s learning, academic performance, classroom instruction, and effective instructional techniques.
● Facilitate the completion of release forms for collaborating with outside professionals.
● Consult with teachers periodically to follow up on identified students and how best to work with students and their parents and to brainstorm academic strategies.
● Coordinate with students, parents, and outside professionals to process standardized testing accommodation requests (College Board/ACT) as needed.
● Make referrals and facilitate the process of outside evaluations as appropriate.
● Work with outside therapists, medical doctors, educational therapists, and other treatment providers to provide emotional, social, and educational support to students and their families as needed.
● Work with colleagues as needed for student support or transitions.
● Participate meaningfully in student support meetings and academy meetings.
● Work collaboratively with teachers, counselors, and Dean of Students to create comprehensive systems of student support.
● Lead presentations on learning challenges and academic support for students, parents, and faculty as needed.
● Lead and participate in professional development, collaborate with colleagues, and assume other duties as assigned.
● Keep necessary documentation and engage in ethical and legal practices and decision making.
● Communicate promptly and professionally with students, families, and colleagues.
● Attend all relevant faculty and school events.
● Other duties as assigned
Required Qualifications: Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Education, Child Development, Psychology, or related field from an accredited college or university.
Preferred qualifications: Graduate degree in Special Education, Educational Therapy, or related field. The preferred candidate would be bilingual in Spanish and English.
● Expertise in aspects of psychological, educational, and physical health (e.g., educational therapist, academic/executive functioning coach, behavioral analyst).
● Expertise in interpreting psychoeducational and neuropsychological reports.
● Experience reading individualized learning plans (IEPs, 504s, etc.).
● Understanding of learning and development in children and adolescence, including knowledge of educational support and interventions.
● Experience assessing, teaching, and/or supporting high school students with learning difficulties, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental differences.
● Experience implementing learning strategies with high school students using a range of approaches.
● Experience in consulting/communicating with teachers, administrators, and parents.
● Strong knowledge of pedagogy and educational tools, including relevant technology.
● Active commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
● A student-centered, global, and innovative approach to counseling and teaching.
Submit the following to St. Mary’s Academy, 701 Grace Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90301 or through email at email@example.com:
● Resume outlining qualifications and related background.
● Cover letter with a description of why you want to work at St. Mary’s Academy.
● Three professional references or two letters of reference dated within the past 1 year.
Dr. Kris Anderson
Phone: (310) 674-8470
701 Grace Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90301
St. Mary’s Academy (Inglewood)
701 Grace Ave
Inglewood, CA firstname.lastname@example.org