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Director of the Teaching and Learning Center


POSITION DETAILS

Posted December 10, 2021
Non-Teaching
10-Month Full-Time

This experienced educator works within and leads the Pre-K to 12 Teaching and Learning Center program and team, including the Accelerated Learning Program, to provide the necessary services and support to students, teachers and parents so that every student has the opportunity to be successful and independent learners. As an academic leader for the school, this person helps foster a dynamic environment of teaching professionals who are continuously growing and collaborating to support the mission and values of the school with the primary goal of crafting a superior student academic experience around Darlington’s Cycle of Learning. This position will start in August, for the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field preferred along with substantive related experience and proven leadership ability.
  • Experience working with dyslexic students and training in a reading remediation program such as Orton Gillingham or Wilson preferred.
  • Ability to communicate and work well with people in one-on-one and group situations
  • Excellent interpersonal skills enabling the position to deal with delicate, emotional, and sensitive conversations with a variety of people and foster a sense of collaboration and unity among teachers, parents, and students.
  • A desire and ability to continue his/her education and certifications
  • Familiar with a variety of the field's concepts, practices, and procedures
  • Can use experience, judgment, creativity, and independence to plan and accomplish goals

Responsibilities

  • As a learning specialist, support assigned students with different learning styles by implementing intervention, advising, and remediation strategies that promote a greater chance of academic success for students and teachers.
  • Partner with the Admissions staff to review candidate files and provide additional screening to determine the resource needs for each applicant with learning differences. Make recommendations as to whether the school can successfully meet the academic needs of the applicant. 
  • Work with admission candidates and their families to provide a smooth academic transition to Darlington. As appropriate, provide data (academic history, transcripts, intake testing data, and interpretation of educational testing) of new students to faculty.
  • Write academic learning plans which include accommodations and support services for students.
  • Actively participate in appropriate leadership meetings and committees.
  • Hire and supervise Learning Specialists at all grade levels, assist in establishing and supporting professional goals, and evaluate their progress in meeting those goals.
  • Establish mechanisms to collect data regarding the implementation of services and evaluate the effectiveness of the Learning Center in meeting its goals.
  • Deliver professional development for faculty based on identified needs.
  • Support student academic initiatives, including academic student leaders and programs like AMP (Academic Mentoring Program).
  • Serve as College Board SSD coordinator and oversee all standardized testing accommodations.
  • Work with psychologists of students to identify testing needs and appropriate resources.
  • Maintain a list of testing psychologists and their areas of expertise in order to refer potential students for evaluation.
  • Identify summer support resources and develop summer support programs on campus if necessary.  Collaborate with other programs to identify ways to enrich or remediate students during the summer.
  • Work with counselors, both internally and externally, to support emotional needs of students with learning differences.
  • Formulate and oversee the department budget.
  • Keep informed of the latest changes in the industry and research, evaluate and recommend new and updated research for the improvement of academic and administrative areas of the School.
  • Attend conferences and participate in school visits in order to maintain a network of professional resources to benefit the department and school.
  • Oversee and continue to develop the Upper School study skills curriculum.

These are illustrative duties and the position holder will be expected to become involved in a range of work to enable the department to respond effectively to the evolving needs of Darlington School. 

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