|Director of Academic Support (PreK-Grade 8)
The Park School is a Pre-K to Grade 8 independent school in Brookline, MA dedicated to excellence in education. The cornerstone of Park’s program is academic excellence, combining both high standards of scholarship and the encouragement of each child to develop to their greatest potential. Our school community fosters a nurturing environment in which children develop curiosity, express creativity, appreciate the value of hard work and discipline, and experience the joy of learning. Park’s faculty encourages each student to strive for intellectual, physical and moral growth and to become contributing members of the community.
The role of Director of Academic Support serves to oversee the Academic Support Department by supervising, scheduling, and supporting learning specialists; serving as a resource to faculty and guardians in their efforts to understand and accommodate students’ individual learning needs, and representing the department in student support meetings, conferences, faculty meetings, and planning meetings as necessary. The Director of Academic Support reports to the Division Heads.
- In collaboration with others at Park convey overall vision and direction for Academic Support Department in keeping with Park’s mission and values and current emphases/directions/policies
- Supervise Academic Support Department of seven learning specialists who provide targeted 1:1 instruction for students enrolled in Academic Support
- Oversee Academic Support enrollment, billing (with Business Office), scheduling, communication, hiring (with Division Heads), and representation in meetings and conferences as appropriate
- Coordinates summer tutoring for students in Academic Support
- Coordinate the process for recommending, securing, and processing results of educational testing. Consult with families, external testing professionals, and faculty regarding implementation of accommodations.
- Utilizes assessment data in collaboration with the Literacy and Math Specialists to monitor trends and student progress
- Keep the Parent Portal and Park website updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness of information related to the academic support process and program
- Collaborate with all Park School employees as appropriate
- Participate in and contribute to an adult learning community by engaging in meetings, discussions, committees, task forces, and professional development
- Complete administrative tasks and coverage duties as assigned (student supervision, attendance, reporting, documenting curriculum, etc.)
- Utilize feedback and reflection to improve practice and performance
- Ensure that respect for diversity, equity, and inclusion, social emotional learning, and academic excellence are emphasized as core values of the School
- Participate in school community activities
- Meet Park School Employee Essential Expectations
- Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s Degree in Education, Academic Support, or related field preferred
- Minimum Three (3) to five (5) years of learning support experience.
- Experience leading or coordinating a team is required.
- Depth of understanding of learning differences, research-based practices, and current trends in elementary education.
- Experience with the educational testing process including understanding results, recommendations, and accommodations required.
- Strong interpersonal skills with students, colleagues, parents, and guardians
- Strong communication skills, including experience in writing student comments and other school-related documents
- Motivation for and interest in professional development
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and learning
- To apply, visit the posting on our careers page and click apply. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and statement of teaching philosophy with your application.
- The Park School offers competitive salaries and benefits, including a strong professional development program.
- We welcome candidates who will add to the diversity of our community and who have demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in their teaching and learning.
- The Park School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or family composition or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its employment, education, admission, financial aid, and other policies and programs.
- Applicants must have legal authorization to work in the United States. The Park School will not sponsor an employment visa or take over sponsorship of an employment visa at this time for this role