Director of Learning Support

Staff / Full-Time

Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick, MA

Director of Learning Support

Full Time

Salary Range:$65,000.00 To 70,000.00 Annually

Walnut Hill School for the Arts seeks an experienced Director of Learning Support to join the community for the 2022-2023 academic year.

The Director develops and manages comprehensive academic support services for all students at Walnut Hill, both those with learning differences and other students at the school who struggle academically or who seek academic support. In addition to empowering students to succeed in their classes, the Director of Learning Support works with the academic and artistic heads to develop the capacities and skills of the faculty to reach all students successfully. The Director of Learning Support manages and supervises professional and peer tutors and learning specialists and reports directly to the Director of Academic Studies.

As a boarding school, opportunities to live on campus and work as a dorm parent in the Residential Life program may be available. Dorm parent hiring is managed through the Student Life Office. Applicants interested in pursuing a position as a dorm parent may indicate their interest in the online application process.

Responsibilities

Direct Student Support

  • Conduct one-on-one meetings with students who are struggling academically, have been referred, or who have educational testing on file; meetings include, but are not limited to individualized coaching in organization, time management, and study skills; academic counseling to discuss academic concerns and identify strategies for improvement;
  • Teach drop-in and required classes to new and returning students related to study skills, executive functioning, and self-advocacy;
  • Learn and use appropriate technology including the school’s learning management system (LMS), Google suite, and other applications determined by School Administration to support and enhance the student learning experience;
  • Utilize the LMS to facilitate communication across the school community; monitor student grades, comments, and progress reports as required and as needed;
  • Keep records of correspondence with parents, progress of advisees, records of teaching practice and student work and utilize the LMS appropriately to communicate student issues; and
  • Assess, track, and communicate student progress to necessary parties that include the students, their families, advisors, teachers, and dorm parents.

Administrative and Other Learning Support Duties

  • Lead collaborative hiring process, and provide training and supervision for in-house and peer tutors;  provide written and verbal feedback to tutors, provide information about teaching resources where needed, and conduct evaluations and reviews per the school’s performance evaluation schedule; lead department meetings and foster a positive and educational environment for students and colleagues and support the school’s mission, vision, and core values;
  • Manage and oversee the budget for all tutoring needs; supply billing information to Student Billing and communicate with the Business Office as needed;
  • Develop and update accommodation plans for students that have diagnosed learning differences; communicate these plans to students, parents, teachers, and advisors;
  • Refer parents and students to outside professionals for educational evaluations, and interpret educational evaluations for teachers, students, and parents;
  • Lead parent workshops in matters related to learning support;
  • Create teaching and learning strategy profiles for students with formal testing;
  • Remain current on the school’s academic and artistic program requirements to actively guide students through planning and course registration; participate in weekly Student Resource Committee (SRC) meetings;
  • Support faculty to understand student learning profiles and to differentiate classroom instruction for students with varied learning styles or specific learning challenges;
  • Collect regular feedback from teachers on students of concern and participate in support team meetings to coordinate intervention responses;
  • Collaborate with department chairs and with individual teachers in developing faculty teaching skills and understanding of learning differences;
  • Review admission files of prospective students who have IEPs or 504 plans to provide feedback to the Director of Enrollment Management;
  • Collaborate with the Director of College Counseling to develop standardized testing preparation classes and tutoring options; and
  • Coordinate the process of applying for accommodations for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT exams for Walnut Hill students.

Community Involvement & Engagement

  • Serve as a student advisor and work individually with each advisee to maximize their experience at Walnut Hill and provide students with a consistent and caring adult relationship while at school;
  • Serve as a club advisor or the equivalent or provide weekend team duty as assigned by the Student Life office; and
  • Attend and participate in communal programs outside the classroom; plan, chaperone, and participate in field trips and outside activities; attend student performances, art openings, and art events throughout the year; support and engage richly in arts productions, shows, exhibitions, and performances.

Collaboration, Professional Development, and Training

  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across all departments to foster a positive working and educational environment for students and employees to support the school’s mission, vision, and core values;
  • Attend and participate in all faculty and staff meetings and department meetings; collaborate with department members and head on curriculum development, lesson planning, student issues, and department initiatives; participate in Departmental Reviews and self-study; participate and engage fully in individual reviews and evaluations; be open to feedback and work with Director of Academic Studies to set goals and expectations for the future;
  • Attend and participate in all Professional Development days, training programs, orientation programs, benefit meetings, mandatory seminars, team-building exercises, and safety training/drills; and
  • Pursue professional development opportunities in and out of school; display willingness and ability to grow, learn, explore new approaches, and practice self-reflection; work with department, colleagues, and school administration on educational and pedagogical growth and innovative tools and techniques in and out of the classroom.

Skills & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Master’s Degree in Special Education, Educational Therapy, or related field preferred;
  • 2+ years’ classroom teaching, tutoring, or learning specialist experience required; School leadership experience a plus;
  • Experience interpreting educational evaluations, IEP, and 504 plans;
  • High integrity and the ability to handle sensitive information with a high degree of discretion;
  • Exceptional organizational skills in order to balance small details and school-wide initiatives simultaneously;
  • Willingness and ability to continue to learn, research, and grow;
  • Ability to work with a wide range of people – students, parents, faculty/staff, and outside community members;
  • Experience with, or interest in, working with international students and families;
  • Understanding of the dynamics of learning differences and identity;
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a changing, fast-paced environment;
  • Commitment to working in and fostering an inclusive community;
  • Ability to speak authentically about the imperative for diversity, equity, and inclusion in schools;
  • Commitment to learning about and practicing anti-racist work;
  • Possession of a shared educational and artistic vision that aligns with the core principles of Walnut Hill;
  • Strong collaboration and team-oriented working and leadership skills along with the ability to balance a pursuit of academic, artistic, and institutional excellence with compassion and nurture for each individual;
  • COVID-19 vaccination & booster or valid exemption required; and
  • A positive attitude, passion for teaching and learning, and a sense of humor!

Physical Demands

Physical demands include dexterity for office machine and supply operation including but not limited to writing, typing, using electronic devices, computer, phone, calculator, copy machine, fax machine, and printers. Stooping, bending, traveling to/from locations on campus, ascending/descending stairs, reaching and sitting or standing for extended periods of time are common.

About us:

Walnut Hill School for the Arts, located in Natick, Massachusetts and 20 minutes from Boston, is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience designed for student artists in grades 9–post graduate. Walnut Hill combines a comprehensive college-preparatory academic curriculum with intensive, pre-professional artistic training in theatre, dance, music, visual art, and writing, film & media arts. Walnut Hill is committed to creating and enhancing an inclusive environment, and welcoming and celebrating a wide range of cultural, artistic, and educational backgrounds that compliments and supports our diverse community.

Commitment to the school’s Core Values, of Community, Growth, Excellence, Creativity, and Respect are imperative to the success of all Walnut Hill faculty, staff, and administration members. All Walnut Hill faculty/staff are active and engaged members of the school community who are committed to collaborating and growing in their field, participating in school events, supporting students in their arts, supporting other faculty/staff members, and who have the ability to self-reflect on their own practice. Adults at Walnut Hill participate in school events, support students in their arts, embrace the immersive, residential mission of the school, and support other employees in a warm and caring community of high expectations.

To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter through the Walnut Hill School for the Arts online Career Center.

Note: All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of state and federal background checks. Walnut Hill does not provide visa sponsorship.  

Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Natick, MA
High School, Post Graduate
Day, Boarding
All Gender