Executive Functioning and Literacy Specialist

Faculty / Full-Time

Acera School, Winchester, MA

Executive Functioning and Literacy Specialist – 

Acera: The Massachusetts School of Science, Creativity and Leadership

Winchester, MA (8 miles north of Boston) 

Overview: Acera is looking for an Executive Functioning and Literacy Specialist to become a support for our students and a member within our student support team. At Acera, we foster intrinsic motivation and good judgement in students within a progressive, student- centered school. For this role, we require 3+ years of experience. As an executive functioning and literacy specialist, you will enable students to develop their organization, planning, and implementation skills, their writing skills, and their decision making abilities. Send resume and cover letter which describes your educational and tutoring philosophies and your salary expectations to: hiring@aceraschool.org 


Acera Vision: 

We envision a world in which schools engage students in meaningful learning, in which teachers are freed as entrepreneurs in their classrooms, and in which students can become the best version of themselves, given each students’ unique capacities, needs, and passions. The Acera school day program provides students with unbounded access to learning, offering high capacity students opportunity according to their ability, not age. Acera’s enrichment programs (after school, summer, and vacation week camps) are open to the public, and our Education Innovation efforts are actively engaging in public school projects to support educational change. We also partner with organizations beyond our walls, creating programs rich in sciences, technology, engineering, creativity and arts. We operate both as a lab school and a microcosm of what is possible for other schools. We seek to grow students’ emotional intelligence and enable them to become the best version of themselves. Our mission, across our core school day program, enrichment programs and within our partnerships, is to develop the next generation of innovators, leaders and creative thinkers who can make a positive impact in the world.

Job Description:


Bring your highly collaborative approach, and deep commitment to customizing students’ experiences to fit their needs to our school. The successful candidate will  have a highly collaborative and accountable approach to support, team with teachers, counseling staff and tutors, and intervene with good judgment. We have a core school program with 140 students ages 5-15, and a summertime STEAM Learning Lab program that offers year-round enrichment to the public.  As an executive functioning and literacy specialist, use strong skills in listening, supporting, skill building, and facilitation to:

  • Enable student growth in executive functioning (task initiation, planning and prioritizing, flexible thinking, organization, etc)
  • Partner with teachers, counseling team and parents to assure students get interventions and skill building opportunities that align with their learning profile 
  • Provide individualized support for students via our Student Support Program under the guidance of the Student Support Program Manager both during the school day and in before/after school 1:1 sessions
  • Enable student growth in written expression
  • Be a flexible member of the community to step in as needed across the school 
  • Support parent meetings and education efforts 


  • Join classrooms for literacy support
  • Provide Orton-Gillingham reading support 1:1 as needed
  • Continuously learn and improve practice by learning from others on staff and participating in professional development programs. 




  • 3+ years of experience supporting student development (as tutor, writing coach, teacher, etc.) 
  • Experience coordinating across staff members, as a team member and/or team leader 
  • Ability to scan complicated social and community gatherings, and hone in and offer support as needed 
  • Excellent organization, follow through, documentation, and project management skills in written and verbal formats 
  • Ability to facilitate and support student groups to progress through projects, maintain a culture of mutual respect, and make plans and next steps to learn and evolve 
  • Mac proficiency 
  • Experience with elementary and middle school learners
  • Orton-Gillingham training and/or certification
  • A bring-it-on, can-do, let’s make it happen, whatever it takes attitude! 
  • A kind heart, a thoughtful mind, and a generous spirit 
  • Literacy specialist license, special education license, and/or training in specific tools or programs for kids with language-based learning disabilities highly preferred
  • See challenges as opportunities for invention. Positive, the “glass is half full” orientation. Enables others to reframe their distress into seeing challenges as opportunities
  • Flexibility to step in, help and do whatever is needed to support our programs, our teachers, our parents, and our students 


Salary & Benefits: 

  • School year position, full time
  • Four weeks paid time off: 2 weeks for December break, 1 week February break, 1 week April break 
  • Health and dental benefits available, SIMPLE IRA
  • School-aged children of full time employees are able to attend Acera’s after school and summer programs free of charge 



Please submit cover letter, resume, philosophy of education and beliefs about tutoring/coaching, and salary expectations to: hiring@Aceraschool.org 


Anticipated Start Date: August 30, 2022


Equal Opportunity Employer

Acera is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. 


Conditions of Offer:  

You must provide documentation of a completed COVID vaccination series. 

All offers of employment are contingent upon CORI, SORI and fingerprint-based background checks, as required by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), our company is required to verify the identity and work authorization of all newly hired employees. Therefore, if you accept this position, you will be required to complete a Form I-9 upon hire. Within 3 days of beginning employment, you will need to supply acceptable documentation days of beginning employment, you will need to supply acceptable documentation (as noted on the Form I-9) of your identity and work authorization.


Acera School

Winchester, MA
Elementary, Middle School, High School
All Gender