Upper School Learning Specialist

Faculty / Full-Time

Thayer Academy, Braintree, MA

Thayer Academy’s Upper School seeks a student-focused collaborator to work in its Upper School Hale Learning Center (HLC). This full-time, salaried position provides academic support for students, particularly those with language-based learning differences. The Upper School Learning Specialist reports to the Hale Learning Center Director.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement, coordinate, and supervise on-campus academic support of students with learning differences in grades 9-12.
  • Provide direct support to students through one-on-one sessions and/or small groups setting including before and after school.
  • Communicate with teachers of these students regarding approaches that should be utilized in the classroom setting, and provide push-in support through observation and teaching collaboration when appropriate.
  • Collaborate with Upper School Counselors to support families in the process of neuro-psychological testing for identified students for the purposes of reviewing neuro-psych evaluations.
  • Create Academic Support Plans for students with educational testing; distribute and educate faculty on these plans; and continue to monitor throughout their Upper School years.
  • Serve as a school representative to coordinate testing with outside providers.
  • Coordinate and help provide accommodations for standardized testing programs.
  • Advise a group of 7-8 students.
  • Contribute to the school community as an athletic coach (preferred) and/or leader of student activities.
  • Apply inclusive practices that value the humanity of all students.
  • Participate in professional growth opportunities.
  • A degree in Special Education or related field (i.e. Reading) with particular strengths in supporting students with language-based learning differences.
  • Experience working in an educational setting with students with learning differences.
  • Familiarity with  IEPS, educational/ neuropsychological testing and with differentiated instruction and other methodologies
  • Strong organizational skills and confidence in developing, implementing, and coordinating academic support for a broad range of students.
  • Passion for working with high schoolers and desire to build meaningful relationships.
  • Commitment to working in and fostering an inclusive community.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in the classroom, in curriculum, and in relationships with members of the school community
  • High level of comfort and experience with technology in an educational setting.
  • Willingness to work on a team in a collaborative department.
  • Ability to communicate and listen effectively with students and families.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience co-teaching
  • Experience with differentiated instruction and leading professional development

Application Information

  • Please click here to complete an application and upload your resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three to five references including two present or past supervisors.
  • Equal Opportunity Act: Thayer Academy is an equal opportunity employer. The Academy complies with and adheres to all state and federal anti-discrimination laws with respect to its employment practices. Thayer Academy does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin or ancestry, age, or disability, or any other category protected under state or federal law. This policy extends to recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, assignment, working conditions, promotions, transfers, termination, re-employment, education, tuition assistance, employee treatment, and all other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. All employment-related decisions are made on a nondiscriminatory basis so as to further the principle of equal employment opportunity.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act: Thayer Academy complies with all aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and state disability laws. This means that we will not discriminate against qualified individuals with a disability in any phase of the employment relationship including application for employment, hiring, promotions and/or advancement opportunities, termination, compensation, training and ,any other conditions or privileges of employment.

Thayer Academy

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