The Learning Resource Center (LRC) is committed to supporting students as they access their learning potential when given equitable opportunities in inclusive and responsive environments. The program offers one-on-one and small group remediation as well as academic support that is fully integrated with each student’s academic program with a focus on advocacy. As a member of the LRC, learning specialists are assigned a case load of students (K-12) and work with individuals or small groups on identified learning needs. Learning specialists also provide classroom enrichment and intervention. As members of the larger school community, learning specialists are expected to work with students and their families, classroom teachers, and administrators to implement learning plans and strategies. The learning specialist serves as a teacher, mentor, and coach to our students. They are an integral part to our student’s success.
As a senior learning specialist, this individual will also serve as a mentor and coach to other members of the LRC. They will embody a teamwork mentality by proactively helping their colleagues and actively shaping a positive team culture. This individual will assist with managing testing accommodations for students, facilitate LRC programming across school divisions and within the LRC, and work closely with the director of the Learning Resource Center on projects as needed.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Provide direct individual or small group services to identified students on a regularly scheduled basis;
Collaborate with other school and off-campus professionals working with identified learning needs;
Participate in developing and implementing plans for students who qualify for learning specialist services;
Write, implement, and monitor goals of students who qualify for learning specialist services;
Consult and maintain consistent communication with school personnel, student’s parents, and Director of the Learning Resource Center;
Engage in professional growth responsibilities keeping abreast of best practices in learning differences and neurodiversity;
Complete treatment notes and progress reports in timely manner and according to school policy;
Document all aspects of work with students in accordance with school guidelines;
Contribute productively to the school as a whole;
Attend and participate in school events outside of regular school hours;
Demonstrate knowledge of, and support, La Jolla Country Day’s mission, vision, value statements, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior;
Perform other related duties as required and assigned.
Master’s degree in a field related to educational therapy
Board Certified Educational Therapist (BCET) is preferable
7+ experience working as an educational therapist/learning specialist with K-12 students with diagnosed learning differences
A passion for education
Ability to adhere to a high level of professional and ethical standards
Demonstrated knowledge of current best practices in the area of learning differences including but not limited to dyslexia, dyscalculia, and executive functioning difficulties
Demonstrated understanding of Response to Intervention (RTI)
Demonstrated ability to teach in the classroom setting
Demonstrated ability to teach in 1:1 setting
Demonstrated effective communication skills and an ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team
Demonstrated track record of being a team player and community minded
Commitment to meeting the needs of a diverse student population
Commitment to continued professional growth
Excellent time management skills, flexibility, and ability to work independently and problem solve
Proficiency with Google Docs and on-line data keeping systems
The ideal candidate will possess or demonstrate the following: a growth mindset, self-motivation, positive energy, strong interpersonal skills, a service-oriented and a team approach to work, approachability, openness to new and divergent ideas, excellent oral and written communication skills, and comfort in an educational setting where children and adults are present.
All school personnel must successfully complete a fingerprint background check through Live Scan and provide current tuberculosis clearance.
About La Jolla Country Day School
La Jolla Country Day School (LJCDS) is an independent coeducational day school for students in early childhood (age 3) through Grade 12. LJCDS prides itself on identifying students, faculty, and staff of exceptional character and possess a strong work ethic and desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Infusing every aspect of our school is a dignity model created by Donna Hicks, PhD. Based at Harvard University, Dr. Hicks has more than twenty years of experience in international conflict resolution. LJCDS is featured in chapter five of her book, Leading with Dignity: How to create a culture that brings out the best in people. This honor and LJCDS’ commitment to Leading with Dignity in every way—and every day—ensures rigorous academics, arts and athletics, transformative community service and a culture of philanthropy wherein the whole student is developed to Inspire Greatness for a Better World by Leading with Dignity.