Director of Jones Academic Center
POSITION SUMMARY: The Director of the Jones Academic Center is responsible for supervision and management of everyday operations of the Learning Center, which encompasses recommendation and implementation of classroom accommodations, tutoring, retention efforts, and testing. The Director is responsible for the oversight and development of learning support programs and operations associated with student academic preparation, retention interventions, developmental education and support. This person should exhibit strong leadership and communication skills, should be entrusted with confidential information, and should practice a growth mindset by staying abreast of current and developing trends in higher education and learning assistance programs. This position reports to the Division Directors and works directly on the Lower School administrative team.
ESSENTIAL TASKS: Employee must be able to perform the following essential functions to the satisfaction of the employee’s supervisor:
● Develop, implement, and maintain academic center policies, procedures, and department budget.
● Manage all activities related to planning, development, delivery, communication, and organization of training programs and initiatives, including hiring and evaluation of personnel.
● Support students directly in one-on-one coaching sessions and small group instruction utilizing research-based best practices.
● Partner with classroom teachers to identify, refer, and support students who may need early intervention in math and/or literacy. Continue follow-up communication with faculty, staff, parents, and students and assess effectiveness of student learning.
● Meet with families to discuss results of psychoeducational evaluations and design Educational Support Plans to be implemented by classroom teachers.
● Develop and implement assessment tools, plans, and reports to evaluate student growth.
● Utilize USJ’s referral system to ensure the most at-risk students are receiving appropriate instructional support interventions.
● Maintain records and reports for certification and assessment purposes.
● Communicate effectively in a professional, tactful, and courteous manner with students, parents, employees, and faculty.
● Perform assigned responsibilities according to established best practices in a safe manner and with minimal supervision.
● Develop, implement, and oversee tutoring model; lead professional and peer tutors in the development and implementation of specialized supplemental instruction programming.
● Regularly meet with Middle and Upper School testing coordinators to ensure divisional alignment with regard to accommodation expectations.
● Other duties as assigned by the Head of School or Division Director.
QUALIFICATIONS: A professional background in Education, preferably with an advanced degree in Exceptional Education or a related field. A minimum of 5 years of experience working in a school-based or similar setting providing learning support for students. Familiarity with interpreting psychoeducational evaluation reports and developing learning support plans based on psychologist recommendations.
A desire to work collaboratively with other Learning Specialists, support staff, and faculty in the best interest of the student. A caring person who believes in seeing each student exceed his or her potential and is able to effectively communicate with empathy and clarity with teachers, students, and parents.
Interested and qualified candidates should submit electronically in one email and as separate documents (PDFs) the following materials:
● A cover letter expressing their interest in this particular position
● A current resume
● A statement of educational philosophy
● A list of three professional references with name, phone number, and email address (references will be contacted only with prior candidate approval).