Reading and Learning Specialist

Title: Reading and Learning Specialist        
Date: 3/6/2024     
FLSA Classification: Full-time, exempt    
Reports To:
Director of Studies        

Solebury School seeks a qualified, experienced Reading and Learning Specialist to join our Bridge Department beginning in the 2024-2025 academic year. An intentionally small, all-gender, independent day and boarding school for students in grades 9-12, Solebury is nestled on a rolling 140-acre campus in the Pennsylvania countryside. Solebury students and faculty pursue learning as a shared endeavor. This approach to education is a cornerstone of Solebury’s educational philosophy, and successful candidates will be excited to join a school community built upon the principle of mutual respect. On-campus housing is possible based on availability.

Our Bridge Program classes help students whose success is hindered by executive functioning challenges, difficulty expressing ideas in writing, and/or other diagnosed learning differences. Students take a full schedule of classes and meet with a Learning Specialist in small groups to help them stay on track, complete assignments, and develop strategies to achieve the success their intelligence merits.

Our grade-level English Foundations classes are designed specifically for students who struggle with language-based learning tasks. The classes are taught in a small group setting and are specifically designed to meet grade-level English curricular goals while addressing each student’s individual learning needs.

Essential Functions 

  • Teach up to four (4) Bridge Program classes as well as up to two (2) small-group English courses
  • Collaborate with other members of the Bridge and English Departments to plan and implement individualized support for students enrolled in learning support classes
  • Foster a strong working relationship with students, colleagues, and families
  • Lead an after school activity (such as newspaper, walking club, or coaching) from 3:45-5:15pm three days per week for two out of the three trimesters
  • Participate in assigned weekend duties as part of the boarding program with the number of weekends based on housing
  • Serve as an advisor of up to eight students
  • Engage in continuing professional development

     

Competencies

  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in teaching and in working with students and community members
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong organizational, time management, and planning skills

Required Qualification
  

  •  Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Education, or related field.
    Demonstrated experience teaching high school students.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher in Master’s degree or higher in Master’s degree or higher in Special Education, Education, or related field.
  • Boarding and/or independent school experience.

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

  • Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

  • Physical: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, reach for or otherwise move objects, including textbooks and other teaching materials. Sedentary work involves sitting, standing and walking around the classroom

  • Communication: Activities include both hearing and talking to express or exchange ideas and information

  • Environmental conditions: Activities occur mostly inside and occasionally outside

  • Valid driver’s license required as well as ability to pass a variety of background checks

    Solebury School offers competitive wages and comprehensive benefits to all eligible employees, including: 
    Medical & Vision Insurance (free option for employees and employee plus children)

  • Dental Insurance

  • 403 (b) defined contribution retirement plan

  • Generous Paid Time Off (PTO) and School Holidays

  • Short and Long Term Disability insurance and life insurance
     

As part of the terms for employment and in accordance with state law, all employees undergo national, state and local background checks before starting. Employment is also contingent on the ability to establish eligibility for employment in the United States by providing appropriate documentation to complete the I-9 form and required certifications. All employees must have reliable transportation to and from school, and a valid driver's license is required.

Please submit resume and cover letter to Staci Freer, Special Projects Manager, via email: sfreer@mbshades.net. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. Interviews will begin immediately.

Solebury School seeks teachers who enjoy being a part of a culture of learning, where they are always striving to improve their teaching through feedback and self-evaluation. We value intellectual challenge and academic achievement alongside  mutual respect between students and teachers.

Since its founding in 1925, Solebury School has been a leader in progressive education.  We are an all-gender boarding and day school serving 255 students in grades 9-12. 
Solebury is an Equal Opportunity Employer.