RPS seeks candidates for the position of Learning Specialist. This is a full-time position. The Learning Specialist is an advocate for and partner with students and their families, working to build self-advocacy skills and metacognitive strategies. The goal of the Learning Specialist is to support students in reaching their full potential.
The Learning Specialist may focus on the follow areas:
Work with Upper School (US) and Middle School (MS) students as needed in one-on-one, small groups, or class settings to support individual learning needs and/or challenges, with a goal to develop skills such as self-advocacy, management, organization, motivation, working memory, flexibility and problem-solving
Work in partnership with parents, students, faculty, and administrators to interpret and understand psychoeducational testing and other relevant assessments to develop, monitor, and update Learning Profiles
Coaches and supports faculty to develop strategies to implement accommodations and support students
Maintains communication with faculty and with families about students’ needs and progress and provides parent support as needed
Consult with teachers periodically to follow up on identified students and how best to work with students and their parents and to brainstorm academic strategies
Provides training on best practices in differentiation and learning support to faculty
Develops strong, trusting relationships with each student and their family, as well as with each member of the faculty.
Coordinate with students, parents, and outside professionals to process standardized testing accommodation requests (College Board/ACT) as needed
Make referrals and facilitate the process of outside evaluations as appropriate and work with outside therapists, medical doctors, educational therapists, and other treatment providers to provide emotional, social, and educational support to MS/US students and their families as needed
Experience assessing, teaching, or supporting high school/middle school students with learning difficulties, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental differences
Experience implementing creative learning strategies with high school/middle school students, using a range of approaches
Experience in consulting/communicating with teachers, administrators, and parents
Strong knowledge of pedagogy and educational tools, including relevant technology
Independence, problem-solving, and strong social skills are highly valued
A student-centered, global, and innovative approach to counseling and teaching is preferred
Required Qualifications: Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Special Education, Education, Child Development, Psychology, or related field from an accredited college or university
Preferred qualifications: Graduate degree in Special Education or related field
About Rutgers Preparatory School
Our Mission: Through excellence in education, we inspire students to discover and pursue their passions, embrace intellectual curiosity and creativity, and lead with confidence.
Rutgers Prep provides a positive value of self where our students are training to be the leaders of tomorrow. Within a climate of trust, safety, and support, our students embrace intellectual curiosity and creativity in a coeducational college prep school serving over 600 students from age three to grade twelve. Our families speak more than 50 languages and come from over 90 zip codes and twelve countries, and our alumni now live and work all over the world.
We offer the following benefits: Medical/Dental/Vision/Life/Disability Insurance, EAP, FSA, 403(b), Vacation/PDOs