The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur is a Catholic, independent, college prepatory school for young women in grades 6 through 12.

A Catholic, Independent, College Preparatory School for Young Women, Grades 6 through 12

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Employment

Faculty & Staff Opportunities:

HEAD OF SCHOOL (Full-Time)

The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur invites nominations and applications for Head of School, a position to begin July 1, 2021. Located in Villanova, PA, The Academy of Notre Dame is a premier independent, Catholic, college preparatory school enrolling 550 girls in grades 6 through 12. Interested parties may view the job description and instructions to apply here.

 
LEARNING SUPPORT SPECIALIST (Full-Time)
 

The Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, an independent Catholic school for girls located in Villanova, Pennsylvania, seeks a Learning Support Specialist to provide academic support to students with documented learning differences and work with teachers to develop strategies for accommodation for these students. The Learning Support Specialist is a ten month employee beginning August 15 through June 15.  The Learning Support Specialist contributes positively to employee morale; maintains a professional, pleasant demeanor to all constituencies; maintains confidentiality on school matters both on and off campus; and supports the mission of the school.

GENERAL DUTIES:
  • Provides support to students and their families regarding academic strategies and accommodations.
  • Works one on one with students needing additional individualized support.
  • Meets with students and families to identify and articulate specific details regarding academic challenges and determines a course of action to be followed (psychological testing, classroom adjustments/accommodations etc); makes referrals to professionals as requested by families and serves as conduit for the gathering and transfer of academic information between teachers and outside professionals.
  • Collaborates with the 9th grade counselor to deliver study skills curriculum in the classroom setting.
  • Reads, interprets, and summarizes information provided by educational assessment; assists students in understanding assessment results with specific attention to strengths and talents highlighted by the assessment; meets with parents to discuss results and course of action; communicates assessment results to teachers.
  • Collaborates with teachers to develop strategies and accommodations that are based specifically on the results of assessment to allow the student to function at her optimal level of learning.
  • Coordinates and manages testing for students with documented learning accommodations; assists students in obtaining needed accommodations for the SAT, AP, and/or ACT exams.
  • Supports the transition to college for graduating seniors including compiling and forwarding  appropriate paperwork to the student’s collegiate student support office.
  • Supports teachers in accommodating students who qualify for extended assessment time.
  • Acts as the liaison between the Academy and the Delaware County Intermediate Unit.
  • Attends grade level and departmental meetings as requested by members of the department or administration.
  • Consults with the Admissions office regarding potential student admissions as requested.
  • Coordinates and consults with the appropriate counselor and faculty on behalf of students who have been absent for an extended period of time or are receiving short term accommodations for a health issue.
  • Provides professional development opportunities regarding learning disabilities, accommodations, assessment, differentiated instruction and other relevant issues to faculty and staff.
  • Maintains current knowledge of trends and legal responsibilities of educational professionals as they relate to students with disabilities; attends regional professional development as appropriate. 
EDUCATION:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Special Education, or a related field
  • Master’s degree preferred 
EXPERIENCE:
  • 3+ years in a school setting as a counselor or learning support specialist
COMPETENCIES REQUIRED:
Strong communication and interpersonal skills; current knowledge of supportive strategies for students with learning differences; high degree of cultural competency; dedication to girls’ education in a faith-based environment, ability to analyze and share testing data.
 
Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter, along with three professional references to Dr. Liz Willis, Associate Head of School, at lwillis@ndapa.org.