2019-2020 Learning Specialist - Elementary School

Headwaters School | Austin, TX, United States

Posted Date 7/01/2019

Headwaters School, a Pre-K through grade 12 independent day school serving 540 students across its three campuses in Austin, TX, is seeking a full time Learning Specialist in our Elementary School for the 2019-2020 Academic Year. The Learning Specialist works collaboratively with academic leadership, our faculty and our students. 

At Headwaters, our esteemed Faculty are responsible for fostering a positive environment of learning that responds to the particular needs of each child and classroom environment; helping each student to develop identity formation, to live authentically, to think expansively and to create bravely. Our ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in Special Education.

The Learning Specialist reports directly to our Head of Elementary School.

 Job Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in Special Education or a related field required
  • Minimum of 3 years teaching and/or 3 years in a school leadership position, preferably in student services
  • Possess significant knowledge of learning disabilities, and diagnostic assessment tools.  
  • Help classroom guides to develop and implement strategies that will allow students with different learning needs to achieve success
  • Strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Passion for working with elementary school-aged children
  • Ability to problem-solve complex student issues with professionalism and discretion
  • A commitment to personal and professional development
  • Is a creative individual and team player
  • Ability to maintain calm and focus
  • Operates with a high level of integrity 
  • Highly organized & tech savvy

The Elementary Learning Specialist is responsible for the following:

  • Create and coordinate learning support processes, school wide assessments and procedures to identify and address the developmental and specific learning needs of students from kindergarten through grade 5.
  • Set up clear structures for “office hours,” before, during and after school support time.
  • Collaborate closely with teachers, academic teams and Campus Head to identify students in need of internal support, external support, or outside evaluations.
  • Schedule and facilitate team meetings to identify students’ needs and appropriate assessment and intervention plans.
  • Observe classroom instruction, focusing on differentiation, for all students with the intent of providing ongoing trainings for teaching teams and PD for Elementary teachers in June (to close the school year) and in August (to open the school year).
  • Work closely with the academic teams to support and educate the Elementary faculty on understanding learning differences on this campus.
  • Support the needs by creating plans, coaching teachers, providing on-going assessments of identified students requiring supplemental academic instruction for both remediation and enrichment.
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers to design meaningful professional development and support.
  • Support teachers with providing small group interventions to students, particularly in reading, writing, and math.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position and compensation is competitive for the greater Austin area. The school offers a wide-range of benefits including generous paid time off, 100% paid medical insurance for an employee on our HSA/High Deductible plan, 401(k) employer matching, on-going professional support and continuing education opportunities, and a unique working environment where you are able to share and receive ongoing feedback.

Interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and educational philosophy statement Leslie Hirsch, Director of Human Resources at hr@headwaters.org to apply. 

As a 501(c)3 non-profit school, Headwaters School provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Headwaters School complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall and transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Headwaters School expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Headwaters School employees to perform their expected job duties is absolutely not tolerated.

Montessori Credentials Held
Credential Required (level not specified)
Education Required
Master's Degree
Job Type
Specialty/Auxilliary Classroom Instructor
Position Type
Full-Time (academic year)
Phone(512) 480-8142

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