Merion Mercy Academy, an independent Catholic girls’ school outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, seeks a dynamic and student-centered educator to serve as a Learning Specialist beginning July 2021.
Reporting to the Director of Innovation, Teaching and Learning, the Learning Specialist will help students identify learning differences to develop the skills, dispositions, and strategies necessary to thrive at Merion Mercy. The Learning Specialist will partner with faculty to develop differentiated strategies for students that ensure classroom and testing accommodations are being implemented.
As a specialist in Universal Design for Learning, the Learning Specialist will assist students across all curricular areas in developing metacognitive, organizational, time management, and analytical thinking skills. A special focus will be building relationships with the ninth grade class and international students so they are connected to resources, develop agency and achieve success. In collaboration with the Student Support Team, the Learning Specialist also will assist in developing and monitoring personalized learning plans for struggling students.
The Learning Specialist must be a student-centered educator who embraces Mercy values, possesses strong interpersonal skills and espouses a growth mindset. The ideal candidate embraces the role of social emotional learning in creating the foundation for both academic success and health and wellness in girls.
Recommend in-school and community resources for identified students and work with professionals outside the school to support students
Coordinate the use of external tutors and learning specialists
Collaborate with teachers to support students with educational testing
Collaborate with the MCIU to coordinate screenings and facilitate support
Provide assistance to families as they navigate the evaluation process
Participate in weekly student support meetings to assess student progress and review concerns
Remain current with best practices in the field of student support services and diverse learners
Proctor extended time tests for students who qualify for extended time testing
Apply to College Board/ACT for accommodations for students
Coordinate work for students with extended absences due to medical considerations.
Review students’ cumulative folders, standardized tests scores, teacher comments and observations in order to assist the School in supporting students
Work with faculty in instructional design (UDL) to support differentiation in learning activities and assessments of learning
Support Admissions by occasionally reading incoming student evaluations
Offer occasional educational programs for faculty and parents
Facilitate transition of incoming ninth grade and international students
Interested candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and statement of educational philosophy along with three professional references to Anne Gregg, Administrative Assistant to the Head of School, email@example.com.
Merion Mercy Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in the administration of its hiring practices
Master’s degree (courses and/or concentrations in special education preferred)
Demonstrated expertise in providing instructional support for diverse learners at the high school level (independent school experience preferred)
Proven success as a leader in program development
Outstanding interpersonal and organizational skills and ability to maintain confidentiality
Deep respect for teenage girls and their unique needs
About Merion Mercy Academy
An independent, Catholic, all-girls' college preparatory high school for grades 9-12 located in Merion Station, PA.