Elementary School Learning Specialist

Mid-Pacific Institute Honolulu, HI
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*If you are interested in applying for this position, please download and complete the attached Mid-Pacific Institute Application Form. This form must be uploaded in the additional documents section to be considered for the position.*


JOB SUMMARY

The Learning Specialist is an integral part of the student services team school-wide. The Learning Specialist serves as a resource to support teachers in creating learning environments that are inclusive of the inherent variability within and across learners. The Learning Specialist will collaborate with the school psychologist and elementary principal to plan and execute professional development for teachers as well as being available to provide “just-in-time” support for teachers by answering specific questions and concerns and providing appropriate resources. The Learning Specialist is also responsible for helping parents, teachers, counselors, and students (when appropriate) to understand the specific challenges for individuals with identified LDs. The Specialist also assists in interpreting educational testing into usable knowledge for teachers. The LS works collaboratively with members of a students’ “team” (teachers, parents, counselors, outside service providers, etc.) to create a cohesive support plan that leverages student strengths and supports student needs.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Candidates must have a specific training and/or expertise in learning disabilities, adolescent development, speech and language development, and brain-based education—with a specific emphasis on executive functioning processes and skills. Duties, in addition to the development and implementation of learning support plans, include consultation with academic coaches, tutors, and professionals in the community and collaboration with students, parents, and teachers to provide academic support services.


SCHOOL SAFETY

  • Participate in the development of a safe and healthy workplace.

  • Comply with the instructions given for their own safety and health and that of others, in adhering to safe work procedures.

  • Take reasonable care to ensure their own safety and health and that of others.

  • Report any injury, hazard or illness immediately, to their Supervisor and Human Resources.

  • Not place others at risk by any act or omission, not willfully or recklessly interfere with safety equipment.

  • Act as a role model by demonstrating safe work behaviors.

  • Identify, assess if necessary, and control hazards within area of responsibility.

  • Ensure that equipment/supplies are properly maintained.

  • Maintain relevant knowledge of safety laws.

  • Mandatory reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement or child protective services, and Human Resources. Sexual abuse includes child molestation, any actual or alleged illegal or otherwise wrongful sexual conduct with a minor, and serial sexual misconduct, any actual or alleged illegal or otherwise wrongful sexual conduct with more than one victim; and committed by or alleged to have been committed by any perpetrator who is not a student of an included entity.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited university or college.

  • Professional Teacher Certification (including special education/reading specialty).

  • Course work and experience in special education or reading specialist.

  • Knowledge of relevant technology.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to implement formal and informal assessment programs (GMRT, SAT, Brigance, Wilson, others).

  • Passion for teaching and learning.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Our campus consists of multiple buildings on 44 hilly acres that requires frequent walking including uphill and stairs. The individual is required to talk and hear, often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to handle or feel and to manipulate keys on a keyboard. The employee may be required to stand, walk, lift and carry approximately 10-15 pounds, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, bend, kneel, crouch or crawl. Requires close vision.


MENTAL DEMANDS

On a daily basis employee must frequently problem solve, make decisions, supervise students, interpret data, grade, organize, write, plan, and clearly communicate.


EQUIPMENT USE

Telephone – frequently, Copier – occasionally, Computer – frequently, Projector – occasionally


WORKING CONDITIONS

Indoor – frequently, Outdoor – occasionally, Loud Noise – occasionally, Cold Temperatures – occasionally, Hot Temperatures – occasionally


WORK ENVIRONMENT

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT

Mid-Pacific Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, marital status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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