Faculty & Staff Positions
LEARNING SPECIALIST (FULL-TIME)
Would you like to be a part of a team that makes a difference in a young man's life?
School and Results
Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy is an independent, tuition-free, Jesuit middle school for boys from low-income communities. The children we serve lack access to high quality schools and support programs that can change the trajectory of their lives. Through our innovative educational program, the Academy offers a path of hope and resolve to young men in Baltimore City. The educational experiences and opportunities the Academy provides are designed specifically to address the needs of urban boys by developing the intellectual, physical, and social qualities of each student leading to their success in high school, college, and adult lives. Our results speak to that future. Over the school’s 24-year history, 98% of graduates have received a high school diploma. Eighty-eight percent of graduates go on to immediately enroll in college or other post-secondary education, surpassing the Maryland and national rates. The Academy is a private institution with a very public purpose.
Founded in 1993 and located in Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood, Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy is an extended day and eleven-month school year program for 115 fifth through eighth grade students representing 23 zip codes across Baltimore. Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy graduates attend exemplary public and private high schools, both day and boarding, in Baltimore and throughout the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions. Our Graduate Support Program provides counseling and advising support to over 180 graduates who are attending outstanding regional and national high schools and colleges. The Academy is an independent Catholic Jesuit school accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS) and sponsored by the Maryland Province of Jesuits. Grounded in that educational tradition, the Academy’s faculty and staff educate deserving young men to be intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious, and committed to doing justice. Learn more about our excellent educational program and the exceptional results we achieve at www.saintignatius.org.
Learning Specialist Role
The Learning Specialist at St. Ignatius Loyola Academy is responsible providing curriculum support to faculty as well as creating action plans for students identified as needing learning support. The Learning Specialist works an eleven month schedule, daily from 8:00am-5:00pm.
- Teach two hours per day of classroom based instruction. Subject/content area depends on experiences of the Learning Specialist and the needs of the Academy.
- Assist all students in setting academic goals.
- Serve as an educational resource to students either individually or in small groups by scheduling meetings as needed to
- Assist with organization skills
- Assist with time management skills
- Teach and demonstrate study techniques
- Help students prepare for assessments
- Meet with parents to guide them in better supporting their student at home
- Review report cards and meet weekly with all students who are on Academic Probation after failing a core class for a quarter.
- Attend grade level team meetings to hear academic concerns from faculty as well as provide. feedback on student interventions.
- Meet regularly with the Dean of Students and School Social Worker.
- Coordinate and analyze student standardized assessments with the Assistant Principal.
- Document and maintain student records around assessments and interventions.
- When a learning difference is suspected with a student, collaborate with the School Social Worker to have student evaluated by an outside testing agency (currently Loyola Clinic).
- Support classroom teachers in differentiating instruction and techniques to meet the needs of all learners.
- Collaborate with the Assistant Principal to organize meaningful professional development opportunities for faculty.
- Serve as a member of the Admissions Team and assist with the admissions process by
- Reviewing all application folders
- Interviewing potential students and families
- Attend all Saturday Jump Start Sessions
- Attend monthly, evening, PTA sessions.
- Attend quarterly Parent-Teacher Conferences.
- The learning specialist reports to the Academy’s Principal
- A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in an educational field. Master’s Degree preferred.
- Five years experience working with middle school age students.
- A strong knowledge of organization and study skills, and executive function strategies.
- An understanding of a variety of learning profiles.
- Must have high level of interpersonal skills to work with staff and parents dealing with sensitiveand confidential issues concerning a child’s learning differences.
- Experience in a team oriented collaborative work environment
- Be self-motivated, possess superior organizational skills, and a sense of humor
- Strong communication skills with the ability to write and speak with detail and precision
- Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google cloud based applications
The Learning Specialist is an 11 month, full-time, salaried, exempt employment position with a flexible schedule that is anchored around school days and the school calendar with occasional early morning and evening responsibilities. The successful candidate will begin her/his duties in July 2018.
Salary is competitive within the Baltimore area independent school market. The Academy offers a comprehensive benefits package including health benefits, life insurance, a technology device allowance, funding for continuing education, and an employer matching 401K retirement plan. Interested candidates should email a cover letter explaining why her/his professional experiences have prepared them to be a Learning Specialist at St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, a resume, and a list of three professional references with contact email addresses and phone numbers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy is an equal opportunity employer. The Academy actively seeks diversity in all categories of employment and at all employment levels. Individuals are treated without discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, disability or any other impermissible factor in accordance with federal, state or local law.
Volunteer Americorps Teacher Program (Filled)
Are you interested in teaching? How about in an environment with small class sizes and a dedicated, supportive faculty? Are you looking for an opportunity to coach and be an advisor to a small group of students?
The St. Ignatius Loyola Academy volunteer teacher program is a two-year program where you will work with highly motivated inner-city boys who attend the Academy on full scholarships and who are aspiring to attend competitive, college-preparatory high schools and colleges.