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Posted
March 8, 2019
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Learning Specialist
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Vistamar School
El Segundo, CA

Full Time Learning Specialist/School Counselor
Reports to: Assistant Head of School
August 2019

Vistamar School is a college preparatory, co-educational, independent day school that serves a very diverse population of students in grades 9-12, supported by a generous program of Moderated Tuition. Approximately 35% of our students participate in our Moderated Tuition program, and approximately 50% of our students identify as students of color. As described in our mission statement, we seek to attract a faculty and student body who bring diversity of thought and culture to our school community, and who will be committed to ensuring that we provide an inclusive environment for the respectful exchange of multiple perspectives. Vistamar is located in the eastern-most section of El Segundo. The school is close to major freeway interchanges and is well serviced by public transportation, including a commuter rail station.

Since our opening in 2005, enrollment has grown steadily to 280 students, who are drawn from over 50 different middle schools and over 35 different zip codes in greater Los Angeles. Both tuition and salaries are competitive with other Los Angeles- area independent schools. Vistamar is fully accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and holds institutional memberships in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Council of International Schools (CIS).


Overview of the Position
The central mission of the Learning Specialist/School Counselor is to ensure that Vistamar School identifies and supports its students who learn differently and to provide appropriate instruction and intervention based on educational best practices supported by neuroscience research.

The Learning Specialist/School Counselor holds responsibility for managing testing/therapeutic processes for all students throughout the school year and works collaboratively with the faculty to ensure students are progressing appropriately toward graduation. When a student demonstrates a concerning pattern of performance and/or behavior, this position will lead the process of assessing and making recommendations for appropriate actions to support the student and family alongside the Student Services Team. For some students, this work involves making referrals for diagnostic evaluations, assisting parents and faculty in interpreting evaluation results, or making referrals for specialized services.

The Learning Specialist/School Counselor’s role also includes responsibility for working collaboratively with faculty members, and includes helping write and design individualized learning plans for students and updating them as needed. This position will work very closely with our part-time MFT and Student Services Team to oversee the social/emotional wellbeing of our students.

Key Responsibilities
● Leads the process for identifying, monitoring, and remediating students who learn differently. This involves interfacing with faculty, parents, and private contractors on behalf of students who require specialized academic instruction
● Educate faculty and parents on topics relevant to learning differences and cultivating a network of community professionals to support Vistamar students and families.
● Read and summarize all Psych-Ed evaluations for incoming students while serving on our Admissions Committee
● Write individual learning plans (ILPs) for each admitted student who has documented learning support needs
● Alongside our part-time MFT, guide the development and implement a comprehensive school counseling program that focuses on and promotes students’ success - including leading the 9th - 12th grade Health and Wellness program/SWAT (Student Wellness Advocacy Team) student leadership team
● Alongside our part-time MFT, coordinate and deliver a developmental, preventative, and responsive core curriculum to support academic and social/emotional and career development for all students.
● Oversee all PSAT/SAT/ACT/AP SSD process
● Serve as a key member of the Student Services Team


Minimum Qualifications
● Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred
● Applicants must have a strong knowledge base in the area of learning differences, especially dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia, as well as a deep knowledge base regarding ADHD and Executive Functioning issues
● An understanding of independent school culture
● Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills as well as a proven ability to work with a diversity of colleagues and stakeholders at all levels
● Outstanding judgment and maturity
● A very high level of energy, creativity and flexibility

Successful candidates will have a minimum of 3 years experience working in this capacity at the high school level, and a deep knowledge of current research and best practices in the field. In addition, we are looking for genuine colleagues - thoughtful, energetic and passionate individuals and all-around "school people" who want to participate in and contribute to our vibrant community. A love of high school students, flexibility, and a sense of humor are required.

How To Apply
Additional information about Vistamar School is available on the school’s website: https://www.vistamarschool.org. Applicants should submit a complete résumé and cover letter by e-mail to: [email protected] No calls please.


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