171 Goddard Avenue
The part-time Literacy Specialist is a member of the School’s Lower Division and reports to the Head of the Lower and Middle Division. This part-time one year leadership position is responsible for working with Lower Division faculty to support the teaching of literacy. In addition, the position requires expertise in early childhood literacy curriculum, as well as experience working directly with four to eight-year-old children.
This position includes overseeing the literacy instruction in the Pre-K through Grade 2 classrooms, as well as supporting the Grade 2 reading programs by working with small groups of students. The position involves working closely with the Lower Division Reading Specialist and the Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
The ideal candidate will possess creative problem-solving skills, a sense of humor, a passion for literacy teaching and learning, and strong interpersonal skills that allow one to cooperate and collaborate effectively with others.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Work 18 hours a week
- Provide small group literacy support for students in four Grade 2 classes
- Support individual Grade 2 teachers with literacy instruction
- Facilitate grade level team meetings Pre-K through Grade 2
- Enhance and support the curriculum to better meet the identified needs of students
- Promote consistency in the learning experiences of the children
- Empower teachers to make effective planning, instructional and assessment decisions
- Introduce new ideas and current research about best teaching practices, as well as develop content knowledge in teachers
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Depth of understanding in literacy development, research-based practices and current trends in elementary literacy education, with a focus on student development in Pre-K through Grade 2
- Demonstrate a passion for lifelong learning and actively pursue professional development rooted in individual and schoolwide literacy goals
- Facilitative skills that promote professional growth with a student-centered literacy mindset
- Experience using a variety of assessment data to inform instruction
- Experience with the Wilson “Fundations” Program
- Experience with Teachers College Reading and Writing Units of Study
- Training in multisensory instructional methods
- Strong technology skills
- A collaborative, flexible teaching style
- Outstanding interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills
- Demonstrated experience working in a culturally diverse community
- Bachelor or Master Degree in Elementary Education or Literacy preferred
- Three or more years teaching in the early elementary grades
- Knowledge of curriculum design and instructional best practices in Literacy
- Enthusiasm for working with highly-motivated faculty and students
- Demonstrated evidence of creating and facilitating professional development opportunities
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
- Please visit The Park School Employment page to complete an application and upload your resume, cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy, and names of three references.
- The Park School welcomes candidates who will add to the diversity of our community and who have demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in their teaching and learning.
- The Park School is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or family composition or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its employment, education, admission, financial aid, and other policies and programs.