Middle and Upper School Director of Academic Services
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Brimmer and May School, Chestnut Hill, MA

Accredited by NEASC

Position Summary

The Middle School and Upper School Director of Academic Services is responsible for being a collaborative member of the Brimmer and May community working within the Middle School and Upper School divisions, grades 6 to 12. The person oversees academic support services in the school, including the School’s tutoring program, reviews all testing, develops accommodation sheets, works directly with students, has a presence in classrooms, and helps provide professional development to faculty members. In addition, the Director is a member of each division’s Student Support Team(SST). The Director position requires four weeks of summer work.

Essential Job Functions and Primary Responsibilities

Student Support Programs

  • Identify appropriate tutors and ensures that all students needing tutoring services are set up with an appropriate tutor; manages the tutoring program
  • Oversees the Writing Center, Math Lab, and Peer-Tutoring program
  • Is a member of the MS/US Learning Commons team
  • Works with test administration to ensure that student accommodations are secured for tests such as ERB, PSAT, ACT, SAT, and AP exams; helps proctor for students requiring extended time
  • Teaches 6th grade Strategies for Middle School Success class
  • Helps with class sessions in Middle School Life Skills and Upper School Wellness classes
  • Provides additional support in Middle School Learning Center
  • When needed teaches group sessions and/or class on critical skills needed to be a successful student
  • Serves as a member of the SST for the Middle and Upper Schools
  • Oversee Peer Tutoring Program

Individualized Student Support and Teacher Support

  • Oversees full process of educational evaluations and accommodations from recommendation of testing to development of support plans to help faculty implement accommodations.
  • Creates accommodation plans for all incoming students and students with updated evaluations
  • Reviews all student testing and provides faculty with student profiles that include accommodations
  • Creates Testing Accommodation lists for Middle and Upper Schools
  • Maintains up-to-date records of testing and accommodations
  • As appropriate meets with families to review testing, recommend testing, and attends IEP meetings
  • Observes classes and collaborate with teachers to improve pedagogy to support all learners and implement best practices.
  • Meets with teachers to review student learning plans

Communication and Other Duties

  • Participates Middle & Upper School Curriculum Committees
  • Attends all faculty meetings as determined by the division head
  • Works with Admissions department on all prospective students with submitted evaluations; create a learning profile for each of these students; attend all admissions meetings as needed

Professional Development, Growth, and Training

  • Remains up-to-date in areas of special education, student support, and best pedagogical practices by building relationships with colleagues and participating in conferences and workshops
  • Attends and participate in all faculty and staff meetings; attend other meetings as require;
  • Attends and participates in all faculty/staff work-day programs, Opening Meetings, Closing Meetings, orientation programs, benefit meetings, mandatory seminars, and safety training/drills;
  • Pursues professional development opportunities in or out of school; display willingness and ability to grow, learn, and practice self-reflection;
  • Communicates regularly with division heads, members of the SST, and Head of School on student concerns, accommodation implementation concerns, time off requests, and general school policies and procedures.

Knowledge and Skill Set Requirements

  • Extensive knowledge of special education
  • Five-years minimum experience in a student support role and administrative role.
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Excellent counseling, listening, work ethic, and organizational skills
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Maintains a collaborative spirit and brings a positive attitude and clear enthusiasm for working with all stakeholders to work each day
  • Exhibit reflective thinking and a willingness to examine and grow his/her own practice; 

  • Bachelor degree required; Master degree in Special Education preferred


Candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Carl Vallely, Head of Middle School and Co-Director of Faculty Recruitment, CVallely@brimmer.org

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