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 JOB POSTING

READING SPECIALIST

Neighborhood House Charter School (learn more)

Dorchester , Massachusetts (map)

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3514558
  • Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
  • Re-posted: November 24, 2021
  • Starting Date: Immediately

Job Description

Job Title: Special Education Teaching Fellow
Job Code: Exempt
Reports To: Special Education Coordinator
Date: 11/1/2021

JOB OVERVIEW
Reporting to the Special Education Coordinator, the Reading Specialist will work with elementary and middle school students with varied learning profiles to provide support to students in developing their literacy skills through the delivery of direct, intensive, and systematic reading intervention.

We are an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to provide equal opportunity for all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic information, age, disability, marital status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. We encourage you to apply even if you feel that you do not meet all the stated requirements for the position.

ABOUT NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE CHARTER SCHOOL
Neighborhood House Charter School (NHCS) is a tuition-free open enrollment charter school for grades K1-12 in Dorchester that is a public alternative to traditional district schools. We serve over 800 students across two campuses. One of the Commonwealth’s first charters, NHCS was founded in 1995 by parents and community members seeking a high-quality educational option for children from their community who, with the right support – both academic and social-emotional – had the potential to perform at or above the level of their more affluent peers.

We offer a full spectrum of programs at NHCS: general education and full-inclusion as well as partial-inclusion and substantially-separate programs for small groups of students with significant disabilities, ensuring that we are able to meet the diverse needs of a wide range of students. Our low student-to-teacher ratio and inclusive community means that every student, regardless of need, engages fully with adults and peers each day and completes grade-level work or work at an individually-appropriate level where applicable. Because many of our students come to us with significant needs and/or traumatic backgrounds, social-emotional support is prioritized for all students, allowing them to reach their full potential in the classroom.

ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Identify, evaluate, and improve diagnostic and progress monitoring tools as well as curriculum and programming.
Administer assessments that evaluate key skills and align with instructional goals and use assessment data to inform and improve curriculum and instruction.
Implement literacy instruction to students with significant reading disabilities as well as to at-risk students.
Provide ongoing and timely feedback to students, staff, and families regarding student progress.
Establish positive relationships with students and build a motivating and inclusive classroom environment using restorative practices.  
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Salary: $54,000 to $79,500 Per Year
  • Job Category: Classroom Teacher > Reading/Literacy
  • Employer Description

    Neighborhood House Charter School was founded over 20 years ago with a mandate to both provide a better education for Boston’s low-income families and to incubate the best in teaching and learning practices. Serving nearly 500 children from Dorchester and surrounding neighborhoods, we have become one of the most sought-after public schools in the City. The 70 percent low-income, 80 percent minority families we serve truly reflect the diversity of Boston. In keeping with our commitment to provide a better education option for Boston children, we opened a Neighborhood House Charter School High School in the fall of 2017. We are uniquely positioned to understand the challenges facing Boston students as they move into high school, and we are both honored and excited to be able to offer a high school that will address these challenges and give families a new, distinctive option. Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    Neighborhood House Charter School is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
      Master’s Degree in Reading Education preferred, Bachelor’s Degree required
      Expertise and enthusiasm for assessing and addressing foundational literacy skills for struggling readers
      Special Education Certification for Grades K-8, specific training or experience in literacy intervention preferred
      Two years’ teaching experience in an urban setting preferred
      Excellent written and verbal communication skills
      Teachers must either be certified or licensed to teach in Massachusetts or have passed, prior to the end of their first year of employment, the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL). This includes a passing score on the Communication and Literacy Skills test and a passing score on the relevant subject matter knowledge test(s).  Teachers must also hold an SEI (Sheltered English Immersion) endorsement or complete this prior to the end of their first year of employment;

        In addition, we require the following from all of our staff:
      A passionate commitment  to urban education;
      Belief that every child can be successful, no matter what their background;
      Belief that education and hard work are the keys to life success;
      Belief in two messages, simultaneously, in balance: “We love you” and “We have the highest expectations of you – and you can and will meet them”;
      Belief that the best learning happens through experiences that are both rich and structured;
      Belief that problems are hurdles, not roadblocks, and that there is a solution if a student is willing to work harder, smarter, and more creatively;
      Belief that teachers must learn and influence social emotional strengths of all children in and out of the classroom;
      Desire to continually reflect and grow as an educator through professional development, peer feedback, and observation;
      Belief in a school community where students, families, teachers and school leaders demonstrate accountability, flexibility, humor, effort, responsibility, respect and hope.

      PHYSICAL DEMANDS 
      The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
      Stand and sit for sustained periods of time
      See and read a computer screen and printed materials with our without vision aids
      Move about the school, including ascending and descending stairs, to bring students from one place to another
      Hear and understand speech at normal classroom levels, outdoors and on the telephone
      Focus on one source of sound and not another
      Speak in audible tones so that others may understand clearly in normal classroom settings, outdoors and on the telephone
      Frequent repetitive motion with hands, wrists, arms and shoulders. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; stoop; sit on floor; bend; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

      WORK ENVIRONMENT
      The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Duties are normally performed in a school/classroom environment. Duties may be occasionally performed on field trips away from school. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

      Thank you for your interest in our school. We are strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff. Please send a cover letter and resume using the provided link.
    • At least 2 years of relevant experience preferred
    • Bachelor degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

    Contact Information

    • Mary McCarthy, Director of Talent
    • 21 Queen Street
    • Dorchester, Massachusetts 02122

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