The Shipley School, founded in 1894, is a co-educational, college preparatory, independent day school currently enrolling approximately 800 students in grades Pre-K through 12. Located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, the school is committed to educational excellence and dedicated to developing in each student a love of learning and compassionate participation in the world. The Lower School has approximately 230 students in grades PreK-5, and 30 faculty.
The Shipley School is committed to equal employment opportunities for all individuals. The school will make all employment decisions for employees and applicants without unlawful discrimination as to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, disability, pregnancy, age, marital status, military or veteran status, gender identity and expression, creed, genetic predisposition, victim of domestic violence or any other basis protected by law.
The Shipley School seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Lower School Student Support to work with and support the wellbeing of our early childhood students, PreK through first grade, whose schooling experience has been impacted by the COVID pandemic. This position will report directly to the Head of Lower School. This full-time position is for one year and will commence on July 1, 2021, and end on July 1, 2022.
Provide support for all students as needed in the classroom including one on one, small and whole group support
Provide ongoing support to children who are experiencing social/emotional struggles
Develop, oversee, and implement behavior support plans in conjunction with the student support team and classroom teachers
Observe and collect data, and conduct assessments to help inform student support and planning
Review and maintain student records for students who need social/emotional and behavioral support including reviewing admissions files prior to the beginning of the school
Work with the Lower School administration and classroom teachers to develop orientation and transition plans for the beginning of the year
Liaison with the student support team, classroom teachers, and families to support children who are struggling
Support the embedding of the Social, Emotional, and Ethical Development (SEED) and Positive Education programs in classrooms and collaborate with the Lower School Administration on SEED and Positive Education events and parent education workshops
Participate in professional development sessions for teachers
The successful candidate must...
Demonstrate maturity, collegiality, flexibility, humor, and commitment to positive growth
Work collaboratively, build relationships, and make connections with children, families, and colleagues
Have a minimum of two years experience in an early childhood setting
Have experience in counseling, social work, or a related field
Have a Bachelor's degree
Have knowledge and/or training in cultural competency
Possess excellent speaking writing, and organizational skills
The ideal candidate will...
Possess an advanced degree in an area relevant to the position
Have more than two years of experience in an early childhood setting
Understand and apply trauma-informed approaches to their work
Demonstrate the ability to plan and execute professional development for teachers
How to apply:
Interested candidates should complete the online application. Cover letter, Philosophy of Education Statement and Resume should be uploaded in the resume section of the application. Applications received missing supporting documents will receive less consideration. No phone calls, please.
In addition to this position, Shipley seeks talented new colleagues across a host of full and part-time positions ranging from teaching to coaching, to staff support. Go to shipleyschool.org/about/employment to learn more.