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Middle School Student Support Specialist (Temporary)

  • 19 Jan 2024 2:27 PM
    Message # 13303465

    The Buckley School is a dynamic, nurturing learning community committed to equity and inclusion, and as such, seeks to hire talented teachers with diverse backgrounds.

    Middle School Student Support Specialist (Temporary)

    The Buckley School, Los Angeles’ oldest all-gender learning institution, has a need for a temporary Middle School Student Support Specialist through the end of the 2023-2024 school year. This individual serves the learning needs and the emotional, social, and psychological needs of our 6-8th grade students. The Student Support Specialist provides support services to students with learning differences and their families. The specialist works closely with administrators, teachers, and other student support staff to promote overall student wellness and academic performance.


    Academic Support:

           Work with teachers, administrators, and parents to help identify students with learning differences, including follow up guidance to faculty and families for identified students and/or referrals to outside professionals as needed.

           Interpret psycho-educational evaluations and create Individual Learning Plans (ILP) when appropriate, including obtaining family endorsements of ILPs and dissemination of ILP to faculty, advisor and administration

           Meet and work with faculty, advisors, students, and families to understand the identified student’s strengths and weaknesses as well as ensuring proper implementation of accommodations.

           Monitor progress of students with ILPs and assist them in utilizing accommodations

           Coordinate extended testing time for Buckley assessments and standardized testing, including supervision of the testing center, which may include proctoring in the testing center.

           Proctor standardized testing for all MS students with accommodations as well as assist families with the application process when applying for testing accommodations to outside organizations.

           Work with students who are having academic difficulty and/or students returning to school after an extended absence.


           Promote the coordination of academic responsibilities, school activities and wellness resources, including appropriate communication between school and home.

           Function as a liaison among faculty, advisors, parents/guardians, and those providing outside support to students. Communicate often with faculty and advisors.

           Coordinate classroom observations of students with faculty and administration.


           Assist in the transition to and from school divisions, communicating regularly with student support staff in both Lower and Upper Schools, including an annual transition meeting in the spring. 

           Maintain a current referral list of outside professionals for both mental/social/emotional health services and learning difference support, acting as a liaison between the school and outside professional support.

           Observe students in classroom settings to help teachers with behavior management and learning issues.

           Participate in Outdoor Education, chaperone school events, attend grade level meetings, and get involved in Middle School life.

           Conduct admission interviews for possible incoming students who have been identified as having a learning difference.

           Plan, implement, and maintain the systems necessary for the support, maintenance, and the educational support program.

           Articulate the school counseling program and learning differences support program to students, parents, teachers, advisors, staff, and community.

           Develop and maintain skills needed to utilize technology systems and participate in professional development activities.

           Meet weekly with Middle School Administration and other student support staff to consult and collaborate (MS Student Support Team). Attend all faculty and grade level meetings.


           Adhere to the ethical standards and preferred practices of related state and national professional associations.

           Demonstrate knowledge of local policies and state and federal laws pertaining to children.

           Demonstrate a commitment to personal growth and professional development.

           Maintain professional confidentiality and discretion at all times.

           Be comfortable working with teachers and administration in a collaborative environment.


           B.A. in a related field; Master's Degree preferred

           Experience working with students with learning differences; middle school aged preferred

           Excellent verbal, written and organizational skills

           Strong interpersonal, counseling and facilitation skills

           Kindness, compassion, sensitivity, and the ability to listen carefully

           Demonstrated commitment to equity and inclusion

           Demonstrated expertise and experience in childhood development and social-emotional learning

           Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse populations, including students, parents, and faculty.

           Genuine interest and excitement in working with students and a desire to support their learning and growth


    $80,000 - $105,000 per year depending on experience.

    The base salary is separate from fringe benefits, such as retirement contributions, daily lunch, on-site parking, contributions to medical, dental, vision, life/AD&D plans, our generous time off policy, or potential stipends (for eligible employees). Our pay ranges are reasonable estimates of what the School anticipates paying for a role but are not guaranteed. If hired at The Buckley School, your actual base salary will be determined by your education and experience.


    Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to In a cover letter/email please explain how you have included diversity, equity, and inclusion in your work with students or colleagues.


    The Buckley School proudly carries on the mission of its founder, Dr. Isabelle Buckley, who in 1933 set out to provide students with an education characterized not only by academic excellence, but also a sense of self-esteem, responsibility, and character. An independent, all-gender day school for students in kindergarten through grade 12, providing students with a program based on critical thinking, creative self-expression through arts, physical development, and moral education lies at the heart of Buckley’s ethos.

    At The Buckley School, faculty and staff believe in their students, see their capacity for growth, and nurture their ability to create and evaluate. Students are honored for their diverse backgrounds and admired for their ability to lead with empathy and courage. Inspired by its mission, the Portrait of a Graduate, Dr. Buckley’s Four-Fold Plan — education with equal emphasis on Academics, the Arts, Athletics, and Moral Education — and the Buckley Commitment of Honesty, Loyalty, Respect, Kindness, Self-Reliance, and Self Discipline, faculty uplift students, partner with parents, and build community every day.

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