The Bush School is dedicated to valuing different perspectives and backgrounds, inspiring curiosity, motivating employees to take risks, and encouraging compassion and kindness. Our employees enjoy an environment that inspires creativity and being part of a collaborative community.
Lower School Reading Specialist (Seattle, WA)
Part Time .5 FTE (20 hours per week)
Academic Year Schedule
Compensation based on experience
* This position is eligible for health benefits (details provided during hiring process).
* This position requires applicants to be, at the time of application, legally authorized to work in the United States. The Bush School does not offer visa sponsorship for this position and will not consider applicants who require visa sponsorship.
The Bush School is in search of an individual to join our Lower School as a part-time Reading Specialist. We are seeking a candidate who will support the school’s mission of diversity and inclusion and who has a background that demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of intercultural fluency.
The Reading Specialist will be responsible for providing individual and small group literacy instruction for lower school students as part of the Learning Support Department. The Reading Specialist will also partner with Lower School faculty and the Lower School Learning Specialist in providing diagnostic screenings and progress monitoring as needed.
The part-time Lower School Reading Specialist will be scheduled to work twenty (20) hours per week during the academic year (late-August through mid-June) and will report to the Lower School Division Director.
While other duties may be assigned, a qualified candidate will be able to manage the key responsibilities and tasks listed below:
Reading Support Services:
Provide reading instruction to both small groups of students in the classroom and individual students in a one-on-one setting while primarily focusing on supporting and teaching students in grades K-2
Facilitate conversations around support in reading development for those students in grades 3-5
Partner with the Lower School Learning Specialist in developing and implementing remedial reading instruction
Collaborate with classroom teachers and the Lower School Learning Specialist to design supports for students in the classroom who are struggling with foundational reading skills
Provide reports of specific student progress to teachers and the Learning Specialist
Contribute to professional development for teachers regarding best practices in reading instruction and help teachers develop knowledge and skills in reading instruction
In partnership with the Lower School Learning Specialist, maintain communication with families and outside professionals, as needed, regarding a student’s reading development
Offer guidance to families of at home supports and practices to support a student’s continued reading success
Work in partnership with the Lower School Learning Specialist to participate in meetings, with families, teachers and/or outside professionals to review and communicate ongoing student goals
Partner with classroom teachers and the Lower School Learning Specialist in school wide screening and individual assessment of underlying reading skills
In collaboration with the Lower School Learning Specialist, guide teachers on best practices in screening for reading difficulties and interpretation of measures
Academic and Professional Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in reading education, special education or related field required
Master’s Degree preferred
State of Washington or National Teaching Certificate preferred
Certification as a reading specialist preferred
Training and experience in teaching with Wired for Reading, Wilson Fundations or other Orton Gillingham/structured literacy based reading approaches required and a certification is preferred
Teaching reading at the elementary level in the classroom for three or more years is preferred
Direct experience working with students with language based learning challenges is preferred
Successful candidates will also:
Possess a philosophy of education that aligns with the school’s mission and values
Display an ease while working with students, parents, faculty and other constituencies
Manage and maintain sensitive and confidential records
Demonstrate initiative regarding job related tasks, responsibilities and projects
Collaborate and work well in team settings
Be dependable and professional: e.g. be punctual, complete work in a timely manner, be calm under pressure, and exercise sound judgement
Practice strong interpersonal skills, to include being patient and positive
Proficient in the use of technology including, but not limited to: Microsoft Office Suite (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), Tandem Calendar and Google Apps for Educators with an aptitude and willingness to learn and incorporate new software.
Willing to participate in professional growth/development opportunities
Communicate effectively (verbally and in writing) with others, including administrators, colleagues, staff, and parents/guardians in order to maintain constructive and professional relationships.
CPR/First Aid certified or become certified soon after hire date
HOW TO APPLY
Applicants interested in applying for this opportunity should visit our website at www.bush.edu and navigate to the employment section of the website (found under the “About Bush” tab) for additional information/instructions.
If you are interested in working at The Bush School, but this position doesn’t fit your talents, please visit our website for additional openings: www.bush.edu.
While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.
The Bush School is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment, recruitment, admission or administration of any of its programs on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information. In addition, The Bush School does not discriminate in matters of employment based on the basis of age or marital status.