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INTERIM DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT/DEVELOPMENT

Position Title: Interim Director of Advancement/Development

Position Start Date: Immediate

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Head of School, the Interim Director of Advancement/Development will provide the overall leadership, direction, and coordination for all fundraising activities of the school. The Interim Director of Advancement/Development will work with the Head of School, the Board’s leadership and Advancement Team to maintain appropriate fundraising infrastructures scaled to the ongoing needs of Westmark School. He/she will oversee all fundraising efforts and development initiatives.

Essential Responsibilities:

• In collaboration with the Director of Advancement/Marketing and Communications, produce and implement a systematic, integrated donor marketing and communications plan as it relates to fundraising;

  • Direct, coordinate and execute all cultivation and fundraising activities of the school;
  • Direct, coordinate, produce and disseminate information to donors, prospective donors and influencers, on Westmark School and its programs;
  • Lead and manage the Advancement staff, contractors, and volunteers;
  • Lead and manage staff and volunteers to ensure timely and successful execution of robust giving programs at Westmark;
  • Manage staff, databases, and partner/vendor services in coordination with the Business Office, Technology Department, Admissions, and Registrar to maintain and manage data resources, research, gift accounting and acknowledgment, pledge collection, and creation of financial and other records that support the department’s initiatives;
  • Lead and manage staff and volunteers in coordination with the Admissions department to ensure timely and successful onboarding of new families;
  • Lead and manage staff and volunteers to further develop and execute the school’s alumni relations efforts;
  • Maintain comprehensive knowledge of all school and department initiatives to make the best decisions for department and donors;
  • Manage the budget relative to annual fund, annual parent association auction, alumni relations, data management, etc. with the Business office;
  • Other duties as assigned by the Head of School.

Qualifications:
• A proven track record of progressively challenging fundraising success, including annual fund, annual event, major gifts, planned giving and/or capital campaigns;
• Strong major gifts experience;
• Database (CRM) and general technology experience and utility required – Raiser’s Edge experience strongly preferred;
• Understanding of independent school communities and culture;
• Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills;
• Strong and demonstrated experience leading and engaging all stakeholders – trustees, colleagues, parents, students, alumni, other donors, partners, and volunteers;
• Actively engaged in professional development and current on best practices;
• Personable, positive, helpful personality; customer service mindset
• Sensitivity, discretion, and a sense of humor
• Detail oriented with excellent organizational skills
• Ability to manage and prioritize multiple responsibilities simultaneously
• Ability to manage competing demands, and adapt to frequent or unexpected changes
• Demonstrated ability to use good judgment and maintain confidentiality
• 10+ years of relevant post graduate advancement experience
• Bachelor degree required and relevant advanced degree preferred

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit in on meetings and work on a computer for long periods of time; and is occasionally required to walk, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk, and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Interested applicants should submit electronically and as separate documents the following materials:

Cover letter expressing interest in the Interim Director of Advancement/Development position

Current resume

Salary history

List of five references with contact information, including email, to:

interimdoa@westmarkschool.org

Westmark School

5461 Louise Avenue | Encino, CA 91316

UPPER SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER

Position Title: Upper School English Teacher

Position Start Date: August 2017

Position Summary:

Westmark School is currently seeking an Upper School English Teacher. Our ideal candidate will possess a knowledge base and passion for teaching students, preferably with language-based learning differences, and be able to organize and implement an instructional program that will capitalize on student strengths and be in accordance with Westmark School’s mission.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Teach courses in English literature and composition across the grade levels as well as one section of Study Skills.
  • Communicate with parents and Division Director regarding students’ behaviors, academic concerns, and academic progress
  • Use behavior management systems that are effective with students with language-based learning differences
  • Provide a positive environment what encourages students to actively participate in their own learning
  • Model professional and ethical standards when dealing with students, parents, peers, and the community
  • Additional responsibilities and duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in education with a specialization in English Composition or Literacy
  • Credential, graduate degree or extensive graduate work in the field of Special Education or Learning Differences
  • 5+ years of teaching experience
  • A strong desire to be part of a collaborative team
  • Possess excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Proven track record of time management, organizational, and analytical skills
  • Experience and training with the Jane Schaffer Writing Program© and University of Kansas Sentence Writing Program© preferred

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit in on meetings and work on a computer for long periods of time; and is occasionally required to walk, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk, and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Submit your cover letter, resume and salary history to:

usenglish@westmarkschool.org

Westmark School

5461 Louise Avenue | Encino, CA 9131

UPPER SCHOOL MATH TEACHER

Position Title: Upper School Math Teacher

Position Start Date: August 2017

Position Summary:

Westmark School is currently seeking an Upper School Mathematics Teacher. Our ideal candidate will possess a knowledge base and passion for teaching students, preferably with language-based learning differences, and be able to organize and implement an instructional program that will capitalize on student strengths and be in accordance with Westmark School’s mission.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Teach high school mathematics classes to students with language-based learning differences;
  • Plan and implement mathematics curriculum;
  • Submit weekly lesson plans;
  • Integrate technology into the curriculum;
  • Maintain class Haiku page;
  • Regularly update and post to Haiku class grade book;
  • Use behavior management systems that are effective with students with language-based learning differences;
  • Provide a positive environment that encourages students to actively participate in their own learning;
  • Communicate on a regular basis with Academic Counselors to discuss student progress;
  • Model professional and ethical standards when interacting with students, parents, peers and the community;
  • Work collaboratively with team members to develop new mathematics curricular offerings;
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in mathematics, education or related field;
  • Minimum of 5 years classroom teaching experience, preferably in teaching math to high school students;
  • Knowledge of calculus a plus;
  • Strong desire to teach students with language-based learning differences;
  • Knowledge of multi-sensory teaching methodologies;
  • Experience with technology, specifically iPads, PCs and SMART Technologies;
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills;
  • Strong organization and time-management skills;
  • Desire to continue to develop professionally by learning new programs and methodologies.
  • Physical Demands and Work Environment

    The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit in on meetings and work on a computer for long periods of time; and is occasionally required to walk, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk, and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

    Submit your cover letter, resume and salary history to:

    usmath@westmarkschool.org

MIDDLE SCHOOL HISTORY TEACHER

Position Title: Middle School History Teacher

Position Start Date: August 2017

Position Summary:

Westmark School is currently seeking a Middle School History Teacher. Our ideal candidate will possess a knowledge base and passion for teaching students, preferably with language-based learning differences, and be able to organize and implement an instructional program that will capitalize on student strengths and be in accordance with Westmark School’s mission.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Teach five 50-minute courses across the grade levels
  • Teach a middle school elective class
  • Teach a study skills class
  • Meet on an individual basis with History Department Chair and implement new strategies, tasks and skills
  • Attend regularly scheduled department meetings
  • Communicate with parents, History Department Head, and Lower and Middle School Director regarding students’ behaviors, academic concerns, and academic progress
  • Individualize lessons to fit students’ needs
  • Incorporate technology into lesson plans
  • Additional responsibilities and duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in education with a specialization in history or graduate work in education/history
  • 5 years teaching experience
  • Credential, graduate degree or extensive graduate work in the field of Special Education or learning disabilities
  • Ability to individualize lessons to fit the students’ needs
  • Technology savvy
  • Collaborative, team player
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills
  • Displays strong organization and time-management skills
  • Ability to identify and improve student results
  • Desire to continue to develop professionally by learning new programs and methodologies

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit in on meetings and work on a computer for long periods of time; and is occasionally required to walk, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk, and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Submit your cover letter, resume and salary history to:

mshistory@westmarkschool.org

Westmark School

5461 Louise Avenue | Encino, CA 91316

MIDDLE SCHOOL ENGLISH TEACHER

Middle School English Teacher

Position Start Date: August 2017

Position Summary:

Westmark School is currently seeking a Middle School English Teacher. Our ideal candidate will possess a knowledge base and passion for teaching students, preferably with language-based learning differences, and be able to organize and implement an instructional program that will capitalize on student strengths and be in accordance with Westmark School’s mission.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Teach three 50-minute courses in English composition across the grade levels
  • Teach a middle school elective class
  • Communicate with parents and Division Director regarding students’ behaviors, academic concerns, and academic progress
  • Use behavior management systems that are effective with students with language-based learning differences
  • Provide a positive environment what encourages students to actively participate in their own learning
  • Model professional and ethical standards when dealing with students, parents, peers, and the community
  • Additional responsibilities and duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in education with a specialization in English Composition or Literacy
  • Credential, graduate degree or extensive graduate work in the field of Special Education or Learning Differences
  • 5+ years of teaching experience
  • A strong desire to be part of a collaborative team
  • Possess excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Proven track record of time management, organizational, and analytical skills
  • Experience and training with the Jane Schaffer Writing Program© and University of Kansas Sentence Writing Program© preferred

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit in on meetings and work on a computer for long periods of time; and is occasionally required to walk, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk, and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Submit your cover letter, resume and salary history to:

msenglish@westmarkschool.org

LOWER AND MIDDLE SCHOOL READING TEACHER

Position Title: Lower and Middle School Reading Teacher

Position Start Date: August 2017

Position Summary:

Westmark School is currently seeking a Lower and Middle School Reading Teacher experienced in teaching the mechanics of reading to Lower and Middle School students following a structured reading program. As our Lower and Middle School Reading Teacher, you will organize and implement an instructional program that will capitalize on student strengths and be in accordance with Westmark School’s mission.

Our ideal candidate will have a proven track record of demonstrating an exceptional knowledge and passion for teaching students, preferably with language-based learning differences.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Teach Lower and Middle School students with language-based learning differences
  • Plan, implement and follow the reading curriculum
  • Submit weekly lesson plans to Divisional Director and Reading Department Chair
  • Integrate technology into the curriculum following best practices
  • Maintain class Haiku page
  • Regularly update and post to Haiku class grade book
  • Use behavior management systems that are effective with students with language-based learning differences
  • Provide a positive environment that encourages students to actively participate in their own learning
  • Model professional and ethical standards when dealing with students, parents, peers, and the community
  • Embrace and support the mission of Westmark School
  • Other duties, responsibilities, activities, events, and functions as requested by Head of School or designee

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Special Education or related field
  • 3-5 years of classroom teaching experience or experience in a reading remediation clinical setting
  • Strong desire to work with students with language-based learning differences
  • Advanced degree or credentialing in Education preferred
  • Proven track record of successfully working with young and adolescent children
  • Training in a structured reading or literacy program such as: Orton-Gillingham, Wilson Reading, or Lindamood-Bell
  • Knowledge of multi-sensory teaching methodologies
  • Experience with technology- iPads, PCs and SmartTechnologies
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to effectively communicate with students, parents, and other professionals on a regular basis
  • Team player; ability to work collaboratively with fellow faculty, staff and administration
  • Accepts responsibility and is self-motivated
  • Demonstrates strong work ethic
  • Desire to continue to develop professionally by learning new programs and methodologies
  • Displays strong organization and time-management skills
  • Ability to identify and improve student results

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit in on meetings and work on a computer for long periods of time; and is occasionally required to walk, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk, and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Submit your cover letter, resume and salary history to:

lmsreading@westmarkschool.org

SCHOOL COUNSELOR

School Counselor

Position Summary:

Westmark School seeks a School Counselor to provide a comprehensive counseling program and serve a key role in creating and sustaining an atmosphere of emotional wellness among students. Reporting to the Head of School, the counselor utilizes collaboration, leadership and advocacy to promote students’ social, emotional and academic success.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Design, plan, implement, and participate in programming that fosters a culture of wellness with all students.
  • Communicate the goals of the program to students, parents, faculty and staff, and maintains current and appropriate resources available for their use.
  • Participate in regular professional development opportunities in order to stay updated on national trends and developments in providing support to children.

Preventative and Responsive Services

  • Provide short-term, solution-focused support through individual and group counseling; and when appropriate, assist families to arrange outside therapy and support services as needed and then coordinate with outside providers working with students.
  • Consult and collaborate effectively with parents/guardians, teachers, administrators and other educational/community resources regarding students with identified concerns and needs.
  • Implement an effective referral and follow-up process.
  • Accurately and appropriately use assessment procedures for determining and structuring individual and group counseling services.

System Support

  • Meet regularly with the Head of School and school nurse to review the health and wellness of our student population and collaborate with educational staff to determine whether intervention strategies are effective.
  • Provide appropriate information to staff related to the comprehensive school counseling program.
  • Assist teachers, parents/guardians and other constituents in interpreting and understanding student data.
  • Use available technology resources to enhance the school counseling program.
  • Adhere to laws, policies, procedures, and ethical standards of the school counseling profession.
  • Host workshops and presentations for parents and in-service programs for teachers and staff.

Accountability

  • Conduct a yearly program audit to review extent of program implementation.
  • Collect and analyze data to guide program direction and emphasis.
  • Measure results of the school counseling program activities and shares results as appropriate.
  • In conjunction with division directors, monitors student academic performance, behavior and attendance, and assists with appropriate interventions.

Ideal Experience and Personal Characteristics

The School Counselor should have the following types of experience, qualifications and characteristics:

  • An advanced degree in School Counseling, Counseling, Social Work, School Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Applied Psychology is required. Appropriate license, certification, and/or other documentation attesting to the candidate’s expertise in counseling is required;
  • Experience working with a diverse student population;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with an ability to effectively communicate with all stakeholders of the school.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit in on meetings and work on a computer for long periods of time; and is occasionally required to walk, reach with hands and arms, balance, stoop, talk, and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Start Date: July 1, 2017

Interested applicants should submit electronically and as separate documents the following materials:

Cover letter expressing interest in the School Counselor position

Current resume

Salary history

List of five references with contact information, including email, to:

schoolcounselor@westmarkschool.org

Westmark School is an equal opportunity employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and job performance. School policy prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, marital status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical conditions (including genetic characteristics or information), sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, and local laws.

HISTORY AND MISSION

In 1983, Landmark School of Massachusetts opened Landmark West in Culver City, California as a west coast extension of their school. In 1994, the Landmark Foundation purchased a campus in Encino and in 1997 Landmark School was purchased by a non-profit corporation, Learning with a Difference, and the school was subsequently renamed Westmark School. Throughout its various incarnations over the last 30 years, the basic mission of the school has remained the same: – Westmark School prepares students with language-based learning differences for success in college.

The school accomplishes this through the use of the most current educational pedagogy and evidence-based methodologies, including the use of a multi-sensory approach, and by leveraging the latest research and assistive technologies. Westmark is distinguished by small student to teacher ratios, specially trained educators and staff, cutting edge facilities with state of the art technology and assistive software educational aids. In addition and to complete its offering, Westmark offers a comprehensive college and career-counseling program, individual tutorial sessions before and after school, and a whole child approach to education. Maximum class size is 12 students and Academic Counselors complete and monitor an individual education plan for each student. Parents are actively engaged and integrated into the process through seminars and frequent teacher interaction. This, along with championship California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) athletics, a student produced television network and news shows, a thriving visual and vital performing arts program, elevate Westmark to a superior category of private college preparatory school and unique in the area for its focus on serving students with language-based learning differences.

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