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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.

Westmark School specializes in preparing students with language-based differences for success in college. Since the founding over 30 years ago, Westmark School has been committed to providing a superior academic education and comprehensive curriculum to grades 2-12 students with dyslexia, language processing issues, and other related learning differences.

We offer excellent benefits and salary, a friendly, team oriented environment, and an opportunity for individual growth and development as a professional. We offer full Medical, Dental, Vision, Retirement, Life Insurance, Training allowance and Enrichment Fund to name a few.

Current Positions Available

Athletic Director

Position Title: Athletic Director and Physical Education Teacher

Position Start Date: August 2018

Position Summary:

Westmark School is currently seeking an experienced Physical Education Teacher and Athletic Director. The Physical Education Teacher instructs P.E. classes for students with language-based learning differences at the Lower, Middle, and Upper School divisions—grades 2-12. The Physical Education program provides an all-inclusive curriculum based on the development of lifelong wellness skills that enhance students’ movement and physical abilities, as well as offers active experiences that can improve cognitive and affective aspects of the students’ development. The curriculum is designed to integrate physical skill, self-awareness, and sportsmanship. The ideal candidate will possess a solid understanding of children’s academic, social, and emotional development, and familiarity with the Physical Education Framework in California.

The Athletic Director serves in a leadership role that is critical to supporting the daily functions of the athletic department and is closely linked with school wide operations. Oversight includes all Lower, Middle, and Upper School Athletics Teams including but not limited to Varsity Basketball, Varsity Soccer, Strength & Conditioning, Varsity Men’s & Women’s Volleyball, Varsity Cross-Country, Varsity Golf, Middle School Flag Football, Middle School Basketball (all teams), Middle School Soccer, Middle School Volleyball, Lower School Basketball, and Lower School Soccer. This requires a visible presence on campus, at practices and at after school athletic contests of assigned teams. To ensure these goals are met, the Athletic Director must establish and implement vertical integration throughout the program, beginning in 2nd grade. Inherent in the position is strict compliance with all league, conference and CIF rules and regulations. The position reports to the Director of Student Life with regard to all After School Athletics, the Director of the Upper School (for Upper School Athletics), and Director of Lower and Middle Schools (for Lower and Middle School Athletics); the position is reviewed annually by all supervisors including the Head of School.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Teach developmentally appropriate classes in a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment
  • Organize games and challenges that promote physical activity and self-confidence
  • Teach cooperative games and skills for traditional sports
  • Develop students’ motor skills as well as physical and mental development
  • Create and follow effective lesson plans
  • Maintain relevant documentation to assist the tracking of student progress
  • Provide accurate and consistent communication with families, administrators and colleagues regarding student behavior, concerns, progress and general information
  • Maintain class PowerSchool page
  • Regularly update and post to PowerSchool class grade book
  • Use behavior management systems that are effective with students with language-based learning differences
  • Prepare for and clean up after class activities and in shared spaces
  • Maintain and store all athletic equipment
  • Continually assess and update curriculum with research-based best practices
  • Model professional and ethical standards when interacting with students, parents, peers and the community at large
  • Provide hyper vigilant supervision to ensure the safety and well-being of our students during class, practices and athletic events
  • Establish a professional rapport with students, faculty, administration, and staff that earns their respect
  • Maintain visibility with students, faculty, admin, staff, parents, and the community, attending events and competition regularly. Presence is required on campus during regular school hours and during after school sports hours
  • Serve as the public spokesperson for the athletic department, representing the school at onsite, community, league, CIF, and professional meetings
  • Attend all assigned meetings: full faculty, departmental trainings, and leadership
  • Distribute all pertinent information to the appropriate stakeholders in a timely manner in written format
  • Lead the hiring process for all coaches, and collaborate with the Director of Student Life to interview and select coaches across divisions and programs. Work with the Westmark Business Office and the Director of Student Life to confirm contract, payments, and all legal documents
  • Ensure that all programs are aligned with the vision, mission and goals of the School. Cultivate coaches by providing timely orientation, guidance, feedback, and evaluation throughout the season. Conduct formal written evaluation at the end of each season for each coach
  • Serve as the lead Lower and Middle School Athletic Department contact
  • Oversee all scheduling and all website-related tasks related to Athletics
  • Provide consistent feedback on all programming to the Director of Student Life and perform an end of season Program Evaluation within 30 days of completion of each sport, followed by a meeting with the program coaches
  • Demonstrate excellent organizational skills and utilize them in everyday processes. This includes calendaring all daily activities and sharing them with the Athletic Department and Administration, returning voice mail messages in a timely manner, and attending all scheduled student/parent meetings as needed
  • Serve as a role model for students, demonstrating good sportsmanship, the importance and relevance of learning, accepting responsibility, and pride in the Westmark Community
  • Meet with the WPA to provide relevant updates on athletic programs and to assign select project support (communication, end of season banquets, and uniform collection)
  • Schedule practices, competition as well as events held on the field. Meet with seasonal coaches and Director of Student Life to create a balanced schedule and search for alternate external locations when needed to meet the demands of the department
  • Protect confidentiality of records and information gained as part of exercising professional duties and use discretion in sharing such information within legal confines
  • Continue to grow professionally through collaboration with colleagues and professional growth experiences
  • Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in related field
  • Minimum of 5 years’ teaching experience
  • Athletic Director experience a plus
  • Credential, graduate degree or extensive graduate work in the field of Special Education or learning disabilities a plus
  • Ability to individualize lessons to fit the students’ needs
  • 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 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 and resume to:

    athleticdirector@westmarkschool.org

    Westmark School

    5461 Louise Avenue | Encino, CA 91316


    Upper School Math Teacher

    Position Title: Upper School Math Teacher

    Position Start Date: August 2018

    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 to Divisional Director
    • Integrate technology into the curriculum following best practices
    • Maintain class PowerSchool page
    • Regularly update and post to PowerSchool 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
    • Provide effective and consistent communication with parents and Upper School Director regarding students’ behaviors, academic concerns and progress
    • Communicate on a regular basis with Advisory 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

    • Master’s 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, Macs, 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 and resume to:

      usmath@westmarkschool.org

      Westmark School

      5461 Louise Avenue | Encino, CA 91316

    Middle School Math Teacher

    Position Title: Middle School Math Teacher

    Position Start Date: August 2018

    Position Summary:
    Westmark School is currently seeking a Middle 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 middle 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 PowerSchool page;
    • Regularly update and post to PowerSchool 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 division director 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 middle school students;
    • 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, and resume to: msmath@westmarkschool.org

    Lower and Middle School Reading Teacher

    Position Title: Lower and Middle School Reading Teacher

    Position Start Date: August 2018

    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 PowerSchool page
  • Regularly update and post to PowerSchool 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 and resume to:
    lmsreading@westmarkschool.org

    Physical Education Teacher

    Position Title: Physical Education Teacher

    Position Start Date: August 2018

    Position Summary:

    Westmark School is currently seeking an experienced Physical Education Teacher. The Physical Education Teacher instructs P.E. classes for students with language-based learning differences at the Lower, Middle, and Upper School divisions—grades 2-12.

    The Physical Education program provides an all-inclusive curriculum based on the development of lifelong wellness skills that enhances students’ movement and physical abilities, as well as offers active experiences that can improve cognitive and affective aspects of the students’ development. The curriculum is designed to integrate physical skill, self-awareness, and sportsmanship. The ideal candidate will possess a solid understanding of children’s academic, social, and emotional development, and familiarity with the Physical Education Framework in California.

    Essential Responsibilities:

    • Teach developmentally appropriate classes in a safe, inclusive and nurturing environment
    • Organize games and challenges that promote physical activity and self-confidence
    • Teach cooperative games and skills for traditional sports
    • Develop students’ motor skills as well as physical and mental development
    • Coach boys’ and girls’ afterschool sports teams as time, qualifications, needs and interests require
    • Create and follow effective lesson plans
    • Maintain relevant documentation to assist the tracking of student progress
    • Provide accurate and consistent communication with families, administrators and colleagues regarding student behavior, concerns, progress and general information
    • Maintain class PowerSchool page
    • Regularly update and post to PowerSchool class grade book
    • Use behavior management systems that are effective with students with language-based learning differences
    • Meet regularly with the Athletic Director to implement new strategies, tasks and skills
    • Prepare for and clean up after class activities and in shared spaces
    • Maintain and store all athletic equipment
    • Continually assess and update curriculum with research-based best practices
    • Attend regularly scheduled department meetings
    • Model professional and ethical standards when interacting with students, parents, peers and the community at large
    • Provide hyper vigilant supervision to ensure the safety and well-being of our students during class, practices and athletic events
    • Additional responsibilities and duties as assigned

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s or graduate degree in related field
    • 5 years teaching experience
    • Credential, graduate degree or extensive graduate work in the field of Special Education or learning disabilities a plus
    • Ability to individualize lessons to fit the students’ needs
    • 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 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 and resume to:

    peteacher@westmarkschool.org

    Westmark School

    5461 Louise Avenue | Encino, CA 91316

    Mission and History

    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.