Leadership Preparatory Academy
For the 2022-23 school year
The ideal candidate for the Student Services and Community Care Leader is passionate about fostering a learning environment where teens feel seen, heard, valued, and thriving. Working in-person at our small micro-campus the Student Services and Community Care Leader will champion our students’ social and emotional development by leading a proactive, problem-solving strategy and developing strong and caring relationships with students. You are a clear communicator, an empathetic listener, and an empowering motivator who easily engages in positive collaboration with both teens and adults.
LEADPrep is a small, microschool with approximately 30 students in grades 6-12 on our Seattle campus. We are a diverse, welcoming learning community celebrating neurodivergent learners and other students who benefit from an individualized, caring community where they are empowered to become their most confident selves. Our small but mighty teaching staff ranges from a Director of Learning with decades of formal teaching experience to newly minted educators who connect with the students over mutual pop culture interests. The common factor is their joy and commitment to the students and to each other as they co-teach and create a mutually supportive community.
Possible backgrounds and experience may include: working with teens in an educational or therapeutic/service role, familiarity with neurodivergent or “differently wired” learners. We believe that the right qualifications have less to do with a specific background, degree, or years of experience, and more to do with being the right person for the role. Reach out if you think this could be the role for you!
You are a strong candidate if you:
- Thrive in the busy chaos of a learner-driven school
- Believe in strength-based (as opposed to deficit-focused) learning
- Can guide, encourage learner agency, and address the whole student
- Value collegiality and co-teaching with your peers
- Place student wellbeing over the day’s lesson
- Are collaborative and engaging
Must have at least a bachelor’s degree and two year’s experience counseling youth or equivalent. Masters in counseling or social work preferred. Must be fully vaccinated / boosted against COVID-19. If you are interested in learning more, please submit a resume and cover letter. Position open until filled.
Build Relationships with Students
- Empathetically and genuinely engage with all students to establish rapport and build trust
- Conduct one-on-one meetings with students to support social and emotional needs, facilitate problem solving, and support growth
- Familiarize yourself with current approaches to relationship-building and identity-sensitive interactions with diverse populations and perspectives, and effectively communicate successful strategies with your peers (as to individual students or for approaching the students collectively)
Classroom Co-Teaching and Executive Function/Priorities Management
- Co-lead first period Base Camp alongside a classroom teacher, guiding middle and high school students in developing and completing their individualized, self-directed learning projects with an eye to fostering the students’ self-advocacy, design-thinking, and priority management skills
- Use second period to work with students 1:1, as needed, communicate with parents, or co-teach
- Provide supportive and empowering scaffolding to students as they work on emerging executive function and priorities management skills
- Work with teachers to develop and lead mini-lessons during Base Camp to further support issues or lagging skills identified through your observations and/or work with individual students
Incident Response, Problem Solving, and SEL Culture
- Lead a proactive response to any interpersonal or behavioral issues to foster student growth and development and maintain and model a caring community
- Communicate / meet with parents as needed
- Coordinate with Dream Team or other specialists to help develop action plans and support student needs
- Document and communicate in writing and/or via email about current observations, behavioral interventions, student meetings, and other matters
- Aim for AMAZING!
At LEADPrep, we value individuals with diverse backgrounds and ideas. Individuals from all cultures and communities are encouraged to apply.
Leadership Preparatory Academy leads with our values and beliefs. We know that our community draws strength from our differences. With empathy, we promote an inclusive culture where students and employees of all cultures and backgrounds feel they belong.
Through our education, employment practices, school community, and governance, we nurture attitudes and behaviors that promote global awareness, inclusive sensibilities, and respect for individuals’ diverse experiences and identities, across such categories as race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, age, socioeconomic status, religion, and/or ability.
Leadership Preparatory Academy is an equal opportunity employer seeking to build a more culturally diverse workplace. LEADPrep does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, relegion, ethnicity, economic status, neurodiversity, gender identity, sexual orientation socioeconomic status or disability.
All teachers and students must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask during the school day. Windows and doors are kept open for ventilation and extra precautions are taken around vacations and travel.