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ELL Program Coordinator | College Counselor | Fishburne Learning Center Teacher | Nurse 

Blue Ridge School is an all-boys, all-boarding college preparatory school for 185 boys on a stunning 750 acre campus along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Blue Ridge is only 20 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia, a vibrant community and home to the University of Virginia.

Blue Ridge educators gain the added satisfaction of working with students inside and outside the classroom which gives them a greater influence in shaping a student’s mind and character. Our teachers have the opportunity to lead athletic and outdoor activities based on their own passions.

The school provides an interactive learning environment in which teachers have a great amount of autonomy in their classrooms and still have the support of a collaborative faculty.  Using a college-preparatory curriculum with a high-degree of individual support, teachers can better prepare their students for college and careers in the 21st century.  

Most teachers live on campus in homes provided by the school. On campus housing helps give our safe, family-oriented community the sense of a small village in which students and families live and work together.

English Language Learner (ELL) Program Coordinator
Department: Instruction
Reports to: Dean of Faculty
FLSA Status: Exempt

The role of ELL Teacher is a full-time, 9.5 month position that has primary responsibilities to plan, organize and implement an appropriate instructional program in a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential in an English speaking environment. The ELL teacher independently directs and organizes the complete ELL program and is required to teach five sections each day in varying levels, beginning through advanced ELL, ELL World History, ELL College Prep/TOEFL and provide basic ELL support. 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or higher in English, International Studies, TESL or related field are required,
  • Relevant teaching experience in an international student setting is required,
  • Working knowledge or research done on the benefits of single-gender education,
  • Specific knowledge and experience pertaining to the instruction of the English language to non-native speakers in the areas of grammar, vocabulary, writing, reading and listening comprehension, oral communication skills and accent reduction,
  • Flexibility, creativity and willingness to play an active role in the life of the School community,
  • Proficient use of technology in the classroom and the theory behind such use,
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with students, parents, peers and supervisors,
  • Exceptional organizational, planning, problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills,
  • Second language skills preferred,
  • Knowledge and experience with TOEFL.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plan, prepare and deliver instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences,
  • Develop course syllabi and lesson plans; identify and select different instructional resources and methods to meet students' varying learning styles,
  • Demonstrate a variety of instructional methods that include the use of visual aids, interactive activities, strategic and competitive learning games that take advantage of the learning style of boys, technology in the classroom, and other academic tools expected of a trained TEFL teacher to improve students overall reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension,
  • Assign and grade class work, homework, tests and assignments to include regular constructive feedback on all work and assessments; record each student's performance and development,
  • Maintain discipline in accordance with the rules and disciplinary systems of the school,
  • Perform certain advisory duties including but not limited to student support, counseling students with academic problems and providing student encouragement,
  • Participate in extracurricular activities such as social activities, sporting activities and clubs,
  • Participate in department meetings, school meetings and parent meetings,
  • Communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues and parents regarding student progress and student needs,
  • Keep up to date with developments in subject area, teaching resources and methods and make relevant changes to instructional plans and activities,
  • Conduct placement testing and assessment of each international student at the beginning of each calendar year to determine needs and class level,
  • Facilitate instruction in the fundamentals of English grammar by means of familiarizing students with the basic sentence patterns and by the practice of sentence combining, and the strengthening of vocabulary skills to non-English speaking students,
  • Evaluate ELL History instructors, collaborating with them to improve reading and writing skills, develop critical thinking skills, and foster a sense of citizenship and altruism within each student,
  • Assist students with cultural transitions,
  • Provide academic support to teachers of other disciplines in regards to potential challenges teaching international students, as requested,
  • Facilitate and lead the ELL Summer Camp; select summer program teachers, set curriculum standards, and organize all aspects of camp life - academic, social and extracurricular,
  • Create and maintain ELL budgets for the Summer Program and the school year with the assistance of the Headmaster and Academic Dean,
  • Assist students in their preparation for the TOEFL and provide transportation to and from the test center a minimum of twice per school year,
  • Work closely with the International Student Coordinator to foster the growth of an integrated community of international and domestic students.

Supervisory Responsibilities:  n/a

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Teaching credential or certification preferred; not required

Physical Demands and Working Conditions: The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 25% sitting, 25% walking, and 50% standing.  The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.

Job Title: College Counselor
Department: Instruction
Reports to: Associate Headmaster for Student Outcomes
FLSA Status: Exempt
Last Updated: April 2017

The College Counselor is a full-time, 9-month, position that has the primary responsibility for administering all aspects of the college search and admissions process for each of our students.  Blue Ridge is a college preparatory school, expecting 100% of its senior class to have at least one college acceptance prior to graduation. 

It is expected that the Counselor will meet with college representatives and facilitate meetings between students and such representatives.  He/she will serve as a source of information for students and parents regarding college trends, procedures and standardized testing.  The Counselor will educate families on their options and guide them toward realistic aspirations and wise decisions.  They will also maintain a school profile and records on seniors complete with transcripts and GPAs.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in College Counseling, Education, or a related field is required,
  • Experience in college admissions or high school college counseling required, teaching experience preferred,
  • Familiarity with the goals, objectives and mission of an independent college preparatory school,
  • Extremely knowledgeable of colleges, their academic programs, admission policies and financial policies and procedures,
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills,
  • Ability to respond effectively to the needs of a diverse and demanding student and parent population,
  • Proficient use of technology and software programs to enhance college admissions processes,
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with students, parents, peers and supervisors,
  • Exceptional organizational, planning, problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills,
  • Effective time management skills and ability to meet strict deadlines,
  • Flexibility, creativity and willingness to play an active role in the life of the School community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Educating students and parents about colleges, the college admissions process, trends, procedures and testing; advising and supporting classes of 50-65 seniors and families as they go through the process, and helping students and families aspire realistically and choose wisely,
  • Meeting with juniors and seniors, individually and in groups, to talk about the process and individual college choices. 
  • The College Counselor also advises 9th and 10th graders on curricular choices, as needed, and works with international students to understand US college admissions, especially aspects unique to them,
  • Arranges and meets with all college admissions representatives who visit our campus and facilitates meetings between college representatives and our students. 
  • The College Counselor also serves as a liaison with College admissions offices throughout the year,
  • Compiling an annual profile of the School, as well as information on grade distributions in junior and senior courses and courses offered at our school,
  • Working with Registrar to maintain records on seniors, including GPA's and transcripts,
  • Writing an official school recommendation for each senior.  To do so, the Counselor gathers information from parents, teachers, school records and the students themselves. 
  • The College Counselor also completes a School report and mid-year report forms requested by colleges, including evaluations of students,
  • Administering the College Counseling Office budget and purchasing, maintaining and sharing information on colleges, college guides, scholarships, financial aid and paying for college,
  • Updating an annual College Preparation Guide, a resource mailed to junior and senior parents each summer, an extensive assembly of information about the college search process.  The College Counselor also keeps parents informed through a monthly column, a newsletter for parents, and in letters about test dates, local college events, and financial aid.
  • Keeping track of admission's decisions, statistics and writing reports for the Headmaster/Associate Headmaster,
  • Making informational presentations to parents, such as the annual presentations to parents of juniors, new parents, and the Parent Association,
  • Being aware of issues and trends in college admission, higher education, testing, as well as keeping up-to-date about specific colleges and maintaining membership in professional organizations:  the College Board and the National Association of College Admission Counselors,
  • Maintaining and disseminating information about standardized tests such as SAT, ACT, and TOEFL, helping to administer PSAT exams, and working with the director of the Fishburne Learning Center to arrange for extended time on these tests, as warranted,
  • Educate students, faculty and parents on the use of the Naviance Family Connection software program for the purpose of college searching and document submissions (transcripts and letters of recommendation),
  • Keep up-to-date with developments in college counseling, teaching resources and methods and make relevant changes to instructional plans and activities
  • Serve as ACT and SAT Testing Coordinator which includes scheduling test dates, hiring and training staff, ensuring safety and integrity of test materials and a prompt return of exams,
  • Participate in extracurricular activities such as social activities, sporting activities, clubs and student organizations,
  • Participates on weekday and weekend duty teams,
  • Attends on-campus special events, such as registration, Parent Weekend, Alumni Weekend, School-sponsored mixers, etc.

Supervisory Responsibilities: n/a

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Member of the National Association of College Admission Counselors and the Potomac and Chesapeake Association of College Admission Counselors

Physical Demands and Working Conditions: The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 25% sitting, 25% walking, and 50% standing.  The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.

Job Title: Fishburne Learning Center Teacher

Department: Instruction
Reports to: Associate Headmaster for Student Outcomes
FLSA Status: Exempt
Last Updated: April 2017

The Fishburne Learning Center (FLC) serves the needs of approximately forty students with specific learning disabilities and/or ADHD.  The FLC designs individual programs for every student it serves.  These programs include efforts to address particular learning challenges as well as support networks to help students succeed in mainstream Blue Ridge courses.  The ultimate goal of the FLC is to help each student become a strong advocate for himself both at Blue Ridge and beyond.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree from an accredited institution, the area of study is flexible,
  • M.Ed. in Special Education, focus on high-incidence learning disabilities, preferred,
  • At least three years of experience working with adolescents with language-based learning disabilities and/or ADHD,
  • Demonstrated expertise in training students to use strategies for reading comprehension, written expression, and mathematical calculation/problem-solving,
  • A preferred background in or experience with Orton-Gillingham language training or similar, such as Wilson, Slingerland, etc., and experience with Reading Recovery programs is also beneficial,
  • Experience with written expression programs for students with language-based learning disabilities is preferred,
  • Experience teaching a content-area subject preferred,
  • Working knowledge of research on the benefits of single-gender education,
  • Flexibility, creativity and willingness to play an active role in the life of the School community,
  • Proficient use of technology in the classroom and the theory behind such use,
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with students, parents, peers and supervisors,
  • Exceptional organizational, planning, problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills,
  • Effective time management skills.

Essential duties and responsibilities:

  • With the FLC Co-director, review files for individual students and create educational plans and trimester goals,
  • Advocate with faculty for necessary services for FLC students,
  • Plan, prepare and deliver instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences,
  • Identify and select different instructional resources and methods to meet students' varying learning styles,
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use of learning materials and resources,
  • Use relevant technology to support instruction,
  • Prepare reports and update all necessary records accurately, completely and timely as required by school policies regarding students’ behavior and academic achievement,
  • Manage student behavior in the classroom by consistently enforcing rules and procedures,
  • Maintain discipline in accordance with the rules and disciplinary systems of the school,
  • Apply appropriate disciplinary measures where necessary,
  • Perform certain advisory duties including but not limited to student support, counseling students with academic problems and providing student encouragement,
  • Participate in extracurricular activities such as social activities, sporting activities, clubs and student organizations,
  • Participate in department meetings, school meetings and parent meetings,
  • Communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues and parents regarding student progress and student needs,
  • Keep up-to-date with developments in subject areas, teaching resources and methods and make relevant changes to instructional plans and activities.

Supervisory Responsibilities: n/a

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Teaching credential or certification preferred; not required

Physical Demands and Working Conditions: The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 25% sitting, 25% walking, and 50% standing.  The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.

 

Job Title: Nurse
Department: Student Services
Reports to: Head Nurse
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Last Updated: April 2017

This position requires a licensed LPN to work in our Student Health Center (SHC) under the guidance of the Head RN on staff.  Primarily, the SHC is maintained by several nurses, including the Head RN, an evening nurse (approx. 3pm-8pm) and an on-call night nurse (approximately 8pm-7am). 

This LPN position would be provided a two-bedroom apartment adjacent to the SHC plus all utilities and meals while school is in session.  The position requires 3 afternoons per week from 3pm – 10pm (with clinic closing at 8pm), 2 afternoons from 8pm – 10pm, serve as the on-call nurse from 10pm – 7am for the occasional emergency and serve 10 weekends from Friday 8pm – Sunday 8pm.  This is a 9.5 month position, from mid-August – June 1 and is not required to work during Thanksgiving Break (10 days), Christmas Break (2 weeks) or Spring Break (2 weeks). 

Each nurse is solely responsible for the health of approximately 185 boys in grades 9-12 while serving their respective duty.  Occasionally, the nurse may provide medical guidance to faculty/staff when requested.

The nurse is responsible for identifying and treating health disorders among students and providing instruction in the maintenance of good health and disease prevention.  The employee will evaluate the physical conditions of students and refer students to appropriate resources as needed.  Decisions made by the nurse require discretionary judgment and analysis.  The nurse must enjoy working with teenage boys from an array of backgrounds and cultures.   

Qualifications:

  • Completion of training necessary for licensing as a LPN and experience in pediatrics and/or public health nursing preferred
  • Considerable knowledge of child growth and development
  • Desire to work with and educate teenage boys from diverse backgrounds
  • Working knowledge of public health problems and procedures for treatment in coordination with other health and social service agencies
  • Extremely organized and detail oriented
  • Comfortable with high degree of autonomy, and the ability to work as a member of a two/three nurse team.
  • Outstanding communications, interpersonal and community relations skills.  The ability to communicate and work effectively within our community as well with parents that may be at great distances from their son
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook and willingness to learn school software programs

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides triage care for students and staff while on duty
  • Makes appropriate referrals for emergency care
  • Communicates need for referrals and/or doctor appointments to the Head RN
  • Provides follow-up evaluations on students as required
  • Maintains prescription medicine and medical supply inventories, security and dispensation
  • Ensures that any student that is required to receive medication does so each day
  • Works with athletic trainers and coaches on medical needs of student athletes; including diagnosis and treatment of concussions.
  • Communicates and coordinates medical issues/status of boys with parents in a time efficient manner
  • Remains in constant contact with faculty via email to ensure whereabouts of students
  • Acquires, maintains and ensures complete medical information is kept on each member of the student body
  • Maintain basic cleanliness of the Student Health Center, including laundering of bed linens
  • Health counseling and education to students and staff
  • Demonstrate continued professional curiosity and growth

Supervisory Responsibilities: n/a

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: LPN (minimum)
Certified by the American Nurses Association or the National Association of School Nurses

Physical Demands and Working Conditions: The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: frequent lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 20% sitting, 60% walking, and 20% standing. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and under conditions with moderate exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.