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ChaplainEnglish Language Learner (ELL) Program Coordinator

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Job Title: Chaplain
Department: Student Services
Reports to: Assistant Headmaster for Co-Curricular Programs
FLSA Status: Exempt

Summary:

An all-boys, all-boarding college preparatory school for 175 boys, Blue Ridge School has a 751-acre campus bordering the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains twenty miles from Charlottesville, Virginia. The Blue Ridge School campus itself is removed from distractions, allowing students to focus on academics, further develop character, build self-esteem and progress toward a successful life of service.

Blue Ridge School is innovative in its approach to educating young men, offering a tailored learning system based on real-world, hands-on activities through which key concepts and study skills are embedded. Students are taught to identify personal learning styles. With an average class size of 9 students, faculty members use this learning style investigation to individualize classroom material and challenge students to reach beyond self-determined limits and fulfill untapped potential.

Serving as Chaplain is the primary component of a full-time, 10-month position. Additional duties and responsibilities are outlined below. The Chaplain leads and organizes religious services for the community, including Convocation, Baccalaureate, graduation, Christmas and Easter ceremonies and regular services during the week. At present, we hold three services each week that are mandatory for students. We intend to continue to mandate attendance for weekday services while allowing more flexibility on Sundays. Providing pastoral counseling, the Chaplain promotes school-wide involvement in personal spiritual development, intentionally including students and staff with a diverse array of beliefs. The primary Chapel messages are grounded in Judeo-Christian principles, while placing the greatest emphasis on making time and space in one’s life for spiritual reflection and development.

Qualifications:

An ordained Episcopal priest preferred; one with extensive experience working with youth in a counseling, ministerial or educational setting;
Committed to the development of the whole student – his spiritual maturation as well as his intellectual, physical and emotional growth;
Respect for other religions and cultures that are present in our diverse community;
Excellent oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills;
Willing to live in a campus residence, depending on housing availability.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Assists in the spiritual development of all students regardless of their religious affiliation;
Organizes routine programs of worship including regular chapel services and special ceremonies;
Contributes to the development and oversees implementation of the School’s spiritual curriculum;
Provides pastoral counseling to staff and students;
Arranges for students of various faiths to worship in the method of their choosing on a regular basis;
Annually assigns leadership roles to qualified students (i.e., Sacristan and Verger) and oversees the fulfillment of these roles;
Coordinates services with the organist, director of performing arts and others within community;
Teaches two full-year classes or handles additional administrative responsibilities as determined by the Headmaster;
Serves on weekday and weekend duty teams;
Participates in one co-curricular activity such as athletics, clubs or student organizations;
Serves as advisor to an assigned group of students.
Supervisory Responsibilities:

n/a
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

Ordained Episcopal priest preferred
Professional development seminar or conference at least once every two years ongoing

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 20% sitting, 10% walking, and 70% standing. The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.

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Job Title: English Language Learner (ELL) Program Coordinator
Department: Instruction
Reports to: Assistant Headmaster for Academics
FLSA Status: Exempt

Summary:

An all boys, all boarding college-preparatory school for 170 boys, Blue Ridge School has a 751-acre campus along the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains 20 miles from Charlottesville, Virginia. The Blue Ridge School campus itself is removed from distractions, allowing students to focus on academics, further develop character, build self-esteem, and progress toward a successful life of service.

Blue Ridge School provides an interactive learning environment in which capable and willing young men develop their minds and character. Using a college-preparatory curriculum with a high-degree of individual support, Blue Ridge prepares its students for the dual challenges of college and career in the 21st century. At Blue Ridge, every aspect of campus life is directed toward the interests and needs of our students – because everything Blue Ridge does is for the boys in our charge.

Since all salaried employees at Blue Ridge have dormitory and coaching responsibilities beyond primary roles, Blue Ridge educators work hard and gain the added satisfaction only achieved when working with students inside and outside the classroom.

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 5 sections each day in varying levels, beginning through advanced ELL, ELL World History, ELL College Prep/TOEFL and provide basic ELL support.

Qualifications:

- Bachelors Degree or higher in English, International Studies, TESL or related field required
- Relevant teaching experience in an international student setting 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 overall reading, writing, speaking, and listening comprehension of the students.
- 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 Associate Academic Headmaster
- 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.

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