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Job Title: Director of the Fishburne Learning Center (FLC)

Department:  Instruction

Reports to: Associate Headmaster for Academics

FLSA Status: Exempt

Last Updated: February 2014

 

Summary:  

The Director of the FLC will supervise and support two or three full-time learning specialists. Create, or coordinate the creation of, necessary documentation for teachers to know how to support FLC students in their mainstream classrooms. Teach 4 periods of FLC tutorial for high school students with specific learning disabilities and/or ADHD. 

Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree, preferable in special education with specialization in learning disabilities
  • Minimum of 5 years working with adolescents with learning disabilities and/or ADHD
  • Demonstrated expertise in training students to use strategies for reading comprehension, written expression, and mathematical calculation/problem-solving
  • Working knowledge of research on the benefits of single-gender education
  • Proficient use of technology in the classroom and the theory behind such use
  • Unconditional commitment to leadership by example
  • Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of administration
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with superiors, colleagues, and individuals inside and outside of the School.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

As FLC Director:

·       Supervise, provide feedback for, and support FLC personnel as they work with FLC students and consult with classroom teachers to provide the instruction and support necessary for average-to-above-average students with a learning disability or ADHD to succeed in a college-preparatory curriculum.

  • Assign FLC students to the appropriate FLC tutor, taking into consideration each student’s academic needs and the tutor-student personality match.
  • Coordinate the dissemination, collection, and analysis of the FLC bi-weekly student rating sheet so that FLC students have frequent feedback about their academic progress.
  • Be the “face” of the FLC by running informative workshops for Blue Ridge teachers and meeting with prospective students and their parents.

As FLC Teacher:

  • Teach students (FLC courses have 1:3 teacher: student ratio) with specific learning disabilities and ADHD, with a specific focus on metacognitive strategies employed by successful college students and adults with learning disabilities or ADHD.
  • Serve as an advocate for FLC students with the school’s faculty, suggesting appropriate strategies and accommodations while expecting the student to complete the same work as any other BRS student.
  • Provide detailed reports on student progress and challenges to both faculty and parents.

Advising:

  • Develop a personal relationship with each advisee.  Encourage open, candid – and, if necessary, confidential - communications.  Guide advisees toward responsible decisions.  Help them develop important life skills, such as time management and how to study. 
  • Keep advisees' parents informed through regularly scheduled reports and through regular interactive contacts, at least every three weeks.  Ongoing communications with parents is particularly important during the first 30 days of school.  Ensure feedback is timely, relevant, and constructive. 
  • Mentor and monitor the attitude, appearance, and behavior of advisees at all times – particularly during chapel services, assemblies, and meals.
  • Know which advisees take what medications and when.  Ensure that they take their medications daily including the weekends.
  • Conduct at least one “inning” or “outing” for advisees per trimester.
  • Counsel and accompany advisees in appearances before the Honor Council or Disciplinary Committee.
  • Work with each advisee to develop three to five written goals at the beginning of each trimester.  These goals are to be shared with advisee's parents.  Meet with each advisee at the mid-point of each trimester to monitor his progress toward achieving his goals and to make appropriate revisions.

Coaching: 

  • Plan practices, prepare and execute game plans for an afternoon sport or activity for at least two trimesters per academic year.
  • Make recommendations for maintaining and purchasing equipment needed for that sport.
  • Take responsibility for organizing an overall program for junior varsity and lower level teams.
  • Teach the systems to be used to all coaches within his/her particular sport program.

Residence Life:

  • Full-time faculty and staff principles are routinely assigned to a weekday duty team once a week and to a weekend duty team once every 4 weeks.  Additionally, all adults are required to be present on campus throughout registration days, before major school breaks, graduation day and other special events throughout the year. 

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • n/a

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Professional development seminar or conference required at least once every two years.

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 30% sitting, 5% walking, and 65% standing.  The job is performed under minimal temperature variations and under conditions with some exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.



February 5, 2014

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Job Title: Chaplain

Department: Student Services

Reports to:   Assistant Headmaster for Co-Curricular Programs

FLSA Status: Exempt

Last Updated: January 2014

Summary:  

An all boys, all boarding college-preparatory school for 185 boys, Blue Ridge School has a 751-acre campus lying 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 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 other religions and cultures that are present in our diverse community.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills.
  • Willing to live in on-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 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 (ie:  Sacristan & Verger) and oversees the fulfillment of these roles;
  • Coordinates services with organist, Director of Performing Arts, and others within community;
  • Teaches 3 full-year classes or handles additional administrative responsibilities as determined by the Headmaster;
  • Serves on weekday and weekend duty teams;
  • Participates in two co-curricular activities such as athletics, clubs or student organizations;
  • Serves as Advisor to 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: Facilities Specialist

Department: Facilities

Reports to: Facilities Supervisor

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Last Updated: March 2014

 

Summary:  

An all boys, all boarding college-preparatory school for 185 boys, Blue Ridge School has a 751-acre campus lying 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.

The Facilities Specialist is a full time position with a primary responsibility to perform a variety of work in regards to the maintenance and repair on the approximately 220,000 sq. ft. of academic, athletic and administrative buildings, 32 residential dwellings, 760 acres of grounds, 6 school buses, 5 passenger vehicles and other various equipment owned by the School.  This position requires work to be performed in areas including carpentry, HVAC, electrical, plumbing, painting, landscaping, lighting and mechanics.    

The Maintenance department performs manual work necessary to maintain cleanliness, orderliness, appearance and sanitation of the school grounds, roads, walks and buildings.  Work performed by a Specialist is done so within established procedures under both written and verbal instructions from the Facilities Supervisor.  Some minor decision making about details of work is exercised. 

Qualifications:

  • A high school diploma or equivalent required a one year certificate from a college or technical school is preferred.
  • Minimum of 3 years experience in plant operations or general building trades with experience and skills in two or more of the following trades: electrical, plumbing, carpentry, painting, HVAC or mechanics.
  • Ability to lift, carry, push/pull a minimum of 50 lbs.
  • Ability to operate, maneuver, and control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools and/or materials used in performing essential functions
  • Ability to work in environments with some adverse conditions, including, dirt, dust, pollen, odors, sun, wetness, humidity, rain, fumes, temperature, noise, machinery vibrations or pathogenic substances
  • Must be a self starter and able work independently as well as with the team as needed
  • Must be knowledgeable of and follow safety rules, regulations and policies  
  • Must be able to follow written and/or verbal instructions
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings or weekends for special events or emergencies as needed
  • A valid Virginia drivers license is required

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Perform preventative and deferred maintenance on HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems as well as facilities and equipment
  • Inspect, test, repair and maintain systems, machinery and equipment
  • Identify supplies, equipment, machinery, etc required to perform assigned tasks
  • Operate a variety of shop machinery and equipment such as tractors, lawn mowers, weed eaters, chain saws, welding equipment, leaf blowers/collectors and complex hand/power tools
  • Conduct routine maintenance on school passenger vehicles; including fueling, checking belts, fluid levels, replacing filters, etc. following owner’s manuals
  • Diagnose mechanical problems and determine how to correct them, checking blueprints, repair manuals or parts catalogs as necessary
  • Paint and repair roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, plaster, drywall and other parts of building structures
  • Completes assigned work orders; which could include replacing various types of lighting, moving furniture and equipment, fixing water leaks, etc. in all academic, office and residential spaces
  • Collects trash from large receptacles throughout campus and places it in dumpster for removal
  • Cleans walkways of debris, leaves and snow as needed
  • Must be able to work independently as well as with the maintenance team in large tasks
  • Assists with preparations, logistics and traffic before and during special events

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • n/a

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • A valid Virginia’s Drivers License
  • Trade License 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 and carrying (up to 75 lbs.), pushing, and/or pulling; some climbing and balancing; frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity.  Generally the job requires continuous movement during work hours.  The job is performed under moderate to severe temperature variations and under conditions with moderate to severe exposure to risk of injury and/or illness.

 


 

 Job Title: Spanish Teacher

Department: Instruction

Reports to: Foreign Language Department Chair

FLSA Status: Exempt

Last Updated: January 2012

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree or higher in Spanish from an accredited institution
  • Relevant teaching experience preferred
  • Working knowledge of research on the benefits of single-gender education
  • Specific knowledge of the structure and content of the Spanish language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar
  • 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:

  • Demonstrate a willingness to engage students in developing solid skills in speaking, reading and writing Spanish for comprehension, communication, appreciation, and interpretation.
  • Familarize the students to the culture and history of the Spanish-speaking world
  • Encourage active student participation and thinking during classes
  • Works with other curricular disciplines to foster interdisciplinary study
  • Plan, prepare and deliver instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences
  • Develop course syllabi and lesson plans
  • Establish and communicate clear objectives for all learning activities
  • Prepare classroom for class activities
  • Provide a variety of learning materials and resources for use in educational activities
  • 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
  • Assign and grade class work, homework, tests and assignments to include regular constructive feedback on all work and assessments
  • Observe, evaluate, and record each student's overall performance and development
  • Encourage and monitor the progress of individual students
  • 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
  • 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
  • Participate in extracurricular activities such as social activities, sporting activities, clubs and student organizations
  • Perform certain advisory duties including but not limited to student support, counseling students with academic problems and providing student encouragement
  • Participates on weekday and weekend duty teams
  • Attends on-campus special events, such as Registration, Parents Weekend, Alumni Weekend, School sponsored mixers, etc.

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: Technology Coordinator and Teacher

Department:  Instruction

Reports to: Associate Headmaster for Academics

FLSA Status: Exempt

Last Updated:  March 2014

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Technology or related field, required
  • Experience teaching Java programming required;  experience with object-oriented programming languages preferred
  • Experience teaching Robotics or coordinating a Robotics program, required
  • Experience with Moodle, Blackboard, or similar course management software
  • Background in engineering, preferred
  • Experience with STEM initiatives, preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal, effective verbal, writing and listening skills
  • Ability to be assertive; particularly with co-workers
  • Proven problem-solver, capable of keeping a 12-station computer lab operational at all times
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, strong work ethic and ability to multitask between multiple projects
  • Willingness to serve as a dormitory parent, preferred

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for teaching courses in programming and robotics
  • Will develop and implement an introductory course in Engineering Principles
  • Encourage and supervise individual student entry into regional and national STEM-related competitions
  • Encourage and develop use of current Moodle program for course management by faculty
  • Regularly visit teacher classrooms with multi-day observations, then work with faculty to suggest ways in which available technology could enhance their instruction
  • Assist faculty with implementing the technology ideas from beginning until integration is successfully completed
  • Coordinate with the IT Administrator on technology initiatives
    • Engages regularly in professional development in order to stay current on new and emerging technologies and practices in learning, technology and faculty development
    • Participate in extracurricular activities such as social activities, sporting activities, clubs and student organizations
    • Participates on weekday and weekend duty teams
  • Perform advisory duties including but not limited to student support, counseling students with academic problems and providing student encouragement
  • Attends on-campus special events, such as Registration, Parents Weekend, Alumni Weekend, School sponsored mixers, etc. 

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • n/a

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  •  

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 40% sitting, 40% walking, and 20% 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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