A Pre-K to Grade 12 Independent Quaker Day School Serving the Greater Durham-Chapel Hill Area

Current Openings

Lower School Learning Support Specialist (Part-Time)

Starts around August 2019

The Opportunity:

Carolina Friends School welcomes applications for a half-time Learning Support Specialist. The weekly schedule will be half-day mornings on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and a full day on Wednesday. The Learning Support Specialist will be responsible for working with students (ages 6-10) and teachers to encourage academic and social/behavioral growth. In addition, this teacher will participate in weekly staff meetings, serve on school-wide committees, take part in our new staff mentoring program, and participate in school-wide staff development. Teachers at CFS enjoy a school community committed to a pedagogy rooted in Quaker thought and practice. We strive to collaborate toward the realization of every child’s highest potential in the classroom, community, and wider world.

Traits and Requirements:

  • Provide individual and/or small group instruction to students who benefit from additional, systematic, and explicit instruction in reading, writing, math, or executive function skills

  • Meet with teachers to collaborate on strategies and curriculum accommodations/modifications for specific students

  • Collaborate with teachers and the learning specialist to develop behavior interventions when warranted

  • Collaborate with Lower School staff to support the implementation of student learning plans and related accommodations, as well as offer support to differentiate curriculum in order to meet the specific needs of all

  • Assess student progress and accomplishments in order to provide progress updates to teachers and parents

  • Conduct individual assessments in support of classroom teachers and/or provide whole-group instruction while teachers conduct individual assessments

  • Engage in responding to other needs as they arise

  • Maintain standards of confidentiality

  • Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and aligned with the CFS educational philosophy

  • Meet varied demands with integrity, enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility, and a sense of humor

Compelling applicants will have:

  • A degree in Special Education or a degree in a related field with comparable classroom experience

  • Teaching experience with a range of learning needs and exceptionalities, including students in need of academic support and enrichment

  • Experience working with a range of ages, especially elementary

  • Familiarity with Orton-Gillingham or other similar instructional approaches

  • Knowledge of and experience with behavior interventions

  • Experience with the development and implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) or similar documents

  • Strong writing and communication skills

  • An orientation toward taking initiative and self-direction

  • A willingness to understand how power and inequality, influenced by race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, ability, etc. impact our students and families

  • An understanding of and strong affinity for Quaker philosophy and the School’s mission, as well as an ease with Quaker decision-making


The Lower School

The Lower School, strongly rooted in Quaker philosophy and student-centered practice, nurtures the intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual, and physical growth of the whole child. The School focuses on the unique worth of the individual, recognizing that each child grows in different dimensions and at different rates. The Lower School also recognizes that children learn best by doing, by being engaged in activity; learning is enhanced as children engage their senses and interact with their environment. As they experiment and explore, answering questions of real relevance, children develop skills of inquiry, reasoning, problem-solving, and communication.

Located on the main campus of Carolina Friends School, rooms in the Lower School are open, colorful, and designed for maximum flexibility, providing space for both independent study and group learning as well as for play. The large playground invites a variety of creative play activities, while the School's creek and wooded, rural setting offer an ideal environment for exploration and nature study.  One of the greatest strengths of the Lower School is the community of talented, dedicated, and collegial teachers. The School is fortunate to attract outstanding educators who see teaching as a calling, as an art, and as an opportunity to nurture the whole child. CFS staff possess strong academic backgrounds and enthusiastically embrace the habit of lifelong learning. They are self-directed thinkers, always considering how to best meet the needs of their students. We welcome new teachers to the School who share similar educational goals and with whom Carolina Friends School’s philosophy and practice resonate.


How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit, in one complete PDF file, the following to jobopenings@cfsnc.org, with Lower School Learning Support Specialist indicated in the subject line:

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume

  • Statement of Educational Philosophy

  • Names and contact information for three references, with letters to be submitted

Under separate cover, please ask each recommender to send a letter of reference directly to jobopenings@cfsnc.org and indicate Lower School Learning Support Specialist in the subject line of the email. All letters of reference must be received in order for the application to be complete.

Review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until Thursday, February 28, 2019. CFS reserves the right to close the recruitment at any time. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as all materials can be compiled.

APPLICANTS: Please review the Who We Are, Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity, and Important Information for All Applicants sections on the CFS employment opportunities page.

                           CFS is an equal opportunity employer in both policy and practice.