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

Current Openings

Upper School Learning Specialist

The Opportunity:

Carolina Friends School (CFS) is seeking an Upper School Learning Specialist to assists staff in the design, implementation, and evaluation of plans to support students. The Learning Specialist provides direct service to students, both individually and in groups, and coordinates referrals for outside support and testing. This is a 12-month appointment with vacation in July.

Reporting to the Upper School Head, the USLS works directly with faculty, parents and students, helping students understand themselves as learners and developing their academic skills, assisting faculty and parents to identify and seek diagnosis and support for their students, and fostering student growth to develop self-advocacy regarding their learning needs.


  • Collaborates with the Admissions Office concerning prospective students

  • Oversees the development, review, explanation, communication, and maintenance of student accommodation plans

  • Coordinates referrals for the evaluation and reevaluation process

  • Collaborates with area professionals to support students

  • Manages necessary accommodations for standardized testing

  • Works one-on-one and in groups with identified students

  • Assists staff in identifying students with academic difficulties

  • Provides ongoing support and professional development to staff on learning differences and accommodations

  • Manages the School's Student for Success Program for Classroom Support Tutoring and Student Coaching 

  • Works with other CFS Learning Specialists in the coordination of the school-wide learning differences program

  • Provides support to parents of students with learning differences in advocating for their child

  • Performs other functions as assigned in support of school operations


  • A bachelor’s degree in special or exceptional education with an emphasis in learning differences; advanced degree preferred*

  • Minimum of three years full-time experience as a learning specialist in a secondary school setting*

  • Ability to work well with a diverse student and parent body

  • Strong knowledge of the developmental needs of students

  • Ability to work effectively with colleagues in a highly collaborative environment

  • Excellent listening skills and the ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all constituent groups

  • Expertise in mentoring, supporting, and coaching teenagers

  • Understanding of and strong affinity for Quaker philosophy and the School’s mission

  • Willingness to understand and explore how power and inequality influenced by factors such as race, class, gender, sexuality, and learning and physical disabilities impact our students, families and colleagues

*Directly related experience or a combination of related experience and education may be considered in place of the above requirements.

Who We Are:

The Upper School at CFS strives to be a learning community rooted in Quaker philosophy and values where teenagers can find and can help create a safe place for the exploration of themselves and the world. Students and teachers address one another without titles as an expression of the equality we see in one another.  We believe that a child’s secondary education experience should challenge them to develop the critical thinking, reading, and problem-solving skills that not only prepare students for life beyond graduation, but also for participation in the world as active agents right now. We require students to have a wide variety of curricular experiences, from traditional academic requirements to extensive work in the arts and community service. Upper School students are asked to see themselves as stewards of the whole community.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit, when possible in one complete PDF file, the following:

• Cover Letter

• Resume

• Statement of Educational Philosophy

• Three letters of recommendation, including their names and contact information

Please complete all these documents into one complete packet and submit to jobopenings@cfsnc.org.  Please indicate Upper School Learning Specialist in the email subject line.

Under separate cover, please ask each recommender to send a letter of reference directly to jobopenings@cfsnc.org and indicate Upper School Learning 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 the position is filled. 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.

Carolina Friends School actively strives to be a community of staff, students, and families of diverse backgrounds. CFS does not discriminate based on age, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, socio-economic background, family structure, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, or military service in the administration of its policies and program.

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