Isidore Newman School seeks a talented and dynamic Lower School SEL Coordinatorfor the 2021-2022 academic year. The role of the SEL Coordinator for in the Lower School is multifaceted. Serving equally as a resource for students, parents and teachers, the position involves communication, collaboration, guidance and instructional support/coaching. The SEL specialist will guide students as they acquire the knowledge, attitude and skills necessary to understand and manage their emotions, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible choices. The SEL Coordinator reports to the Head of Lower School. The successful candidate will possess excellent speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills; be successful in working with teams; possess significant knowledge of social-emotional learning and strategies of support, and genuinely love to work with students and educators at the elementary school level.
The most important qualifications include:
A bachelor’s degree or higher in special education, counseling, psychology or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
Training and/or established expertise in the area of social emotional learning.
Practical knowledge of how to work with a wide range of different learners in elementary and early elementary grades.
Demonstrated patience, perseverance, and kindness in working with students, parents, faculty, and staff as well as a highly collaborative professional style.
Understand competing responsibilities to uphold confidentiality in relation to private materials and conversations while providing colleagues and families with the information they need to help the student.
Must meet and maintain any and all federal, state and local requirements to work in an educational setting.
Significant responsibilities include:
Identifies, builds, and implements age-appropriate social and emotional support programs across grade levels
Teaches guidance classes and provides guidance support to students through planned activities in small group or classroom settings to convey educational, social, and important school information, and offers parent learning for parents.
Consults, facilitates, and maintains communication with parents, teachers, administrators, and pertinent agents on specific student and parent academic and educational matters including academic modifications and/or accommodations.
Acts as an advocate for students as needs arise.
Collaborates with classroom teachers on the design and implementation of academic and behavior interventions as concerns arise.
Serves as an active member of the Student Advocacy Committee for appropriate grade levels.
Works with colleagues to develop/implement accommodation plans for students as needed.
Collaborates with teachers as needed on the development of lesson plans, rubrics, teaching strategies, differentiated learning environments, etc.
Works directly with students to implement behavior interventions as deemed necessary through collaboration with classroom teachers..
Work directly with students to increase self-awareness/self-advocacy skills as deemed necessary through collaboration with classroom teachers.
Founded in 1903, Isidore Newman School is a co-educational independent school that serves high-achieving and highly motivated students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, as well as infants through young children in Green Trees, a premier early childhood division of the School. Located in the heart of Uptown New Orleans, blocks away from Tulane and Loyola University, Newman is the only co-educational, non-sectarian, independent day school in the city of New Orleans. Our School enjoys a national reputation for excellence and achievement in academics, athletics and the arts with our students matriculating to the most selective colleges and universities in the country.