Learning Support Specialist - 1.0FTE (temporary contract)

The International School of the Hague - Secondary CampusThe Netherlands

We are looking to appoint two well-qualified and experienced Learning Support Specialists - at 1.0FTE each, with a temporary contract for a maximum of two years, to start as soon as possible.

The Learning Support (LS) Specialist works with students from age 11-18 who exhibit difficulties with learning and/or demonstrating their knowledge and understanding. The successful candidate will maintain a holistic approach towards all learners, and will empower students and staff with tools and strategies to increase student engagement within the curriculum. Based on individual student needs, the LS Specialist will identify and reduce barriers to learning. Knowledge and experience in developing Individualised Educational Plans (IEPs), monitoring and evaluating the implementation of inclusive practices, accommodations and recommendations is required. The LS Specialist will work collaboratively with class teachers to support the learning of all students, and will frequently communicate with parents, faculty and/or external professionals to develop and modify individual learning goals.

The successful candidate will encourage an inclusive learning community, inspire international mindedness, personal development, creative thinking, advocacy and resiliency. Promoting student equity regardless of ability and viewing individual differences as opportunities for enriched learning are important qualities for the LS Specialist to possess.

Please see the job description attached below for more information.


Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will be:      

  • Internationally-minded    
  • Innovative, committed to learning and up-to-date with current research    
  • Inspiring, challenging and empowering    
  • An excellent team player both within the department and across the school, willing to work collaboratively and support the ongoing development of the Learning Support department and the whole school    
  • Proactive and have an enthusiastic approach to teaching and wider professional practice     
  • Flexible and have the desire to be a part of a dynamic school community    
  • Willing to be involved in extracurricular activities    
  • A role model for the ISH Community Profile

We are a forward thinking school and therefore we invest in potential future leaders as well as excellent teachers. We expect our staff to be skilled in using digital tools for teaching (example: MacBook Air, Touch Screen boards and iPads).



Qualifications and experience

Essential:    

  • Teaching degree and/or qualification from an accredited university;    
  • Minimum 3 years experience supporting students with learning differences within a school environment assisting with curriculum and assessment accessibility;    
  • Familiarity with effective teaching practices in developing executive functioning skills and remedial learning in literacy and mathematics;    
  • Willingness to explore, identify and implement evidence-based curricular and best practices to enhance student learning progress and assessment accessibility;    
  • Demonstrate personal and professional qualities that are grounded in our school values of communication, curiosity and caring, and reflect the IB learner profile.

Preferred:    

  • Qualifications and/or training in Special Education Needs (SEN) education at a second-degree secondary education teacher level or a higher vocational qualification (Master’s degree of Special Educational Needs or similar);    
  • Experience working within multidisciplinary student support teams;    
  • Experience in RTI (Response to Intervention Multi-Tier model);    
  • Familiarity with PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports);    
  • A commitment to supporting the learning of all members of the school community and educating our school community on topics related to learning challenges;    
  • Applicants who have the right to work in The Netherlands.

Skills and Abilities:    

  • C1 (advanced) or C2 (mastery) CEFR proficiency level in English;    
  • Possess effective communication skills and relate well with our diverse school community;    
  • Excellent organisational, time management and administration skills;    
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others and work effectively within a team;    
  • Ability to regularly assess, record, plan, set goals, evaluate progress and produce reports based upon student learning data and observations;    
  • Familiarity with assistive technology and IT skills relevant to supporting students with additional educational needs;    
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and collaborative spirit, and a willingness to ask questions, take risks and be an active member of our Learning Support Team.


We offer

We offer a temporary appointment for one year, with the potential for an additional year if all conditions are met. The position is based on the Dutch Collective Labour Agreement (CAO VO) for Secondary Education, scale 10. Based on a 1.0 FTE contract, the salary will be between €2,592 - €4,301 gross per month (fulltime) - the step in this scale depends on relevant background and experience. This position is subsidised by the NPO (Nationaal Programma Onderwijs)  budget made available by the Dutch government to address the recovery and development of education during and after Corona.

Other benefits include the 8% holiday allowance, a year-end bonus of 8%, a contribution towards travel expenses and the ABP pension scheme.

In addition staff are given a number of options for tax benefits regarding trade union dues, the costs of sports (fitness) membership fees, the purchase of a bicycle (for commuting purposes) and a travel allowance (cafeteria scheme). Rijnlands staff also receive discounts on various insurance policies.

Please see Recruitment Package below for more information.


Application Process

Deadline for Applications: Monday, 20 September 2021. Short listed candidates will be interviewed as soon as possible. Please note that the school reserves the right to interview suitable applicants early and to appoint a successful candidate prior to the deadline. In case of equal suitability, internal candidates are preferred.

Please visit our school website/join-us/recruitment for more details on our application process.

The Rijnlands Lyceum Recruitment Code is applicable and can be obtained via the foundation's website/job-vacancies .

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