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Lower School Learning Specialist (anticipated opening)
Posted 01/17/2018 02:04PM

School Overview

Riverdale Country School is a Pre-K through grade 12 independent school in New York City committed to empowering lifelong learners by developing minds, building character, and creating community in order to change our world for the good. Riverdale seeks to reflect the diversity of the New York metropolitan area in its students, faculty, and staff. The school enrolls about 1,100 students who collectively reside in 104 different zip codes. Approximately 37% of our student body are students of color. The school spans two separate campuses that comprise 27.5 acres in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

Position Overview and Responsibilities

The Learning Specialists at Riverdale currently provide reading and writing intervention for grades K-5 and seek to support mathematics in the near future. They are members of the Lower School's Learning Research Team that engages in frequent collaboration related to planning, instruction, and assessment directly connected to student learning. Learning Specialists are proficient in administering and interpreting a variety of assessments. In addition, the Learning Specialist works closely with administration, faculty, parents, and service providers outside of the school. Overall, faculty members are expected to engage in all aspects of work with an open mind, a positive disposition, and a willingness to support the greater community.

Required Qualifications

Riverdale seeks candidates who are committed to work in the areas of equity, justice, and inclusion. A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree is required for the position. Preference is given to those with a Master's Degree in a related field of study and those with teaching experience as a learning specialist. Training in and experience implementing a multisensory phonics program (such as Orton-Gillingham) is required. Training in the Hochman Method and math instruction skills are preferred.

Application Notes

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references to In your cover letter, please indicate where you learned about the position.

Contact Person

Dr. James P. Duval
Head of Lower School


Riverdale Country School

Mind • Character • Community




5250 Fieldston Road
Bronx, NY 10471

LS: (718) 549-7780
MS/US: (718) 549-8810

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