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Academic Support Specialist


Academic Support Specialist

Kearsney College, a leading independent boys’ day and boarding high school near Durban has a vacancy. We require the services of an enthusiastic and professional candidate to fill the exciting role of Academic Support Specialist at Kearsney College. The incumbent will be expected to lead and provide academic support to pupils with learning differences, their parents and teachers. This is a full-time academic role reporting to the Deputy Head – Academics with effect from 13 July 2021.

Core Responsibilities

The Academic Support Specialist’s core responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • management of the inclusion department;
  • leading the development and delivery of academic support services, including individual academic coaching and academic skills workshops for staff members on topics such as learning styles;
  • supporting the vision, ethos and policies of Kearsney which ensure effective teaching and successful learning and promote high levels of academic achievement, while protecting the self-esteem of all pupils;
  • supporting the evaluation of the effectiveness of the school’s inclusion policies;
  • determining the training needs of teachers to support them in increasing their ability to identify and support the needs of pupils with learning differences;
  • building relationships and attending meetings with the inclusion committee, Grade Heads, HOD’s and the pastoral care committee;
  • developing and maintaining good relationships with pupils, parents, outside agencies and the local community;
  • facilitating the administration and processing of applications for accommodations;
  • other administration tasks related to managing the inclusion department;
  • assisting the marketing department and supporting the admissions process.

The full job description is available on request.

Qualifications, Experience and Competencies

The ideal candidate must:

  • have a BEd OR BA with a teaching qualification and post graduate studies in inclusive education or psychology; OR
    BEd OR BA with a teaching qualification and be a qualified Educational Psychologist – registered with HPCSA;
  • have experience of working at an IEB school, leading an inclusion department and demonstrated experience of providing learning supporting to pupils with various learning differences;
  • have demonstrated knowledge of learning differences and how to support them within the classroom and in assessments;
  • be up to date with current trends on inclusive education;
  • be able to identify, monitor and assess pupils with learning differences and know when to advise on internal supports and when to refer for external assessments;
  • be familiar with the process of applying for accommodations and be able to interpret various assessment reports to determine support needs of pupils and advise the admissions department;
  • have the ability to work in a highly pressured environment;
  • observe a high level of confidentiality;
  • have the ability to work as part of a team and understand designated roles within an organisation;
  • have the ability to manage expectations of pupils and parents;
  • have strong administrative, organisational and communication skills.

Interested candidates should apply in writing to the email address below.

Kearsney College reserves the right not to make an appointment. An application does not entitle the applicant to an interview. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. Applicants are advised that should they have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date, it must be assumed that the application has been unsuccessful.

Closing Date
Kearsney College, Bothas Hill, KZN
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