An exceptional boarding school community for boys in grades nine through twelve.

Director of the Academic Development Center

We are very excited about the opening of our newly-renovated Academic Development Center for the 2017-2018 school year. The new ADC will be located in our library, which is moving into a new home in the Walker Building, Woodberry’s central building. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape the ADC’s programming in this exciting new and expanded space.

Academic Development Center Mission
  • Create a welcoming environment for boys to walk in at any time for help.
  • Support individual needs; each boy needs something distinct.
  • Develop boys into independent thinkers who understand themselves as learners.
  • Advocate for boys while they develop self-advocacy.
  • Become an integral part of their lives—not just when they are working in the ADC but on dorm, in the class, on the stage and fields.

Job Description
  • Reports to the Academic Dean and consults with Dean of Students, Director of Health Services, and Clinical Psychologist.
  • Serve as “head coach” for the boys’ academic lives.
  • Know, challenge, and care about the students in all facets of their Woodberry lives.
  • Oversee the Academic Development Center, including the schedule, procedures, and resources for students in order to ensure student access and appropriate service is maintained.
  • Review learning profiles issued by Woodberry Forest School with parents, faculty advisor, teachers, and student.
  • Communicate with teaching faculty on best practices to support students.
  • Support teachers in implementing accommodations/recommendations suggested from diagnostic testing.
  • Provide training for teachers in developing student support strategies including remediation, accommodations, and learning strategies.
  • Collaborate with parents to gather information on student learning profiles.
  • Communicate proactively, thoroughly, and quickly with parents in response to concerns and to answer questions.
  • Assist in assigning peer tutors.
  • Direct both one-on-one and small-group instruction.
  • Attend dorm-level and dean meetings to remain fully informed of student issues.
  • Observe and evaluate individual students displaying academic or behavioral difficulties and assess their learning strengths and challenges both in and out of the classroom (during class/consultations/study hall).
  • Maintain confidential student records and keep accurate documentation of sessions and meetings.
  • Be present during exam weeks to both support the student and teacher (read exam, proctor extended time, etc.)
  • Be available after classes and in evenings for additional academic support.
  • Shadow students during the academic day who work in the Academic Development Center.
  • Attend teacher-student consultations to gather information for best practices.
  • Report to the Academic Dean on a weekly basis.
  • Assist in supervision as well as assign daily responsibilities to the Academic Development Center (ADC) team.
  • Assume responsibility for other projects as assigned by the Academic Dean.

Woodberry seeks an educator who is willing to live on campus and fully participate in the life of the school. The successful candidate will participate in the evening duty rotation (alongside all other faculty), serve as an advisor to a small group of students as well as live on campus. The school would also prefer some coaching responsibilities for candidates to further embrace the “triple threat” model of education (academics, athletics/extracurriculars, advising/residential life).

 
Desired Experience
Bachelor's degree in a subject field 
Master's degree in special education preferred, but not required
Previous work with students in grades 9-12
Experience with interpretation and implementation of recommendations emerging from educational, psychological, and neuropsychological testing and assessment
3+ plus years working experience in learning support role
Comfortable working in a team environment
Exceptional written and oral communication skills
Highly enthusiastic about working in a strong academic environment
Excels in a leadership role
Handles adversity with humor and grace

About Woodberry Forest
Woodberry Forest School has been helping young men develop intellectual thoroughness and moral integrity since 1889. The entire student body of about 400 boys, in grades nine through twelve, lives on campus, as do more than 90 percent of faculty members. The school is located in rural Madison County, Virginia on 1,200 acres of bucolic land. The campus is about forty-five minutes from Charlottesville, ninety minutes from Richmond, and two hours from Washington, D.C. 

Woodberry Forest admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, and national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or hiring policies.

This administrative faculty position offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package, including housing and meals.  Woodberry Forest School is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, résumé and references to Curtis Phillips, academic dean, at curtis.phillips@woodberry.org.



Woodberry Forest School

Woodberry Forest, VA 22989   Phone: 540-672-3900
Woodberry Forest admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, and national or ethnic origin to all of the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religious belief, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs. The school is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant students.