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Middle School Advisory Teacher, 2019-2020 School Year

at Connections Academy

Posted: 9/25/2019
Job Reference #: *002C6C3C8A89C6A3
Keywords: teaching

Job Description

Requisition Number
19-0671

Post Date
9/27/2019

Title
Middle School Advisory Teacher, 2019-2020 School Year

City
Santa Fe or Home-based

State
NM

Description

New Mexico Connections Academy is a free online public virtual school serving students in grades 4-12 throughout the state of New Mexico. NMCA is chartered through the New Mexico Public Education Commission and gives students the flexibility to learn at home while helping each student maximize his or her potential and meet the highest performance standards through uniquely individualized learning programs.

Position Summary and Responsibilities:

Working from our office in Santa Fe or from your home in New Mexico, the Middle School Advisory Teacher will virtually assist students and parents/learning coaches with course selection, scheduling and will be the initial point of contact for student concerns that span multiple subject areas as well as non-academic issues.

The Middle School Advisory Teacher will be responsible for the successful completion of the following tasks:

  • Assist students and families with successful transition into the program;
  • Follow up with students and families to ensure that they are staying on track and fulfilling the requirements of our school;
  • Build relationships with students and families through email, phone calls, and in person when necessary;
  • Proactively be able to troubleshoot and problem solve student and family issues and understand the proper channels of communication;
  • Keep abreast of all middle school graduation requirements, including special requirements such as community service, and communicate this information to the Middle School Coordinator and to the principal;
  • Review student transcripts and the entry of credits into the online transcript system;
  • Follow procedures to ensure that Connections Academy transcripts are accurate and up-to-date;
  • Work with the administrative assistants to obtain school records from the student’s previous school (where applicable) and forwarding student records when appropriate;
  • Work with school teams to identify and help families access school and community resources;
  • Participate in the development of crisis prevention and management plans for the school and serve as a key member of the Student Support Team (SST);
  • Coordinate a team of middle school teachers to help identify students who are “at risk” or “in crisis”; Act as the main point of contact for these students and families, communicating regularly with them;
  • Oversee and maintain the Personal Learning Plan (PLP) for each student;
  • Implement efforts to secure complete and accurate records for students;
  • Support families through the school withdrawal process, assisting with data collection regarding withdrawal;
  • Report and refer critical incidents that jeopardize student well-being as obligated by law, administrative regulations, or ethical standards. Stay abreast of all state regulations relating to incident reporting and documentation;
  • Assist teachers when students enroll mid-semester, making sure that teachers receive guidance on integrating the students into their coursework, and ensuring that previous grades, credits, and evaluations are handled appropriately;
  • Communicate with the Curriculum Team to ensure that curriculum offerings meet state requirements as needed;
  • Implement special programs such as Advanced Placement support, SAT and ACT Preparation, and college entrance preparation as needed;
  • Understand the requirements for and assist the principal to facilitate the administration of all middle school testing, including exit exams, PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP exams;
  • Support professional development activities for teachers and school staff members;
  • Assume teaching and grading duties as necessary including teaching middle school elective courses;
  • Coordinate events and field trips as needed;
  • Participate in marketing events and community fairs and events; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


Requirements
  • Active New Mexico teaching license
  • Must reside in New Mexico
  • Pupil Personnel Services Credential highly recommended
  • Strong technology skills (especially with Microsoft Office products)
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Customer focused approach
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • High degree of flexibility
  • Team player with demonstrated leadership skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to travel on occasion for marketing and state testing events (may require occasional overnight travel)