Founding Special Education Director

Start Date:  July 2014 (all positions – school launch; full-time)

The Director of Special Education will lead the Special Education (SPED) team, coordinate necessary student services, as well as provide special education services to students directly. The Director of Special Education, with the support of the SPED team, is responsible for all case management and SPED professional development to the greater team. This is a teacher leadership position.

The Director of Special Education also acts as an advisor to a group of approximately 14 students in a single-gender advisory.

The Founding Director of Special Education reports to the Principal.

Responsibilities of the Founding Teacher:

  • Provide special education services to students as required by their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Coach and support all SPED team members, including leading professional development targeted at general and SPED teachers
  • Manage and oversee the evaluation and review process for a child who may qualify for special education services
  • Facilitate the implementation of all Individualized Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Oversee compliance of IEPs and ensure the law is being adhered to for students with special needs
  • Coordinate student service needs (and manage any related contracted vendors) such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, psychologist or any other specialized service for accommodating student needs
  • Participate on the PBIS Team and strategize with school leaders on student services
  • Collaborate with the school leaders to review legal compliance and execute a shared vision for the SPED program
  • Collaborate with school leaders and classroom teachers to ensure decisions are made in the best interest of students with special needs

Skills, Characteristics and Experience:

  • Very strong track record of successful instruction with students with special needs
  • Strong knowledge of pedagogical and behavioral intervention strategies
  • Exceptional commitment to reaching all learners
  • At least 3 years of SPED experience, preferably in an urban environment
  • Experience with case management
  • Strong knowledge of SPED law and compliance
  • Experience successfully leading other adults to accomplish ambitious goals
  • Builds authentic relationships with others quickly
  • Critical thinking ability and tolerance of ambiguity
  • Strong organizational and influencing skills
  • Willingness to work in a dynamic, start-up environment
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited, four-year university required; an advanced degree (in Education or content area) preferred.
  • Valid Illinois teaching certificate with LBS1 endorsement is required

Compensation is competitive and commensurate with qualifications.

If interested, please apply now and include your resume and a cover letter that outlines your qualifications for this position. If you have any questions, please reach out to Sarah Hunko Baker, Founding Principal, at