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Associate Director of Special Education (NYC)
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Associate Director of Special Education (NYC) 


 The Associate Director of Special Education will work to ensure that students who are at-risk for academic underperformance due to academic, emotional, and/or physical challenges can succeed in the rigorous academic programs within Uncommon Schools.  The Associate Director of Special Education is a full-time employee of Uncommon Schools; she/he is hired, supervised, evaluated by the NYC Uncommon Schools Director of Special Education, in consultation with Uncommon’s NYC Associate Managing Directors and Associate Chief Operating Officers.  The Associate Director of Special Education must be certified as a Special Education teacher or administrator.



Network Duties

  • Ensure that Uncommon’s NYC schools provide the academic, emotional, and physical services for students who require additional support to thrive within the schools’ core academic programs, in conjunction with the schools’ instructional leaders.
  • Work with the Uncommon Schools Director of Special Education and Associate Director of Special Education regarding the sharing of best practices across Uncommon Schools, support of Special Education staff, and school-based crisis cases (e.g. formal complaints to the state, legal matters, and complex cases involving the CSE).
  • Coordinate, in collaboration with the Uncommon Schools Recruitment Team, the recruitment of full-time and part-time staff in the areas of Special Education, English language learner instruction, and at-risk student services.

Professional Development

  • Coach special education coordinators and teachers around best practices for coordination of services for students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and students at –risk of academic failure according to federal laws, state regulations and local policies  
  • Coordinate summer and academic year staff professional development in the areas of special education, English language learner instruction, and at-risk student services, including:
  • Provide support to the school-based Special Education Coordinators and Special Education Teachers in identifying, designing, implementing and reporting out on the IEP goals for students with disabilities and English language learners.

Related Services

  • Work with school-based Sp Ed Coordinators and Committees on Special Education to secure providers for all students’ IEP mandated related services (e.g., occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, paraprofessionals, vision therapists, etc.),
  • Maintain a database of related service provision needs
  • Work directly with the NYC Office of Related Services to identify providers for key therapy gaps 

English Language Learners

  • Analyze and track the performance of English Language Learners
  • Create an series of supports for schools to support English language learners
  • Create and provide professional development for all schools related to work with English Language learners



Reports to the NYC Uncommon Schools Director of Special Education.  Works closely with Managing Directors, regional COOs, Principals, and school-based Special Education Coordinators and Teachers.  Works with outside consultants/vendors.         



Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Passionate belief in the mission of Uncommon Schools. 
  • Experience with providing services under and training in the IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1974 and Title II of the ADA Act of 1990.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with school-based Special Education Coordinators, Special Education Teachers, providers of related services (e.g., occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, social workers, counselors, etc.), and English language learner instructors, as well as maintaining them over time.
  • Ability to handle complaints, settle disputes, and resolve grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiate with others.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to speak and write clearly and persuasively. 
  • Ability to comfortably present to and work effectively with a wide range of constituents. 
  • Excellent organization, time management, and follow-up skills;
  • High sense of urgency;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Ability to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of Special Education services in Uncommon’s schools.



  • Travel to USI schools to provide onsite support for duties and responsibilities as outlined above.
  • Availability via cell phone, email, and/or in-person to provide timely assistance to schools during working business hours 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
  • Availability to attend work functions where necessary that may take place outside of normal working hours including parent meetings and/or professional development workshops.

Minimum educational level:

  • Master’s degree;
  • Special Education certification.

Experience required:

  • 5+ years as teacher or administrator of Special Education services;
  • Ideal candidates will have an advanced degree, K-12 teaching experience, and a track-record of producing high student achievement.



We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. Aside from extensive professional development, all our staff members are equipped with a laptop computer, email, high-speed internet access, PDA, and all necessary supplies.


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