Special Education Teacher (Immediate)

  • Albany, NY, USA
  • Full-time
  • Department: Teacher
  • Grade Level: Middle
  • Subject: Special Education
  • Start Date: Immediate opening

Company Description

Together with families and communities, KIPP creates joyful, academically excellent schools that prepare students with the skills and confidence to pursue the paths they choose—college, career, and beyond—so they can lead fulfilling lives and build a more just world. KIPP is a national network of tuition-free, public charter schools open to all students. There are 255 college-preparatory KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia, serving more than 100,000 students. Nationally, KIPP students are graduating four-year colleges at three times the national average for low-income students. 

KIPP Albany Community Public Charter Schools (www.kippalbany.org) is the family of KIPP programming in Albany, NY designed to teach students the academic and character skills necessary for success in high school and college, to be self-sufficient in the competitive world beyond, and to build a better tomorrow for themselves and us all.  For the 2020-2021 school year, KIPP Albany schools will serve over 1,500 students in grades K-8 at four schools and will employ more than 200 staff.

Our vision is to achieve our mission at critical mass – a cluster of schools in Albany – thereby reinvigorating public education in this city through the performance of our students and the leadership of our educators. 

In order to grow a school that is able to promote and sustain a culture of high academic and social expectations for all students, KIPP Tech Valley Middle School seeks an experienced individual for the position of Special Education Teacher (SET).  To support the creation, implementation, and assessment of a rigorous, college-preparatory program for all students, the SET serves an integral role ensuring our belief that “All of us will learn” is realized for every student.

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Student Support Services, the SET will coordinate all the special services (special education, ELL, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and other services) for their caseload at KTVMS. The overarching goals of the position are to improve student achievement for all learners, to disseminate best practices for working with students with special needs, and to ensure programmatic compliance with local, state and federal guidelines.  Specifically, the SET will provide:

Programmatic Leadership

  • Create and implement systems of tracking and reporting that allow the school to measure effectiveness of Special Education program.

  • Maintain central Special Education Information Database for, and customize to fit the needs of our school

  • Collaborate with school-based staff to maintain student files

  • Assist with high-need student cases that involve special placement decisions or unique logistical issues (i.e. transportation, medical services, homebound instruction, etc.)

Program Compliance and Monitoring

  • Perform regular smaller programmatic audits

  • Compile all necessary requirements for any State Audits

  • Create systems for monitoring compliance with the timelines associated with every IEP, RTI, and evaluation request

  • Complete job related assignments given by Director of Student Support Services

  • Work with a caseload of students to provide special education services in a co-teach and resource setting



  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in education preferred

  • NY State Certification in Special Education required

  • Minimum three years exemplary teaching required

  • Knowledge of national, state, and local special education statute and law required


Skills and Characteristics

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability to exercise excellent judgment in decision-making; facilitate various size working groups, work collaboratively, and supervise people, and; gather and analyze data, compile information, and prepare reports

  • Flexible and able to multi-task within an ambiguous, fast-moving, entrepreneurial environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions

  • Highly organized

  • Proficient in MS Office, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Demonstrate resourcefulness in setting priorities and guiding investment in people and systems


Additional Information

Competitive salary and benefits package including health coverage and retirement


KIPP TECH VALLEY is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

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