Special Education Director of Collaborative Supports
NYC Special Education Collaborative - New York, NY

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Position Overview

We are seeking a Director of Collaborative Supports to coordinate and deliver special education supports for NYC charter schools, ultimately ensuring that schools have the tools, resources and training necessary to successfully educate students with disabilities. The Director of Collaborative Supports reports directly to and works closely with the Executive Director of the NYC Special Education Collaborative.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Expand the influence and “reach” of school and special education leaders, to sustain and build strength in special education supports and programs:
-Build strong relationships with leaders and teachers that establish the Collaborative as a key partner in supporting students with disabilities
-Provide feedback and support through teacher and school observations and mentoring
Serve as a support for intervention approaches, techniques and programs

Develop a strong network of Collaborative schools:
-Create and lead professional development trainings for school staff
-Connect schools with other schools to facilitate best practice sharing on special education challenges
-Be “on call” for schools if additional special education support is needed
-Assist the Executive Director with delivering top-notch special education supports, training, resources and technical assistance

Support the Collaborative’s growth:
-Be a thought-partner to the work of growing and developing a new organization
-Contribute to the advancement of our internal systems and procedures in order to improve our ability to empower and support schools
-Assist in building a national model of special education support for charter schools

Required Skills and Characteristics

In order to be successful in this role, an ideal candidate should demonstrate the following:

-Belief in the NYC Special Education Collaborative’s mission
-Motivated by an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, highly-collaborative team environment, with a desire to contribute to a growing organization
-Ability to coach, develop, and motivate others to drive results, balancing humility and assertiveness
-Excellent communication skills, presentation and event facilitation skills, and a sense of humor
-Expert strategic-thinking skills: curiosity to solve complex problems and ability to think boldly to maximize new opportunities
-Adaptive to feedback and focused on continuous improvement
-Detail-oriented, organized, and highly motivated
-Have a “roll-up-my-sleeves” attitude towards the important work of school supports
-Capacity to work evenings, some weekends and the ability to travel throughout all five NYC boroughs

Experience and Educational Background

-Minimum of 4-6 years of related experience
-Highly successful teaching as a special educator and/or supporting and working with successful integrated settings in an urban school, preferably a charter school
-A proven track record of exemplary achievement gains of students with disabilities
-Managing or coaching other adults
-Graduate school work in a relevant program

What We Offer

The NYC Special Education Collaborative is a dynamic, entrepreneurial, team-oriented organization. The individual who joins the Collaborative will have the opportunity to join an exceptional small team of colleagues committed to helping schools with the capacity to successfully educate students with disabilities. The Collaborative offers a comprehensive benefits plan, including medical and dental insurance; a matching 401(K) plan; and 24 paid days off annually.


Salary for this position is highly competitive and is based on prior experience and qualifications.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the NYC Special Education Collaborative to provide employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, national origin, age, marital status, disability, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as provided by law), sexual orientation, gender (sex) and to maintain an environment free of discriminatory harassment, including sexual harassment, or retaliation as required by civil rights law.

How To Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to the Executive Director, Dixon Deutsch. In your cover letter please include responses to the following:

-How has your career prepared you for success in this role?
-What can you add to an organization that is seeking to make system-wide impact?