Head Teacher - Special Ed Middle School

The Gillen Brewer School
4.0 out of 5
410 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128
$78,000 - $84,000 a year - Full-time

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  • Monday to Friday


410 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128

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  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance

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Head Teacher - Special Ed Middle School (Full-Time)

Exciting new opportunity! Gillen Brewer is expanding and opening a new middle school this fall. Come be a part of the founding middle school team and help build the program and develop the curriculum in our amazing special education school!

All applicants will be required to submit a resume, cover letter, and two reference letters.

Job Title: Special Education Head Teacher

Program: Middle School

Hours: Monday - Friday; 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Calendar to Follow: 12-month Academic

FLSA Status: Exempt

Compensation: $78,000 - $84,000

Starting: 07/01/2024


The Head Teacher is a critical part of a child’s learning experience at Gillen Brewer. The Head Teacher reports to the Director of Middle School. The primary responsibility of the Head Teacher is to cultivate and lead a learning environment in which students feel safe and confident as they express themselves in the classroom. The Head Teacher understands, plans, and executes key elements of innovative pedagogy that engender a deep love of learning in students. The Head Teacher will work as part of an integrated team with Associate Teachers, Occupational Therapists, Counseling Team, and Speech-Language Pathologists in an integrated academic-therapeutic school setting. The Head Teacher will support and promote the school’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) practices within the program and throughout the community.

Gillen Brewer expects Head Teachers to conduct themselves in a professional manner with regard to attire, attitude, participation, communication, and interactions with staff, children, and parents. Head Teachers are expected to understand the school’s policies, procedures, and guidelines as set in the staff handbook, located on the school’s shared Google Drive. As part of the school community, Head Teachers are expected to participate in school community events, join committees, and create a positive working environment for children, families, and colleagues.


Instruction and Assessment

  • Collaborate on the creation of the inaugural Middle School curriculum
  • Implement a curriculum based on the New York State Learning Standards
  • Individually address the students’ physical, emotional, sensory, academic, and language needs
  • Create, follow, and implement educational goals and track progress on an ongoing basis and when required
  • Create well-thought-out and outcome-based lesson plans using assigned curriculum and student goals
  • Collaborate with team members
  • Prepare lesson plans with the Associate Teachers
  • Provide lesson plans to the Director of Middle School on the Google Shared Drive
  • Implement programs and strategies recommended by therapists
  • Collaborate with Counseling Team to create Behavioral Intervention Plans (BIP), as needed
  • Ensure ongoing and effective communication with parents
  • Manage purchasing and maintenance of required program resources and materials
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Thorough understanding of classroom procedures and management
  • Ability to develop trusting and supportive relationships with students
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to collaborate with the therapeutic team members
  • Team-oriented approach with a positive work attitude

Planning and Recordkeeping

  • Take daily anecdotal notes in regard to each student’s progress and/or behavioral data as needed
  • Informal/Formal assessment of children: collect evidence of outcome-based curriculum assessment at least four times per year (October, January, June, and August) in all content areas and keep in a systematic way
  • Write Mid-Year and End-of-Year Integrative Reports collaboratively with team and advise and edit when writing is done by an Associate Teacher

Professional Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Special Education (required)
  • Experience teaching students with disabilities (required)
  • New York State Teaching Certification (preferred)

Physical Requirements

Employees must have the physical capacity to navigate the classroom and school environments in order to effectively meet the needs of our students. Such physical requirements include but are not limited to: walking, standing, sitting, climbing up and down stairs, kneeling, stooping, crawling, bending, pushing, pulling, and lifting. Employees must be able to sit at a desk and work on a computer for long periods of time to complete necessary paperwork. Vision, with or without lenses, must be sufficient to read in both paper and digital formats. Employees must have the ability to hear, read, write, and speak in English.

Professional Development

The school is a community of learners. In addition to staff development and training at Gillen Brewer, employees are encouraged to pursue educational goals through conferences and various workshops. Teachers are required to attend all staff development workshops as well as staff, team, and supervision meetings. Staff is also encouraged to attend all school functions listed on the school calendar.

Supervision & Support

The Director of Middle School will oversee and analyze all aspects of the program through the use of observation cycles, in-office sessions, team meetings, conversations with support staff, lesson planning, curriculum development, student progress, and report writing. Staff development and support through modeling and coaching will be provided which will include in-house and outside professional opportunities. Frequency of observations and feedback sessions will be determined by the Director of Middle School. The Director of the Middle School will conduct two formal evaluations a year using this job description and the Teacher Evaluation checklist as a guide. Evidence of effectiveness will be collected through observations, discussions, and products.

Other Requirements

You must be authorized to work in the United States and be willing to undergo a number of clearances, including NYC DOE fingerprinting, a medical health form, and other background checks.

To Apply

To be considered, interested applicants MUST submit a cover letter, resume, and two reference letters.

No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $78,000.00 - $84,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

Application Question(s):

  • Are you willing to undergo a background check, NYC DOE fingerprinting, and produce a medical authorization that you that you are healthy and able to work?


  • Master's (Required)


  • teaching students with disabilities: 2 years (Required)


  • Students With Disabilities certification (Preferred)

Work Location: In person

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