Special Education Associate Teacher - Lower School (Full-Time)

The Gillen Brewer School
4.0 out of 5
410 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128
$45,000 - $55,000 a year - Full-time

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  • Full-time

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  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday


410 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128

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

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Special Education Associate Teacher - Lower School (Full-Time)

We are currently interviewing candidates for 12-month Special Education Associate Teacher - Lower School positions to join us for the 2024-2025 school year. The Gillen Brewer School is a private, special education school on the Upper East Side dedicated to the education of children with challenging, and often multiple disabilities, including language-based and nonverbal learning disabilities. All applicants will be required to submit a resume, cover letter, and two reference letters.

Gillen Brewer offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive professional development program.

Job Title: Special Education Associate Teacher

Program: Lower School

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

Calendar to Follow: 12-month Academic

FLSA Status: Exempt

Compensation: $45,000 - $55,000

Starting: 07/01/2024


The Associate Teacher is a critical part of a child’s learning experience at Gillen Brewer. The Associate Teacher reports to the Program Director. The Associate Teacher will assist the Head Teacher in classroom preparation, reinforcement of lessons, management, and all functions of the classroom in order to cultivate and help provide a learning environment in which students feel safe and confident as they express themselves in the classroom. The Associate Teacher will resume all Head Teaching responsibilities in the absence of the Head Teacher. The Associate Teacher will work as part of an integrated team with the Head Teacher, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, and Speech-Language Pathologists in a therapeutic school setting. Gillen Brewer expects Associate Teachers to conduct themselves in a professional manner with regard to attire, attitude, participation, communication, and interactions with staff, children, and parents. Associate 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 a part of the school community, Associate Teachers are encouraged to participate in school community events, join committees, and create a positive working environment for children, families, and colleagues. The Associate Teacher will support and promote the school’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) practices within the program and throughout the community. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Duties and Responsibilities (where age-appropriate)

  • Provide support to the Head Teacher in classroom instruction and management
  • Assist with or run classroom activities and lessons
  • Work with individual students who require additional or modified instruction
  • Monitor students when the Head Teacher is in or out of the classroom
  • Support students throughout the day, including lunch, playground, and gym
  • Assist with student arrival and dismissal
  • Occasionally work as a substitute teacher in the Head Teacher’s absence
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Lower School Program:

  • Plan large group and small group lessons and activities
  • Assist with and Run content area lessons
  • Administer assessments and quizzes to students
  • Prepare homework folders to be sent home with students
  • Grade tests and homework and complete other clerical work
  • related to classroom operations

Early Childhood (Pre-K) Program:

  • Plan large group and small group lessons and activities
  • Assist with and run individual and group lessons and activities
  • Help with dressing, potty training, and changing diapers
  • Focus on child play and building relationships
  • Develop an emergent curriculum that emphasizes student interests

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

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Pursuing Master’s in Special Education (highly desired)
  • Must complete relative associate training and professional development through the school

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, running, 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 Program Director 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, and through various products. 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 Program Director, Assistant Head of School, and Head of School. The Head Teacher will conduct two formal evaluations a year using this job description and the in-house evaluation instrument 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: $45,000.00 - $55,000.00 per year


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


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday


  • Bachelor's (Required)

Ability to Relocate:

  • New York, NY 10128: Relocate before starting work (Required)

Work Location: In person

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