High School Reading Specialist (2018-2019)

Job Type

Full Time




1991 2nd Avenue
New York
New York
United States


DREAM Charter School, a rigorous, K-10 public charter school in East Harlem, is seeking a dynamic and engaging educator to serve as an interventionist. DREAM Charter School's mission is to prepare students for high-performing high schools, colleges and beyond through a rigorous academic program that develops critical thinkers who demonstrate a love of learning, strong character, and a commitment to wellness and active citizenship.

The Reading Specialist should be flexible, self-motivated, and a team player. This position shall serve as a school resource for staff and parents with regards to special education services and regulations. The Specialist will work closely with the Student Support Team (SST) to assist in observing, documenting, and referring students with suspected special education impairments. The candidate should be able to monitor students’ continuous progress through data collection and observation and provide information/support and training to teachers and parents around their child's needs. The Specialist shall have a good understanding of state and federal regulations and local policies regarding children with special needs.

DREAM Charter School is a part of DREAM (formerly known as Harlem RBI). DREAM serves over 1,700 East Harlem and South Bronx youth by providing free, high-quality summer and after-school programs to youth ages 5-22 years in an intensive multi-year commitment that connects youth and families to age-appropriate programs and passionate professional staff over time. DREAM was recently recognized as one of the Best 50 Non-Profits to Work For in the country by The Nonprofit Times.

Like all DREAM employees, the Reading Specialist should demonstrate a strong commitment to the mission and values of DREAM and DREAM Charter School and should have substantial expertise in all areas of responsibility.

Roles and Responsibilities:

·      Provide a variety of proven interventions for students;

·      Assess students to determine strengths and needs, analyze data, provide and plan interventions with fidelity;

  • Maintain continued communication with content area teachers and ensure knowledge of grade-level standards and concepts through weekly participation in grade team meetings;

·      Model responses and provide visual anchors and lead students through guided and independent practice and regularly check for understanding;

·      Serve as a resource for families, teachers, and staff to ensure the understanding of the individuals needs and diagnosis;

·      Create positive, achievement-oriented and structured learning environment with high “joy-factor” so that students are excited about and invested in their academic excellence;

·      Be an active member of the School Support team, Response-to-Intervention team and assist in developing strategies to service students in need;

·      Set and reinforce clear expectations and routines that are aligned with the school’s overall vision;

·      Invest parents and families in their children’s academic success through regular communication of success and challenges; communicate regularly with parents about student progress and IEPs.


  • Minimum 2 years of teaching experience in a special education setting with a record of high student achievement;
  • Master’s Degree in Special Education from a competitive college or university;
  • Appropriate New York State certification in Special Education required;

·      Wilson Reading System Level 1 Certification as well as experience with Read 180, Just Words, and System 44 (preferred);

  • A desire to make a difference in the lives of our students, families and community;
  • A commitment to working with diverse populations of families and students, including those at risk of educational failure;
  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred.


DREAM salary is highly competitive and is based on experience and qualifications. All DREAM staff members receive a comprehensive benefits package, including health and dental insurance, a 403(b) retirement account, life insurance and access to social services through our Employee Assistance Program.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement