Assistant Professor of Special Education, DC

Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States


In collaboration with key partners across Washington, D.C., Relay is designing an innovative model to drive outcomes for exceptional learners that includes both teacher and leader development, and a new approach to school partnership. The Special Education Assistant Professor of Practice has the opportunity to set the tone with our inaugural cohort and, in collaboration with the Associate Dean of Special Education and other leaders, contribute to a long-term vision for driving outcomes for students across the district. In this role, you will coach and teach special education leaders in both DCPS and DC charter schools as they seek to build their knowledge, skills, and dispositions to drive outcomes for exceptional learners. Your responsibilities will be challenging and diverse but at Relay, we will support you in your development in the same way that you will support your students. To be successful in this opportunity, this leader must bring knowledge of how to drive outcomes for exceptional learners at the school and system level, a desire to work with teachers, school leaders and systems leaders, an ability to be flexible and creative, and a deep passion for serving students with exceptional needs.


Content Delivery & Design

  • Collaborate with the Associate Dean of Special Education to lead implementation of Relay’s pilot program for school partnership in 8-10 DC schools in SY18-19 (charter and DCPS) including: professional development at school sites, school leader collaboration groups, data collection and analysis, et al.
  • Lead impactful and high-quality instruction aligned to the principles of adult-learning theory
  • Teach content related to Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to cohorts of teachers in partner schools
  • Teach content related to the core areas of driving outcomes for special populations leaders, including, but not limited to, building and implementing MTSS, data-driven instruction, instructional leadership, personal leadership, and specialized programming
  • Collaborate with the Director of Special Education Leadership and other faculty to design and revise curriculum (session plans, assessments, and supporting materials) aligned to the core areas of effective special education leadership

Student Support

  • Evaluate and provide feedback to students through one-on-one coaching sessions, school visits, video footage, and written assignments
  • Serve as an academic advisor to students
  • Collaborate with fellow faculty to identify and assist struggling students and provide office hours and other forms of academic support

Partnership Work

  • Collaborate with the Dean of Relay D.C. to cultivate and sustain relationships with key school partners


First and foremost, the Associate Dean of Special Education must share Relay’s sense of urgency about the need to improve student achievement through phenomenal teacher and leader training.

Additionally, candidates for the position must have the following:

  • At least a Master’s degree in special education, with a preference for a terminal degree
  • Significant experience (ideally 3+ years) leading special education teachers to achieve ambitious outcomes
  • Significant experience (ideally 3+ years) as a special education systems leader (across multiple schools)
  • Significant experience (ideally 3+ years) leading teams to successful outcomes
  • Experience leading or collaborating with school leaders in service of impacting outcomes for all learners
  • Desire to set a vision, and intensely collaborate with stakeholders, for an ambitious, cutting edge project
  • Ability to work efficiently, intensely, and within an entrepreneurial environment
  • A demonstrated passion for urban education and closing the opportunity gap
  • Authorized to work in the United States

Relay Graduate School of Education provides equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.


Relay offers a competitive salary and benefits package for full-time employees.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Please apply on the career page of our website.