Special Education Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time


Details: salary commensurate with education and experience



Start Date


Application Deadline



705 Edgewood Street, NE
2nd Floor
United States


The difference in teaching at City Arts + Prep:

Exemplary Leadership Matters: We understand, develop, and support great leadership. City Arts leaders receive frequent feedback on their practice from leaders who believe that outstanding leadership builds schools where teachers thrive and students excel.


We are a relentless team of educators who believe that every child deserves the highest quality of academics and arts education in the district. We relentlessly push one another to create and sustain an outstanding environment for teaching and learning. We are driven by a belief that the quality of our instruction has the most immediate impact on our ability to achieve our mission.


City Arts has consistently improved its academic rigor over the past four years. We are ranked as a high Tier 2 school by the DC Public Charter School Board. We are committed to becoming a Tier 1 school over the next school year. We closely look at all aspects of results such as student testing, student attendance, discipline, etc. to ensure that our scholars are among the highest performing students in the District of Columbia. We are able to do this because of constant formal and informal collaboration amongst our teachers and school leaders.

We love leaders who are PURPOSE-DRIVEN:

Leaders at our school are driven by the belief that their main purpose is to change, save, and impact students’ lives. Purpose-Driven leaders have the opportunity to embed their personal purpose into various school responsibilities including curriculum design, family partnerships, culture building, and school planning.

We HONOR the time that we are given:

We believe that more time on task helps our scholars and teachers achieve great results. Our scholars attend school from 8am to 4:15pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesdays, we honor teacher development by offering professional development for staff from 1:00pm-4:00pm to ensure City Arts teachers close the achievement gap.

We are unapologetically UNITED:

Regardless of the role, we all fully integrate into the school community and assume additional school-wide responsibilities to ensure a strong culture. We collaborate with one another to advance the school’s mission and communicate that mission to our constituents. Our team adheres to and enforces school-wide protocols and policies. And, if desired, staff is encouraged to assume extracurricular responsibilities, as well.

Required Characteristics

Above all, we are looking for individuals who:

  • Possess an unwavering commitment to high academic achievement and character development of all scholars.
  • Commit to carrying out our mission on a daily basis.
  • Embody and model our core values of Relentless, Purpose-Driven, Results-Oriented, Honor, and United.
  • Maintain a high level of personal integrity and professionalism.
  • Manage time, tasks, deadlines and responsibilities to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

Core Competencies

  • High level of personal accountability for student growth and academic results
  • Openness to give and receive feedback to facilitate the growth and achievement of both scholars and faculty
  • Demonstration of significant academic gains for students (preferred)
  • Experience and strength in coaching adults to excellence, leading professional development, and prioritizing data to solve problems (preferred)
  • Strong commitment to arts education (preferred)

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree (required)
  • Master’s degree in K-12 school administration, special education, or a related field with strong academic preparation (required)
  • At least three years of classroom teaching experience
  • Special Education Standard Certification (in Washington, DC required)
  • Experience working in urban schools (2+ years preferred)

About the Position

The Special Education Coordinator is responsible for overseeing programs that provide educational assistance to students with disabilities. The Coordinator will supervise a team of teachers and work closely with school leadership. The Special Education Coordinator will facilitate the processes that are needed to maximize the growth potential of students with varying learning needs.


Under the guidance of the Director of Student Support Services s/he will perform specific responsibilities that include, but are not limited to:

  • Advocate for special education students and staff
  • Collects, monitors, and analyzes data that contribute to increasing the academic achievement of all students, especially special education and ELL students
  • Leads meetings (i.e. IEP/504 meetings) with parents and staff in order to assist in facilitating appropriate programs and services for individual students
  • Communicates information about programs with various stakeholders, serves as a liaison between the school system and other agencies
  • Recruit, hire, and develop high-performing special education staff
  • Plan and delivery effective professional development for all staff
  • Instructs staff on best practices, instructional issues, and state and federal regarding services for students with special needs disabilities, Section 504, ELL and other supports related programs
  • Collaborates with Director of Student Support Services on recommendations for inclusionary practices for students with disabilities and students with limited English proficiency
  • Supports Dean regarding discipline issues of students
  • Coordinates and conducts professional development activities for the staff
  • Maintains proficient working knowledge of state and federal laws and procedures for programs for students with special needs and disabilities as well as students in need of intervention
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor
  • Facilitate effective implementation of the Child Find process
  • Coordinate and collaborate with the Public Charter School Board (PCSB) and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), as appropriate


Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, STD/LTD, 401K

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply


Send resume and cover letter to eroberts@cityartspcs.org