High School Special Education Teacher/Post-Secondary Transition Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time




2480 West 26th Avenue
United States


STRIVE Prep is a Denver-based community of public charter schools that challenges every student to strive for college and thrive throughout life by helping them to discover and develop the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to succeed in college and beyond. 

STRIVE Prep-SMART's inclusive and transformative community seeks a High School Special Education Teacher/Post-Secondary Transition Coordinator for an immediate opening for the 2018-19 school year opening. 

Objective: STRIVE Prep High School Special Education Teacher/Post-Secondary Transition Coordinators will create exceptional outcomes and opportunities for students by providing high-quality, rigorous and engaging instruction.

We seek dedicated educators that live STRIVE Prep’s core values every day:

  • Con Ganas: The work we do is challenging, but every challenge is seen as an opportunity and we rarely give up.
  • The High Road: We do the right thing and we treat one another with respect and dignity.
  • Joy Factor: We work to create a joyful and optimistic work environment that values levity and laughter.
  • Accountable Action: We hold clear, high expectations for our work, and we are appropriately held accountable to those expectations by ourselves and others.
  • Growth Mindset: We continue to develop professionally and operate with a growth mindset in order to create the best school possible for our students and families.
  • Lean In: We communicate with one another professionally, appropriately, honestly, and transparently, both in person and in writing.
  • We Serve: Every day is an opportunity to partner with and learn from our students and families, whom we serve with grace and humility. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

At STRIVE Prep, we believe that all students with IEPs should be prepared to transition into their post-secondary goals upon completion of high school. In order to be successful in this mission, robust transition programming is needed for all high school students with an IEP. This programming should include self-reflection and identification of strengths and goals, researching post-secondary options, skill development, and support in pursuing of post-secondary goals. It is the hope in adding a Transition Coordinator position to the High School campus teams, that this robust transition programming can be prioritized and created to support our students in transitioning into their post-secondary goals. 

The Transition Coordinator role is a special education teacher position with the same pay scale as a teacher, however with varying responsibilities. The coordinator will have 1 less teaching block to allow for community building and job coaching, and it is encouraged that their schedules include planning periods at the beginning and end of the day to allow for flexibility in time off campus. Responsibilities include:

  • Co-teach and provide instruction and services to students.
  • Maintain a caseload of 10-12 students (prioritizing juniors and seniors or students in the WES course of study).

  • Specialize in student-led transition IEP meetings.
  • Progress monitor students’ IEP goals and objectives.
  • Work with registrar to complete graduation plan “box sheets” to drive decision making for course offerings, students’ course loads, and schedules.
  • Prioritize build out of WES course of study

  • Teach Special Education Content Courses to aid in the alignment of skill development and transition goals.
  • Teach Career Readiness class for all students going into the WES course of study (Fall offering).
  • Build community partnerships to support student placement into work environments (Spring semester).
  • Provide students on-the-job and in-the-community coaching to build the necessary skills to be successful in their jobs.
  • Ally young adults with appropriate agencies like the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation.
  • Begin building transition programming for all students with IEPs

  • Identify opportunities for outside internships.
  • Bring in guest speakers in various careers/fields.
  • Support students in accessing community field trips to various businesses and organizations through ACE Connect.
  • Provide opportunities for ongoing research of post-secondary goals.
  • Build capacity of case managers to support student transition work.
  • Take responsibility for the safety and learning of all students in the school.
  • Collaborate with other teachers, school leaders, curriculum specialists, and the special education team to ensure that instruction is always meeting the needs of all learners.
  • Provide fair, accurate, and constructive feedback to students on their progress.
  • Communicate regularly and often with families to both solicit their input and share student social and academic progress.
  • Provide supervision of students during before and after school activities (arrival, dismissal, breakfast and lunch).
  • Attend and participate in weekly staff and/or grade level meetings.
  • Be available to students by phone every evening, Monday-Thursday, for homework assistance until 8:00 p.m.
  • Participate in STRIVE Prep’s Summer Training Institute as well as professional development throughout the school year.


  • Establish systems and routines in order to create a safe, purposeful, and welcoming classroom environment focused on learning.
  • Lead a student advisory at the beginning and end of each school day, and serve as the main point of contact and advocate for students in an advisory of approximately 25 students.
  • Develop the necessary analytical, social-emotional, and academic skills so that students can effectively navigate their social conditions and mainstream culture in order to become agents of social transformation.
  • Communicate regularly and often with families to both solicit their input and share student social and academic progress. Develop meaningful relationships with familes to ensure that they can be active advocates and supports for their students’ learning.
  • Provide supervision of students during before and after school activities (daily hall duty, lunch duty once a week and after school dismissal once a week)
  • Participate in family and community events, including twice annual parent conferences and at least one student enrollment event or activity.
  • Own the success and achievement of all scholars in the school.


  • Attend and actively engage in weekly staff and grade level meetings.
  • Participate in regular instructional coaching meetings and content-based department meetings; self-advocate for specific needs in coaching or development as desired. 
  • Participate in STRIVE Prep’s Summer Training Institute as well as professional development throughout the school year.


  • Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree
  • Achieve Qualified Teacher status (teacher’s license not required) within six weeks of starting through one of the following channels outlined by the Colorado Department of Education:

  • A valid Colorado Teacher License with Special Education endorsement OR
  • Transfer a Special Education license from another state OR
  • Enroll in an alternative licensure program to obtain a Special Education license.

  • Read more about the available pathways to becoming a Qualified Special Education Teacher.

In addition, we strongly prefer the following:

  • Speaks Spanish and/or has experience working with English Learners

What We Offer Our Network Staff:

  • Competitive compensation package.
  • Annual performance-based raises.
  • Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program, including a PERA 401k contribution option.
  • Funding of 100 percent of individual medical benefits and a wide range of insurance plans.
  • Approximately eight weeks of summer vacation, approximately four weeks of school holidays and vacations, and eight days of paid time off annually.

Join This Movement:

STRIVE Prep educators inspire and encourage our students to think critically, communicate clearly, and collaborate openly, both in and outside of the classroom. By bringing together challenging academics with celebration and joy, we fuel a sense of curiosity, creativity and lifelong possibility in our students and our teachers. No matter where you join us in your career, we welcome our teachers to help make STRIVE Prep a place where everyone in our community can STRIVE and THRIVE.

Equity and Inclusion

STRIVE Prep works to make a college preparatory education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception. We must challenge ourselves as educators on what it means to serve all students, families and each other through a lens of Dignity for All, all the time. To us, Dignity for All means honoring and respecting the rich diversity of who we are and the unique gifts and talents that each of us bring. To achieve this we are committed to building and sustaining a diverse team by maintaining hiring and recruiting processes that are free from bias and seek to provide each candidate with a unique and equitable opportunity for employment.


Contact Susan Andersen, Director of Talent Acquisition at sandersen@striveprep.org

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement