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Special Education Teacher/Special Programs Coordinator

William W. & Josephine Dorn Community is currently seeking to fill their open Special Education Teacher/Special Programs Coordinator position.

Job Overview

This position serves as both a teacher to provide Cross-Category Special Education Services in a K-5 school, and coordinator to schedule ancillary services and coordinate other special programs and processes, to maintain documentation compliance with Special Education requirements, and to schedule and run IEP meetings .

Essential Functions

The employee will achieve the following outcomes with or without reasonable accommodation:

  • Cooperates in the development and implementation of the school program of instruction.
  • Plans and implements a program of study that, as much as possible, meets the individual needs, interests and abilities of students and complies with State Department of Education Standards and the WWJDC Charter School goals and objectives and individual student IEP plans if appropriate.
  • Guides the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals. Establishes clear objectives for all lessons, assignments, units and projects in alignment with curriculum goals and communicates the objectives to students.
  • Employs instructional methods and materials that are most appropriate for meeting stated objectives.
  • Establishes and maintains standards of appropriate student behavior and discipline as prescribed in the school handbook and IEP plans of each student and to achieve a functional, positive learning atmosphere in the classroom and assists in its maintenance school-wide. 
  • Evaluates and monitors the learning progress of students on a regular basis.
  • Prescribes effective learning programs and initiates referrals to appropriate personnel when concerns arise.
  • Assesses the accomplishments of students on a regular basis and provides progress reports as required.
  • Administers standardized tests in accordance with the state and school’s testing program.
  • Establishes and maintains open lines of communication with students and parents concerning students' academic, social and behavioral progress.
  • Meets and instructs assigned classes in the locations and at the times designated.
  • Selects and requests appropriate books and instructional materials and maintains required inventory records.
  • Provides directions and materials for substitute teachers. Plans for and supervises classroom aides, guests and volunteers and directs the activities of assigned classroom Educational Assistant
  • Cooperates with staff and support personnel in assessing and helping students with health, attitude, learning and behavioral problems.
  • Participates and runs all IEP meetings and ensures the educational goals of the IEP are met in the classroom

Required Skills

  • NM Special Education License (or the ability to get one within one year from date of hire); BA/BS in Education or a closely related field; MAIMS preferred.
  • Able to lift 40 pounds, 20 times a day if needed.
  • Computer literacy in email, word processing and internet navigation.
  • And perform any other related duties as may be required by their supervisor such as be able to work some evening hours as required.


The minimum expectations for this job are as follows:

  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written. Flexibility, organization, decision making and problem solving skills.
  •  Interpersonal skills with diverse populations in-person and on the telephone.
  • Knowledge of the school community, computer system, and legal requirements.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, work on multiple projects, and coordinate the work of others.
  • Knowledge of school policies on immunization, medication, first aid, emergencies and child abuse/neglect.
  • Knowledge of all laws, regulations and guidelines affecting teachers and students.
  • Knowledge of effective classroom management techniques.
  • Ability to maintain positive relationships with students, parents, community members and staff.

Application Process

Please send resume and cover letter to paloma@dorncharterschool.org.

Contact Information

Paloma Aranda, Director, Email: paloma@dorncharterschool.org