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Special Education Head/Lead Teacher

The Child Study Center of New York


Age-appropriately provide students with a nurturing, safe, and healthy environment to help them develop socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally
Develop engaging and progressive activities and lesson plans in accordance with the prescribed school curriculum, including but not limited to SED standards, the NYS Pre-Kindergarten Standards for the Common Core, etc.
Provide services to all children and families with respect, confidentiality and dignity
Exhibit knowledge of and sensitivity to the educational and socio-economic needs of the children and families served in the program
Relate to families in a holistic fashion that incorporates education, social services, health and nutrition, and family issues

Nurture and uphold positive working relationships with parents
Ensure parent involvement and/or awareness in program planning through regular, open communication (i.e. parent meetings and events, parent newsletters, and parent conferences, etc.)
Supervise and collaborate with Teacher Assistant and/or Teacher Aide regarding program development, planning and implementation and delegate their responsibilities professionally and accordingly
Share and present relevant Early Childhood, Special Education, curricular information to staff and colleagues
Become familiar with and maintain each child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP), providing progress updates throughout the year
Attend and participate in all necessary IEP case conferences
Consistently update and maintain children's progress reports, daily health logs, incident logs, accident reports, lesson plans, and bi-weekly child observation notes, etc.; comply with other required documentation and record keeping responsibilities as necessary
Solve problems quickly and efficiently
Maintain an open, frequent dialog with the Head of School regarding all things pertaining to the Early Childhood classroom, students, parents, etc.
Familiarity of community resources that support CSC's overall mission and the student and families served within the Early Childhood program
Supervise assigned group of children at all times
Assist in maintaining a clean, safe facility for children and parents
Work with other staff to coordinate use of shared space within the Early Childhood facility
Display ethical and professional conduct that enables the building of a respectful, trusting and collaborative relationship with the center staff
Willingness to comply with the established agency performance standards (including, but not limited to productivity/personal responsibility, embracing a team player orientation, and maintaining a professional demeanor, etc.)
Participate in related training opportunities as they become available
Model professional, appropriate behavior at all times
Additional duties as required or assigned.


Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Special Education required; Master's Degree in Early Childhood Special Education or active plan to obtain Master's Degree preferred
New York State Certification in Special Education required (B-2 or N-6)
At minimum three (3) years experience working with pre-school children (2-5 years of age) with special needs, applying best practices for care
Demonstrated capacity in planning appropriate Early Childhood Special Needs classroom activities, observing children's behaviors, maintaining educational records and conferring with parents
Must have elaborate knowledge of Early Childhood curricula, including varied progressive ECE disciplines
Mastery of child development including typical and atypical language, cognitive, motor, social, and self-help skills development
Able to work with a diverse population of children and families (including, but not limited to shelter-based and/or high needs children and families, if applicable)
Exceptional supervisory and leadership skills; capability to motivate others
Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills
Self-motivation a must; ability to multi-task and work efficiently and effectively under deadlines
Well-versed in State Education Department (SED)/ACS/DOH/DOE contractual and licensure requirements relative to classroom layout, curriculum, lesson plans, and service delivery to CSC children and families
Knowledge of federal, state, and local rules and regulations which govern childcare (including but not limited to SED, Common Core and DOH Article 47 standards)
Experience working with groups and/or families from diverse cultural, economic, and ethnic backgrounds
Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) a plus.


Posted on 01/23/17; CVMHA ID #10669