Founding Special Education Coordinator
Why Atlanta Unbound Academy?

AUA will serve as a beacon of academic promise and create a community of students who are the seeds of their ancestor’s wildest dreams-authentic, engaged citizens and leaders of their community who achieve beyond expectations and fuel the advancement and glory of their people. Through rigorous, culturally relevant teaching and a creative, nurturing environment, AUA will empower students who achieve intellectually, interpret the world critically, and dream beyond measure. There are lots of ways you can make an impact and we have a team that is all in. You have the privilege to work with incredible students, and there’s always someone who’s got your back from coaching you through a challenging day to helping you grow professionally and personally. While our environment is urgent, fast-paced and ever-fluctuating, you’ll have all the support (and caffeine) you need to feel successful.

Compassion. Courage. Critical Thinking. – We are AUA.

Why You?

The time is now. There is no more urgent and pressing mission than to provide a rigorous and culturally relevant education to students from low-income communities. We hire passionate professionals determined to ensure that 100% of their students succeed. Anything less would be unacceptable. It’s fast-paced, tiring, sometimes all-consuming, yet fun and rewarding. We need passionate educators committed to raising the bar of excellence for our children. Educators, who believe in open doors, welcome feedback and aren’t afraid to ask for help. An AUA teacher is a self-starter, results-oriented, thinks critically about problems, compassionate and courageous enough to come back each day renewed, with a smile and a sense of humor.

AUA is a great fit for the person who

  • enjoys creating from scratch and is excited to create a school 
  • can take a vision and make it reality when few see it. 
  • believes in the value culturally relevant teaching
  • can remain calm in the midst of pressure, especially in difficult conversations with stakeholders 
  • has a sense of humor, humility, and urgency, with a customer service mindset
  • believes in doing whatever it takes to meet the goal 
  • has strong project and time management skills; ability to effectively backwards plan, juggle multiple priorities with great attention to detail, and deliver consistent and timely results. 
  • has an unwavering commitment to AUA’s mission and willingness to go above and beyond to meet the needs of AUA’s students, families, and staff.

Reporting to the Principal, the Founding Special Education Coordinator is a senior, school-based leadership role. This person will create and oversee all special education policies and procedures that are equitable and meets legal requirements necessary to run a high-performing start-up school. This includes creating and managing our 504, IEP and RTI process, creating protocols for child studies, developing and maintaining secure record keeping for all students and supporting teachers with differentiating instruction. The Founding Special Education Coordinator serves as a key member of the School Leadership Team and is the expert in special education. This person should feel comfortable creating and developing professional development for teachers as well as creating advocacy workshops for families and guardians.  The Special Education Coordinator will work closely with the Behavior Interventionist as needed and will ensure our practices entail high standards of equitable excellence enabling our students with special needs to receive the best and highest level of support and instruction needed. 

Job Responsibilities

  • Ensure that all students receive the educational services that they need to succeed;
  • Create RTI system
  • Develop advocacy workshops for families and partner with outside resources
  • Identify incoming students’ special education needs as indicated by family questionnaire responses;
  • Review the results of intake assessments of new students to identify special education needs;
  • Schedule and providing pull-out services as needed;
  • Schedule, coordinate, and chair team and pre-referral meetings;
  • Conduct academic testing as part of the evaluation process;
  • Coordinate and conducting classroom observations and testing (i.e. psychological) as needed;
  • Develop professional development to ensure that all teachers know and understand all classroom accommodations required by IEPs;
  • Deliver one-on-one, small group, and whole class instruction as appropriate;
  • Maintain student records regarding special education issues and preparing reports for regulatory agencies;
  • Ensure compliance with all City, State, and Federal special education law and regulations;
  • Contribute to the design of curriculum materials;
  • Design and administer rigorous, standards-based assessments and using assessment data to refine curriculum and instruction;
  • Help to create a culture of order, structure, humanity, and academic rigor in the classroom and school as a whole; and
  • Bachelor’s degree required; graduate degree preferred
  • Special Education Certified 
  • 5 years minimum work experience, preferably in urban or low-income schools.
  • 3 years minimum work experience in special education 
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Atlanta Unbound Academy offers a competitive compensation and benefits package:
  • Salaries based on experience
  • Competitive rates for medical insurance and short-term disability insurance. Dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, and long-term disability insurance are offered at no cost.
  • Contributions to the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) in accordance with Georgia state law
  • Optional 403(b) retirement account
  • Robust professional development

AUA is committed to a policy of equal treatment for all individuals applying for employment. AUA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

Employment Type
Full Time
Job Location
Atlanta, Georgia
Date posted
December 5, 2019
Valid through
March 30, 2020

Position: Founding Special Education Coordinator

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