Special Education Teacher

Posted 4 months ago

Harlem Children’s Zone is seeking Special Education Teachers for their Elementary, Middle School, or High School. The ideal candidate will bring a passion for the mission and core values of Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy, an understanding and respect for the culture of all residents of Harlem, and a desire for working in a school setting that fosters a love for children.


  • Review Individualized Education Plan (IEP) related documents to develop appropriate goals and objectives for each student
  • Collaborate with general education teachers regarding the educational, social, emotional and physical needs of each student
  • Plan, develop and implement individualized learning plans for each student
  • Prepare instructional materials and lesson plans according to Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Review Individual Education Plans with parents, school administration and general education teachers
  • Monitor, evaluate and document each student’s progress utilizing appropriate measurements and assessment devices
  • Maintain and communicate high academic and personal expectations for all students
  • Incorporate direct instruction, discussion, projects and cooperative work to engage students, keep classes focused and infuse a lasting desire to learn
  • Follow the school’s policies and procedures for student conduct and discipline, and refuse to tolerate classroom disruptions
  • Meet designated deadlines for completing Teacher Reports, Individual Education Plans, parent phone calls and other time sensitive tasks
  • Develop and use a variety of assessments (e.g., exams, written work, and public performances) that frequently measure student progress toward the school’s content and skill standards
  • Develop clear evaluation criteria and distribute to students prior to assignments
  • Communicate effectively with students, parents, and colleagues
  • Share responsibility for grade level and school-wide activities
  • Opportunity to work Saturdays during test prep season – additional compensation provided


  • A dedication and commitment to the mission of Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy
  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 2 years teaching experience is required
  • 2 to 5 years teaching experience in an urban school setting is desired
  • New York State certification in special education grades 1 to 6 or 7 to 12 required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills


The salary range for incoming teachers is $67,000 to $90,000. Incoming teacher salaries are determined based on their number of years of experience as a lead teacher, level of education (bachelor’s, or master’s degree), and certification. Harlem Children’s Zone offers a $6,000 signing bonus (after 60 days of employment) and highly competitive salaries with generous performance-based bonuses, a comprehensive benefits package, and a low student-teacher ratio. For Lead Teacher positions, Harlem Children’s Zone also offer eligibility for up to $30K in student loan forgiveness after 12 months of employment.

To Apply

To be considered, interested applicants must apply online or submit a cover letter and resume to promisecareers@hcz.org.

Job Details

Job CategoryAdolescent Grades 7-12, Childhood, Students with Disabilities
Organization/School NameHarlem Children's Zone
Contact Emailpromisecareers@hcz.org
Position TitleSpecial Education Teacher
Application Linkhttps://recruiting.ultipro.com/HAR1020HCZ/JobBoard/8eb02aa2-4566-4aa4-b962-710324bfd09e/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=4008ee39-6ffe-42fa-b484-c4e471fa28a7
Organization Websitehttps://hcz.org/