founding special education teacher

position description

Rooted School is where students will begin their journey to financial freedom. As we prepare for our fall 2017 launch, and pursuing our mission in other parts of the country, there’s plenty of space for you to grow alongside us and expand viable career pathways for students.

In your role you will be the lead on planning programs, coordinating curricular resources, and evaluating the effectiveness of Rooted’s services for gifted and talented students and students with disabilities.

In our start-up year, we are projecting between 4-6 students as a probable caseload. As such, the Special Education Teacher will maintain a dual responsibility as both teacher and administrator.

As the Founding Special Education Teacher you will manage oversight of Rooted’s special education team and ensure federal, state, and district compliance with IDEA, Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, FERPA, FAPE and LRE as well as Title VI as it pertains to any classified student.

Your primary goals is to ensure we’re truly putting every student we serve on the path toward financial freedom.


  1. Demonstrates a passion for and commitment to Rooted’s mission and values
  2. Thrives in a startup environment (comfort with change and ambiguity, strong initiative)
  3. Strong organization and planning skills
  4. At least three years of teaching Special Education in a low-income of high needs population with a track record of outstanding academic results
  5. At least three years of successful and demonstrated case management skills
  6. Highly proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite
  7. Sees the glass half full—always
  8. Committed to researching and remaining abreast of best practices in special education that may advance student success and our mission
  9. Strong project management skills (ability to manage lateral colleagues toward outcomes)
  10. Bachelor’s Degree (required); Master’s Degree (would be nice)

areas of responsibility include

  • Maintaining Up-to-Date Knowledge: Maintain knowledge of current special education regulations and best practices.
  • Ensuring Compliance: Ensuring national, state and local compliance with IDEA, Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, FERPA, FAPE and LRE as well as Title VI as it pertains to any student classified as special needs.
  • Monitoring Rooted’s IEP Compliance (including, but not limited to): (a) Timelines for IEP’s and annual meeting; (b) Monitoring student achievement; (c) Monitoring progress towards IEP goals; (d) Overseeing and monitoring required district reports; (e) Creating and maintaining special education documentation as required by federal, state, and district regulations.
  • Direct Student Supports: Providing direct services to our students with disabilities, as needed.
  • Annual Goal Setting + Monitoring: With School Leader, develop a plan of action for the year. Ensure that all Rooted’s special education team’s goals and academic decisions are grounded in student data and analysis.
  • Staff Supports: Providing technical and compliance expertise and consultation to instructional staff and administrator’s regarding student learning.
  • Culture Creation: Every team member is responsible for helping establish Rooted’s culture among students, partners, and the community-at-large.


Competitive salary commensurate with experience, as well as comprehensive benefits package.

to apply

If you’re as excited about this as we are, email a cover letter, resume, and answers to the questions below to our founder/ceo at

  1. Explain your greatest strength, with examples. Explain your greatest area of growth or weakness, with examples.
  2. What gives you the most energy? What drains you the most?
  3. Where would you like to be in your career 5 years from now?