Quad Preparatory School
Lower School Special Education Head Teacher (Immediate)
Updated: December 2022
Reports to: Lower School Academic Director
Annual Salary Range: 60-80K
At Quad Prep, we are on a mission — to transform the lives of neurodiverse, twice-exceptional people by redefining the experience of school. Through the collective, collaborative, and empathic work of our teachers and clinicians, we are empowering our students to engage with the exciting and wonderful diversity of this world.
As we enter our 10th year, we are excited to welcome fellow innovators and collaborative colleagues to our team to be a part of this inspiring and impactful mission. At Quad Prep, a New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) Accredited School, we are eager to create challenging and engaging learning experiences for our students, to seek diverse perspectives, and to work together to continuously refine and redefine best practices in neurodiverse education. The Quad Preparatory School actively seeks to advance diversity through its programs and hiring.
Why work at Quad Prep?
ACCREDITED SCHOOL: Quad Prep was recognized as an outstanding school when it received accreditation last year through NYSAIS.
COMMUNITY: We are committed to building a joyful and inclusive culture where everybody is celebrated for who they are.
COLLEAGUES: Our colleagues are inspiring, consummate innovators and are at their happiest collaborating to create personalized solutions for each student.
STUDENTS We guarantee that you will learn something eye-opening every single day from our students — and have a lot of joy and laughter along the way!
DEEP PROFESSIONAL LEARNING: Quad Prep supports mission-driven educators and clinicians to grow their professional skills and influence in the neurodiversity educational space. Close collaboration with colleagues, coaching from supportive leaders, and thoughtful, in-depth professional learning programs keep us growing.
GENEROUS AND COMPREHENSIVE BENEFITS
Health: Medical, Dental, Vision
Student Loan repayment
Retirement Plan contribution
Group Life Plan
Generous Parental Leave
WORK LIFE BALANCE: In addition to a ten-month school year during which our staff are offered on average 33 days off (approximately 7 weeks) for scheduled holidays and school breaks, we provide generous preparation periods throughout each week, limiting the number of after work hours you will need to work — so that you can live the life you wish for — inside and outside of our school. Additionally, our students are dismissed midday each Friday in order for you to meet with your team, plan, and prep.
PROTECTED TIME * Staffing permitted, we strive to provide coverage to allow you to learn from one another, participate in one of our special PD programs, conduct original research, develop special projects, and participate in our initiatives to create the culture YOU want to work in.
EXTRAS You can build a private practice or tutor onsite during after school hours at low-cost reduced rates, available only to our Quad Prep staff.
Who We Are
(If Quad Prep is for you, you'll read what's below and feel, "That's me!")
At Quad Prep, we are guided by values that we hold dear and we have developed an innovative set of practices to meet our mission. We are:
Groundbreaking: We ignite our students’ talents and are passionate about their futures. You are:
Passionate about our work and our mission
Creative and excited about reaching each and every learner in new ways
Excited to help create new, evidence-based best practices in this rapidly evolving field
Able to set high expectations of both students and yourself and discover ways to meet them
Collaborative: We function with an exceedingly deep degree of collaboration. You:
Communicate effectively with colleagues
Seek to understand yourself and others in order to welcome new perspectives
Are generous of spirit and willing to give and receive feedback and input freely
Are kind, welcoming, and inclusive
Trustworthy: We are steadfast and are accountable to our students and each other. You:
Can be counted on to do what you say you will do
Have a high level of ownership for personal and team results
Can purposefully develop skills to find success in your work and our learning community
Ask for support when you need it
Project an unflappable, firm, and kind presence to our students
Constantly Learning and Growing: We value continued growth and learning. You:
Seek opportunities to learn and grow in your professional practice
Support colleagues by sharing best practices and nurturing their learning
Help the organization grow and improve by developing and sharing new ideas and approaches
Resourceful: At Quad Prep, we dig deep to meet our mission. You:
Are highly effective and dedicated
Display good judgment and sensibility
Excellent at supporting students inside and outside theoom
Flexible: At Quad Prep, we never give up on each other and are driven by the ethos of “not if, but how.” You are:
Open to new ideas
Nimble in fluid, changing environments
Excited by growth, change, and innovation
This job operates in a school setting. The school is located on the fifth floor of a building with one elevator. This role requires working in various locations around the school and accompanying students to a local park for outdoor time.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and listen. This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, and stooping all day. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move items under 20 pounds. During fire drills, the employee, unless physically unable, will need to use the stairs to go to ground level from the fourth floor. Typing is required for composing emails and writing reports. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:
This is a full-time exempt position in an educational facility which is open eight hours a day. Teachers work ten months out of the year according to the academic calendar (late August to late June). Occasional evening or weekend hours may be required. In general, though, hours are Monday-Friday, 8am - 4pm.
Compensation and Benefits:
Compensation is dependent upon experience and degree obtained.
At Quad Prep you’ll have access to a full range of benefits, including medical, dental, and vision coverage; pre-tax transit and dependent care accounts; a 401K match and student loan repayment contributions (after one year of employment); and a range of professional development opportunities, including our First Year Support Program for all new facility and staff; our Leadership Development Institute for those wishing to gain supervisory experience; and a full tuition waiver for candidates wishing to participate in our annual Certificate Program in Meeting the Needs of Twice-Exceptional Students.
You’ll engage with your colleagues in our ongoing staff wellness groups, relax at our game nights and happy hours, and collaborate in meaningful work as a valued member of our voluntary groups, including our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce; our Staff Ambassador Program; and our Peer Mentorship Program.
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, special education, or a related field.
Minimum one year paid experience teaching children in grades 2-5 as a full-time head teacher.
Preferred Education and Experience:
At least three years experience as a full-time Special Education head teacher.
Master’s degree in Special Education, or a related field.
Special education training, including training in the areas of gifted education, twice-exceptional youth and behavioral management
Special education teaching credential.
Experience teaching twice-exceptional youth.
***Note that all employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Medical and Religious Exemptions may be provided***
AAP/EEO Statement: The Quad Preparatory School is based on an inclusive philosophy that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital status, creed, sexual orientation, familial status, citizenship, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected by law in its hiring procedures and policies.