Great Oaks Legacy Charter School in Newark is seeking a Network Director of Special Education - Middle Schools for the 2020-21 school year.

Great Oaks Legacy Overview
Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is a high-performing, innovative public charter school in Newark NJ, serving over 1,700 students from Pre-K to 12th grade on campuses across the city. Our mission is to prepare public school students for success in college. We do so with a unique model that incorporates daily high-dosage tutoring, differentiated instruction, and building a school community based on genuine, caring relationships. 

Great Oaks Legacy students aspire to be some of the highest performing students in the country. We have high academic and behavioral expectations for our students. For example, our students are encouraged to take multiple AP classes before they graduate. We pair rigorous curriculum and teaching with intense personal support from teachers, tutors, and staff.

The school’s mission is to prepare our students for college success through several key elements: 

  • Small school – Grade-level cohorts of less 100 students allow each student to feel known and cared for. Our focus is on a sense of community and relationship building with families and students
  • More time on task – We offer longer school days than traditional schools and weekend or after school sessions for students who need additional support.
  • High expectations – Rigorous, differentiated, college-preparatory coursework from Pre-K through 12th grade. Advanced Placement and real college courses for high school students.
  • Effective Instruction – World-class teachers with clear expectations and the support they need to continuously improve.


To fulfill our mission, we must –

  1. Create a community that is built upon genuine and meaningful relationships
  2. Be surgical in our approach to differentiation of instruction and support of ALL students and team members
  3. Set and exceed high expectations for academic growth and character development for all students, in preparation for success in college and beyond



Being part of our team gives you lots of opportunities to grow, but with great power also comes great responsibility. Here are some of the primary responsibilities associated with this role:


  • Manage all special education programming including driving compliance, supporting with monitoring special education students’ academic progress,supporting with the management of SPED staff, and monitoring all contract service providers in service delivery.
  • Drive the vision for special education and ESL services 
  • Oversee academic, compliance, student PLAAFPs (Present Level Academic Achievement and Functional Performance), grades, cognitive potential, standardized test scores, and testing accommodations
  • Coach Directors, Teachers, and other Team Members as needed on curriculum modifications 
  • Support Teachers with identifying and providing / securing relevant professional development and training for special education and general education staff in the areas of special education and ESL instruction
  • Monitor Social Worker compliance data reports and monitor and support related service providers
  • Monitor service delivery in In-Class Support classrooms (ICS), self-contained and resource settings
  • Meet with school leadership teams regularly set and monitor goals by campus and updates school leadership teams quarterly on progress towards campus goals
  • Develop strategies to enhance special education performance on standardized tests
  • Facilitate new teacher and returning teacher PD with a focus on lesson modifications for content
  • Lead meetings with, Social Workers, resource staff and/or Directors
  • Lead meetings with Special Education support staff, Social Workers and/or Directors as needed
  • Weekly Observations and debrief meetings with Special Education teachers 
  • Attend Data meetings accordingly 
  • Support teachers with students that struggle by building strong partnerships with all stakeholders, assisting with targeted academic and behavioral intervention plans, observing students and coaching teachers, and attending relevant grade level, department, and leadership meetings to act as a support, resource, and supervisor where need be.
  • Support with the Management of special education and support team staff members by providing a clearly articulated vision, strong coaching and management as well as providing individual goals and accountability measures. 
  • Establish and promote high standards and expectations for students and staff for academic performance.
  • Collaborate with campus directors to conduct special education walkthroughs and informal observations
  • Collaborate with GOLCS high school leaders and support with the transition of scholars rom 8th grade
  • Support directors with securing personal aides and related service providers as outlined in IEP
  • Support ESL and RTI Coordinators with network wide coordination of our small populations
  • When needed, support case managers with out of district placement and specialized transportation
  • Serve as a member of the leadership team and participate in weekly leadership professional development sessions, instructional rounds, cultural walks and leadership team meetings.
  • Serve as a resource to CAOs, Directors, Social workers and teachers for effective implementation of the Special Education program. 
  • Protect confidentiality of records and information gained as part of exercising professional duties and use discretion in sharing such information within legal confines.
  • Review assessment data providing targeted and timely feedback that is results driven to Special Education teams.
  • Maintain positive, cooperative, and mutually supportive relationships with the administration, instructional staff, students, parents, and representatives of resource agencies within the community.
  • Initiate surveys to identify areas requiring restructuring and report to the CAOs/CEO with recommendations for corrective action.



Our students arrive, on average, behind grade level.  Many live in poverty. Upon arrival, they are statistically less than 10% likely to graduate with a 4-year degree.  Our mission is that each child ultimately graduates from college.  


We believe that in order to fulfill this mission, we must –

  • Create a community that is built upon genuine and meaningful relationships,
  • Be surgical in our approach to differentiation of instruction and support of ALL students and team members, and
  • Set and exceed high expectations for academic growth and character development for all students, in preparation for success in college and beyond.



  1. Employee agrees to take responsibility for his/her part in reversing negative outcomes for students, to work relentlessly to support our efforts to engage each and every student, and to uphold our mission to prepare every student to succeed in college to the extent possible.
  2. It is a given that all of the faculty work very hard. Employee, like all staff, acknowledges that he/she will do more than just work hard.  Employee agrees to seek – through formal and informal feedback – to continue to develop and improve his/her job performance while employed by the School.  At Great Oaks Legacy, an ongoing quest for improvement is considered essential for all staff members.



Employee reports to Chief Academic Officer or his designee and will receive informal feedback, often daily through observations and interactions, weekly check-ins, and formal evaluations.



  • Teacher of Disabilities Standard Certification.
  • Supervisor Certification preferred.
  • Three years special education teaching experience in an urban setting.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills both verbal and written.
  • Successfully completes required criminal history proof of U.S citizenship or legal resident status.
  • At least 2 years of experience in a leadership role (coaching teachers, grade level team person, dean, or assistant principal)
  • Has received satisfactory ratings on all teacher/administrator evaluations the last 4 years


Nice to Haves

  • A master’s degree in education (preference is given to applicants with a special education concentration)
  • Experience serving students from linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Experience in a high-performing district or charter environment



The Special Education Instructional Leader is a(n) 12-month employee with salary to be recommended by the Executive Director for approval by the board.


Great Oaks Legacy Charter School is an equal opportunity employer.

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