• USC Esperanza College Prep
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Full Time

2017-18 Founding Special Education Resource Specialist


The Founding Special Education Resource Specialist Teacher will have three primary functions: serving as a 9th grade founding Special Education Teacher, leading an advisory of 9th grade students, and being a contributing team member to multiple teams.Our founding Special Education Resource Specialist will serve as teaching support for students with IEPs and will manage a caseload of student IEPs.

About USC Esperanza College Prep

USC Esperanza College Prep is the fifth innovative high school of the Ednovate Network. Ednovate's mission is to close the college graduation gap through our Theory of Change, in which a strong sense of purpose and community, and a personalized college prep curriculum will allow each of our students to persist through college. Located in East Los Angeles, CA, Esperanza College Prep will open its doors to its first 9th grade class in August of 2017 and will expand one grade level per year until we serve students in grades 9-12 in the Fall of 2020. Esperanza College Prep will provide students and families with a safe and nurturing school culture that has high expectations and delivers a rigorous personalized college prep experience. Esperanza College Prep will prepare each of its graduates to use their college degrees and careers to make a Positive Multigenerational Change. This free, public charter high school personalizes learning through technology, focuses on developing a strong sense of purpose and builds college ready mindsets to ensure all of its students are ready to go to and graduate from the best colleges in the country. Redesigning the high school experience requires that staff members be willing to respond to feedback and data in real-time, reflect constantly on the impact of their actions and collaborate to continuously improve their practice.

Position Description

The Resource Specialist must embody our core mindsets and be active participants in the staff community. They will be responsible for enforcing our school-wide student code of conduct with 100% consistency along with all school staff. At USC Esperanza, all staff will lead weekly workshops to help students explore topics not covered in any course curricula. Team members will engage in lively debates around planning, student learning outcomes and school culture. They should neither shy away from conflict nor accountability to results as measured through student learning outcomes and strategic plan goals.

The Special Education Resource Specialist will take responsibility for creating and implementing support programs as defined in the IEP. The specialist will hold IEP meetings and develop IEP goals and objectives that address students of all ability levels. The specialist will collaborate with core content teachers to appropriately accommodate and modify lessons and instructional materials. This includes using on-going data analysis and careful action planning to best support students' needs. The specialist will also ensure that all students on their caseload meet our 6 yearly promotion requirements.


The ideal candidate:

  • Is passionate about increasing the college attainment rate in educationally underserved populations and working with families of diverse backgrounds
  • Has an unwavering belief in academic success for all students
  • Is committed to our mission, discipline model, and vision
  • Enjoys a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment and is eager to build new systems or adapt existing ones
  • Collaborates well and engages in healthy, collegial conflict
  • Is comfortable with a high degree of transparency and accountability for results
  • Is resourceful, persistent, and constantly reflective on improving results
  • Finds joy in their work and thrives with autonomy, flexibility and accountability
  • Connects well to students and values communication and partnership with families
  • Demonstrates successful results as a special education teacher
  • Has strong content knowledge in all subject areas
  • Is committed to personalizing the learning experience for all students
  • Is committed to our discipline model
  • Is a graduate of a four-year university
  • Has a valid teaching credential (or is willing to enroll in a credentialing program and work toward a valid credential)


This is a full-time position that will begin in the later half of July 2017.


Wages & Benefits

The salary for this job is competitive and commensurates with experience; a competitive benefit package is included.

To Apply

To submit an application, please visit our website at http://ednovate.org/careers. Ednovate is strongly committed to hiring a diverse and multicultural staff, and we encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Ednovate does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnic origin, or any other reason prohibited by state or federal law.

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