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19 Mar 2020

Teacher Special Education Associate Teacher

The Gillen Brewer School

Job Description

Special Education Associate Teacher

Does providing a nurturing and supportive environment where children feel accepted excite you?  It’s the reason why we come to work every day! The Gillen Brewer School is a private, special education school on the Upper East Side dedicated in the education of children with challenging, and often multiple disabilities, including language-based and nonverbal learning disabilities.  We are currently accepting resumes for a full-time, 12-month Special Education Associate Teacher. All applicants will be required to submit a resume, cover letter, and two reference letters. This position starts in July 2020. 

Gillen Brewer offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive professional development program.  

Job Title:  Associate Teacher

Program:  Early Childhood (Pre-K) / Elementary

Hours:  Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Calendar to Follow:  12-month Academic

Starting:  July 2020


The Associate Teacher is a critical part of a child’s learning experience at Gillen Brewer.  The Associate Teacher reports to the Head Teacher. The Associate Teacher will assist the Head Teacher in classroom preparation, reinforcement of lessons, management, support play, and all other functions of the classroom in order to cultivate and help provide a learning environment in which students feel safe and confident.  The Associate Teacher will work as part of an integrated team with the Head Teacher, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, and Speech-Language Pathologists in a therapeutic school setting. As a part of the school community, Associate Teachers are encouraged to participate in school community events, join committees, and create a positive working environment for children, families, and colleagues.  Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide support to the Head Teacher in classroom instruction and management
  • Assist with classroom activities and lessons; lead in head teacher’s absence
  • Work with individual students and small groups on a daily basis
  • Support students throughout the day, including lunch, playground, gym, toileting, and dressing
  • Assist with student arrival and dismissal
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to develop trusting and supportive relationships with students
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to collaborate with the therapeutic team members
  • Team-oriented approach with a positive work attitude

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma required; two- or four-year college degree preferred;
  • pursuing Master’s in Special Education highly desired
  • Must complete teacher assistant training through the school

Physical Requirements

Employees must have the physical capacity to navigate the classroom and school environments in order to effectively meet the needs of our students.  Such physical requirements include but are not limited to: walking, standing, sitting, climbing up and down stairs, kneeling, stooping, crawling, bending, pushing, pulling, and lifting.  Employees must be able to sit at a desk and work on a computer for long periods of time to complete necessary paperwork. Vision, with or without lenses, must be sufficient to read in both paper and digital formats.  Employees must have the ability to hear, read, write, and speak in English.

Professional Development

The school is a community of learners.  In addition to staff development and training at Gillen Brewer, employees are encouraged to pursue educational goals through conferences and various workshops.  Teachers are required to attend all staff development workshops as well as staff, team, and supervision meetings. Staff is also encouraged to attend all school functions listed on the school calendar.

Other Requirements

You must be authorized to work in the United States and be willing to undergo a number of clearances, including NYC DOE fingerprinting, a medical health form, and other background checks. 

How to Apply

All applicants will be required to submit a resume, cover letter, and two reference letters.  Please submit materials via email to OR apply on Indeed.  Please include your name and the position of interest in the subject line of your email (i.e., Arielle Tibbs - Associate Teacher).

Bureaus: New York. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Teacher.

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