Special Populations Coordinator, Immediate

    • New York, NY

Special Populations Coordinator

Brooklyn, New York
In-Person Work Required



Explore Schools is a network of public charter schools providing 2,000 students in Brooklyn with the outstanding education they deserve. We strive to provide students with the academic skills and critical-thinking abilities they need to succeed in a college-preparatory high school and beyond.



We believe that all children can learn when immersed in a rich environment full of high expectations, rigorous academics, and caring, committed adults. We believe equity and excellence are not mutually exclusive—we can meet the needs of all students in our schools, while actively engaging parents and driving toward excellent academic results. We envision a pathway to equity that features outstanding curriculum and instruction as well as ample opportunities for students to achieve success in and out of the classroom. We believe it is both our privilege and responsibility to help close the opportunity gap in the Brooklyn community.



Explore Schools seeks an experienced education professional who is dedicated to serving special populations to lead as a Special Populations Coordinator. You have experience teaching special education and managing or coordinating services in support of all learners. You are committed to student success and adept at fostering collaboration between internal and external service providers. You have a track record of success when it comes to relationship-building and communicating sensitive and direct information. Additionally, you possess the following:


  • Dedicated to working in communities that have historically been underserved and under-resourced
  • Committed to thoughtfully engaging in identity work necessary to take a culturally responsive approach to pedagogy and relationship-building with students and colleagues
  • Exceptional level of patience and focus to overcome challenges
  • A proven record of inspiring growth amongst special populations students taught
  • Flexible: willingness to provide support as needed, and ability to provide strategic solutions when faced with changes
  • Exceptional communication skills: you effectively share information in a direct and sensitive way
  • Detail-oriented, and highly organized
  • Bachelor’s degree; required, Master’s in education; preferred
  • At least three years of experience teaching special populations; preferred
  • Two years of service coordination or three years of management; preferred


The school-based Special Populations Coordinator (SPC) is responsible for the coordination and support of services for all special populations, including students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), students who are designated English Language Leaners (ELLs), and students who are deemed academically at-risk. The SPC will be the primary liaison with the Committee on Special Education (CSE). Additionally, the SPC will be responsible for strategically scheduling all services and classes for students receiving services to maximize learning time while ensuring that the school is in compliance.  The SPC may supervise teachers providing services to students directly. Your responsibilities would include but are not limited to:


  • Managing and supporting the provision of all services for students with IEPs, students at-risk of academic failure, and students designated as ELLs.
  • Creating strategic service and class schedules ensuring that the school is in compliance with all mandates while maximizing learning time.
  • Creating and implementing a school wide plan for Response to Intervention (RTI) and training teachers as necessary.
  • Coordinating with the Committee on Special Education (CSE) in the following ways:
    • Attending meetings (e.g., initial evaluations, IEP annual reviews, triennials, MDRs, etc.)
    • Arranging for related services
    • Initiating Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs)
    • Holding the CSE accountable for their responsibilities as they relate to students and families
  • Supporting with tracking the following data:
    • Service provision for billing
    • IEP goals
    • Student achievement
    • MDRs and suspensions
    • Compliance timelines
  • Coordinating progress monitoring and reporting for all students with IEPs, students at-risk of academic failure, and students designated as ELLs
  • Teaching SETSS groups and/or ICT, depending on the leadership structure and Special Populations caseload at school
  • Coordinating the creation and implementation of 504 plans with families and staff
  • Implementing and monitoring a school-wide plan for Response to Intervention (RTI) and training teachers as necessary
  • Coordinating all required family communication and create best practices around family engagement for the families of the school’s special populations
  • Coordinating IEP writing for annual reviews (teachers write, SSC reviews)
  • Advising on class placements/schedules based on services
  • Managing Learning Specialists and Special Education Teachers; depending on the leadership structure and Special Populations caseload at school



Explore staff enjoy a competitive salary and benefits, generous vacation-including network shutdown days, considerable matching of retirement contribution, and more!

Additionally, you can expect: 

  • Professional development: participation in PD, year-round retreats and trainings, and on-going coaching by professionals
  • Continued education support: staff are eligible for scholarship opportunities towards qualifying certification costs or higher education tuition
  • Flexible and reflective leadership: dedicated to staff development, and committed to direct and sensitive communication
  • Driven and passionate colleagues who contribute to a professional and collaborative work environment



Explore is a network of 8 charter schools located in Canarsie, Crown Heights, and Flatbush communities of Brooklyn, NY. Our network office is located in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

For this specific role, in-person work is required. Our schools are currently operating remotely, but plan to reopen with a hybrid model when it is safe to do so, tentatively in mid-October. We'll be able to share more specifics around reopening plans if you are to move forward in the interview process.



Explore Schools is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status.



Learn more about Explore at the Find a Job section of our website. Apply by submitting an application via our website, including a letter in which you describe your interest in the role with us.


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