Inclusive Education Specialist
The Seattle Jewish Community School (SJCS) welcomes qualified candidates to apply to be the school’s Inclusive Education Specialist, beginning with the 2023-2024 school year. This is a full-time position, reporting directly to the Head of School. The role provides an opportunity to shape the Inclusive Educational practices in a warm, pluralistic, and communal educational context, in partnership with dedicated colleagues, supportive parents, and delightful children.
The Inclusive Education Specialist will guide the school’s delivery of differentiated instruction, working in close concert with the Behavioral Health Counselor, the faculty, and the Head of School, as well as with parents, external educational diagnosticians, other outside providers, and Seattle Public School (SPS) employees or contractors serving independent school students. In core service of SJCS’s commitment to meeting the needs of diverse learners and fostering their growth, the Inclusive Education Specialist will juggle a variety of impactful roles: plugging into classrooms, providing direct instruction to a limited number of students either in small groups or individual tutorials, sharing guidance with teachers on incorporating differentiation strategies into their curricula and pedagogies, managing assessment processes and data, interpreting and summarizing external reports for teachers’ use, serving as the central point of contact for outside providers and SPS tutors, attending service meetings on behalf of a small number of individual students, convening Mifgashei Tmicha (Student Support Meetings) and keeping and disseminating their records together with the Behavioral Health Counselor, and advancing the school’s child-centered Educational Philosophy. This includes the emphasis it places on positive, productive relationships, and the inspiration it draws from the Jewish intellectual tradition and its celebration of the intrinsic value of study, the pursuit of understanding and perspective along with knowledge, the power of questions, and the sacred nature of considering different perspectives and of nurturing self-awareness.
● A Bachelor's or post-Bachelor's degree in a related field
● Certification in Special Education strongly preferred
● At least three years of working in an elementary school, with five or more strongly preferred
● Knowledge of multiple screening / assessment tools
● A passion for teaching, love of learning, enthusiasm for collaboration and commitment to child-centered pedagogical practices
● Strong organizational skills, including the capacity to work with multiple schedules, to be flexible amidst lots of moving pieces, and to oversee delivery of different services
● Strong oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills, nurtured by curiosity and conviction
● Sustained commitment to the practices of self-reflection, collegiality, and professionalism
● An explorer’s mentality with appreciation for the values and practices of flexibility, experimentation, reconsideration, and good humor
● Readiness to make mistakes and learn from them along with others who do the same
This is a full-time position offering competitive pay and full benefits. The Inclusive Education Specialist reports directly to the Head of School.
Interested, qualified candidates should send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and write Inclusive Education Specialist in the Subject Line.
SJCS is committed to an inclusive, welcoming community, where all are treated with respect. SJCS provides equal opportunity to all employees and applicants in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local laws relating to equal employment and non-discrimination. SJCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, age, disability, or sexual orientation. In the event that an otherwise qualified employee has a physical or mental hardship covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and needs an accommodation to overcome that hardship, SJCS will make any reasonable accommodation that will not cause an undue hardship for the school.