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Special Education Teacher

May 07, 2020

Los Angeles, CA

Full Time

Reporting to the Principal

Contact: Sarah Jamieson,

About ECS

The mission of the Environmental Charter Schools (ECS) is to reimagine public education in low-income communities of color to prepare conscious, critical thinkers who are equipped to graduate from college and create a more equitable and sustainable world. Environmental Charter Schools (ECS) is a non-profit charter management organization with a growing network of free public schools in south Los Angeles. Environmental Charter Schools create and refine engaging, project-based, environmentally-themed, arts-integrated, social-justice driven, interdisciplinary curricula and assessments.

Since its inception in 2000, ECS has been providing students with a unique learning experience that utilizes environmental service learning to inspire our students to find authentic meaning in their studies. ECS now proudly serves over 1,200 students at two middle schools (Gardena and Inglewood) and one high school (Lawndale). ECS’ student achievement outcomes include: ECHS Lawndale ranks in the top 2% of public high schools in U.S. News & World Report, 100% of students graduate high school with the coursework necessary for admission to a four-year college or university, and 97% of students are admitted into a four-year college. Most of our students will be the first in their family to graduate from college.

The Opportunity

Environmental Charter Schools is seeking a talented and dynamic Special Education Teacher who is passionate about preparing low-income students of color for college success.


  • Maintain high expectations for all students and a deep belief that all students can learn
  • Provide instruction and services for those students whose needs have been identified in an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
  • Work as part of our interdisciplinary team to plan accommodations and/or modifications necessary to provide access to students with disabilities.
  • Maintain accurate and complete students records, and prepare IEPs for students on caseload, as required by laws, ECS policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Participate as a member of the IEP team in decisions regarding placements and in the development of an individualized education program for students with disabilities.
  • Collaborate with parents, administrators, testing specialists, school psychologists, and others to develop and monitor IEPs designed to promote students’ educational, physical, and social development.
  • Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students’ needs and progress and confer with parents/guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators in order to resolve students’ behavioral and academic problems. 
  • Motivate students through effective communication and evaluative feedback
  • Model a personal code of ethics aligned with ECS Mission and Vision
  • Other duties as assigned


  • California Special Education Specialist Teaching Credential, Mild/Moderate authorization
  • Preferred: 2 or more years of successful classroom teaching experience in an urban school setting as a special education teacher
  • Demonstrates an understanding, patient, and receptive attitude towards students of various age groups, temperaments and abilities (particularly those exhibiting specialized needs)
  • Exhibit ability to handle confidential information and materials
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and administrators
  • Commitment to the success of all students and the ECS mission, vision, and values

The Perks

  • Competitive compensation package inclusive of a generous benefits package
  • Enrollment in CalSTRS
  • 100% of HMO level healthcare premium costs covered by employer, and contributions towards dependent healthcare
  • Employer-paid ECS life insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits (Supplemental Life, Accident, Short Term Disability, etc.)
  • Generous time off program includes 22 holidays, sick leave and vacation
  • Support with application to loan forgiveness programs, and access to 403b Retirement Plans
  • Small Learning Communities with smaller class sizes and lower student to counselor ratios
  • Credentialing and Induction support
  • Social and Environmental Justice Focus
  • Personal growth and enrichment opportunities

This job primarily operates on a school site and in classrooms, and utilizes typical office equipment (computers, phones, photocopiers, etc.). Physical demands include: positioning to lift (should be able to lift up to 30 pounds to waist high), carry, push, and/or pull, kneel, stoop, crouch and bend. Generally, the job is 60% Stationary and 40% moving/traversing. Travel required for visits to other local school sites or the Home Office (as needed).

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified. ECS does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of age, actual or perceived race, actual or perceived gender, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, or sexual orientation. ECS complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure equal access to all qualified individuals with a disability. If you have any questions, please contact: Human Resource administrator at (310) 214-3400.