Mountain Sage Community School is a K-8 public, charter school inspired by Waldorf education and sustainable living, and is located in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado.
Our school is currently seeking an experienced, organized, and thoughtful person to fulfill the role as Special Education Teacher. The ideal candidate will have experience and knowledge in all aspects of special education for children ages 5-14, be comfortable in a supervisory role and able to manage a team effectively, possess some knowledge of Waldorf education and child development, and be looking to join a collaborative community for the long term. The typical hours for this position are 8-4, Monday-Friday, during the school year, with some additional hours for all-school events.
FLSA CLASSIFICATION: Salary Exempt
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Regular, full-time
WORK HOURS: 40 hours per week
WORK CALENDAR DAYS: 190
BASE PAY: $40,000 plus increases per the salary schedule
REPORTS TO: School Director
Minimum Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Support students receiving integrated services on a daily basis through:
- Instructing students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) individually, in small groups, and in the general education setting
Assisting other Mountain Sage teachers with instruction of Special Education students in the framework of district and state academic standards and in alignment with the school’s Waldorf-inspired curriculum
Maintaining and managing required documentation, adhering to federal, state and district guidelines for all student reporting and deadlines
Working with the Integrated Services team to develop and manage IEPs
Coordinating the scheduling of staff and parents for IEP meetings
Collaborating with the school Intervention Team, as needed
Developing course content, format, structure
Organizing schedules of students to ensure delivery of support services
Creating and managing the schedules and tasks of paraprofessionals toward implementation of student support services
Working with school’s authorizer, Poudre School District, and its representatives, as needed
Communicating student progress and needs with parents and staff
Understand, appreciate, and make accommodations for student diversity
Upholding school policies and rules with students
Working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
Participating in school social and cultural events
Coverage and other duties as assigned
- Desire to learn Mountain Sage’s philosophy, to implement the school’s Waldorf-inspired program, and to uphold and promote the mission and values of the school
Colorado Special Education Teacher licensure for K-8
Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) required within 3 months of hire
2+ years of experience working with special needs students in a classroom setting
- Waldorf teacher certification and/or experience
Experience with the online platform, Enrich, for IEP management
Familiarity with Poudre School District IS processes and procedures
Ability to engage in Waldorf special education training
Knowledge of restorative practices in schools
Understanding of experiential learning
Must be able to:
- Stand for an extended period
Work outside in all weather conditions, including extreme winter conditions/temperatures
Take children to nearby nature trails and areas for extended periods of time in all weather conditions, located within walking distance
Maneuver uneven surfaces
Carry or transfer up to 20lbs
Work in occasionally loud environments
Frequently use office technology including walkie talkie, phone, computer, copiers, and printers
Use commercial office tools including paper cutters and stapler
Minimum base salary of $40,000 with potential increase dependent upon education and experience. We offer state retirement benefits (PERA), health benefits, PTO, a 3-year loyalty bonus, and yearly professional development opportunities..
- Visit our school website prior to applying: www.mountainsage.org.
Submit the online application. You will need:
- Cover letter articulating your relationship to Waldorf education and sustainability;
Statement of educational philosophy;
Three professional references with phone numbers and email addresses.
No phone calls. We will accept applications until the positions are filled. You will be contacted by a member of the Hiring Committee if we are interested in pursuing your application.
Mountain Sage Community School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.