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Student Services Coordinator - Elementary School

New York City, NY
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Jan 7, 2023

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The student services coordinator works in conjunction with the school's instructional leaders to ensure that the school provides the academic, emotional, and physical services for students who require additional support to thrive within the schools' core academic programs.
At Ascend, we're excited about educators who are committed to educational excellence and are fired up about our liberal arts program, Responsive Classroom approach, and commitment to serve all students. At Ascend we invest in your professional growth--training, supporting, and collaborating with you every step of the way.
Join us as we foster our students' innate curiosities, encourage discussion and debate, and guide students to think, imagine, debate, and create.
Why extraordinary educators work at Ascend
Ascend is a growing network of K-12 public charter schools serving 5,700 students across 15 schools in Central Brooklyn and offering a new model for public education. Our mission is to lead our students on a great intellectual journey, providing them with an exceptional education and placing them firmly on the path to success in college and beyond.
We guide our students to think critically and independently and to enjoy education as an end in itself. We teach a rich and rigorous liberal arts curriculum that nurtures students' natural curiosity about the world. We foster a positive, non-punitive school culture where students feel connected, empowered, and safe to take academic risks. Even our school buildings are designed to reflect our high aspirations for teaching and learning and the notable accomplishments that occur within our walls.
To create this kind of vibrant learning community, we invest heavily in our faculty by providing ongoing professional training and support, and encourage our educators to collaborate closely and push each other to achieve great outcomes.

Visit our page to learn more about the Ascend approach.


The student services coordinator is responsible for and takes ownership of all aspects of special education. Additionally, the student services coordinator will:
•Coordinate staff professional development in the areas of special education, 504s, tiered system of support, ENL and other related services
•Support the SETSS teachers, ENL teachers, Integrated Co-teachers, and other instructional staff
•Implementing IEPs and managing the provision of direct services by related service providers approved by the New York City Department of Education
•Prepare student individualized education plans in consultation with staff and families to ensure success for all scholars
•Create, implement, and review 504 plans in consultation with staff and families to ensure success for all scholars
•Serving as the school's primary contact with the Department of Education's Office of Special Education, and directly manage the relationship, ensuring school compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and maintaining accurate and up-to-date records and other documentation
•Designing differentiated instruction, including small group instruction, and administering rigorous, standards-based assessments to serve students needing special services
•Ensuring that all teachers know of, understand, and implement all classroom accommodations and modifications required by IEPs and 504 plans
•Working with the school's certified special education professionals and counselors to share best practices across schools in the Ascend network and resolve any school-based crises expeditiously
•Ensuring that all staff members implement, and monitor at risk tiered support through weekly data-driven meetings and planning sessions with the support of the school-based teams, including coordinating professional development of special education
•Manage the provision of direct services by related service providers approved by the New York City Department of Education
•Utilize formal and informal assessment data to drive instruction and ensure student mastery of standards
•Create and maintain strong relationships with students and families
•Partner with the assistant principal and students services team to ensure that all students, including those with exceptionalities, have the access and support needed to achieve
•Plan, execute, and monitor grade level RTB Tier 1 and Tier 2 meetings and processes, including progress monitoring and individual student plan implementation
•Actively participate in grade-level meetings, student support team meetings, RTI/RTB meetings, collaborative planning, and professional development, including an annual summer institute
•Take on additional responsibilities that drive the achievement of targeted academic and cultural results
Staff and reporting relationships
The student services coordinator reports directly to the principal. Additional collaboration occurs with other members of the leadership team and the Ascend network.

•A master's degree and special education certification is required
•Full-time classroom experience and a demonstrated track record of propelling students' academic growth and mastery
•At least two years of teaching as special education teacher with a proven track record of elevating student achievement, preferably in urban schools
•Demonstrate an unwavering belief that all students can achieve at high levels and that scholars with disabilities are as capable of greatness as general education scholars
•Manifest a total commitment to do whatever it takes to prepare all of the school's students for college
•Demonstrate a record of producing dramatic student achievement gains as a teacher
•Have exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
•Be committed to education standards, statewide testing, and accountability
•Be prepared to invest in building relationships with students
•Have a "can do" attitude and be a team player, relentless in the pursuit of the school's academic objectives; hard-working and willing to take feedback and engage in a process of self-improvement
Diversity at Ascend

Ascend is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community, both through our hiring practices and our focus on creating a culture and environment where diverse perspectives, ideas, and identities are valued and integrated into our way of working and educating students. Ascend staff represent a wide diversity of racial, socio-economic, gender, religious, and national identities-opening a window to the entire Ascend community on the richness of humanity. We welcome all applicants who share our mission and vision to join us in our deeply consequential work.


Ascend offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. Please visit to learn more about the benefits of working at Ascend.

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  • Position Type:Full-time
  • Positions Available:1
Job Category :Administrator > Special Education Director
Employer Description

Founded in 2008, Ascend today comprises seven schools - growing to nine in September 2015 - in the central Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brownsville, Bushwick, Canarsie, and East Flatbush. Next year, our schools will serve over 3,300 students in kindergarten through ninth grade, from these and surrounding Brooklyn communities.
Ascend schools offer a rich, varied, rigorous Common Core-aligned curriculum, in a warm, supportive, and joyful culture. All Ascend schools occupy inspiring, light-filled, privately-leased facilities.
Ascend schools are open to all students by lottery, with no admission criteria other than New York City residence, and at no cost to families. Ascend schools serve all students and actively seek to fill every available seat.
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Equal Opportunity Employer

Ascend Public Charter Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

Job Requirements

  • At least 3 yearsof relevant experience preferred
  • Master degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

Contact Information

  • Kelly Baick , Talent outreach manager
  • 205 Rockaway Pkwy
  • Brooklyn,New York 11212-3444
  • Phone: 3476335425
  • Email: click here

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