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University Community School Exceptional Child Director/Teacher

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Job Title:

University Community School Exceptional Child Director/Teacher

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University Community School Exceptional Child Director/Teacher

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Full Time

Anticipated Recruitment Range. Salary offered may be outside of this range as impacted by budget, UNC salary administration, and/or candidate qualifications.:

$62,688 - $84,515

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Non-Faculty Instructional & Research

Organizational Unit Overview:

The East Carolina University Community School involves cross campus collaboration to provide the students a spectrum of support and services to comprehensively address their academic, social-emotional, physical, and family/community needs. The school will include one class per grade level for kindergarten through 5th grade. The community school involves an integrated partnership with Pitt County Schools and will be housed within a local elementary school.

Job Duties :

As an educator within the East Carolina University School, the EC Coordinator/special education teacher will collaborate to cultivate a culture of innovation that supports effective academic and behavior interventions and practices to promote academic and personal success for all students, including those with disabilities, in the school. In particular, this includes providing or coordinating the provision of 1) special education and related services as identified on eligible students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and/or 504 Plans, 2) allowable accommodations and/or assistive technology throughout instruction and assessment, and 3) work collaboratively with others to facilitate and implement innovative instruction to achieve the mission of the school.

In addition, the special educator will be responsible for 1) collaborating in providing positive behavior and supports to all students, 2) assisting with the collecting and analyzing student data used in progress monitoring, and 3) collaborating in the IEP process. As the Exceptional Children’s Services Coordinator, the educator has knowledge of the policies and procedures regarding students with disabilities and will 1) prepare documents for inclusion in Exceptional Children reports and plans developed by the ECU Community School Principal, 2) coordinate contract services with other agencies, including Pitt County Schools, and 3) actively participate in the school’s student support team meetings, special education referral, and annual special education meetings. The EC Coordinator/special educator will also work collaboratively with the ECU Community School Principal, university faculty/staff and others to facilitate and implement innovative instruction to achieve the mission of the school. and support the successful social-emotional, physical, and academic development of the students within the community school. Responsibilities include:
1. Leadership
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will demonstrate leadership to motivate effective learning practices and to strive for superior student performance so as to provide the best possible learning opportunities for academic, behavioral, and social-emotional growth by students with disabilities.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will facilitate the broad goals of the school and plan accordingly and collaboratively with other teachers, the ECU Community School Principal, the University School liaison and ECU faculty members to ensure that procedures and schedules are implemented to carry out the total school program.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will cultivate self-determination leading to leadership in students and families.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will actively participate in professional development offered within the Community School and beyond to demonstrate a willingness to grow as a professional educator.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will serve as an advocate for her/his students through implementation of innovative strategies and integration of a variety of support services such that each student’s social, emotional, physical and academic potential can be maximized.

2. Positive School Culture
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will foster and engage in collaboration within the school and the broader community.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will participate within a “professional community” of educators who guide one another in improving instruction; such as developing and aligning curriculum, instructional practices, and assessments; problem solving; and participating in peer observations.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will create/foster an atmosphere that inspires innovation in the learning process such that the needs of diverse students are met.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will create/foster a culture that includes students and families such that they are involved and invested in the vision for the school and believe that their input is valued.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will build the capacity of students to develop a mindset of inquiry and exploration.

3. Content Knowledge
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will demonstrate a strong grasp of elementary content (and strategies for expanding student access) through implementation of the ECU Community School curriculum.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will seek to maximize the interconnectedness of curricular areas within her/his classroom to meet the needs of diverse learners.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will make instruction relevant to her/his students to build upon their cultural and life experiences.

4. Facilitation of Learning
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will effectively assess students through a variety of methods to determine appropriate instructional strategies, assistive technology, instructional and assessment accommodations, and learning environments.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will collaborate with others within the ECU Lab School to implement the Community School curriculum and achieve the mission of the school.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will facilitate innovative learning based on the needs of students through engaging in a variety of methods, strategies, learning environments, and student groupings.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will be mindful of the non-academic issues that impact student learning and seek to connect students and their families with appropriate services embedded within the school’s integrated network of partners who will provide service and support.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will be receptive to hosting a variety of ECU faculty and students to assist with instruction.

5. Reflection on Practice
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will analyze student learning collaboratively with other teachers, the Principal of the ECU Community School, as well as ECU faculty.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will effectively adjust instruction based on analysis of student data such that the individual learning needs of students may be accommodated and met.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will successfully function within a unique school setting that will include the implementation of innovative and non-traditional learning/methods.

6. Cultural Competence
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will acknowledge the importance of community to improve learning and achievement of all students by collaborating with colleagues, families and other community members.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will address the diverse interests and needs of students and their families, and utilize community resources to demonstrate and promote ethical standards of democracy, equity, diversity, and excellence.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will advocate for students and families to ensure equity and equitable access to opportunities to learn

7. Community Relations
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will engage in and enhance meaningful collaboration and relationships amongst school and community stakeholders.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will facilitate developing a strong school community to foster increased student academic success.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will actively engage in ongoing communication with parents to ensure they are informed about their child’s progress within the school and to ensure families are aware of school resources available for their child and their family.

8. Research
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will work collaboratively with university staff to ensure accessibility to students needed to conduct research.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will be receptive to visitors within her/his classroom for the purpose of instruction, assistance, research, and observation.
—The Teacher is comfortable with being observed, video-taped, and interviewed.

9. Administration
—EC Coordinator/Teacher has knowledge of the policies and procedures regarding students with disabilities.
—EC Coordinator/Teacher will coordinate with Pitt County Schools and other service agencies to meet all required services on students’ IE and 504 Plans.
—EC Coordinator/Teacher will serve on the student support team and collaborate with the Integrated Health Collaborative (IHC).
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will supervise and support the part time special education teacher and EC teacher assistant.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will collect data, document, write, and collaborate with the ECU Community School Principal to submit all necessary state and federal compliance activities.
—The EC Coordinator/Teacher will assist with the authoring of federal grants related to exceptional children to include generation of any required needs assessment, enrollment counts, and other required grant components.

This position is contingent upon available funding.

Minimum Education/Experience :

Bachelor’s degree and an initial special education – general curriculum teaching license; excellent oral and written communication skills; and evidence of skill in working with at risk student populations. Qualifying degrees must be conferred and received from appropriately accredited institutions.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation :

Current North Carolina license is required.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education :

Preference will be given to candidates with a minimum of 3 years teaching experience and a Master’s degree.

Preference will be given to candidates with 1) teaching experience with diverse student groups, in particular, students with disabilities receiving instruction in the general education curriculum, 2) knowledge and skills in assistive technology, Universal Design for Learning, and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, and 3) documented experience collaborating with general educators to support learners with disabilities. Additional requirements would include the following: knowledge of public school and university partnerships; experience as a school-level mentor or clinical teacher.

Special Instructions to Applicant :

Candidates must submit a: (1) cv/resume, (2) letter of application describing academic background, specific skills and experiences relevant to the position, (3) list of three references, including contact information online at, (4) a copy of North Carolina educator’s license. Finally, copies of transcripts and three current letters of reference should be sent to Dr. Tracy Cole, Search Chair, ECU Community School, College of Education Mailstop:167, 811 Howell Street, Greenville, NC 27858. Official transcripts required prior to written contract offer.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Additional Instructions to Applicant:

In order to be considered for this position, applicants must complete a candidate profile online via the PeopleAdmin system and submit any requested documents. Additionally, applicants that possess the preferred education and experience must also possess the minimum education/experience, if applicable.

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East Carolina University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and seeks to create an environment that fosters the recruitment and retention of a more diverse student body, faculty, staff and administration. We encourage qualified applicants from women, minorities, veterans, individuals with a disability, and historically underrepresented groups. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race/ethnicity, color, genetic information, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, political affiliation, or veteran status.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) should contact the Department of Human Resources at (252) 737-1018 (Voice/TTY) or

Eligibility for Employment :

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. ECU participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Office of Human Resources Contact Information :

If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (252) 328-9847 or toll free at 1-866-489-1740 or send an email to Our office is available to provide assistance Monday-Friday from 8:00-5:00 EST.


ECU offers a challenging academic environment and an energetic campus life. We are committed to excellence through a talented and diverse faculty and staff. One of the perks of working at ECU is that you can take up to 9 credit hours of classes per year at no cost to you. There is also a textbook loan program in place available to permanent ECU staff and faculty, or their eligible dependent children or spouse. ECU also offers excellent benefits, including health care and retirement plans, and generous leave time.

Scholarship. Discovery. Service. Leadership.

Here, those values are more than just buzzwords. They indicate the wealth of opportunity that ECU students experience while engaging in the rigorous pursuit of knowledge. They define the many ways in which students innovate and forge new paths. They encompass the life lessons our students learn while serving others and improving communities. They emphasize the encouragement our students receive to stand up and lead the way into a brighter tomorrow.

To be a national model for student success, public service and regional transformation, East Carolina University:

  • Uses innovative learning strategies and delivery methods to maximize access;
  • Prepares students with the knowledge, skills and values to succeed in a global, multicultural society;
  • Develops tomorrow's leaders to serve and inspire positive change;
  • Discovers new knowledge and innovations to support a thriving future for eastern North Carolina and beyond;
  • Transforms health care, promotes wellness, and reduces health disparities; and
  • Improves quality of life through cultural enrichment, academics, the arts, and athletics.

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