Program Specialist – Instruction

The National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools (NCSECS) is a young national nonprofit organization committed to ensuring that students with disabilities have equal access to exemplary special education and related services in public charter schools. NCSECS provides policy analysis, coalition building, research and technical assistance to a variety of stakeholders. NCSECS is currently looking for the right candidate to fill the Program Specialist - Instruction role in its New York City office. This position will include frequent travel between NYC and New Jersey. 

 Job Summary

The NCSECS Program Specialist – Instruction will be a dynamic leader and self-starter in the special education community with hands-on experience working in schools and coordinating special education programs across multiple schools. This position will focus on building a special education network designed to assist schools with accessing and creating relevant resources, evaluating staffing structures, surfacing and sharing best practices, and working collaboratively to improve special education programs in charter schools. This position will be based out of the NYC office with significant travel required between New York City and New Jersey.

 Specific Responsibilities

  • Work closely and collaboratively with the Executive Director and other staff members
  • Design and create a special education network to support a cohort of geographically proximate charter schools
  • Make connections and generate interest among school leaders for the network
  • Work collaboratively with schools to implement, improve, and monitor special education programs, including development and implementation of short and long-range plans for achieving special education goals and objectives
  • Conduct 1:1 meetings with school personnel related to developing and providing quality special education programs and related services.
  • Facilitate technical trainings, organizing and managing consultants where appropriate
  • Plan and organize monthly network meetings and other events
  • Develop tools and resources to support parents of students with disabilities
  • Develop business plan and budget for a start-up school support organization
  • Manage contracts associated with the network
  • Support creation of staffing structures, job descriptions, and hiring plans for special education staff in charter schools
  • Work with schools to optimize special education funding
  • Remain current on federal, state, and local laws and regulations affecting special education, identifying and sharing the impact of changes with the schools
  • Explore and cultivate partnerships with national, regional, and local organizations
  • Complete additional duties as may be required to accomplish the goals of the network


  • Masters Degree, CAS/EdS/EdD/PhD with focus on special education strongly preferred
  • This position requires expertise and experience in special education administration and instruction to include a minimum of 5 years direct development of IEPs and implementation through service delivery and 5 years administrative/supervisory experience involving exceptional learner processes and instructional programs.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (e.g., Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)

The ideal candidate will demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Problem-solving. Approaches challenges in creative ways and finds thoughtful solutions.
  • Organization. Keeps track of multiple initiatives and deadlines.
  • Attention to detail. Thinks critically about the details of a task at hand.
  • Flexibility. Ability to adjust expected tasks and schedule to the updated priorities.
  • Independence. Can work independently, be assertive, and make thoughtful decisions about projects.
  • Collaboration. Works with teammates and is responsive to feedback.
  • Dedication to mission. A genuine interest in advocating for students with disabilities, especially in the charter school sector.

 Hours:             Full-time                               Compensation: Competitive

Start date:  August 2015                                          

Application: To apply, please submit letter of interest and resume to Lindsay Coker,