Special Education Teacher, 2018-19

River Grove: A Marine Area Community School

River Grove: A Marine Area Community School, a charter school in northern Washington County, opened in the 2017-18 school year. The school’s mission is to utilize the natural resources, history, arts, and civic stewardship of the community to create and sustain a student-centered, teacher-designed, and community-supported learning environment.

At River Grove, our community is our curriculum. The school is nestled in natural amenities and part of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, supported by a civically engaged, multi-generational community and inspired by local artists, craftsmen and community members, the School provides  its students with a strong foundation for civic engagement, responsible leadership and lifelong learning. River Grove is where academics lead to grounded, resilient children and a stronger, healthier community.


Title: Special Education Teacher

General Summary

As a place-based learning environment and one purposefully centered on being teacher-powered, the School will create new professional opportunities for teachers, where teachers are responsible for the learning program and have the collective autonomy to make decisions influencing school success. The School will strive to ensure a unique and magnetic culture that empowers educators and celebrates the distinct attributes of all students and the learning environment.

Minimum Qualifications:

A valid special education teaching license issued by the Minnesota Department of Education.

Preferred Qualifications:

ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and/or EBD (emotional behavioral disorder) licensure.

Teacher Positions Available:
  • We are seeking applicants for potential openings for a Special Education Teacher  1.0 FTE. Part time also considered.

Primary Responsibilities, Knowledge and Skills Required:

Under the guidance of Special Education Director, the Special Education Teacher is responsible for assisting the school in assessing and identifying students with special education needs. The job of Special Education Teacher was established for the purpose/s of providing instructional programming within the assigned caseload with specific responsibility for assisting in the supervision, care and instruction of special needs students in the regular classroom and/or in a self-contained classroom; implementing plans for instruction and behavior; monitoring student progress and teaming with regular education teachers.

Salary and Contract

The Special Education position is offered as a full-time position during the school year. A competitive compensation and benefits package will be negotiated commensurate with experience and qualifications. Applicants are asked to describe their salary expectations in submitted materials.

To Apply for this Opportunity

  • Complete the on-line application.
    • Upload a .pdf or .jpg of your license, if possible.
    • Submit a resume in Microsoft Word or .pdf format.
    • Submit a response to the Primary Responsibilities, Knowledge, and Skills Required in Microsoft Word or .pdf format.
      • Include your salary and contract expectations
      • Include your teaching philosophy in 300 or fewer words
  • References will be requested after the initial interview.

Please submit any questions regarding this position description or the Marine Area Community School to dgoodson@marineareaschool.org

Thank you for your interest in this unique and inspirational leadership opportunity!

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A Note about River Grove’s Governance Structure and Teacher-Powered Philosophy

River Grove is teacher-powered! To learn more about what makes a teacher-powered school unique, please visit www.teacherpowered.org. At a teacher-powered school, teachers have the collective autonomy to make decisions influencing the school. You can learn more about these areas of autonomy here.

The school administrator reports directly to the board and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the School. The responsibilities of this position include management of the Federal Charter School Program (CSP) Grant, work with the financial services consultant, compliance and reporting, facility management, technology, transportation, marketing/outreach, parent volunteer management, and support teaching team members, including but not limited to organizing and facilitating professional development. (See full position description.)

The teaching team reports directly to the board and will have the responsibility to develop, implement, and evaluate the learning program, identify needed professional development, set the school schedule and teacher hours, evaluate colleagues, determine and broaden assessments, and promote positive discipline.

The teaching team and school administrator will share the responsibility to hire according to set staff pattern, nurture and capitalize on leadership and strengths of every member of the school community, and continue to employ colleagues based on their willingness and ability to participate positively in the classroom and the school community. Together they will define performance standards (and a basis for termination of staff, with the exception of the school administrator) based on levels of performance in these areas: planning and preparation, classroom environment, instruction, professional responsibilities. They will determine school-level policy, set the budget, determine compensation, and address issues in direct and respectful ways.

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