The Music Teacher, a Special Education Head Teacher position, is a critical part of a child’s learning experience at Gillen Brewer. Providing opportunities for students to appreciate the art of music, the Music Teacher encourages students to develop their confidence and socialization skills by listening and participating in the music classroom. All applicants will be required to submit a resume, cover letter, and two reference letters. This position starts September 1, 2021.
Gillen Brewer offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience and a comprehensive professional development program.
The Music Teacher reports to the Program Director who reports to the Assistant Head of School. Gillen Brewer expects the Music Teacher to act in a professional manner with regard to attire, attitude, participation, communication, and interactions with staff, children, and parents. The Music Teacher is expected to understand the school’s policies, procedures, and guidelines as set in the staff handbook, located on the school’s shared Google Drive. As a part of the school community, the Music Teacher is encouraged to participate in school community events, join committees, and create a positive working environment for children, families, and colleagues. Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Duties and Responsibilities Instruction and Assessment
Follow and implement a curriculum based on the Common Core Learning Standards and New York State Core Curriculum and for New York State Prekindergarten Learning Standards
Individually address the students’ physical, emotional, sensory, academic, and language needs
Create, follow, and implement educational goals and track progress on an ongoing basis and when required
Prepare and lead music groups that are age-appropriate and highlight children’s strengths
Encourage turn-taking, socialization, and self-expressiveness during music and play experiences
Work closely with parents and teaching staff to aide in planning music activities according to a student's needs, capabilities, and interests
Create well-thought-out lesson plans using assigned curriculum and student goals
Use the Environmental Inventory to promote Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) practice
Collaborate with team members
Provide lesson plans to the Program Director on a daily basis
Implement programs and strategies recommended by therapists
Maintain parent communication
Actively seek to include parents in the classroom activities
Train and supervise volunteers and student teachers when needed
Manage purchasing and maintenance of required program resources and materials
Assist in other schoolwide initiatives such as bussing, arrival, dismissal and coverage
Planning and Recordkeeping
Take daily anecdotal notes in regard to each student’s progress and/or behavioral data as needed
Informal/Formal assessment of children: collect evidence of outcome-based curriculum assessment at least four times per year (October, January, June, and August) and keep in a systematic way
Write Mid-Year and End-of-Year Integrative Reports collaboratively with team and advise and edit when writing is done by an Associate Teacher
The school is a community of learners. In addition to staff development and training at Gillen Brewer, employees are encouraged to pursue educational goals through conferences and various workshops. Teachers are required to attend all staff development workshops as well as staff, team, and supervision meetings. Staff is also encouraged to attend all school functions listed on the school calendar.
Supervision & Support
The Program Director will oversee and analyze all aspects of the program through the use of observation cycles, in-office sessions, team meetings, conversations with support staff, lesson planning, curriculum development, student progress, and report writing. Staff development and support through modeling and coaching will be provided which will include in-house and outside professional opportunities. Frequency of observations and feedback sessions will be determined by the Program Director, Assistant Head of School, and Head of School. The Program Director will conduct two formal evaluations a year using this job description and the Teacher Evaluation checklist as a guide. Evidence of effectiveness will be collected through observations, discussions, and products.
All applicants will be required to submit a resume, cover letter, and two reference letters. Please submit materials directly via email to HR@gillenbrewer.com. Please indicate your name and the position of interest in the subject line of your email (i.e., Miriam Towle – Music Teacher).
No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Thorough understanding of classroom procedures and management
Ability to develop trusting and supportive relationships with students
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to collaborate with the Associate Teachers
Team-oriented approach with a positive work attitude
Proficient with Google Drive and SMART Board technology
Bachelor’s degree in Music (required); Master’s degree in Music (preferred)
Experience teaching Students with Disabilities (required)
New York State Teaching Certification
Employees must have the physical capacity to navigate the classroom and school environments in order to effectively meet the needs of our students. Such physical requirements include but are not limited to: walking, standing, sitting, climbing up and down stairs, kneeling, stooping, crawling, bending, pushing, pulling, and lifting. Employees must be able to sit at a desk and work on a computer for long periods of time to complete necessary paperwork. Vision, with or without lenses, must be sufficient to read in both paper and digital formats. Employees must have the ability to hear, read, write, and speak in English.
You must be authorized to work in the United States and be willing to undergo a number of clearances including NYC DOE fingerprinting, a medical health form, negative PCR Test result, and other background checks.
The Gillen Brewer School is a reputable special needs school in the Upper East Side of Manhattan dedicated to transforming the lives of young children with a wide variety of language, emotional, developmental and learning disabilities. The school specializes in educating children with challenging, and often multiple disabilities including language-based and non-verbal learning disabilities.