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Special Education Teacher

Location: San Francisco, CA

Department: Education / Classroom

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

                                                           Special Education Head Teacher

Oakes Children's Center’s Counseling Enriched Education Program, or CEEP, is a school-based mental health program for children in grades K – 8, who present with significant emotional and academic needs. Most students are referred to Oakes’ CEEP because they have been unsuccessful in small classrooms within their district and need a school with on-site mental health providers. The CEEP at Oakes offers small class sizes, a high staff-to-student ratio, a structured behavior management system, individual and group therapy, and parent support. Students are typically at Oakes for two to three years before transitioning back to less-structured classrooms in their home district.

The CEEP at Oakes is certified by the California Department of Education as a non-public school (NPS) and as such, must meet annual requirements for certification.

In order to be considered for a Head Teacher position at Oakes, candidates must possess an Education Specialist Credential (Mild/Moderate or Moderate/Severe) or be enrolled in a special education credential program, thus eligible for an Intern Credential. In limited cases, candidates who have passed all sections of the CBEST may be considered for one-year employment on a Short Term Permit.

Oakes is currently seeking Head Teachers for the 2018/19 School Year.


  • Awareness of and sensitivity to clients and families who have experienced trauma
  • Demonstrated leadership ability – ability to manage a team of Classroom Counselors
  • Collaborative approach – eagerness to work side-by-side with CEEP Clinicians and students’ Therapists
  • Planning and organizational skills – Ability to maintain weekly lesson plans and to monitor student progress using formal and informal assessment
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Willingness to be trained and certified in ProACT, a system of crisis management that emphasizes crisis communication but that also includes the use of physical intervention as a course of last resort.
  • Dedication to self-care and the awareness that this work often leads to vicarious trauma or compassion fatigue – the commitment to prevention of burnout through weekly clinical supervision.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to fifty pounds, walk up stairs, run, and move about with ease.

                                                            General Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement a therapeutic-educational plan for each child, utilizing IEP goals (academic, behavioral, and mental health), CA State Content Standards, District requirements, and CDE regulations. This includes lesson planning in the following areas: Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Art, PE, and Health.
  • Supervise students through implementation of Oakes’ Positive Behavior Intervention System, individual Behavior Plans, IEP goals, etc.
  • Plan and structure the day, including transition times
  • Establish and maintain a relationship with parents which supports the children in achieving their goals.
  • Prepare reports including beginning and end of year assessments, parent-staff goals, Treatment Review reports, report cards for SFUSD, and quarterly IEP goal updates 
  • Participate in all staff development activities provided by Oakes
  • Participate with team members in individual and/or group conferences at Oakes with parents.
  • Manage classroom budget
  • Participate in parent programs as applicable for parents of your group (Parent Pot Luck, school assemblies, etc.).
  • Collaborate daily with team members to ensure full exchange of information regarding each child's progress and needs. 
  • Prepare, with other team members, a summary of each child's progress for inclusion in medical charts and education records at the time of termination or at end of the year. 

Classrooms in Oakes’ CEEP are usually mixed-grade groups with students who demonstrate a wide range of academic functioning. As such, Head Teachers must develop daily lesson plans that are differentiated and multi-sensory. Candidates who have previous experience with Project Based Learning or other hands-on, experiential learning are highly desirable.

The program at Oakes includes Extended School Year – an additional 24 days of school, where the days are shortened and the curriculum includes activities led by all school staff. Examples include Gardening, Cooking, Comic Book Club, Science Club, etc…

Applicants are encouraged to find out more about Oakes’ CEEP and other programs by visiting the website at www.oakeschildrenscenter.org.

Oakes Children's Center offers competitive salaries, full benefits, and generous budgets for classroom supplies, field trips, and behavior rewards. We strive to be supportive of our employees' professional growth and personal needs. As a culturally-responsive agency, we highly value diversity and seek employees who embrace the diversity of all kinds.


Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to the fact or perception of their race, creed, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, domestic partner status, marital status, disability, weight, or height.



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