Affective Needs Center Director

Location: Denver, CO
Date Posted: 08-08-2017

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Affective Needs Center Director- Excel Campus
About STRIVE Preparatory Schools:
Founded in 2006, STRIVE Preparatory Schools (STRIVE Prep) is a Denver-based community of free, open enrollment, public charter schools committed to providing every student with an excellent, college-preparatory education. We believe that students from all backgrounds deserve a college preparatory education regardless of race, economic circumstance or previous academic achievement. We are committed to preparing all students for educational success from kindergarten through college and career by challenging them to realize their full potential through high expectations in a safe, rigorous, and compassionate learning environment with shared accountability among students, families and staff.
Our teachers, leaders, faculty and staff clear a path for all families to have access to a high-quality school that’s just down the street, not across town.  By building great schools in Far Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Denver, we will create depth of impact and long-lasting community change.
At STRIVE Prep, transformation is a choice that has led to:
  • The opening of 11 free, public charter schools within Denver Public Schools (DPS) throughout Far Northeast, Northwest and Southwest Denver. 
  • A shared vision of making a college prep education for all students in our community the norm, rather than the exception, by growing from 11 schools serving 3,500 students to 17 schools serving 7,500 students by the year 2022.
  • A commitment to serve all students from the neighborhoods in which we operate, whereby approximately 97% of STRIVE Prep students identify as students of color, 87% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, 49% are English Language Learners and 13% receive Special Education services.
  • 92% of seniors from the network’s first graduating class in 2016 were accepted to a 4-year college or university. 
  • The welcoming of any scholar from kindergarten through twelfth grade who desires to STRIVE for college. Because STRIVE Prep participates in the DPS SchoolChoice process, enrollment is open to any student in the communities we serve regardless of race, economic circumstance or previous academic achievement.

About STRIVE Prep - Excel:
  • STRIVE Prep-Excel opened its doors in 2013 as the second high school in the STRIVE Prep network, and grew to a fully built-out high school, serving grades 9-12 during the 2017-18 school year.
  • STRIVE Prep-Excel is highly committed to students with special needs, and in 2014 opened an Affective Needs center-based program which will serve all students (grades 9-12) during the 2017-18 school year.   
  • All teachers at STRIVE Prep-Excel benefit from bi-weekly observations and instructional coaching in order to ensure students receive the highest quality instruction.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Serve as the Director of our Affective Needs (AN) center, managing and leading a team of teachers and paraprofessionals in providing one-on-one instructional and behavioral support to center students, including teaching social skills, providing small group or one-on-one academic instruction, and pushing-in and supporting students in a general education setting, as needed. 
  • ​Refine programming to ensure delivery of rigorous and specialized instruction in all core content areas.
  • Collaborate with school leadership, teachers, paraprofessionals, and the special education team to ensure that instruction is always meeting the needs of all learners, including supporting student inclusion in general education classrooms and supporting the team in tracking students on their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals on a daily basis.
  • Collect and use data to track student growth, and create or modify student IEPs and behavior plans. 
  • Provide fair, accurate, and constructive feedback to students on their progress. 
  • Work with the AN Center team to de-escalate students as needed, providing positive emotional support to students during times of stress and extreme reactions. 
  • Build relationships with students and families through consistent partnership and communication. 
  • Participate in professional development throughout the school year.
Our Aspiring Center Directors:
  • Are passionate about teaching at the middle school level and working with kids who have serious emotional disabilities. 
  • Hold at least a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree (required). ​
  • Are licensed and certified in special education (required), and highly qualified in middle school math and/or English language arts (highly preferred). 
  • Have at least two years of teaching experience (required), preferably in an urban setting. 
  • Speak Spanish or have experience working with bilingual students (preferred). 
  • Are committed to constant growth and reflection through regular coaching and professional development. 
  • Are dedicated to educational success for first generation college-bound urban students of color. 
  • Are fired up about social justice, eager to empower our scholars, and committed to being change-makers. 
  • Bring enthusiasm, professionalism, and positivity to their classrooms and our adult community.
  • Assume the best in others and are willing to have courageous conversations to support student needs. ​
  • Are hard-working and view challenges as opportunities for improvement. 
  • Have high expectations of themselves and others, and a willingness to hold themselves and others to those expectations. 
  • Are effective at building relationships with students and families through consistent partnership and communication.
What We Offer our Center Directors:
  • Competitive compensation package and annual cost of living and performance-based raises. 
  • Structured planning time built into the school day to plan the highest quality lessons. 
  • A laptop and access to classrooms equipped with Smartboards and document cameras. 
  • Participation in the Colorado PERA retirement program, including a PERA 401k contribution option. 
  • Funding of 100% of individual medical benefits and a wide range of insurance plans.

This position begins September 2017.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.  STRIVE Prep is an equal opportunity employer.  Visit our Careers Page at to learn more about who we are looking for and the hiring process.   Questions? Contact Burgess LePage at
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