Special Education Specialist, Achievement Schools

About the Achievement Schools:

Our goal is ambitious: move the bottom 5% of Tennessee's Schools into the top 25%. We cannot do this without outstanding people leading our classrooms and schools.

The ASD is a people powered, student driven organization. We need people who are not only excited about the mission to transform the bottom 5% of schools, but who are also committed to it. The work is exciting, the work is challenging, and it may be for you.


Achievement Schools in Memphis, Tennessee:

  • Corning Achievement Elementary
  • Frayser Achievement Elementary
  • Georgian Hills Achievement Elementary
  • Whitney Achievement Elementary
  • Westside Achievement Middle

Position Description:    

The Achievement School District’s Director of Special Education is responsible for managing and supporting the implementation of a high-quality Special Education program for children in grades PK3-8th Grade in the direct run schools and providing guidance through PK3-12th grade for the schools across the ASD portfolio. The Director of Special Education provides direct oversight for the management of the Functional Skills program within the schools directly managed by the Achievement Schools District.

  • The Director of Special Education will spend 85% of their time ensuring that there are high-quality instructional services being delivered to the scholars with disabilities attending the schools directly managed by the Achievement Schools District.
  • The Director of Special Education will spend 15% of their time creating the space for the observation and sharing of key-lever practices across the portfolio of schools in the ASD.
  • Ensures the schools directly managed by the Achievement Schools District consistently meet state and federal compliance guidelines.
  • Ensures that the schools directly managed by the Achievement Schools District meet 100% of requirements delineated in awarded grants.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

ASD Portfolio Support

  • Consistently create and implement high-quality professional development to Special Educators across the ASD portfolio
  • Identify promising practices and classrooms of excellence across the ASD portfolio
  • Create opportunities to highlight and share practices and classrooms of excellence across the ASD portfolio
  • Establish multiple pathways for sharing best practices across the ASD portfolio
  • Create and share resources across the portfolio targeting support for scholars with high needs

Special Education Management, Collaboration, and Communication in Direct-run Schools

  • Collaborate with principals of schools directly managed by the Achievement Schools District to ensure Special Education schedules meet student needs, Inclusion teachers provide effective instruction, and students are meeting or exceeding growth targets
  • Participate in ASD Academic Team meetings in order to communicate Special Education team needs, advocate for the needs of Special Education students, and coordinate Special Education efforts with other team efforts
  • Lead network professional development for all educators focused on best practices for differentiation, co-teaching, and meeting the needs of all learners
  • Develop and revise a plan for providing a continuum of services, including pre-K students
  • Provide required special education services to Pre-K students
  • Calculate student hours of contracted services (ex. OT, PT, Speech) and collaborate with Chief Strategy and Operations Officer to ensure services are secured, managed, and funded
  • Manage EasyIEP student information database for Achievement Schools

Functional Skills Program

  • Manage the team members of the five Functional Skills classrooms operating in the schools directly managed by the Achievement Schools District including providing evaluations according to the GRIT evaluation schedule and coach individual teachers
  • Manage the Functional Skills BCBA to ensure student needs are met and teachers effectively support student behaviors
  • Develop and facilitate content-specific PD for Functional Skills teachers
  • Coordinate work with the ASD to expand opportunities for Functional Skills students in other ASD schools
  • Monitor student growth data to ensure all students meet end of year Brigance data goals

Compliance and Grant Management

  • Oversee IEP compliance in all schools and settings
  • Oversee 504 compliance in all schools and settings
  • Conduct regular walkthroughs of Special Education classrooms to ensure expectations are met
  • Oversee all aspects of district, state and federal compliance for Special Education
  • Manage the grant process for any grants related to Special Education
  • Ensure accurate student records and counts



  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited university and six years' work experience. Master's degree from accredited university highly preferred.
  • Preferably 4 or more years of teaching experience in the Special Education setting
  • Preferably 2 or more years of leadership experience in the Special Education setting
  • Preferably experience with management of state compliance systems

Successful candidate will exhibit the following

  • Excellence
  • Optimism
  • Sound Judgment
  • Courage
  • Teamwork

Salary and Benefits:

Salary range is $51,540 - $59,271. Pay will be commensurate with qualifications. The benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, life, disability, flexible spending accounts, and a retirement/pension plan through the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS).

To Apply:

Please e-mail your resume, copy of teacher license (if licensed), and contact information for three professional references to Andrea.D.Wilkerson@tn.gov.

Pursuant to the State of Tennessee's policy of non-discrimination, the Tennessee Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or military services in its policies, or in the admission of, access to, treatment, or employment in its programs, services, or activities.