Curriculum Director – ELA/SS (Grades 6-12)

New York, NY

We’re hiring a Curriculum Director in English Language Arts (ELA) / Social Studies (SS) for Grades 6-12 for our special education school. The Cooke School and Institute is a private, not-for-profit, educational organization for students with disabilities based in Manhattan, NY.

Job Title: Curriculum Director, ELA/SS 6-12

Supervisor: Division Heads

Regular Daily Schedule: 8:00 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Calendar to Follow: 10 months (+ 10 days in summer)

Status: Exempt


  • Master’s Degree in Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction, or Related Field
  • 7 years (minimum) teaching experience
  • 3 years (minimum) supervisory experience
  • Experience developing curriculum units across multiple grade levels
  • Experience differentiating curriculum for a wide range of learners

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Curriculum Director is responsible for providing the meaningful and effective educational program for all students enrolled in the Cooke Schools within the designated curriculum area. The goal of the Director is to support, develop, and coordinate the English Language Arts and Social Studies curriculum in grades 6-12.

  • Supervise, evaluate, and support all teachers and assistant teachers in ELA/SS Departments
  • Coordinate and develop curriculum, maintenance of instructional lessons, and implementation of program initiatives as related to the area of English Language Arts and Social Studies
  • Articulate and align goals related to 6-12 instructional practices, in collaboration with school administration
  • Collaborate and participate in all school leadership team meetings for the purpose of representing the ELA/SS department needs and program
  • Supervise the administration and analysis of assessment tools (e.g., Fountas and Pinnell, STAR Reading)
  • Facilitate meetings, professional development workshops, trainings, etc. for the purpose of enhancing and supporting effective planning, instruction, and assessment
  • Research related topics and current practices for the purposes of conveying information and providing program recommendations to School Leadership Teams and Head of Schools
  • Participate in the process to recruit, screen, interview, and recommend new staff members to the academic departments
  • Represent the school in educational projects and initiatives at the local, regional, national, and international levels
  • Other duties as assigned by Cooke administration

Physical Requirements

To maintain the physical capacity required to navigate the school environment and to ensure the safety of the students; the ability to…

  • walk, run, sit, and stand
  • move rapidly forward, backward, and laterally
  • bend and stoop
  • push, pull, and lift

Professional Development

All Cooke staff are responsible for developing a professional growth plan with their supervisor. Staff training is an integral part of the Cooke school and as such is a requirement of the job. All staff must at a minimum: attend all scheduled Staff Development activities throughout the year and participate in staff orientation scheduled for the last week in August.

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