Special Education Teacher

RCG Talent Solutions - South San Francisco, California - Full time

Special Education Teacher Job Description

South San Francisco Unified School District

Position: 2024-2025 EC-12th Grade Special Education Teacher

Reports to: Principal

Position Type: Full-time, working 186 days per year

Compensation: $65,890-$106,682 based on experience plus benefits; additional stipend of $2,000

South San Francisco Unified School District

The South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) community includes 15 schools supporting 8,000 students in Daly City, San Bruno, and South San Francisco.

Our mission is that in partnership with our community, SSFUSD will provide exceptional instruction, engaging experiences, and equitable and accessible opportunities and resources to further support our diverse student body so that students are equipped to learn, thrive, navigate their future with purpose, and impact their community.

In February 2024, the School Board for SSFUSD adopted our new Vision and Five-Year Strategic Plan. Teachers are at the heart of our priorities - exceptional instruction, engaged students, purposeful partnerships, empowered educators, and equity-centered systems.

The Role

SSFUSD is seeking a dynamic, equity-focused, and inclusive special education teacher to join our school community. SSFUSD refuses to accept that the educational outcomes of students in our district are overwhelmingly predictable based on students’ race, socioeconomics, ethnicity or learning differences. We remain committed to working each day to examine systemic, institutional, and individual biases in order to dismantle systems of inequities that will enable all students to thrive.

Special education teachers in SSFUSD provide resource support services to students with special needs in the general education setting, assist general education teachers in modifying and differentiating instruction for students with special needs, and work collaboratively with general education teachers to provide exceptional instruction in the classroom. Special education teachers also assist para-educators in implementing instruction to students to meet goals and objectives related to students’ Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).

As a special education teacher in SSFUSD, responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Providing ongoing educational assessment and diagnosis of children for the purpose of identifying special learning problems and coordinating the development of individual instructional plans as appropriate for students identified with special needs.
  • Consulting with appropriate specialists regarding the support service to be rendered by such persons such as speech and language therapists, school psychologists, classroom teachers, school nurses, etc., in sharing the responsibilities for implementing the IEP.
  • Providing instruction as outlined in the IEP for identified individuals with exceptional needs. These will be students who are also, according to their IEP’s, assigned to the general education classroom for half or more of their school day.
  • Providing direct instructional services for approximately 80% of assigned student contact time.
  • Coordinating special education services with the regular school program for each individual with exceptional needs enrolled in the district and monitors the implementation of the IEP.
  • Providing consultation, resource information, and material regarding individuals with exceptional needs to regular staff members.
  • Consulting and maintaining a close working relationship with the school psychologist in recommending prescriptive teaching for IEP plans.
  • Assessing student progress on a regular basis, revising short-term instructional objectives as appropriate, and consulting with appropriate support specialists regarding pupils who do not demonstrate adequate progress.
  • In coordination with the school psychologist, maintaining a watch and consult list which includes, among others, the names of all students in the school previously served in special education.
  • Collaborating with other teachers and school leaders on daily lessons, school-wide programs, and individualized student plans
  • Meeting regular deadlines for daily lesson plans, submitting grades, and work samples
  • Working on a team of teachers and school leader to provide consistency, support, and accountability to all students
  • Engaging in professional development
  • Completing supervision duties on campus, such as morning duty, lunch duty, dismissal, and afterschool duty
  • Engagement with and participation in the greater school community through attending events and activities
  • Additional duties as assigned


  • Must haves:
    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
    • California teaching credential aligned to the position
    • Belief in and commitment to the mission and vision of SSFUSD
    • Ability to design and implement rich, engaging, and culturally relevant teaching units
    • Knowledge of California State Common Core Standards
    • Ability to differentiate lessons for learners with different assets
    • A dedication to learn, grow, and develop as a professional
  • Requirements for the application:
    • Updated resume
    • Cover letter outlining desire to work at SSFUSD as well as responses to at least two of the following questions:
      • How do you accommodate different learning styles in your classroom?
      • How do you build a classroom culture in which all students feel a sense of belonging?
  • Transcripts of your undergraduate degree, and graduate degrees if applicable. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for application purposes only.
  • Test results: Please attach CSET results and evidence of meeting Basic Skills Requirement, such as CBEST, PRAXIS, SAT or ACT results
  • Proof of English Learner (EL) Authorization or Cross-cultural, Language, and Academic Development (CLAD) Certificate
  • Credential - attachment should include document number assigned by the CTC.
  • Please note that if you are extended an offer from SSFUSD, you will also need to complete the following prior to beginning work, including training:
    • Provide clearance of TB test, as mandated by California Education code.
    • Submit fingerprints for California Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation clearance.

    Compensation and Benefits

    • Compensation - This position is an exempt, salaried position; salary offers commensurate with experience. The starting salary for a first year teacher is $65,890.
    • Health and Supplemental Insurance - Medical, dental, and vision plans, defined benefit pension plans, disability and life insurance.
    • Retirement Plans - 403(b)/457(b) tax-deferred retirement savings plans.
    • Additional Benefits - Flexible spending account options, employee assistance program, Master’s/Doctoral Degree stipends, and vacation time.

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    Special Education Teacher

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    Mid Level

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    The South San Francisco Unified School District (SSFUSD) community includes 15 schools supporting 8,000 students in Daly City, San Bruno, and South San Francisco.
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