Special Education Teacher

Position:         Special Education Teacher
Department:  J Bar J Learning Center –Boys Ranch School and J5 Parole and Probation          Revocation Program
Reports to:     Academic Coordinator

Position Summary:

Under supervision of the Academic Coordinator, the Special Education Teacher will serve as an instructor to the year-round education program at both the J Bar J Boys Ranch and the J5 Revocation Program. Both Programs work with male students who are adjudicated within the OYA system. The classroom serves as a mechanism to prepare students academically and socially for success in their next school or work setting.   This position is a full-time, variable, 40 hours per week position.

Special Education Teacher responsibilities

  • Create and update individual education plans for each of the students on IEPs with support from district liaison.
  • Support academic staff and teachers in understanding and implementing IEP goals and accommodations.
  • Provide specialized pull-out services to individuals and small groups as needed.
  • Help with testing for all students including STAR testing, WIAT testing, and state testing when possible.
  • Case Manage all students on IEPs at both the Ranch and J5 schools.
  • Communicate with other staff, case managers, and treatment team members about each student’s progress and struggles.
  • Schedule and participate in IEP meetings as necessary.
  • Use individualized reinforcement techniques to keep each student on the path toward success.
  • Create and distribute progress reports at 30 days after enrollment and every 90 days with copies going into student’s permanent file and to their Program Case Manager.
  • Confer with on-site therapist (when possible), academic coordinator, teachers and treatment team members to communicate and understand disciplinary and behavioral issues with students.
  • Create a safe, productive classroom environment for all students.
  • Other duties as needed.


  • Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:  Knowledge of Special Education methods, curriculum theory, and teaching practices. Ability to develop and differentiate curriculum, including setting goals and assessment measurements.  Ability to develop lesson plans, provide instruction and evaluate student performance. Ability to work with a diverse student population in individual and group settings. Knowledge of current educational theory and best practices as it relates to alternative/special education.  Ability to communicate effectively with students and staff, and to be a cooperative, collaborative, and effective member of a professional team.  Demonstrated use of technology in the classroom.  Will be expected to become familiar with current treatment model on site.
  • Experience and Training:  Minimally, BA/BS degree from an accredited four-year college or university and a current Oregon teaching certificate with Special Education endorsement.  MA/MS degree preferred.  Minimum three years special education teaching experience, preferably in an alternative education field.  Valid Oregon driver’s license and CPR/1st Aid certification required.
  • Physical Requirements: While performing the duties for the job, the employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee occasionally is required to use hands or finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls. The employee is occasionally required to sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

This job description is not meant to be all inclusive, and it is subject to change