Head Teacher

Our beautiful 27-acre campus is centrally located right off Route 128 in Weston with plenty of free parking. We offer competitive salary and benefits, free breakfast and lunch, and pretty cool swag! If you have a desire to do work that is meaningful and changes the lives of kids and families, if you value a supportive company culture, good work life balance, opportunities for professional growth and career progression, and colleagues that value teamwork, humor, and dedication, then The Gifford School might be right for you!  


  • Masters degree required
  • Massachusetts special education license required
  • Minimum 5 years teaching in special education setting
  • Proven leadership skills
  • Proven communication, organization and writing skills
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Understanding of therapeutic milieu
  • Demonstrated communication, writing, and editing skills
  • Ability to manage multiple and frequent deadlines


  • 12 months/full time
  • Salary and benefits, including vacation time, determined by the Executive Director

Supervised by: Education Director


  • Oversee content and instruction of the educational program
  • Provide educational leadership to the team
  • Participate collaboratively in educational leadership groups
  • Work with the Educational Director and Supervisor of Special Education to manage the IEP process, including organizing a schedule, writing and editing IEPs, completing progress reports, attending IEP meetings and presenting educational summaries
  • Work with the Educational Director and Supervisor of Special Education to facilitate achievement and MCAS testing
  • Monitor the team’s curriculum needs and work with the Educational Director on curriculum development and management of instructional budget
  • Keep up-to-date records of student grades/performance
  • Supervise, train, observe, and evaluate teachers as assigned
  • Assist program teachers in designing individual lessons and accommodating for students needs
  • Plan and monitor curriculum within the program
  • Oversee planning for elective and academic programming, teach classes to provide coverage and modeling, as necessary
  • Chair educational planning/consultation meetings
  • Work with Educational Director to determine academic groupings and class scheduling
  • Assess students’ academic levels and needs
  • Support with generating grade reports and transcripts in a timely manner
  • Work with the Education Director to schedule educational/academic interventions as appropriate (speech & language, reading, consulting psychologist,)
  • Work with specialist(s) to meet students’ individual needs (social pragmatics, speech and language, reading,)
  • Utilizing Safety Care techniques help maintain community safety
  • Provide contact and consultation between school and outside agencies (students transitioning in and out of Gifford, hospital placements, students applying to other schools or transitioning back to public school)
  • Respond to student behaviors in the classroom and throughout the milieu by utilizing Gifford behavioral systems
  • Ensure communication and documentation regarding serious incidents and other pertinent matters in a timely and effective manner
  • Develop solid relationships with families and contact parents, as appropriate
  • Attend once-a month administrator led in-service training
  • Remain up to date (daily checks) with all internal email and voicemail messages
  • Participate in a few night meetings
  • Help maintain a safe, positive work and learning environment for all by adhering to the principles of conduct described in Gifford’s policy manuals and by treating all Gifford community members with fairness and respect
  •  Demonstrate respect for diversity among our staff and student body and promote an atmosphere which values this diversity
  • Understand and represent Gifford’s culture and mission to staff, students, families and all others
  • Within the context of your position at Gifford and as the job evolves, be open to new ideas, opportunities and responsibilities assigned by your supervisor and/or the Executive Director

Physical Requirements

  • Ability to participate in outdoor physical activities to include kneeling, stooping and lifting up to 25 pounds
 Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected]