Department Chair/IEP Chair Special Education - Western School of Technology
Baltimore, MD 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description

JOB TITLE: Classroom Teacher IEP/Department Chair

REPORTS TO: School Principal

DEFINITION: Under the direction of the school principal, plans and provides for appropriate learning experiences for students. Instructs and supervises students in a variety of school-related settings. Monitors and evaluates student outcomes. Serves as a coach and leader for teachers as they implement instruction. Performs other duties as assigned.

Only complete applications will be given consideration for an interview. A complete application consists of:
  • online application
  • cover letter
  • resume
  • copy of the certificate of completion of the Leadership Development for Prospective Department Chairs* (internal candidates only)
    • upload and attach to your online application
  • internal candidates - copy with signatures of the recommended Learning to Lead Framework
    • upload and attach to your online application
  • external candidates - copy of supporting document(s) to display leadership experience
    • upload and attach to your online application
  • two confidential, electronic reference forms MUST be completed: one reference form by your current principal; the other reference form either by your current assistant principal or your current department chair. (When the application is submitted the reference form will be automatically sent on your behalf.)
    • External candidates - if you are not ready to request a reference from your current supervisor please submit your last evaluation and two professional confidential, electronic reference forms. (Prior to a job offer you will be contacted to provide a reference from your current supervisor.)
*Leadership Development for Prospective Department Chair training sessions are offered through Organizational Development. Use the following link to register: Click Online Registration!
  • External candidates will be required to attend training sessions after successful completion of the interview process.
  • Meets and instructs assigned classes at designated locations and times. Maintains a safe and orderly learning environment.
  • Plans and implements instructional programs that adhere to system wide goals and priorities and meet the needs, interests, and abilities of students.
  • Prepares and documents appropriate lesson plans, based upon adopted curricula, to teach instructional objectives.
  • Creates an instructional environment that is conducive to the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of students.
  • Communicates standards, achievements, and deficiencies to students and parents. Meets with students and parents.
  • Maintains complete and accurate student academic, attendance, and disciplinary records. Monitors and assesses students' academic progress.
  • Oversees the appropriate use and care of textbooks, instructional materials, facilities, and equipment.
  • Collaborates with school administrators, other teachers, paraeducators, parents, and community members in the education of students.
  • Serves as an instructional leader in implementing, coordinating and overseeing curriculum. Serves as a coach for teachers as they implement instruction. Provides leadership in preparation for Maryland state testing programs.
  • Monitors and assesses student achievement and participation outcomes using appropriate data collection and analysis, identifying appropriate diagnostic and instructional strategies.
  • Provides input during the appraisal process and serves as a member of the appraisal team.
  • Attends ongoing content and leadership training, which may be held after school hours.
  • Attends staff meetings. Serves on various committees.


Education, Training, and Experience:
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in an applicable field.
  • Three years effective and verified teaching experience (within or outside of BCPS) to include specialized areas such as guidance, speech pathologist, psychologist, PPW, etc.) preferred.
Licenses and Certificates:
  • Possession of, or eligibility for, a Maryland Certificate commensurate to the position.
  • Successful completion of Leadership Development for Prospective Department Chair Candidacy.
  • Valid Standard or Advanced Professional Maryland Certificate and requisite course content required for an endorsement in the subject field.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of pedagogy. Knowledge of curriculum. Knowledge of effective instructional techniques. Knowledge of instructional materials and equipment.
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends in content area. Skill in instructing students. Skill in preparing and implementing lesson plans.
  • Skill in communicating with students, their parents, administrators, and others.
  • Coursework and/or experience which supports knowledge of curriculum development and supervision. Demonstrated expertise in appropriate content area.
  • Technology competency. Knowledge of and skill in the use of database, internet, spreadsheet, word processing, and related applications.
  • Outstanding communication, leadership and organizational skills.
  • Ability to implement and model effective instructional strategies in the classroom.

The work of this class is generally performed in a school environment. Work may require the ability to move around the school and classroom.

Requires attendance at after-school and evening meetings and events.

Department Chair positions are selected and renewed on a year to year basis.

This document describes the duties and responsibilities of a position. It shall not be held to exclude duties not referenced nor limit the right of management to assign work to employees.


Eligible for membership in the Maryland State Retirement Agency.

This document describes the duties and responsibilities of a position. It shall not be held to exclude duties not referenced nor limit the right of management to assign work to employees.

Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

Application Instructions
Please read and carefully follow the instructions provided below.
  • Applicants are required to have a completed application on file for employment with Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS). Each time an applicant applies to a job with BCPS, the application must be resubmitted. If an applicant started an application with BCPS in the past and at a later date decides to apply for additional positions, it is the applicant's responsibility to review the entire application and ensure that all data is up to date (for example, the applicant may need to add additional schooling or certifications, an additional work experience, or provide updated references). The applicant must remember to review the entire application each time for accuracy and submit each time for a new or different vacancy.
  • Professional references must be submitted to complete your application. Examples of professional references include current and former principals, supervisors, managers, mentor teachers and university/college supervisors. Personal references from colleagues, friends, community members, etc. will not be accepted. Applicants should notify their reference proactively to inform them they will receive a form via email through a MAILBOT email address from Baltimore County Public Schools. Applicants should also inform their reference(s) of the job they are applying to.
  • Be sure to account for all periods of employment and unemployment, including student teaching and internship experience, and include names, addresses, and telephone numbers of employers.
  • Be sure to answer all criminal background questions. If you answer "yes" to any of the criminal background questions you must provide a written explanation. A criminal offense does not necessarily exclude an applicant from employment with BCPS. Factors such as passage of time since the offense, the nature of the violation, and the extent of rehabilitation will be taken into consideration.

Pre-Employment Requirements:
  • All persons employed by the Baltimore County Public Schools, regular and temporary, are required to be fingerprinted and have a criminal background investigation (State of Maryland, Senate Bill 315, effective October 1, 1986) completed. The fee charged for fingerprinting is $100.00. An identification card will be issued which must be shown prior to employment.
  • Anyone offered employment is required to provide proper identification and documentation of eligibility for employment in the US.
  • If you have military experience you will be asked to provide a copy of DD214.
  • Official transcripts for all higher education must be received prior to contract signing.
  • Some positions will require employees to undergo a physical examination and/or drug testing.
  • All newly hired personnel must attend a Badges and Benefitssession.
  • Additional job verification will be required for salary credit.

Non-Discrimination Statement

The Board of Education of Baltimore County does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or veteran status in matters affecting employment or in providing access to educational programs or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries regarding the Board's nondiscrimination policies should be directed to: EEO Officer, Office of Equal Employment Opportunity, Baltimore County Public Schools, 6901 Charles Street, Building B, Towson, Maryland 21204 (443-809-8937). There is a compliance officer responsible for identifying, preventing, and remedying prohibited harassment concerning students. Complaints of harassment should be directed to the executive director, Department of School Safety and Security, 9610 Pulaski Park Drive, Suite 219, Baltimore, Maryland 21220 (443-809-4360).

Contact Information:
Tiffany Harris
HRO-Staffing Team
6901 Charles Street, E Building
Towson, Maryland 21204


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3+ years
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