Open Positions - Five Keys Charter School - San Francisco, Los Angeles, East Bay, Solano — Five Keys Schools and Programs

Education Specialist

    • Job Tracking ID: 512638-669013
    • Job Location: Castaic, CA
    • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: February 08, 2019
    • Years of Experience: 2 - 5 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
    • Salary: Based on Education and Experience
    • Site/Location: 29320 The Old Road, Castaic, CA
    • Work Schedule: Full-time, 32.5 hours per week, varies between 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday - Friday
    • Union: United Educators of San Francisco
    • Retirement: CalSTRS and optional 403b Retirement Plan
    • On-site Hours/Week: 32.5 hrs per week
    • Other Ino: Castaic
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Job Description:


Through the use of Social and Restorative Justice Principles, Five Keys provides traditionally underserved communities the opportunity to restart their education with a focus on the Five Keys: EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, RECOVERY, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY.


Originally established by the SF Sheriff’s Department (2003) as the first charter school in the nation to operate inside of a county jail, today Five Keys is a nationally recognized education management (non-profit) corporation that operates accredited charter schools and programs for TAY youth and adults at 70 locations across California.

Five Keys operates with the goal of restoring communities through education and other programs that respond to the students’ and community needs---which in turn creates safer communities. Five Keys provides a range of educational programs and services including: high school diploma, career and technical education, digital literacy, ESL, cognitive behavioral, recovery programs, case management, correctional education consulting and college access to transitional aged youth and adults in six California counties.


The Educational Specialist will be working with transitional aged students both in and out of jail. Students range from 16 - 22 years of age, with older adults possibly being served through 504 plans in the future. Push in and pull out services are offered for incarcerated students enrolled in Five Keys Charter School (jails are in Victorville, Fontana, and San Bernandino), and for non-incarcerated students at the schools’ community sites located throughout Los Angeles and San Bernandino.

Five Keys Charter is a safe, WASC accredited school committed to social and restorative justice practices for students who have not been served in mainstream educational environments. The teachers have a unique opportunity to work with students excited for a second chance. A commitment to social justice and the safe and productive re-entry of our students is required.

This position requires the ability to be flexible in a dynamic teaching environment while maintaining best practice standards to meet the needs of students of all abilities.

  • Differentiate academic curriculum to meet the needs of student population
  • Create and build upon current curriculum to meet the needs of students based on their strengths
  • Develop interpersonal professional relationships with students, teachers, staff and deputized staff
  • Work both one on one and in a "push in" service model of special education service delivery
  • Maintain accurate records of student’s progress and work in accordance to SELPA, state and federal law
  • Collaborate and support general education teachers and other staff in implementation of all parts of a student’s IEP
  • Case manage student records including maintaining up to date IEP files, inputting IEP information and maintain record of services received
  • Stay informed of Special Education Law especially transition services
  • Lead IEP meetings and help collaborate with the IEP team on a student’s goals and objectives in accordance to the student’s strengths and needs
  • Administer academic diagnostic tests
  • Coordinate with IEP team members in information gathering including diagnostic tests
  • Maintain a safe environment for students, teachers, staff and self
  • Abide by Five Keys and Sheriff’s Department policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

Experience and Skills:

  • Able to work in a collaborative environment
  • Able to lead a team of teachers
  • Concise and culturally competent communication skills
  • Able to work independently exercising reasonable judgment in a fast paced educational environment
  • Computer literacy of excel, maintaining online IEP records (example SEIS) and email
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of California and Common Core Teaching Standards
  • Eagerness to learn new things and adapt to constantly changing circumstances
  • Ability to maintain strong and appropriate boundaries with personal identifying information when interacting with students or community or program partners, and while at any school location or community or program partner site
  • Exceptional written communication skills; ability to express complex ideas with clarity and precision in written documents
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Eagerness to learn new things and adapt to constantly changing circumstances
  • Ability to handle multiple deadlines and tasks simultaneously
  • Advanced problem-solving skills; tactfully address and resolve questions/concerns

This position typically requires:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field
  • Valid CA Special Education Credential or a valid CCTC Education Specialist Internship Credential for no more than three years
  • Highly qualified Special Education teacher as per No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience with secondary special education youth and/or young adults
  • Frequent and prolonged standing, walking, and sitting
  • Frequent talking and hearing conversations
  • Occasional reaching with hands and arms
  • Occasionally lifting up to 25 pounds
  • Ability to follow oral directions in emergency situations
  • Travel to multiple sites required
  • Clear TB Risk Assessment (or results, as needed) dated within 60 days of hire to be submitted within 10 days of hire required
  • Must be willing and able to work in a correctional facility and travel throughout the area to community sites
  • Work environment varies from site to site. There is some personal safety risk working with the at-risk population
  • Moderate noise level



• Medical with employee premium contributions
• Employer paid Dental
• Employer paid Vision
• Employer paid Life Insurance
• Employer paid AD&D, Short and Long-term Disability
• HRA Benefit
• Pre-Tax Flexible Spending Accounts
• Pre-Tax Transit and Parking Accounts
• State Teachers Retirement (STRS) with Employer Matching for eligible employees
• 403 (b) retirement plan with Employer Matching for non-STRS positions
• Free Employee Assistance Program
• Generous Paid Time Off
• Gym membership reimbursement up to $100 for employees

Five Keys Charter School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace.