Autism Classroom Teacher - Phoenix Campuses

· PHOENIX, Arizona
Employment Type Full-Time Salaried 10P
Minimum Experience Mid-level


Instructional Teacher - 2022/2023 School Year - Phoenix Campuses

Are you interested in becoming a teacher but don't yet have your degree or certification? This is the perfect position for you! As an Instructional Lead Teacher at Arizona Autism Charter Schools, you can work as a teacher under a Certified Special Education Teacher while working on your degree or certificate!

Under the supervision and direction of the SPED Program Manager and the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Manager; the Instructional Lead Teacher will teach and implement Arizona Autism Charter School’s (AZACS) adopted curriculum and students’ IEP goals within the AZACS structured classroom model.

Candidates must be experienced with classroom teaching, ABA teaching strategies, and have significant experience conducting these activities within school settings. The candidate must demonstrate the ability to be trained, coached and be able to motivate instructional staff in the classroom. The Instructional Lead Teacher will work hand-in-hand with the SPED Program Manager and the ABA Manager implementing a best-practice education model to achieve optimal results for students on the autism spectrum and related disorders.


  • Serve as lead teacher and point person in a classroom of 8-14 students
  • Work with a classroom team that includes two Behavior Specialists with the support and oversight of two Program Managers
  • Ensure classroom support staff are implementing instructional strategies and lessons as set forth by Program Managers
  • Create a safe and effective learning environment 
  • Weekly lesson planning for instruction of state standards with support staff and SPED Program Manager
  • Provide daily feedback to support staff 
  • Participate in regular observations and in-the-moment coaching from SPED Program Manager and ABA Manager and implement action steps following coaching sessions
  • Collect and report data with high fidelity and analyze data bi-weekly to make instructional decisions 
  • Regular parent communication following AZACS guidelines
  • Modification of materials to meet student needs and IEP requirements
  • Maintain substitute plans in case of Instructional Lead absence
  • Participate in all duties and responsibilities as appropriate for an AZACS faculty member  
  • Contribute to IEPs as appropriate
  • Other duties as assigned by the administration  

Minimum Qualifications:

  • No Certification required! Candidates must be enrolled in a certification program or have a bachelors degree and be willing to participate in AZACS' brand new teacher cert program. 
  • At least 3 years of experience working with students with moderate to severe disabilities 
  • Mastery and enthusiasm for best practices in autism education and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
  • Track record of success in behavior management with students with autism or other special needs
  • Ability to approach situations with optimism and perseverance
  • Ability to communicate with parents, co-workers and  professional contacts in a courteous and professional manner and following AZACS guidelines
  • Ability to work independently and coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously 
  • Ability to exercise reasonable judgment and maintain confidentiality
  • Experience in structured teaching, center-based model preferred


  • Valid Arizona IVP fingerprint clearance card
  • Experience and training in Applied Behavior Analysis(ABA)
  • Must have: Bachelors degree OR previous teaching experience AND interested in obtaining a teaching certification OR be currently enrolled in a teacher certification program


  • School located at a new state of the art Autism Center
  • Competitive pay based on experience 
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance
  • Paid Time Off
  • 401K
  • Great professional development and advancement opportunities!

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Set-up of lessons and instructional activities for classroom support staff. Coaches, monitors, and mentors classroom support staff working with students with disabilities.


Positions in this class require:  stooping, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Light Work:  

Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. 

Working Conditions:  

Work is routinely performed in an indoor and outdoor classroom setting.

The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed by this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.

Arizona Autism Charter Schools, Inc. is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Civil Rights Act Title VII of 1972, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Arizona Autism Charter Schools, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or age in employment or in any of its educational programs or in the provisions of benefits and services to students.

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  • Location
    PHOENIX, Arizona
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time Salaried 10P
  • Minimum Experience