Special Education Teacher (Adolescent Residential) Knox

Help Others, Make a Difference, Save a Life.

The McNabb Center is the region's leading nonprofit provider of mental health, substance use, social and victim services. By focusing on an individual's "Well Mind, Well Being," we provide a quality and compassionate approach to care from infancy through adulthood.

Do you see yourself as a part of this life-changing work? If so, we are currently seeking a qualified and motivated professional for the following position:  Special Education Teacher

The ideal Special Education Teacher will be responsible for the individual educational needs of the clients at Gateway Academy and Katie Miller including the special needs of students identified with Special Education certification and students with 504 plans. 

Specific duties include:

  • Develop lesson plans
  • Delegate tasks to the assistants
  • Report progress to the Program Coordinator
  • Participate in treatment planning for the residents and utilize the behavioral system employed. 
  • Meet or exceed the expectations of DCS/Dept. of Education requirements to maintain school certification. 
  • Act as the Educational Liaison, which requires the completion of education reports as well as communication with the liaison persons in the schools of the community as directed by the Interdepartmental Agreement between the Department of Children's Services and the Department of Education.

COMPENSATION:  Depending on education (bachelor's or master's with SPED certification) and experience starting salary for this position ranges from $45,853 to $52,920 (as of Aug. 1, 2022)

Travel: F Endorsement is required. This position requires utilizing a personal dependable vehicle to conduct Center business. Maintaining a dependable vehicle and certified driver status is a condition of employment.

Equipment/Technology: Basic computer skills for timekeeping, email, printing, faxing, scanning, and documentation.

QUALIFICATIONS - Special Education Teacher


  • Possess a teaching certificate in the state of Tennessee.  Must have a current special education certificate.

Experience / Knowledge

  • Working with children/youth/families. 
  • Prefer residential experience or exposure via internship. 
  • Understanding the educational expectations of DCS/DOE and Title I/TACF. 
  • Experience in a clinical setting. Must be able to lead students, staff effectively and utilize resources properly. 
  • Must be able to make sound judgment and utilize appropriate boundaries. 
  • Must be able to contribute to the therapeutic environment and provide feedback regarding the client's progress.


  • Minimal exposure to biological hazards.
  • Frequent exposure to unpleasant odors.
  • Hearing of normal and soft tones.
  • Close eye work.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching.
  • CPR and First Aid certification required.
  • Required to be certified in and adequately implement verbal and physical de-escalation techniques.
  • Applicants should be able to exercise sound judgement under pressure.
  • Applicants should possess the ability to relate to individuals and families of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, ages, educational levels, and economic circumstances with respect and dignity. 
  • Effective communication skills, strong time management, and organizational skills are necessary to manage day to day job responsibilities.
  • Excellent verbal, written, and computer skills are necessary in order to work effectively and collaboratively with clients, collaborating agencies, and community professionals, as well as maintaining proper documentation. 
  • Clinical staff members must possess reliable transportation, the ability to acquire an F endorsement on driver's license, and transport clients.

Helen Ross McNabb Center (www.mcnabbcenter.org) is a premier not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services.  The Center provides quality care and serves all ages in a continuum of prevention, early intervention, social, co-occurring, addiction, outpatient, and crisis services.

Helen Ross McNabb Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Center provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; and employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.  This organization reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  Moreover, management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, or working schedules based on their duty to accommodate individuals with disabilities.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

Helen Ross McNabb Center conducts background checks, driver's license record, degree verification, and drug screens at hire. Employment is contingent upon clean drug screen, background check, and driving record. Additionally, certain programs are subject to TB Screening and/or testing.  Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.