Career Opportunities

The Phoenix Center’s purpose is to provide a well-integrated, educational and therapeutic program focusing on the development of the whole child and his/her family. We are a special and gifted group of individuals. Our staff creates customized and individualized programs for our students whose learning profile may not be accommodated in other special education settings. The reason we exist is to care for, educate and empower our students and graduates so that they may develop skills which will maximize their adaptation to adulthood. To that end, we regularly look for engaging, energetic, dynamic and skilled people to join our team.


School Nurse

Works with the Health Office Coordinator to provide health care for students and to maintain health office policies and procedures.  Attends community base instruction to administer medications and attend to well-being of students and staff while outside the school.

Responsibilities include:

  • Health Assessments and Screenings N.J.A.C. 6A:16-2.2
    • Dental Examinations
    • Coordinate annual auditory screening in conjunction with Speech Therapy department as proscribed by state law and school policy.
    • Complete routine vision, pediculosis and scoliosis screenings in accordance with state law and school policy.
  • Dispense medications to students following guidelines specified by state law and school policy.
  • Emergency Care
  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Guidance and Counseling


  • Registered in State of NJ
  • BS Nursing
  • NJ School Nurse Certification preferred
  • CPR Certification
  • Minimum 1 year of experience in a school setting

Special Education Teacher

Design, adapt and teach programs geared to each student’s Individual Education Program (IEP.) Teachers work as part of an interdisciplinary team with The Phoenix Center’s behaviorists, social workers, counselors, employment specialists, occupational, physical and speech/language therapists.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Educational planning and implementing lessons based on student IEP’s. Lessons should be developmentally appropriate, age-appropriate and must align with NJSLS (New Jersey Student Learning Standards).
  • Meeting and communicating with parents to report on educational progress at least two times a year. Daily communication via The Phoenix Center Communicator is also required.
  • Working with and assisting in the supervision, instruction and evaluation of instructional paraprofessionals, and any student teachers assigned to them, as directed by their supervisor.
  • Meet with the students’ child study teams during the course of the year to help determine the child’s IEP and to report on student achievement.
  • Meeting with their student’s related service providers so that they may appropriately reinforce in class those goals and activities designed by these specialists. Attend unit and Professional Learning Community Meetings (PLC).


  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university with special education emphasis.
  • NJDOE Certification as Teacher of Students with Disabilities or Teacher of the Handicapped and K-5/K-6 Elementary or Middle School Certificate.
  • Experience with individuals with autism and multiple disabilities a plus.

Instructional Paraprofessional – Full and Part Time

An instructional paraprofessional assists the teacher with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of individualized skill acquisition and behavior treatment programs.


  • High School diploma (or equivalent); Associate’s degree preferred
  • Experience working with individuals with autism or special needs
  • Hours are  8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Part time positions are 3 or 4 days per week(substitute)

Physical Education/Health Teacher

Teachers are currently working on-site daily.  Student body is divided into two in-person cohorts as well as a virtual cohort.

Teach Health and Physical Education classes for students in grades K-12.

  • Help students learn effectively and skillfully—exercises, games, sports and dances which they may use in active life situations.
  • Increase the students’ understanding of voluntary movement and the ways in which individuals may organize their own movements to accomplish tasks common in daily life.
  • Provide differentiated instruction to meet the needs of the diverse learners of the school.
  • Incorporate standards-based physical education goals and objectives into students IEP’s.
  • Provide weekly health classes to enhance the health and daily life skills of the students, as well as, meet the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.


  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university with physical education/health emphasis.
  • NJ Teacher of Health/Physical Education certificate
  • Experience with individuals with autism and multiple disabilities a plus.

Music Teacher

Provide a music education/therapy program, both vocal and instrumental, to meet the needs of the individual students in grades K-12.  To provide a vehicle wherein individual talents can be displayed: assembly programs, entertainment for parents’ meetings, etc.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide differentiated instruction to meet the needs of the diverse learners of the school.
  • Provide group instruction for rhythm, vocal, and instrumental aspects of music.
  • Provide individual instrumental instruction to students as schedule permits.
  • Provide instrumental instruction focusing on embouchure, fine motor skills and
  • Collaborate with art and dance staff in order to organize semi-annual student performance groups.
  • Incorporate standards-based performing arts goals and objectives into students IEP’s as needed
  • Appropriately comment on student progress three (3) times per school year.
  • Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, and course materials and methods of instruction as needed.
  • Model, structure, and teach socially acceptable behavior to the students.
  • Utilize musical activities or tasks to help students develop knowledge skills or behaviors needed for adaptation.
  • Review and implement the student’s individualized behavior management/support plan.


  • B.A. in Music
  • New Jersey State Certificate –Music Teacher
  • Educational and/or practical experience in Special Education or allied area is preferred.

How To Apply

To send a resume or get more information for any current or future openings contact Deborah Brandell Human Resources Manager.

Email: Fax: 973-542-0687

Mail: 16 Monsignor Owens Place, Nutley, NJ 07110

Your resume will be retained in active status for one school year. If your qualifications meet our needs, we will contact you for further information and a possible interview.

The Phoenix Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.