Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Coordinator (Internal Candidates Only)

Support Positions Richmond, California




Job Description

Title:Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Coordinator


Location: Making Waves Academy Richmond

Reports to: Director of Academic Support Services

Status: Stipend position

Supervises: GATE instructors


Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Director of Academic Support Services, the GATE Coordinator will provide special instruction to 5th-10th grade pupils who have been identified as gifted and talented. The GATE Coordinator will also provide leadership in GATE instruction and methodology and oversee all elements of GATE program operations.


Primary Responsibilities


Program Management

        Utilize, refine, and implement the existing GATE plan across MWA – serving 5th-9th grades.

        Play a lead role in the administration of annual GATE assessments, classification, and course enrollment.

        Support the development of GATE programming based on the individual learning profiles of GATE identified students based on grade level instructional bands.



        Lead faculty professional development on GATE instruction and methodology to optimize the integration of GATE best practices across content instruction.

        Develops the GATE family advisory committee that reports directly to the School Site Council.

        Participate and contribute to the school wide Academic Intervention Services Team (AIS).


Student Support

        Communicate academic progress and behavioral trends to MWA faculty, families, and administration through periodic reports and presentations.


Additional Responsibilities and Expectations


Mission Alignment

       Demonstrate knowledge of, and support, Making Waves Academy’s mission, core values, standards, competencies, and code of conduct outlined in the Employee Handbook.

       Participate in the school community – attending school competitions, performances, assemblies, and extracurricular activities.





        Perform additional duties as assigned.


Work Environment

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop computers, photocopiers and smartphones.


Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee may be required to lift files, open filing cabinets and bend or stand on a stool as necessary, and sit for long periods of time.



Some travel required for MWA related events, such as workshops or conferences.




        Experience as a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) instructor

        Experience working with students and families from historically underserved communities

        Experience creating and revising culturally relevant, standards-based lesson plans



        Excellent organizational, analytical and problem solving skills and abilities

        Strong verbal and written communication skills

        Ability to prioritize tasks and consistently demonstrate strong decision making and judgment skills

        Innovative thinking as it relates to creating sustainable workflow and processes

        Ability to take initiative and produce in a fast-paced, start-up environment

        Ability to communicate with, teach and build relationships with students and their families in the culturally and linguistically diverse MWA community

        Ability to be a “team player” and to collaborate with colleagues, parents, and community members to affect the best outcomes for students

        Demonstrate an understanding of technology and literacy learning platforms (Microsoft Office Suite, PowerSchool, Canvas, Blackboard, Google Drive and Calendar, if applicable)

        Professional orientation – appearance, communication, organization, and attitude



        Bachelor’s Degree required

        GATE certification required

        Valid California Teaching Credential required
CTC Fingerprint/Certificate of Clearance (COC) required.
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        CLAD/BCLAD preferred

        Spanish language proficiency preferred but not required




Equal Employment Opportunity Is Our Policy

The School is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of the School to afford equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to their perceived or identified: race (including traits historically associated with race, such as hair texture and hairstyle, including but not limited to braids, locks, and twists); color; gender, (including gender identity, gender expression, and transgender identity, whether or not the employee is transitioning or has transitioned); sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and medical conditions related to such); religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices); marital/registered domestic partner status; age (forty (40) and over); national origin or ancestry (including native language spoken and possession of a driver’s license issued to persons unable to prove their presence in the U.S. is authorized by federal law); physical or mental disability (including HIV and AIDS); medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics); taking of a leave of absence pursuant to the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), Pregnancy Disability Leave (“PDL”) law, Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), California Family Rights Act (“CFRA”), the Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), or laws related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking laws; genetic information; sexual orientation; military and veteran status; or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.

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