Program Director, Early Learning Programs, Special Education

The Madera County Superintendent of Schools   Madera, CA   Full-time     Education
Posted on May 10, 2022
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Under the direction of an assigned administrator, plan, organize, and direct assigned special education programs; manage programs involving teachers, aides, and auxiliary staff; provide leadership covering a variety of early learning programs, disciplines, and disabilities over an assigned site or geographic area; supervise and evaluate the performance of assigned personnel.



  • Plan, organize, and direct assigned special education early learning programs; manage programs involving teachers, aides, and auxiliary staff; oversee the instructional program in areas of responsibility assigned to ensure individual and collective goals for students are achieved within a wide variety of disabilities and disciplines.
  • Provide leadership to staff in identifying instructional needs and in identifying short- and long range objectives to meet these needs in an assigned geographic area covering multiple local districts and locations.
  • Train, supervise, and evaluate the performance of certificated and classified staff assigned to the program(s) managed; interview and select employees and recommend transfers, reassignment, termination, and disciplinary actions; identify, provide, assign, and coordinate growth opportunities for staff.
  • Maintain current knowledge of early education and special education related laws, regulations, codes, policies, and procedures; work collaboratively with assigned administrator to modify practice, programs, and procedures to ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal requirements; serve as a resource to administrators, staff, and the public.
  • Provide technical expertise, information, and assistance to program staff regarding early learning programs; formulate and develop policies and procedures for programs.
  • Plan, organize, and implement short- and long-term plans and activities designed to develop assigned programs and services.
  • Implement a program of parent and community relations resulting in a more effective educational program and a positive image for the Madera County Superintendent of Schools (MCSOS).
  • Attend the more complex and difficult Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) meetings; provide leadership to resolution of issues.
  • Maintain compliance with all state and local preschool regulations, laws, and directives, including Title 5 and Title 22 regulations; oversee the coordination and maintenance of early learning facilities which meet or exceed Title 5 and Title 22 requirements.
  • Participate on teams who provide case management services to participants in assigned programs.
  • Oversee the preparation of financial and statistical reports for assigned programs.
  • Represent the MCSOS to the state and federal agencies overseeing assigned programs.
  • Train and oversee staff in established procedures for the identification, placement, and program review for students with disabilities.
  • Prepare and maintain a variety of narrative and statistical reports, records, and files related to assigned activities and personnel.
  • Communicate with other administrators, personnel, and outside organizations to coordinate activities and programs, resolve issues and conflicts, and exchange information.
  • Develop and monitor a budget for assigned program expenditures; analyze and review budgetary and financial data; control and authorize expenditures in accordance with established limitations.
  • Manage an assigned school or other facility.
  • Perform special projects involving county-wide functions and program services; prepare related reports.
  • Operate a computer and other office equipment as assigned; drive a vehicle to conduct work as assigned.
  • Attend and conduct a variety of meetings as assigned.


Perform related duties as assigned.



  • Planning, organization, and management of early learning special education program(s).
  • Clinical supervision model or equivalent evaluative process.
  • Special education programs including current trends.
  • Positive behavior management techniques and writing behavior management plans.
  • Budget preparation and control.
  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Principles and practices of administration, supervision, and training.
  • Madera County Superintendent of Schools
  • Program Director, Early Learning, Special Education
  • Applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Interpersonal skills using tact, patience, and courtesy.
  • Operation of a computer and assigned software.
  • Child development theory and best practices.
  • Related early childhood education and special education legislation, both federal and state.


  • Plan, organize, and direct assigned special education programs.
  • Manage programs involving teachers, aides, and auxiliary staff.
  • Provide leadership covering a wide variety of early learning programs, disciplines, and disabilities over an assigned site or geographic area.
  • Train, supervise, and evaluate the performance of assigned staff.
  • Analyze program needs and establish high, achievable standards.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Interpret, apply, and explain rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others and contribute to a positive work environment.
  • Present a positive image of the Madera County Superintendent of Schools.
  • Operate a computer and assigned office equipment.
  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  • Meet schedules and timelines.
  • Work independently with little direction.
  • Plan and organize work.
  • Prepare comprehensive narrative and statistical reports.
  • Conduct research on early childhood special education related issues.


Any combination equivalent to: Master’s Degree in education, special education, early education, or related field and three years successful teaching experience in regular and/or special education. Administrative experience preferred.


  • Valid Administrative Services Credential.
  • Valid Teaching credential in one or more areas of special education.
  • Hold or qualify for a Child Development Associate Teacher’s Permit.
  • Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license. Incumbents must be insurable by the liability carrier for the Madera County Superintendent of Schools.
  • Immunizations and health screening as required by Title 22.



  • Office environment.
  • Driving a vehicle to conduct work.


  • Stamina to perform multiple assignments and tasks with many interruptions and deadlines while under a variety of circumstances including critical, intense, or urgent situations.
  • Hearing and speaking to exchange information and make presentations.
  • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard.
  • Seeing to read a variety of materials.
  • Sitting or standing for extended periods of time.