Program Director, Early Learning Programs, Special Education
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.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
- 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.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
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.
LICENSES AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
- 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.