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Director II: Specialized Educational Services and Integrated Supports

  • Management

Salary range: Placement on the management & psychologist salary schedule

Reports to: Certificated staff, Coordinators, Classified staff, and volunteers as necessary


Working Under the direction of the Chief Student Services Officer, the Director will provide leadership and overall monitoring of the Special Education to assure full compliance with federal, state and district requirements. This person must be skilled in working collaboratively with parents, students, and community members and have excellent communication and interpersonal skills.



Master's degree required, Doctorate desirable. Specific preparation in administration of public education, inclusion, multi-tiered system of support, student services, categorical programs and special education. Appropriate California Administrative Services Credential.


Successful teaching, administrative experience, preferably including district level responsibility.

Minimum Requirements

  • Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint clearance
  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Possession of a valid California Administrative Services Credential
  • Within 60 days of hire, provision of TB (tuberculin) clearance, as mandated by the California Education Code
  • Provides leadership to instructional and support staff, school administrators, consultants, and parents related to students with disabilities pre-k to post-secondary.
  • Develops and monitors the budget for Special Education. Determines annual staffing needs and department priorities and hires staff in conjunction with site staff.
  • Provides on-going supervision and evaluation of all programs for students with disabilities and oversight to the provision of specialized services and supports in the general education setting.
  • Recruits, supervises, evaluates and schedules designated certificated and classified personnel, including Programs Administrators, Psychologist, Speech and Language Specialists, Occupational Therapists, Behaviorists, and Instructional Aides.
  • Establishes and implements professional development programs for all Special Education staff, collaborates with other departments to provide professional learning to address the universal needs of all students.
  • Supervises coordination of extended year (summer school) programs for students receiving Special Education services.
  • Represents the District at local, county, and state meetings on matters pertaining to students with IEPs (e.g. Special Education Community Advisory Committee; SELPA).
  • Provides consultation on District matters, complaints and legal issues pertaining to Special Education, Coordinates special education mediation and due process issues.
  • Collaborates in the coordination of curriculum, instructional programs, assessment, standardized testing, textbook adoptions, and professional development as related to all students.
  • Works with site staff in discipline cases involving suspension, expulsion of students with disabilities protected under IDEA.
  • Attends IEP meetings when necessary.
  • Works with staff from residential settings and non-public schools regarding student needs.
  • Gives leadership to the District's Special Education programs, and assumes administrative responsibility for the development, writing and submission of all State and Federal reports to the proper agency.
  • Consults on Home Hospital Instruction for students with IEPs.
  • Stays current on local, state and federal laws, rules, regulations, and other requirements for compliance by the district.
  • Coordinates assignments and oversees evaluations of Special Education staff and paraprofessionals.
  • Oversees compliance and self-review-DINC, SESR. Monitors CASEMIS.
  • Performs other duties associated with District educational program as assigned.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
  • Ability to work comfortably with students, staff, parents, and the community, from diverse backgrounds, while being responsive to their needs
  • Effective interpersonal, communication, conflict resolution, time management, and record keeping skills

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Employee will frequently work at a computer and travel to attend meetings.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work environment includes working directly with children. There are a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the employee must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. The employee must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time

The job entails potential for exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes; exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases; and for interaction with disruptive and/or unruly individuals.

Work Year: 220 days

Revision Date: 02/27/2017

Initial date: 03/24/2017

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.

No portion of this job description shall supersede the Master Agreement between the Palo Alto Management Association and the Palo Alto Unified School District and applicable State or federal laws. Any changes in working conditions applicable to the current agreement shall be subject to negotiations at the demand of either party.