Under the supervision of the Superintendent or designee, plans, organizes, evaluates, and otherwise directs the Psychological Services and Special Education programs of the District. Assists in the development and implementation of District policies and implementation of state and federal laws and regulations governing Special Education.
Directly responsible to the Superintendent. The Director shall have responsibility for directing, supervising, and evaluating all personnel in the Psychological Services Department and shares responsibilities with principals for directing, supervising, and evaluating site-level Special Education personnel.
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provides leadership for all District Special Education programs through long-range and short-range plans in alignment with the district’s goals, clearly defined policy, plans, and procedures
Establish and communicate a division-wide philosophy of least restrictive environment for serving special needs students
In collaboration with the site principal, monitors and evaluates Special Education personnel regarding their effectiveness according to District policies and state and federal laws and regulations
Meets regularly with Special Education personnel and provides leadership for the planning, development, coordination, and implementation of the District’s Special Education program
Oversee the Extended School Year Program (ESY)
Provides leadership for meeting the needs of atypical students who are intellectually, physically, or emotionally exceptional
Administers the placement and evaluation of students in special programs, including parent consultation, health and developmental information, and psychological evaluation
Serves as a District resource for questions and concerns regarding District Special Education programs and cooperatively works with all departments in the district
Establishes and maintains a collaborative relationship with the Director of Student Services to coordinate services provided through the Student Services Department to special needs students Serves as the direct liaison and prepares reports for local and state agencies in the areas of special education and prepares special education information for a variety of stakeholders, including the school board
Keeps abreast of legislation pertaining to Special Education programs and implements necessary changes in the programs and procedures to ensure legal compliance
Oversee and direct the allocation and placement of special education staff to schools in collaboration with the Human Resources Division Provides leadership in developing the understanding of Special Education policy, programs, and services among all District staff members
Plans and implements staff development for Special Education teachers, aides, administrators, and parents
Develops, implements, monitors, and is accountable for Annual Special Education program budget(s) and grants
Coordinates ADA accounting for District Special Education students and develops appropriate cost analysis and income/expense projections
Monitor student achievement
Evaluate program effectiveness
Establishes and maintains an accurate database and filing system for student and program records , Plans, recommends, and supervises the utilization of Special Education facilities
Establishes, maintains, communicates, and directs areas of duties and responsibilities for all Psychological Services personnel
Assists in the selection of and provides direct supervision/evaluation of Psychological Services personnel
Coordinates the administration and interpretation of group and individual assignments
Provides consultative and advisory services to help principals, teachers, and parents meet individual/group student needs
Promotes and provides staff development in such areas as child development, behavior modification, student discipline, and guidance techniques for teachers, administrators, or others
Develops and administers policies and procedures for the assessment and placement of exceptional students
Prepares and disseminates instructional/informational reports/bulletins describing the purposes of psychological services, functions, and requirements; defines the procedures to be followed by school district personnel
Performs additional duties as assigned by the Superintendent or designee.
Education and Experience:
Master’s Degree, valid California teaching/service credential
Valid Administrative Services Credential
A minimum of five years certificated service experience in schools, including administrative supervisory experience
Must be able to substantiate program management skills and demonstrate education leadership abilities
Must have experience in Special Education and/or Psychological Services programs and an ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others
These qualifications, except for appropriate credential and other state requirements may be waived by the Board of Education.
Normal physical strength and endurance for standing, sitting, bending, reaching, walking and lifting and carrying of moderate weight materials.
Ability to sit at a desk, conference table or in meetings of various configurations for extended periods of time.
Mental ability to think logically, make complex evaluations, determinations and decisions and handle multiple tasks/projects simultaneously.
Physical mobility to drive a car and move about the district.
Physical, mental and emotional stamina to endure long hours under sometimes stressful conditions.
Speaking in an understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard in normal conversational distance, on the telephone and in addressing groups.
Sufficient hearing to conduct conversations in person and over the telephone.
Visual acuity and depth perception to read a variety of materials and inspect work in progress.
Awarded the College Board’s Gaston Caperton Opportunity Honor Roll award in 2016 for expanding access to college, Pittsburg Unified School District (PUSD) is one of 130 school districts across the nation recognized for creating opportunities for traditionally underrepresented students. PUSD is a K-12 district serving the community of Pittsburg, California. Founded in 1933, the school system is committed to providing an excellent opportunity for all students to learn. Comprised of eight elementary schools, three junior high schools, one comprehensive high school, one alternative education high school, an adult school, independent study options, and a preschool program, the school district serves more than 11,000 students. PUSD is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, fifty minutes outside of downtown San Francisco.