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Director, Special Education

Clackamas Education Service District
Closing date: 
Friday, June 18, 2021

Director of Special Education
School-age Special Education Programs
Full Time (8 hours per day, 5 days per week)
240-Day Work Year (July through June)

Clackamas ESD strives to infuse equity in all our programs and bodies of work by maintaining an inclusive, barrier-free environment in which everyone participates and fully benefits. Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in the job description.  We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be the one who comes from a less traditional background. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our qualifications described.  If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, or how this would be determined, please feel free to contact Human Resources to discuss your application.

General Description of the Position: The Special Education Director provides vision and leadership for Clackamas ESD’s programs for children with disabilities in kindergarten through post high school. The director is responsible for the provision of quality special education services to the ESD’s clients, including local school districts, students, and their families. The director is responsible for the fiscal, human resources, and public relations operations within the department. The director is responsible for the department’s compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The director supervises the administrative leadership team of the department, may help with everyday management and supervision of programs and serves as a member of the executive management team.

General Description of the Program: Clackamas ESD's Special Education Programs serve students experiencing significant challenges in their learning. Our Special Education Programs offer individualized services that are designed specifically for the needs of each student. We serve in our Life Enrichment Education Program (LEEP) school-age children with complex and multiple disabilities who are referred to us by their local school district personnel. We work closely with families to develop individual plans to help students experiencing cognitive impairment, autism, vision, and other disabilities. Clackamas ESD's Heron Creek Therapeutic Program supports students with significant social, emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges to learn and use skills to meet their educational goals.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS - for a complete list of essential functions, refer to the job description.
1) Leads the design, direction, and management of all school-age special education programs and services to meet the needs of children, their families, and partner school districts
2) Facilitates the use of high standards of professional practices in the delivery of services to children/students
3) Recommends appropriate service and staffing levels; monitors and evaluates efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery models and makes modifications as needed
4) Directs the development of special education program budgets; organizes resources within the department to accomplish the mission of the ESD and provide for the most effective and efficient delivery of special education services; assumes responsibility for the protection of departmental assets
5) Represents the department’s services, needs, and interests to the superintendent and other ESD department directors
6) See job description for complete list of essential functions

1) Master’s degree in special education or related field
2) Appropriate administrative license as required by Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
3) A minimum of three years of recent successful experience in special education administration in public education with skills sufficient to perform the essential functions
4) A minimum of three years of recent successful experience supervising licensed and classified employees; experience supervising administrative employees preferred 
5) Comprehensive knowledge of current Oregon laws, policies, administrative rules, and model programs related to special education services for kindergarten through post high
6) See job description for complete list of minimum qualifications

Clackamas Education Service District: One of Oregon's 19 ESDs charged with providing programs for children with special needs, technology support, school improvement, and administrative services to local school districts and the Oregon Department of Education. Clackamas ESD serves ten school districts in Clackamas County, including Canby, Colton, Estacada, Gladstone, Lake Oswego, Molalla River, North Clackamas, Oregon City, Oregon Trail, and West Linn-Wilsonville.

TO APPLY: Submit your application directly at

Application Deadline: Applications received by Friday, June 18 will receive priority review; vacancy to remain posted as needed
Salary: $122,673 to $144,321 commensurate with education & experience
Benefits: Clackamas ESD offers a generous benefit package providing health insurance including HRA options, dental with orthodontia, and vision insurance, with district-paid premium contributions. Paid holidays, sick leave, vacation time off, and other personal leave provided, along with retirement through the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and professional development allocation. 
Commences: August 2021, or sooner if available

Clackamas Education Service District is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We respect and seek to empower each individual and support the diverse cultures, perspectives, skills and experiences within our workforce along with the students and families that we serve.

Clackamas ESD policy provides veterans and disabled veterans with preference as required by law.