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Director of Special Education

Willamette Education Service District

General Information
Willamette Education Service District is a regional education agency in Oregon serving 21 school districts in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties as our primary partners. While Willamette ESD is a large agency, it maintains a small organization feel. The special education department is the largest department within WESD with approximately 270 staff. The department employs a wide range of highly specialized staff with education and background in areas such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Vision Impairment, Nursing, Occupational & Physical Therapy, Speech/Language, Early Intervention & Early Childhood Special Education, and School Psychology.

Description of Opportunity
Willamette Education Service District is seeking applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE) Director of Special Education. This position provides a rare opportunity to lead a large department of passionate and dedicated administrators and staff. The director role combines strategic planning and innovation in pursuit of highly specialized services for our 21 component school districts and our Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education program. This position will interest special education leaders who want to be a part of a highly collaborative team and who want to play a key role in leading a growing department that has meaningful impact on special education services for children and students birth through age 21.

This position is based at the WESD Marion Center in Salem, OR. The selected candidate will follow a 240-day calendar (with nine paid holidays and three paid personal leave days), with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020. Employer-paid PERS (retirement benefit), health, dental & vision insurance, and tuition reimbursement are also provided. A full job description and summary of benefits will be provided upon request.

Candidate will be placed on the WESD administrative salary schedule, range $102,094 - $123,315, based on candidate’s qualifications, education, and experience. Salary range shown is for the 2019-2020 school year; the range for the 2020-2021 school year to be determined.

WESD is committed to having a diverse workforce and strongly encourages all interested candidates to apply.

Applicants must be committed to equitable practices in education and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to reducing academic disparities among students that exist because of race, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, or family income. The Director will ensure equity principles are integrated into all facets of communication work and will collaborate with the agency’s Leadership Team, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team, and staff from all departments to fully implement the agency's equity policy and Oregon’s equity lens.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Collaborates with a variety of stakeholders (such as district administrators, WESD staff, outside partners, and families) to accomplish team objectives and leverages department resources to ensure positive outcomes and desired results.
• Identifies current and future needs in school districts by establishing rapport with special education directors and other relevant district staff, in order to provide strategic specialized services and supports.
• Contributes to the department and agency’s effectiveness by identifying short-term and long-range issues that must be addressed, providing key information and pertinent input into recommendations and implementation of continuous improvement plans.
• Prepares reports on a variety of topics related to special education for a variety of audiences by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing information and trends.
• Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local legal requirements by studying existing and new legislation and advises agency leaders as needed.
• Serves as a member of WESD's Leadership Team, working collaboratively as a team member with excellent interpersonal skills and supporting the organizational goals established by the Superintendent
• Performs other work as assigned by the Superintendent

Required Qualifications
• Masters Degree with academic training in special education
• Oregon Teacher Standards & Practices Commission (TSPC) School Administrator License, or ability to obtain this license
• Minimum of ten (10) year’s experience in public education, part of which must have been in teaching or supervising in the field of special education
• Nationwide criminal history check

Desired Qualifications
• Minimum of five (5) year’s experience as a school administrator preferred
• Excellent communication and customer relations skills
• Proven skills in working collaboratively and productively in a team environment
• Ability to develop financial plans and manage resources
• Proven skill in building consensus among diverse groups, including department personnel, component school districts, and partner agencies
• Demonstrated ability to analyze complex situations and implement proactive or corrective actions and strategies
• Recent, successful experience collaborating with executive-level administrators to achieve organizational goals

Application Process
• Applications are available at (select Recruit & Hire) or online at
• In addition to the application, applicants must submit a resume, two letters of reference and a letter of introduction for the application to be complete.
• Unofficial copies of transcripts and license(s) must be submitted. Successful applicants are required to provide official transcripts before completion of the hiring process.
• If you require assistance with the application or interview process due to a disability, please call Director of Human Resources at (503) 385-4752. Alternate formats are available upon request.

Reasonable accommodations for the application and interview process will be provided upon request and as required in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Individuals with disabilities may contact the Human Resources Director at 503-385-4752 for additional information or assistance. Speech/Hearing impaired persons may contact the ESD for assistance through the Oregon Telecommunication Relay Service at 1-800-735-2900 or 711.

The Willamette Education Service District is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, minorities and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Qualifying veterans and disabled veterans may obtain preference by submitting with their completed application a copy of the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214 or 215) or a letter from the US Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs indicating receipt of a non-service connected pension as verification of eligibility. Disabled Veterans must also submit a copy of their veteran's disability preference letter from the Dept. of Veteran Affairs, unless the information is included in the DD Form 214/215.