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Assistant Director of SPED Life Skills Program, LEEP

Clackamas Education Service District

Assistant Director of Special Education
Life Enrichment Education Program (LEEP)
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 Assistant Director manages the instructional program for students enrolled in the ESD’s Life Enrichment Education Program (LEEP), supports program improvement activities, and assists in the District’s compliance with state and federal standards pertaining to special education. The Assistant Director nurtures and sustains a program culture and instructional program conducive to student learning and staff professional growth.

General Description of the Program: The Life Enrichment Education Program (LEEP) provides specially designed instruction and related services for eligible Clackamas County students ages 5-21 years. Students attend self-contained classrooms in schools located throughout the county. The curriculum focuses on personal management, communication, practical living skills, vocational skills, leisure and recreation activities, and social skills. Based on the individual needs of each student, the ESD offers speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, adaptive PE, and nursing support. LEEP also provides an extended school year program in the summer for students who would regress because of a lengthy educational recess.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS - for a complete list of essential functions, refer to the job description.
1) Plans strategically, organizes personnel, fiscal, and technological resources, and assists in the provision of leadership to enable students with disabilities to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education in the LEEP Program
2) Recommends revision of the instructional program model consistent with educational practices for students with moderate to profound disabilities, legal requirements, and needs for local school districts 
3) Receives student referrals from local school districts, analyzes students’ needs based upon the ESD LEEP Local Service Plan eligibility and assists the resident district in the process to enroll students in a LEEP classroom
4) Coordinates the planning and delivery of student services including multi-disciplinary classroom team collaboration, IEP teams, IEP development, students’ three year reevaluations, provision of related services and access to mainstreaming opportunities
5) Promotes the use of the most effective and appropriate technologies to support teaching and learning for students served in the program including augmentative communication and assistive technology
6) See job description for complete list of essential functions

* Master’s degree in education or equivalent experience
* Appropriate administrative license as required by Teacher Standards and Practices Commission
* At least three years’ recent successful special education administrative experience in public education with skills sufficient to perform the essential functions
* Recent successful experience supervising of employees
* Working knowledge of best instructional practices for students with significant cognitive disabilities
* See job description for complete list of minimum qualifications

Clackamas Education Service District is 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: Priority consideration for applications received by August 27, 2020. Vacancy will remain open until filled as applicable.
Salary: Based on highest level of education and prior years of applicable 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: September 2020

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.