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Director of Special Programs

Greater Albany School District
Closing date: 
Sunday, January 31, 2021

 Greater Albany Public Schools - Job Description 

             Director of Special Programs
Salary Level: Per negotiated agreement TSA, Expense Allowance, Cell Phone Stipend included   
233 Day Annual Contract                                     
Reports to: Assistant Superintendent                   Classification: Administrator                    FLSA Status: Exempt 

Position to begin March 2021               


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential job functions consistently and to the satisfaction of the employer. Reasonable accommodations may be made for qualified disabled individuals. This job description is not an exhaustive list, as employees may be required to perform duties not specifically designated within this document, at the employer's discretion. The Greater Albany Public School District reserves the right to modify or interpret this job description as needed.

The Director of Special Programs establishes the vision guiding special education programs and services for students from kindergarten through post high school with disabilities with a focus on improving educational outcomes.  Knowledge of federal and state laws regarding the provision of services to students with disabilities is a primary responsibility for this position.  The director works closely with all staff within the department as well as coordinating with the staff from other departments and schools to ensure compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).  This is a Cabinet-level position that reports to the Assistant Superintendent of Schools.


Supports implementation of best practices for inclusive education for students served by special education kindergarten through post high school.

Supports the implementation of culturally responsive teaching practices and anti-bias education.

Collaborates closely with special programs’ staff, district staff, community partners, and families for the purpose of strengthening the quality of special programs and to ensure the services are reflective of local needs.

Evaluates district special education services and ensures special education is implemented in compliance with federal and state laws as well as board policies. 

Develops and leverages professional learning communities and provides professional learning development for the purpose of improving staff’s capacity to serve the diverse learning needs of students with disabilities.  

Assesses and identifies current and future special program needs and builds a multi-year plan that guides personnel, programmatic, and support services needed to achieve the goals of the plan.  

Establishes and ensures compliant procedures are implemented for the identification, service coordination, and placement for eligible students in special education.

Provide culturally appropriate, clear and effective communication to district staff, families, and other key stakeholder groups around special education.  

Based on current and projected needs, prepares and monitors the special programs’ budgets, prepares grant applications, and solicits appropriate funds to maintain and build programs within established budgeted amounts. 

Collaborate with district instruction and curriculum department to ensure curriculum and instruction provided for students with disabilities is based on consistent evidence-based practices in all schools across grade levels.  

Facilitate a variety of high stakes meetings that may involve a range of issues for the purpose of identifying collaborative and creative solutions based on group input.  

Provides expenditure control for requisitioning and ordering equipment and materials for the special education program. 

Assists with the review and revision of board policies pertaining to special education programs and equity. 

Provides school administrators with technical assistance and help with planning and implementing effective school-based special education programs. 

Supervises, evaluates, and directs the work of special education departmental personnel to include special education supervisors and coordinators. 

Monitors outcomes and progress data, submits state and district reports that relate to special education. 

Models non-discriminatory practices in all activities and actively participates in equity, diversity and inclusion tranings. (Is this boilerplate language?)


Assists other personnel as may be required for the purpose of supporting them in the completion of their work activities.

Advises Superintendent regarding special education and other matters. 


Must possess a Master’s degree and possess or be eligible for an Oregon License in administration and supervision.

Must possess extensive experience in the field of special education to include classroom experience and supervisory/administrative experience.


Demonstrate a commitment to advocate for the needs of all students, especially students with disabilities and the need to educate them in the least restrictive environment.

Communicate a clear and inspiring vision for serving students with special needs.

Comprehensive knowledge of current Oregon laws, policies, administrative rules, and model programs related to general and special education services.  

Proven skill in providing strong leadership to build consensus among diverse groups, including special programs’ staff and families served by our programs.  

Abilities to sit for prolonged periods, provide direction to others and make independent judgments, keep and maintain accurate records, meet deadlines, communicate with individuals of varied cultural and educational backgrounds, communicate in oral and written form. Significant physical abilities include reaching/handling/fingering, talking/hearing conversations and other sounds, visual acuity/depth perception/visual accommodation. (UGH) Don’t forget the ability to sit through a lot of meetings…


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 accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. Must have the ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time; exhibit manual dexterity to dial a telephone, enter data into a computer; hear and understand speech at normal levels; speak in audible tones so that others may understand clearly in normal classrooms, outdoors and on the telephone; physical agility to lift up to 25 pounds; to bend, stoop, climb stairs, walk and reach overhead. 


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. Duties are normally performed in an office/school/classroom environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 


 Appropriate Staff as required

 Salary as per agreement, $115,555 - $127,582 based on experience; and Insurance package included, district contributed TSA,  expense allowance, cell phone   reimbursement, HRA for eligible admin, and a 233 workday calendar.