Under the direction of the Assistant Superintendent, Student Support Services, the Director develops, organizes, implements and oversees the Special Education resolution process, and professional learning program for District staff. The Director provides oversight, coordination and support to assigned areas of the Special Education Department, including but not limited to, Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings, conflict resolution, contracted providers, and state and federal reporting and compliance. The Director acts as a leader and collaborative partner in district initiatives across departments and divisions.
Representative Duties: • Coordinates/oversees Facilitated IEPs and due process hearing requests • Coordinates all steps of the due process hearing resolution process including response letters, correspondence, resolution sessions, mediations, and hearings • Works with attorneys and advocates. • Conducts informal dispute Resolution (IDR) meetings to resolve disputes regarding special education and Section 504. • Prepares, reviews, and monitors implementation of Settlement Agreements, including Board Approval. • Researches and reviews case law and applicable federal, state and education laws and codes. • Conducts case file analysis, planning and organization for due process. • May represent the District in due process hearings and other meetings with legal counsel. • Monitors contracts with external providers, including Board Approval, budget for these services, and ensuring completion. • Develops, presents and oversees meetings, workshops and training in assigned areas and identified areas of need. • Responds to formal complaints including but not limited to California Department of Education Compliance Complaints and Office of Civil Rights Complaints. • Supervises and evaluates assigned certificated and classified personnel. • Assist the Assistant Superintendent with SELPA responsibilities, including support for the CAC. • May participate in the development of the annual budget; control and authorize expenditures in accordance with established limitations • Prepares a variety of state and federal reports and compliance documents as directed. • Performs related duties as assigned.
The duties and responsibilities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these job functions.
California Administrative Services credential
California credential in a related field such as teaching or special education
Master’s degree or above
Five years of successful experience within the public school system
Minimum two years administrative experience; preferably at the central office and/or principal level
Formal legal training or a Jurist Doctorate Degree
Knowledge of applicable government and special education codes, regulations and laws.
Knowledge of planning, organizing and directing assigned areas of the Special Education Department.
Possess strong leadership, facilitation, planning and organization skills.
Effective communication skills: listening, speaking and written.
Knowledge and experience with conflict management, special education litigation and Informal/Alternative Dispute Resolution program.
Experience in developing and conducting workshops and training sessions for various audiences.
Experience in supervision and evaluation of program and staff.
Ability to analyze and problem solve complex situations.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
Additional Salary Information: $145,394 - $176,894 (224 days) based on the 2019-20 salary schedule plus mileage stipend, communication stipend, generous district contributions toward health and welfare benefits and paid professional dues.
About Newport Mesa Unified School District
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District (NMUSD) includes nearly 59 square miles and is comprised of the cities of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and Corona del Mar, California. Located on the beautiful Southern California coast, in Orange County, NMUSD is within 40 miles of Los Angles to the northwest , and within 90 miles of San Diego to the south.
Our Superintendent and the seven member governing school board oversees 32 schools and approximately 22,000 students. Our district is comprised of 22 elementary schools, 2 intermediate schools, 2 middle/high schools, 2 high schools, 3 alternative education programs, and 1 adult education program (in partnership with Huntington Beach Adult School.)
We employ approximately 1,700 certificated employees and 1,500 classified employees.