School Program Director
Company: Pacific Autism Center Of Education
Location: Santa Clara
Posted on: September 17, 2022
Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE) is a nonprofit agency
located in Santa Clara, CA which provides high quality programs for
individuals with Autism and associated developmental disabilities
living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Come be a part of our team
and make a difference!
We are currently searching for a School Program Director /
Principal to help us expand to a new location and who provides
critical organizational support for the administrative functions of
the school program. Reporting to the Executive Director, the School
Program Director has overall responsibility for the function,
integrity, quality, and compliance of the PACE School program.
Under the general supervision of the Executive Director, the School
Program Director maintains leadership over the school faculty
comprised of the Teacher/Teacher-Interns, Therapists (SLP/OT) and
Behaviorist (BCBA). In this capacity, the School Program Director
will also oversee the placement, training and coordination of the
Instruction Aide (IA) staff along with appropriate faculty
training/education. The School Program Director is responsible for
ensuring the compliance and quality of the PACE School program with
industry best practice approaches to ensure optimal student
academic, developmental and social emotional progress. The
essential functions and duties of the School Program Director is as
follows: School Program Services The School Program Directors
primary role is providing solid program leadership and staff
coordination to ensure the best quality of education for the
students and their families.
Student Support The School Program Directors primary job is to
establish and support a high quality educational program to best
serve the students attending the school. In the most general terms,
this covers the administration of a daily schedule and calendar
year program that covers appropriate adapted academic standards,
developmental strategies for positive social & vocational outcomes
with behavioral/skill/sensory management.
Program Promotion Student enrollment, District standing and
parent/community outreach are critical to the ongoing success of
PACE. This requires presenting to school Districts and potential
students as well as engagement in parent/community outreach
promoting the work of the PACE school.
Knowledgebase The School Program Director should be an open
resource to the school staff in developing proactive and
individualized educational strategies for each student. This
includes the design, implementation and feedback of student goals
and methods of teaching with industry best practices. These
methodologies should be routinely reviewed and enhanced with new
Documentation Effective data tracking and review is critically
important for evidence based progress. The School Program Director,
in collaboration with the School BCBA, will ensure that all staff
maintain thorough and accurate data collection forms that are
appropriately reviewed for progress and program changes where
necessary. Periodically review the data and consult with staff as
Classroom Support Participate in weekly classroom team meetings to
increase familiarity with classroom needs and be available for
consultation. Participate in teacher / therapy meetings on a
regular basis or when needed, to increase familiarity with the
needs of the classroom and to provide academic/leadership consult
to the team.
School Compliance As a state-certified Non-Public School, PACE is
required to maintain compliance with all components of CA Education
Code which include the following:
Student Records As the certified School Administrator, the School
Program Director is responsible for the accuracy and efficacy of
student progress in each students Individualized Education Plan
(IEP). This includes meeting oversight and assurance of timely
completion of IEPs.
Certifications The School Program Director will also ensure that
faculty and staff are appropriately certified and assigned to cover
the services required in both the IEP and CDE compliance.
Curriculum The cornerstone of the education framework is the
curriculum and how education concepts are taught and progress
assessed for each student. Curriculum must be approved by the CDE
which is reviewed during the CDE on-site evaluation. Best practice
ensures that the education curriculum consists of relevant data
collection, routine review on academic progress and periodic
overall assessment of curriculum design.
Related Services The School Program Director is also the lead
facilitator overseeing the assignments and delivery of related
services which covers SLP, OT and in collaboration with the School
BCBA, Behavior Management resources.
Therapy Services The School Program Director has the authority for
caseload assignment for OT and SLP services. This includes the best
effort to ensure optimal caseload service completion covering each
students IEP. This role also covers team meetings for ongoing
Behavior Support Services This involves the overall setting of
behavioral strategies and support to be delivered by the Behavior
Analyst (BCBA) and the assigned Behavior Support Associates (BSA).
While the role of behavior program delivery is the direct
responsibility of the Behavior Analyst (BCBA), the School Program
Director will ensure predictable and consistent behavior
practices/training along with critical review of Special Incident
Reports (SIR). The School Program Director maintains responsibility
for approving any significant behavioral modification or corrective
action, especially Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP). Staff
Development Provide training for staff on behavior management of
the students. Recruiting The most important element of staffing is
effective recruiting. The School Program Director is essential in
the interviewing and placement of new school staff. This includes
onboarding follow up to ensure staff are settling into their
PACE Policies Enforce PACE policies. Support management in ensuring
that staff is knowledgeable and understands PACE policy. Ensure
that all staff is clear on the programs expectations of them via
New Hire Training Provide formal initial staff training to all new
employees to promote well informed staff and ensure the quality of
the program and safety. Provide ongoing supervision of at least 90
days for new line staff to assist with the onboarding plan.
Behavior Training In collaboration with the School BCBA, provide
ongoing behavior management training to teachers, therapist and
instructional specialist via in-service trainings and or classroom
meetings on a monthly basis. Train staff on behavioral intervention
and support plans. Ensure that all staff fully understand, are able
to follow and implement behavioral and support plans for
Crisis Management Train staff on Crisis Management methodology to
ensure safety and appropriate hands on intervention for severe
student behaviors and medical emergencies (ie. seizures). Conduct
appropriate debriefing and independent staff follow up as
In-Service Training - The School Program Director is responsible
for the development of an annual training program for monthly
in-services and weekly training programs which includes a master
education/training plan with appropriate measures for fidelity
feedback and follow through.
Reviews & Corrective Action The School Program Director is
responsible for reviewing all direct reports and indirectly
overseeing the reviews of secondary staff. Where necessary, the
School Program Director will participate in any corrective action
process warranted for Performance improvement.
Professional Leadership The School Program Director must set the
highest standard for appropriate professional conduct through
leadership by example. This is particularly important when
establishing a culture of inclusion, diversity, non-favoritism,
equal opportunity and opportunity investment in staffing.
Knowledge, Skill and Experience The candidate must possess the
following minimum requirements: Education Must have a Masters
degree in Special Education with a minimum of 5 years direct
teaching experience. Must qualify for a School Administrator
designation on CDE code.
Experience The School Program Director must have at least 5 years
of special education classroom teaching experience preferably
working with autistic or developmentally disabled students.
First Aid Possess a valid first aid and CPR certification from The
American Red Cross and maintain this certificate in good
Medical Must have a clear physical health and TB test prior to
employment and routinely during employment as required.
Clearance Must possess and maintain a clear DOJ and FBI clearance
prior to and during employment.
Physical Restraints Must be capable of passing the Safety Care
physical behavior management requirements. Physical Requirements
The School Program Director must be able to comply and adhere to
the following physical requirements. Pushing, Pulling and Lifting
The incumbent must be able to lift and or push at least 45lbs. in
order to carry necessary presentation materials to external sites
Student Restraint The incumbent must be able to properly
demonstrate and implement all physical restraints for behavior
management crisis when needed.
Driving The incumbent must be able to physically drive from a
variety of PACE locations. Office Work This position requires that
the incumbent be able to conduct a variety of office work. Personal
Requirements Must have the ability to work independently and in
cooperation with others.
Must enjoy working with and relating to people effectively.
Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
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