Director of Special Education Programs

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The Board of Trustees of the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District invites well-qualified administrative candidates to apply for the position of Director of Special Education Programs.  The Director will serve under the direction of the Superintendent and under the immediate supervision of the Assistant Superintendent of Special Services.
The Director of Special Education Programs works in conjunction with the SELPA Director and Director of Special Education Assessments to plan, direct, coordinate, and participate in the development and implementation of the special education programs and services for the District.  The Director ensures alignment with the District priorities and compliance with State and Federal laws and regulations.


  1. Assists the Assistant Superintendent of Special Services and other District Administration in establishing department vision and the direction of programs.  Creates procedures and milestones for implementing plans and monitoring contractual and legal agreements.

  2. Assists with the development of, and oversees implementation, monitoring, and assessment of District special education programs and related services.  Coordinates services and resources with other District programs.

  3. Reviews and revises plans, policies, and procedures for Special Education.  Reviews and recommends enhancements to services that integrate special education into general education.  Applies current research and techniques in special education to include, but not limited to service delivery.

  4. Coordinates IEP development processes and provides oversight to IEP implementation and progress.  

  5. Organizes and directs targeted special education programs such as those in preschool and extended school year environments.  Coordinates assessments, staffing assignments, and contracted service delivery.

  6. Consults with other professionals, directors, school site principals, and special education staff regarding special education services at sites.  Provides advice and direction for the efficient and effective use of human resources and funding resources.

  7. Coordinates, facilitates, and designates special education programs and services to ensure compliance with Federal and State laws and regulations.

  8. Represents the District and participates in IEP meetings, informal conferences, alternative dispute resolution, mediations, litigation discussions, and due process hearings to resolve issues involving students with special needs.  

  9. Responds to, negotiates, and resolves sensitive, significant and controversial issues, inquiries and complaints.

  10. Works with non-public agencies, licensed care institutions, etc., for placement of students when public resources are not available. 

  11. Supervises and evaluates certificated and classified staff and contracted service providers.  Conducts evaluations, staff development, and ensures training on a continuous basis.  Conducts advanced staff development on emerging trends, procedures, techniques, and legislation.

  12. Identifies, develops, and prepares funding proposals for programs.  Establishes historical records of educational outcomes to support proposals.  Prepares, monitors, and oversees departmental budgets.

  13. Coordinates and reviews collection of data related to District performance reviews and mandated external reporting and accountability.

  14. Oversees the maintenance of, and audits special education records to assure compliance with State and Federal laws and regulations, Education Code, and District requirements.

  15. Maintains up-to-date knowledge of trends, laws, regulations and outcomes for special education and related education services. 

  16. Assists in the recruitment of special education staff and contract service providers.

  17. Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.

  1. Valid California Teaching Credential
  2. Valid Administrative Services Credential
  3. Master's degree from an accredited university with major coursework in Education or related field. Doctorate in Education is desired.
  4. At least six to eight years of experience in special education
  5. Three to five years of Administrative experience required.
  6. A personal belief that all students can learn at higher levels and the ability to accomplish the necessary tasks to improve achievement and school/department performance.
  7. Appearance, grooming and personality which establish a desirable model. 
  8. Better than average recommendation from professionals who have observed personal characteristics, scholastic attainment and classroom performance.
  9. Must be able to establish good working relationships with other professionals.

Annual Salary (based on 2021-2022 Salary Schedule) $118,499 to $143,655 (9) steps, 261 working days per year, eight (8) hours per day. Placement on the salary schedule is determined by number of years of administrative experience.  $2,000/year stipend for Doctorate Degree. Additional days, evenings/weekends as needed to perform related job duties and responsibilities. The district currently contributes $18,845.00 for family, dental, medical, and vision insurance plans; life insurance plan for the employee only. 
External applicants must apply online and are required to submit transcriptstwo letters of recommendation, and resume. 

Internal administrative candidates are required to submit a personal letter of interest, two letters of recommendation, and resume.

Submissions should be sent to:
Darryl Johnson
Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources

Special Note: More than one interview may be required. Not every qualified candidate can expect to be interviewed for the openings.   

Panama-Buena Vista Union School District prohibits discrimination, harassment (including sexual), intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.  P-BVUSD requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment (including sexual), intimidation and bullying or title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at (661) 831-8331 or 4200 Ashe Road, Bakersfield, CA 93313.


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Panama-Buena Vista Union School District

4200 Ashe Road , Bakersfield, CA 93313

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Special Services Center

3100 Actis St , Bakersfield, CA 93309