Humboldt County Office of Education: Department Secretary – Special Education

Notice: In July 2022 HCOE classified job descriptions were re-classified. We are working to get the classifications changed on individual job descriptions. A PDF mapping these changes can be found here. For questions please contact the HCOE Personnel Office at (707) 445-7039.

HCOE Job Description

Department Secretary – Special Education

Job Summary

Under general supervision, of the Director of Special Education, to perform varied complex secretary duties requiring diligent exercise of judgment and initiative and also serves as backup receptionist for department.

Examples of Duties

  • Greets and serves a variety of individuals on a daily basis, both professional educators and representatives of the general public;
  • Serves as executive secretary for the department and is called upon to initiate correspondence from the Director of Special Education;
  • Schedules all departmental meetings, prepares agendas and packets for meetings, takes minutes and transcribes, initiates follow-up correspondence when necessary;
  • Conducts continuing correspondence independently on procedural or informational matters;
  • Prepares and maintains departmental forms, schedules, official permanent records, student and program confidential files and reports according to program requirements;
  • Maintains data for Due Process/complaint filings; collects data and prepares reports for the state such as annual budget service plans, personnel reports, etc.;
  • Processes payroll for all department staff; processes travel;
  • Coordinates the work of other office staff when assigned;
  • Performs more complex work at a high level of quality and accuracy, including the preparation of legal documents/reports.

Employment Standards

Education and Experience

Graduation from high school or comparable demonstration of basic competence and not less than four years of progressively responsible secretarial experience. Experience in an education setting is desired, but not required.

Knowledge of:

  • Modern office terminology, procedures/equipment;
  • Educational organization, policies and procedures;
  • Office practices and procedures;
  • Proper English usage, grammar, spelling, vocabulary and punctuation;
  • Organization of files and records;
  • Office management software programs, e.g. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint.

Ability to:

  • Take dictation at a speed of 100 words per minute, and transcribe accurately;
  • Work independently;
  • Understand and comply with District, County, State and Federal procedures, policies and statutes;
  • Maintain high degree of confidentiality;
  • Accurately type 60 words per minute and enter data with accuracy;
  • Communicate with tact and courtesy;
  • Respond to routine inquiries;
  • Follow oral and written directions;
  • Operate modern office equipment, including computers;
  • Adapt to changing work demands;
  • Manage task priorities to meet deadlines;
  • Work under varying degrees of stress;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals and groups;
  • Read and comprehend fine print, such as contracts, spreadsheets and texts;
  • Communicate effectively via telephone, computer modem and in person.

Physical Abilities

(Consideration will be given to reasonable accommodation for the following physical requirements.)

  • Sufficient vision to read printed materials;
  • Sufficient hearing to conduct in-person and telephone conversations;
  • Sufficient mobility to move about the county office and other sites as may be required
  • Ability to speak in an understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard in normal conversation distance, on the telephone, and to address groups of varying sizes;
  • Physical and emotional stamina to cope with sometimes stressful situations and conditions.

Range 6 (Reclassified from Range 40)
Revised 11/16/2021

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