Humboldt County Office of Education: SELPA Executive Director

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HCOE Job Description

SELPA Executive Director


Under the general direction of the Humboldt-Del Norte Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Policy Council, with the HCOE Superintendent serving as the Administrative Unit, the SELPA Executive Director oversees the implementation of the adopted SELPA plan and works to assure the legal compliance of all district members relative to SELPA Plan policies and applicable state and federal laws.  The SELPA Executive Director is responsible for conducting evaluation studies, recommending necessary program modifications, and working collaboratively with member districts to ensure that a full continuum of program options is available to serve children identified as needing special education services.  The SELPA Executive Director is responsible for implementing a comprehensive array of in-service programs designed to support both county-operated and local district special education instructional programs.  The SELPA Executive Director serves as a liaison between the SELPA and other special education programs on a regional and statewide basis.  Budget development and monitoring is a shared responsibility of the SELPA Executive Director working in cooperation with the members of the SELPA Policy Council and consultation with HCOE Business Department staff.


  • Assumes a lead role in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all special education programs and services within the SELPA.
  • Adheres to the Humboldt-Del Norte SELPA Local Plan policies, regulations, and procedures.
  • Oversees the submission of local, state, and federal required reporting documents including special education pupil counts, Maintenance of Effort, and annual budget reports, etc.
  • Serves as the Secretary to the SELPA Superintendent’s Policy Council and assists the chairperson in developing the agenda and minutes of the meeting.
  • Plans submitted for approval and monitor the annual budget and service plan for the SELPA.
  • Supervises and evaluates assigned low incidence teachers, Educationally-Related Mental Health Service providers, and SELPA management and classified personnel.  Plays a key role in the selection, placement, and professional development planning for SELPA staff members.
  • Serves as a member of the Superintendent’s Leadership Council.
  • May be called upon to assist an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) team with designing student assessment, individualized instructional plan design, implementation, and progress.
  • Provides in-service training to SELPA Policy Council members, administrators, support staff, and general and special education teachers throughout the SELPA.
  • Provides mediation services and other program-related consultation when requested by a district member of the SELPA.
  • Provides information to parents, administrators, teachers, and agency personnel in the SELPA regarding existing resources available to children and families.
  • Acquires and disseminates information regarding innovative instructional methods/techniques to enhance SELPA services.
  • Coordinates the SELPA Community Advisory Committee (CAC).
  • Coordinates program delivery and student transition with district special education program administrative personnel and staff members from various community agencies including the regional center and county mental health.
  • Supports the policies and programs of the Humboldt County Office of Education and performs assigned duties consistent with school, district, office, and SELPA policies, regulations, and procedures.
  • Maintains current knowledge of laws, regulations, and procedures related to programs and services for disabled students.
  • Maintains professional competency by actively engaging in employer-directed in-service activities and other similar opportunities provided to staff.
  • Cooperatively engages in the professional evaluation process with supervisor to ensure ongoing professional growth and competence.
  • Effectively communicates with staff, parents, and agencies.
  • Attends regular and special staff meetings and actively participates as a member of the educational team.
  • Responds effectively to the input from, and coordinates tasks with, district/school personnel as required by the assignment.
  • Participates in interagency relationships including consultation and assistance in the development and implementation of interagency agreements.
  • Oversees coordinated compliance reviews and necessary training.
  • Guides Local Plan revision process.
  • Oversees SELPA Policy Council Ad Hoc Committees and standing committees such as the Program Options and ED Committees.
  • Recommends new procedures and changes in existing procedures governing the implementation and management of the department.
  • Prepares and manages assigned budget.
  • Actively engages in an ongoing program of professional development to maintain and improve management skills and leadership abilities.
  • Performs other assigned duties.


Education, Experience, and Requirements:

  • California Administrative Credential required.
  • Demonstrate competence in communicating effectively with staff, district personnel, members of the public, and representatives of other local, state, and federal agencies.
  • Possess a valid California Driver’s License or otherwise insure the ability to attend to duties at multiple worksites during the day.
  • Possess at least five (5) years of successful supervisory or administrative experience, including at least three (3) years in a responsible site or central office special education administrative capacity.
  • Have developed particular expertise in special education program planning and familiarity with a broad range of educational law.
  • Demonstrate strong leadership, organizational, communication, and human relations skills,
  • including the skills of mediation and group consensus building.
  • Possess an advanced degree and experience/training in program and budget planning; staff and curriculum development; staff and program evaluation, and special education program administration.

 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.

Additional Requirements

Individuals who serve as SELPA Executive Director provide services in the office as well as in various sites throughout the county, sometimes serving multiple sites in a single workday.  Public speaking skills, group problem solving and leadership ability, the ability to communicate effectively in writing, and the capacity to maintain a personal demeanor during periods of peak workflow and perform efficiently within restricted timeframes are critical factors for success in this position.

Individuals who serve as management personnel must be willing to modify days/hours and to work additional days/hours on occasion with appropriate compensation and be willing to travel using their transportation with mileage reimbursed, or county office fleet vehicle, as the job may require.

Monthly travel out of the area is required for this position.

Reviewed: 09/29/2017 | Revised 7/18/2023 | Schedule B/Class 4

Policy Council Approved: 7/18/2023

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