Humboldt County Office of Education: SELPA Program Director I

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HCOE Job Description

SELPA Program Director I

    Classification: Certificated Management


    Under the general direction of the SELPA Director, the SELPA Program Director is responsible for a variety of different SELPA programs and responsibilities including planning, implementation, monitoring of services, budgets, and staff.



    • Minimum 5 years of teaching and/or relevant work experience in special education
    • Increasingly responsible administrative/coordination experience working with educational programs and services


    • Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) credential in school psychology, school counseling, or school social work or valid California credential in the area of Special Education
    • California licensure as an MFT (Marriage and Family Therapist), LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker), or Licensed Psychologist is highly desirable
    • Valid Administrative Services Credential (or ability to attain said credential within the first two years of employment)
    • Valid California driver’s license

    Knowledge of:

    • Principles, techniques, and trends in counseling, behavior intervention strategies, ERICS best practice strategies, and educational strategies to assist students
    • The biological, behavioral, and environmental aspects of emotional disturbances under IDEA
    • The scope and activities of public and private health and welfare agencies and other available community resources
    • Principles and techniques of consultation within an educational community
    • Development and maintenance of cooperative, constructive, relationships with students, school staff, parents, members of other professional disciplines, and agencies
    • Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations of Special Education and General Education, including but not limited to IDEA, 504, LCFF


    • Pre-referral screening with school district personnel for eligibility for ERICS under AB 114
    • Attend IEPs as appropriate and as requested by the SELPA Director
    • Provide monthly oversight/collaboration of SELPA programs (ERICS, Behaviorist Services, Certified Behavioral Support Technician Services, Low Incidence Services)
    • Identifying professional development needs both for SELPA staff and district staff and conducting or arranging for staff development as appropriate
    • Conduct SELPA staff development as appropriate in the areas of mental health, development and dysfunctions, CPI/protective safety strategies, social skills development, LRE interventions, parent intervention strategies, etc.
    • Coordinates with SELPA Director to effect student transitions when needed to more intensive settings, e.g. NPS (Non-Public School) or residential placement; or less intensive settings, e.g. district special education services
    • Responsible for ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations as well as local policy and procedures.
    • Provide coordination with outside agencies, e.g. County Mental Health, private non-profit agencies, residential agencies: to maintain legal compliance, and high-quality services for students
    • Coordinate with local agency efforts to serve and maintain students in the least restrictive environment possible, e.g. NPAs regional center, private providers
    • Assist the SELPA Director with the development of MOUs (memorandum of understanding) for services
    • Assist in the personnel evaluations and supervision of SELPA staff
    • Provide consultation services to district staff, parents, and agencies
    • Attend SELPA meetings as appropriate or at the request of the SELPA Director.
    • Assist SELPA Director with the development of policies and procedures
    • Maintains current records on students receiving ERICS in the SELPA
    • Provides quarterly reports on the scope and effectiveness of ERICS and Behavioral Services to SELPA Director
    • Facilitation and Mediation of IEPs when requested by SELPA Director
    • Serves as a member of the HCOE Leadership Team
    • Actively engages in an ongoing program of professional development to maintain and improve management skills and leadership abilities
    • Participates in appropriate regional and statewide professional meetings
    • Performs other duties as required or requested by SELPA Director

    Additional Requirements

    • Individuals who serve as Program Director 1 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 certificated 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 own transportation with mileage reimbursed, or county office fleet vehicle, as the job may require.

    Physical Requirements

    Occasional (less than 25%)

    • Ability to bend and twist, stoop, and kneel
    • Ability to lift 40 pounds
    • Ability to carry 25 pounds
    • Ability to stand for extended periods

    Often (25 – 50%)

    • Sufficient mobility to move about the work environment
    • Ability to drive to various sites

    Very Frequent (76%)

    • Sufficient mobility to move around a classroom to observe students and staff
    • Ability to stand and move around an office
    • Ability to work at a desk, conference table, or in meetings of various configurations.
    • Ability to see for purposes of reading printed matter and observing staff
    • Ability to hear and understand speech at normal levels
    • Ability to communicate so others will be able to clearly understand
    • Ability to operate office equipment
    • Ability to reach in all directions

    Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a person with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.

    NOTE: This list of essential functions and physical requirements is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary per the requirements of the job.

    Modified 5/21/24

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