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NPS School Director - Special Education 


Job Summary:

Responsible to direct and maintain high quality concurrent education and mental health programming to meet the needs of young people and families enrolled due to co-occurring developmental and emotional challenges. Provides leadership to education and clinical staff; develops strategies to integrate educational, mental health, vocational, activities and family support. Collaborate with Senior Director regarding professional supervision of teachers or mental health staff as needed. Collaborate effectively with Residential Manager to ensure seamless program for youth in residence, school and mental health services. Develops and maintains collaborative partnership with other community agencies, schools, families/caregivers and school districts to coordinate school services. Ensures regulatory compliance with CA Dept. of Education, school district, National School Lunch Program, and mental health program standards. Provides leadership in outcome oriented program design/delivery, full enrollment, and fiscal health of school program.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Program Development: 1) Designs and implements daily program to include individualized educational and mental health programming in collaboration with program leadership, 2) Develops program guidelines to ensure program standards meet and/or exceed all applicable educational and mental health regulations. 3) Facilitates staff meetings to ensure a strong multi-disciplinary team approach including collaboration with external providers and family members.

Management and Supervision: 1) Hires, manages, supervises and evaluates school and assigned mental health staff to meet operational goals and quality standards of the program. 3) Collaborates with Senior Director to hire and supervise mental health staff as needed. 4) Ensures adherence to agency values; compliance with policies and regulations. 5) Motivates staff towards a commitment to excellence and outcomes. 6) Provides leadership to teaching and mental health support staff; to ensure supervision and mentoring; 7) Conducts weekly staff meetings to ensure academic and behavioral programming is meeting student needs. 8) Leads or co-leads School Wellness Committee.

Fiscal: 1) Develops the annual budget in coordination with Senior Director. 2) Achieves established service delivery and financial goals. 3) Maintains full program enrollment through marketing and outreach activities.

Administrative: 1) Oversees quality of documentation, communications, certifications, accreditations, and other administrative aspects of program.

Academic: 1) Assumes responsibility for assessment and intake activities; provide thorough assessment and evaluation of students' strengths and needs. 2) Ensures the development of individualized strategies to effectively meet students' IEP goals. 3) Ensures the integrity and thorough integration of program components through collaboration with residential services and community programs. 4) Teaches when needed (e.g., during teacher vacancies or absences).

Professional Development: 1) Participates in weekly supervision and group supervision or staff meetings as assigned. 2) Maintains current Credential. 3) Participates in trainings which includes but not limited to Pro-ACT, First Aid/CPR, and cultural responsiveness. 4) Provides training as assigned. 5) Participates in quality improvement as assigned. 6) Participates in Agency committees as assigned.

Compliance: 1) Maintains excellent professional boundaries and adheres to all professional ethical standards including abuse reporting, maintenance of participant confidentiality. 2) Adheres to all agency and program policies including Boundary Code of Ethics, Core Competencies, Code of Conduct, HIPAA, Employee Handbook and state and federal regulations.

Other Duties: 1) Performs all other duties as assigned. 2) May drive on Agency business as required.

Position Requirements



1. B.A. Degree from an accredited college/university.

2. Possession of a valid California Special Education Credential.

3. Administrative Credential or two (2) years supervisory experience.

4. Demonstrated understanding of the developmental milestones of the population served.

5. Demonstrated cultural responsiveness in working with diverse families and communities, and supportive responsiveness to youth who may have experienced trauma

6. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team.

7. Basic computer and keyboarding competence with the ability to use Microsoft Office Suite.

8. Clean driving record; current CA Driver’s License required, or ability to obtain within 10 days after hire.


1. M.A. Degree from an accredited college/university.

2. Knowledge of non-public school regulations and operations.

3. Minimum of two (2) years’ experience with severely emotionally disturbed adolescents and school administration.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet but on occasion may range from moderate to loud but is, at all times, maintained within safe California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (CAL/OSHA) standards.


1. Communicates clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing, with co-workers, supervisors, and youths.

2. Must be able to comprehend, follow, and clearly convey instructions to others.

3. Must be computer proficient and be able to work on a computer for up to 25 hours per week.

Physical Activities

1. Must be able to handle or manipulate objects, tools, and operate controls.

2. Must be able to reach for stacked products, store and retrieve file boxes on high shelves.

3. Must be able to push, pull, lift and/or carry as much as 10 lbs.

4. Must be licensed and have the ability and skill to drive a vehicle.

5. Must be able to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard.

6. Must be able to respond quickly to emergencies, and to learn and implement Pro-ACT (or other agency approved training) as directed by program leadership.

7. The job has potential for injury or harm, and the ability to assess and avoid threats posed by participants and the community is necessary to maintain safety.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Req Number SOC-19-00039  
Location FFYC - Oakland  
About the Organization Based in Oakland, California, Fred Finch Youth Center works with young people facing multiple challenges, including homelessness, economic disadvantage, mental health and cognitive disabilities, and histories of significant trauma and loss. Many have experienced abuse; live at or below the poverty line; are growing up in foster care, and are seeking to make their way in the world as independent, strong young adults. Despite their circumstances, these young people possess numerous strengths including tenacity, kindness, and the ability to strive for a brighter future. Committed to the notion that no one is without hope, no matter how desperate their circumstances may appear, Fred Finch staff helps each person we serve find and build upon their strengths so they may reach their potential and lead meaningful, fulfilling lives.

Founded in 1891 as an orphanage, today's Fred Finch Youth Center operates 24 programs in California including mental health, housing, education, and independent living services, providing a pathway to healing and self-sufficiency. Our 127-year history and strong track record have made Fred Finch Youth Center a recognized leader in the treatment of children and families.

FFYC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer who does not discriminate and follows all regulations under the Act as well as all the regulations under California's Fair Employment and Housing Act.

Fred Finch Youth Center partners with contracted providers to provide mental health services to residents of the following counties:

* Alameda County * Contra Costa County * Fresno County * Los Angeles County * Merced County * Napa County * Orange County *Placer County * Sacramento County * San Diego County * San Mateo County * Santa Clara County


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