Expatiate Communications Special Education Director Pasadena, CA · Full time

Expatiate Communications is a boutique management consulting firm with unmatched expertise in special education. We deliver innovative solutions for the most challenging and complex special education issues facing school districts, ESAs/COEs and State educational agencies.


As the Education Program Director, you will foremost be responsible for creating a positive culture and increasing student achievement by consistently ensuring the implementation of the instructional practices and strategies endorsed by the company and adopted under IDEA. This position operates as a special education director oversees multiple special education programs and operates and functions as a liaison between the central office and the school district's designated site contacts by establishing and maintaining positive, interactive working relationships.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Providing vision and leadership to support student achievement and effective operations by supervising staff, developing, and implementing performance management plans, identifying professional learning needs, and participating in professional learning opportunities.
  • Effectively participating in the employment and selection process to ensure an effective site team is in place.
  • Analyzing the professional development needs of staff and aligning needs with Expatiate's standard of care while also actively recognizing accomplishments and addressing issues to ensure productive site operations.
  • Performing managerial responsibilities including but not limited to overseeing the day-to-day operation of schedules and activities, administration, financial/budgetary operations, resource allocation, and district/community relationships.
  • Driving the enrollment process from referral to last day of attendance; ensuring timely classroom placement upon receiving a referral, conducting effective site tours, managing classroom rosters according to student needs and state requirements, and participating in the development of plans for transitioning students to the least restrictive environment.
  • Instructing, monitoring, and evaluating all staff and students in the use of learning materials and resources to ensure fidelity of instruction and student performance/evaluation.
  • Observing, evaluating, and reporting staff and student performance and development through the IEP Checklist or other observation tools.
  • Participating in the assurance and accreditation processes to ensure that the site passes or meets performance plans.
  • Preparing and presenting required reports on student progress, achievement, and activities to ensure accuracy in numerical analysis and presentation.
  • Compiling, analyzing, and using assessment data to measure student growth and guide instruction and/or academic intervention for each student and site.
  • Maintaining accurate and complete records of students' progress and development as required by state laws, Expatiate, SEIS, and district policies.
  • Ensuring the timely completion and distribution of IEP progress reports and service delivery reports for all students.
  • Ensuring compliance with mandatory requirements including but not limited to IEP process, CDE compliance, state testing, and Expatiate policies.
  • Managing student behavior by embracing Expatiate policies and applying appropriate support or disciplinary measures when necessary.
  • Providing support, encouragement, and counseling to students with academic problems.
  • Travel requirements encompassing site visits, seminars, and conferences.
  • Performing other duties as assigned including direct services as needed and applicable.

Qualifications Required:

  • Must hold currently or be in the process of obtaining one of the following: Master’s degree in education, special education, psychology, counseling, behavioral analysis, social work, behavioral science, or a related service like speech, OT or PT issued by an accredited postsecondary institution.
  • Credential authorizing special education instruction and at least two years of experience teaching in special education before becoming an administrator.

       Qualifications Preferred:

  • Minimum 2yr's prior experience in an educational leadership or managerial role.
  • Administrative credential granted by an accredited postsecondary educational institution and two years of experience with pupils with disabilities.
  • Minimum 2yr's prior experience teaching in a special education program setting.
  • Minimum 2yr's prior experience working with pupils with disabilities.
  • Proficient in curriculum, content areas and instruction.
  • Well-versed in state and/or national content standards.


  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or similar software.
  • Decision Making – Choosing optimal courses of action in a timely manner.
  • Oral Communication – Engaging effectively in dialogue.
  • Writing – Communicating effectively in writing.
  • Customer Focus – Attending to the needs and expectations of customers.
  • Involving Others – Engaging others for input, contribution, and shared responsibility for outcomes
  • Leadership – Guiding and encouraging others to accomplish a common goal.
  • Managing Performance – Ensuring superior individual and group performance
  • Allocating Resources – Prioritizing the use of fiscal and material resources to maximize organizational performance.
  • Culturally Proficient Communication - Demonstrating inclusive and respectful communication and interactions that honor the diverse languages, abilities, religions, and cultures of all individuals.

Individual compensation packages are based on various factors unique to each candidate, including skill set, experience, qualifications, geography, and other job-related reasons. Expatiate Communications is an equal-opportunity employer. Expatiate Communications considers all qualified applicants and employees for hiring, placement, and advancement without regard to a person's race, color, religion, national origin, age, genetic information, military status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or protected veteran status.


$111,000 - $162,000 per year