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Executive Director of Special Education (#8758)

December 17, 2021

Education Administration

Salem, OR


Willamette Education Service District is accepting applications for a full-time (40 hours per week) Executive Director of Special Education position.  Successful candidate will work as a member of the Special Education Department and will follow a 240-day calendar. This position will be based at the Willamette ESD Marion Center in Salem, OR and will begin July 1, 2022.


Education and/or Experience: Masters Degree with academic training in special education. Teacher Standards & Practices Commission (TSPC) School Administrator
License. Minimum of ten (10) years experience in public education, part of which must have been in teaching or supervising in the field of special education preferred.

Minimum of five (5) years experience as a school administrator preferred. Excellent communication and customer relations skills. Knowledge of current technological developments and trends. Proven skills in working collaboratively and productively in a team environment. Ability to develop financial plans and manage resources. Proven skill in building consensus among diverse groups, including department personnel, component school districts, and partner agencies. Demonstrated ability to analyze complex situations and implement proactive or corrective actions and strategies.

Recent, successful experience collaborating with executive-level administrators to achieve organizational goals. 

  • Interpersonal Skills: Works well with others. Focuses on resolving conflict; maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to others’ ideas and contributes to building a positive team spirit.
  • Language Skills: Must be able to communicate fluently in English, verbally and in writing. Ability to effectively present information and respond verbally to inquiries or complaints from parents, administrators, staff, students, and the general public. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. Ability to write reports, business correspondence.
  • Mathematical Skills: Ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio and percent and to create and interpret bar graphs.
  • Reasoning Ability: Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
  • Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have general knowledge of computer usage and ability to use e-mail.
  • Other Skills and Abilities: Knowledge of applicable current federal and state education programs and policy with local, State and Federal regulations, and industry standards and/or laws governing work procedures and practices, methods and materials. Ability to maintain a clean and professional appearance.
  • Confidentiality: The employee maintains the integrity of confidential information relating to agency records and data, employees, students, families, or district patrons.  The employee uses or relays personal and agency information only in the course of performing assigned responsibilities and in the best interest of the individuals involved.
  • Attendance Standards: Timely and regular attendance is an expectation of performance for all employees. To ensure adequate staffing and to meet expected agency standards, employees will be held accountable for adhering to their regular work hours and schedule. In the event an employee is unable to meet this expectation, he/she must obtain approval from their supervisor in advance of any requested schedule changes. This approval includes requests to use appropriate accruals, as well as late arrivals to or early departures from work, and any special attendance needs of the position as determined by the ESD.
  • Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Certificates as determined by the District, including a valid driver's license.


This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) administrative/non-represented position.

Placement on the Willamette ESD administrative salary schedule, $134,567 - $142,761, will be commensurate with applicant’s qualifications, relevant training and experience, and prorated according to start date. 
Salary and benefits shown are based upon full-time employment (1.0 FTE) for the entire school year contract period.

Willamette ESD supports payment for health, dental and vision insurance premiums for eligible employees. Employer-paid PERS, holidays, sick leave, and personal days are also provided to eligible employees.


Michael Beck, Deputy Superintendent

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