Special Education Program Specialist (704)


In exchange for your skill and experience, Hillsides offers an excellent benefits package, which includes:

  • This role is eligible for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
  • Competitive salary 
  • Medical insurance with a $20 premium per paycheck for employee only coverage plan 
  • Dental insurance 100% employer paid for HMO employee only coverage plan 
  • Life and AD&D insurance 100% employer paid up to two times the annual salary
  • Flexible Spending Account with $500 roll-over limit 
  • 401(k) with no wait period, 5% employer match cap and no vesting schedule 
  • 12 paid holidays per year and generous paid time off policy accruing up to 22 days off annually 
  • Bilingual stipend of $2,000 or $4,000 for applicable positions 
  • Robust training opportunities: Shared Core Practice Model & Trauma Informed Care


The Essential Functions Include:

  • Liaise with school districts of residence of students enrolled in HEC
  • Coordinate IEPs for students of assigned grades, make administrative decisions regarding services, coordinate services with all service providers
  • Participate as part of the HEC leadership team to plan, develop, coordinate, and evaluate HEC programming
  • Coordinate with Clinical Director to address student behaviors that interfere with accessing their education
  • Review incident reports
  • Represent agency professionally and appropriately with all constituencies and in the community
  • Provide orientation and on-going training for staff
  • Provide education and administrative supervision for assigned teachers on an ongoing basis
  • Provide direct support to special education staff in meeting compliance requirements under the IDEA.
  • Provide guidance to teachers regarding the development of Individualized Education Plans and Individual Transition Plans
  • Other duties as required


Communication Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from clients, office personnel, other employees and the general public
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret manuals and office documents

  Mental/Interpersonal Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to define problems, gather, transcribe and post data, analyze, synthesize and classify information, and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to work independently and with others - including other employees, clients and members of the public -- in face-to-face and telephonic contexts
  • Ability to multi-task, establish priorities and manage time, meet deadlines and perform duties under time constraints
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing work demands
  • Maintain high level of concentration and attention to detail for extended periods of time
  • Ability to respond effectively to sensitive inquiries or complaints
  • Maintain a high level of ethical and professional standards in accordance with agency and community policy

Physical Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to talk or hear in order to give and receive information and instructions
  • Ability to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls
  • Ability to reach with hands and arms
  • Ability to use computer keyboard up to 30% of the day
  • Visual acuity, ability to adjust focus and peripheral vision for work on a laptop or other computer equipment
  • Lift and/or move up to 20 pounds

Equipment and Computer Software Skills and Abilities:

  • Computer literate (basic working knowledge of Microsoft WORD, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Able to use telephone, office copier, calculator, fax machine, computer printer and scanner, or other equipment as required

  • Understand and commit to agency mission; recognizes how his/her role contributes to overall mission and consistently engages in the pursuit of agency mission and goals
  • Assume responsibility for meeting and maintaining all licensing or agency requirements for personal healthy, training or other certifications
  • Know and consistently implement agency safety and health procedures
  • Know and follow agency policies and procedures in carrying out all job duties
  • Actively promote the best interest of the agency both internally and externally wherever possible
  • Contribute to the agency beyond the scope of the job description as circumstances arise


  • Regularly work indoors in a variety of environments
  • Potential exposure to blood borne pathogens


  • Valid California Special Education Credential required, administrative credential preferred
  • Master's degree in special education or related field preferred
  • Experience teaching students with learning/behavior problems and in administration of programs for children with learning/behavior problems; at least 2 years supervisory experience
  • Knowledge of rules governing the educational system together
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Current certification in first aid and in Pro-Act training preferred
  • Ability to affirm and promote the philosophies, policies and goals of the agency, together with the ability to apply these positively and constructively in the performance of duties
  • Valid California drivers license, driving record and personal vehicle insurance acceptable to Hillsides' insurance carrier


This position performs tasks that may involve exposure to blood, body fluids, or tissues.  All Hillsides employees are offered the opportunity to receive the Hepatitis B vaccination series.

Hillsides Education Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer