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Executive Director (Special Education Programs)

As a senior member of the Vista Autism Services Leadership Team, the Executive Director of Educational Programs serves internal and external stakeholders throughout all academic programs across the Vista entities. This position maintains knowledge of Federal and State standards and mandates for all student special educational programs, and assures compliance to these requirements, in addition to leading financial and operational planning. Under the direction of the CEO, the Executive Director also maintains responsibility for strategic planning and contracting with a clear vision of excellence and continuous improvement across systems, policies, and procedures.

  • Provides executive leadership and communication to Vista educational programs and families
  • Contracts with external stakeholders in collaboration with Vista’s Finance Office, serving as the main point-of-contact with school districts and Local Educational Agencies (“LEAs”), including over 21 transition services
  • Ensures compliance of Approved Private School licensure and regulatory requirements
  • Oversees enrollment targets and attendance processes, utilizing marketing strategies as needed to advertise available services to achieve admission goals
  • Serves as budget manager for all educational programs, regularly monitoring fiscal performance and staffing projections to maximize the use of Vista personnel and resources
  • Manages instructional services based on the effective use of data and collaborative processes, directing the planning and selection of curriculum, including but not limited to PEAK and EFL
  • Serves as lead for IEP development, leveraging technology such as IEP writer
  • Delivers and facilitates training and professional development content, leading in-services
  • Fosters a culture of positive and engaged personnel and learners, serving as a strong advocate and embodying the school’s core virtues, including clients-first decision-making
  • Develops and oversees school policies, methods, practices, dashboards, and procedures
  • Plans, develops, and coordinates mentor and induction programs, submits PNPE enrollment reports, and ensures compliance of professional certifications and licensure in line with PDE and the PA Department of State
  • Directs Nursing Department analyses and monitors student medical needs, collaborating with Hershey Medical Center personnel and IU Nursing support as needed
  • Evaluates and oversees compensatory services as defined by Special Education law
  • Provides input for implementation of the Vista vision, including alignment of educational programs to support growth, development, and resource allocation
  • Completes other duties as assigned
Position: Executive Director (Special Education Programs)
Organization: The Vista School
Location: Hershey,  PA 
United States
Posting Start Date: 4/1/2021
Date Posted: 4/13/2021
  • Master’s degree in related service field required
  • Special Education certification required
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in executive-level or managerial role required
  • High proficiency of Microsoft Office products and Internet applications required
  • Successful completion of all pre-employment requirements
  • PA Principal Certification or Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility highly desired
  • Minimum 3 years as an administrator with curriculum experience preferred
  • Proficiency with educational technology and tools preferred
  • Knowledge of Approved Private School licensure and Special Education law preferred
  • Ability to independently problem solve and make quick decisions
Status: This listing expires on: 5/13/2021
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Organization Information
The Vista School

Hershey,  PA 17033
United States
Human Resources Advisor