In the Department of the Youth Authority, under direction, to plan, direct and supervise the activities of a Regional Education Assessment/Prescription Team including identifying, assessing, and recommending placement of handicapped students in appropriate education programs; developing a uniform assessment process for Youth Authority schools; to participate significantly in the development of the Master Plan for special education and related policies and programs; and to do other related work.
Supervises the staff of a Regional Education Assessment/Prescription Team; has charge of the development, modification and direction of diagnostic prescriptive procedures; assists institutional staff in the development and modification of diagnostic and prescriptive procedures in a facility; is responsible for administering and interpreting individual and group achievement tests and recommending to the administration the placement of educationally handicapped students; advises and consults with institutional education administrators and staff in the planning, development and implementation of student individual education programs (IEP); assists institutional staff in the development of instructional strategies to include individual and group techniques and remedial material directed to the special needs of visual, auditory and speech handicapped students; identifies the training needs of the assessment team and coordinates with various disciplines for in- service training; assists institutional staff with the identification and coordination of training needs for special education and functions as a trainer as necessary; develops a data collection system for the purpose of identifying educationally handicapped children; reviews and disseminates current materials relevant to the educational program; acts as a supervisor of a clinical educational diagnostic assessment process and may be responsible for the supervision of personnel and management responsibilities for program and budgeting; prepares any legally or administratively mandated reports as necessary; acts as an expert resource to the local site assessment team.
Possession of a valid Specialist Credential (Learning Handicapped; Communication Handicapped or Severely Handicapped); or a Master's Degree in Education, Special Education or related field; and possession of an administrative or supervision credential or life diploma of equivalent authorization issued by the Commission for Teacher Preparation and Licensing in California. (Applicants not possessing the required credentials will be admitted to the examination but must possess the appropriate credentials before appointment to the position.) and Three years of experience directly involved in special education with an emphasis in the area of diagnosis, assessment, and prescription of handicapped students.
Knowledge of: Principles, practices, and trends in special education including diagnosis, assessment, and prescription; instructional methods and organization; in-service training techniques; program planning and reporting techniques; educational research design and techniques; literature in field of education pertaining to program planning and diagnosis; Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.
Ability to: Apply professional knowledge and administrative ability; reason logically, think independently and creatively; provide persuasive and skilled leadership; establish and maintain cooperative relations with people contacted in the work; direct the work of others; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; communicate effectively; effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.
In appraising the relative qualifications of candidates, consideration will be given to persons that have experience working with emotionally disturbed or delinquent adolescents and young adults.