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Planning Administrator - Therapeutic Day Program

Northwest Educational Service District 189
Northwest Educational Service District 189
Job Functions:
Administration, People & HR, Sales & Business Development, Operations
Employment Types:
Arlington, WA, USA
91,367 – 102,904 USD per year
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The title of this dual role position will be Planning Administrator for Therapeutic Day Program, which is a limited duration position for the 2022-23 school year, responsible for developing, planning, and bringing to implementation a therapeutic day program to support qualified students in Skagit and neighboring counties to open in the 2023-24 school year. This position will also assume the title, Open Doors Administrator, and will be eligible to apply for the ongoing Administrator role with additional/needed qualifications, including the ability to supervise and evaluate certified staff.


Schedule III, Range 17b, $91,367.20-$102,904.00 ($96,428.80-$108,588.80 effective 9/1/2022)

This position is a combined 190 Days. (135 days as Planning Administrator, 55 days as Open-Doors Administrator) to begin on July 1, 2022.


Washington State Program Administrator or Principal credential required. Masters Degree in Special Education, Counseling, or related field and a minimum of one year of successful experience working with SBD or ESD students in an educational, correctional education, or mental health setting preferred. WSP/FBI criminal history background clearance required. Current CPR and First Aid Certification required or be willing to obtain.

Essential Functions:

*Build effective working relationships throughout the region with ESD staff, district partners, and community resources.

  • Conduct on-going needs assessments and collect and analyze data to refine and improve operational functions and services; evaluate day treatment/special education program.
  • Conduct and analyze research on trends and best practices to support appropriate recommendations for student success.
  • Select qualified and competent employees; provide orientation and continuing education and
  • Develop and communicate a vision and program priorities through collaborative development in alignment with organization goals.
  • Assess the scope of services to be provided to meet or exceed the needs and expectations of
  • Foster continuous quality improvement by leading teams in use of quality management tools and
  • Manage organizational resources with fiscal responsibility and promote effective allocation and
  • Work with the Assistant Director in budget preparation by providing input regarding program needs, supplies, personnel, activity, and program creation.
  • Articulate variances when necessary and develop plan with assistance from the Assistant Director as needed to address gaps.
  • Plan and initiate the creation of all aspects of a new student program including a capital facility, staffing, budgets, marketing, revenue/expense projections, and planning with community partners and districts for wrap around services.
  • Perform related duties as Related duties may not specifically be listed but are within the general occupational series and responsibility level typically associated with the employee’s classification of work.

Required knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Knowledge of special education evaluation, eligibility, and due process, special education rules and regulations.
  • Ability to understand students that have potentially destructive behavior and mental health
  • Ability to evaluate certificated staff and provide meaningful feedback that will improve
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with community partners to develop supports for a therapeutic day school.
  • Ability to work independently, and effectively prioritize
  • Ability to use computer and software programs proficiently at an intermediate to advance skill level; Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and IEP Online.
  • Skill in ensuring a safe, therapeutic environment for all
  • Skill in coordinating with outside agencies to provide required services to
  • Skill in the designing and delivering professional development to support the training and growth of
  • Effective verbal and written communication and interpersonal

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

Work is performed approximately seventy-five percent (75%) in an office environment and approximately twenty-five percent (25%) traveling to other districts or similar programs. Lifts and carries a maximum of forty (40) pounds. Adequate manual and finger dexterity, hearing, speech, and vision are necessary to perform the essential functions of this position.


Potential hazards are present based on the fact that the position requires the incumbent to drive. Hazards may include but are not limited to traveling alone, driving inclement weather conditions, varied road conditions, rush hour traffic, etc. Exposure to communicable diseases common to children and adolescents is possible when present at sites when students are present. Students may use challenging or offensive verbalizations toward staff and other students with potential for escalation to physical aggression.

Per Governor’s Proclamation 21-14.1, all employees working for public and private K-12 schools in Washington must be fully vaccinated* against COVID-19 or obtain a religious or medical accommodation by October 18, 2021. Please be advised that all candidates offered positions within the NWESD will be required to comply with this order. *You are considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after your final dose of the vaccination.

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