Program Director (Special Education)

Sacramento, CA
Home Office – Higher Education /
SL 12 (Salary Fulltime 12 month Calendar FULL Benefits) /
About the Employer
Rex and Margaret Fortune School of Education is a comprehensive education system including, non-profit preschools, a network of tuition-free, public charter schools (TK-12th), and a school of education with a masters programs and educator preparations programs accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. in Sacramento/San Bernardino County. We prepare students for college starting in preschool Transitional Kindergarten in San Bernardino and Sacramento Counties and are focused on closing the African American achievement gap.

Our Mission:
To graduate high achieving students of good character prepared for college and citizenship in a democratic society.

Our Vision:
To prepare teachers for service in public schools with competence and sensitivity that will enable them to develop students to their fullest potential.

Our Approach:
At Fortune School our education philosophy is The Five Pillars--1) High Expectations, 2) Choice and Commitment, 3) More Time, 4) Focus on Results, 5) Citizenship. We follow this philosophy in all our academic programs in service to the wide range of people we serve from preschool to masters.

Job Summary: Under the guidance of the Dean, the Program Director will ensure the excellence and continuous improvement of Fortune School of Education’s District Intern Program (Education Specialist track). The Director will demonstrate strong leadership skills, a social justice orientation, and an asset-based approach to teaching and learning.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Engaging in recruitment initiatives;
    • Teaching a full load of courses and practicums per year;
    • Addressing intern concerns while promoting a culture of academic excellence;
    • Developing and reviewing program curricula;
    • Coordinating Field Supervision;
    • Implementing the Faculty Evaluation protocol;
    • Directing the day-to-day activities of the program, including course schedules and instructor assignments;
    • Implementing Special Education New Standards and Performance Assessments;
    • Participating in trainings and meetings organized by the California Commission for Teacher Credentialing (CCTC);
    • Contributing to the Department’s accreditation efforts;
    • Serving in committees and other Department or Organization wide initiatives, as assigned by the Dean

Minimum Qualifications:

    • Required knowledge, skills & abilities:
    • Experience teaching in credentialing programs.
    • Experience with higher education.
    • Experience with curriculum development, implementation, and assessment.
    • Experience with accreditation.


    • Master’s degree in Education from an accredited institution. An Earned Doctorate is preferred.
    • Current clear Education Specialist teaching credential issued by the State of California is required.
    • Track record of successful teaching and advising.

Working Conditions

    • Hearing and speaking to conduct group training, exchange information in person electronically and over the telephone
    • Ability to read printed material and computer screens. Ability to understand speech at normal levels
    • Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and other office equipment
    • Kneeling, bending at the waist, and reaching overhead above the shoulders and horizontally to retrieve and store files and supplies.
    • Ability to climb stairs, bend, reach, walk, sit and stand for extended periods of time. Ability to lift and carry 10 pounds.
    • Accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
$71,000 - $89,000 a year
At Fortune School of Education, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role and compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. A reasonable estimate of the current range is $71,000-$89,000 annually.
Fortune School of Education provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This position description intends to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this position. It is not intended to include all duties and responsibilities. The order in which duties and responsibilities are listed is not significant.