Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services

CAPSES Non-Public School Licensed Children's Institution in Los Angeles County

Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services
3200 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90034


School Details

County: Los Angeles
Region: 03
School Serves: Both sexes (Coed)
Min Age: 3
Max Age: 22
Conditions: Severely Emotionally Disturbed Specific Learning Disability Speech Impaired Hearing Impaired Intellectual Disability AUT Other Health Impaired Multiple Disabilities Traumatic Brain Injured
Type: Non-Public School Licensed Children's Institution

About Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services

Vista School is comprised of Julia Ann Singer (JAS), Vista School, and the Special Care Facility. JAS services children with autism, emotional, and behavioral problems in a pre school through fourth grade setting. The student staff ratio in JAS classrooms is 3:1. The Vista School is a WASC accredited educational facility serving children ages 3-22. The SCF contains its own classrooms that serve secondary aged students in self-contained classrooms with three staff and eight students. These students remain in this facility until they are discharged. The students in Vista School have eligibilities that include ED, LD, OHI, TBI, and Autism mostly high functioning or Asperger’s Syndrome with emotional or behavioral problems. We have a resource room for students with limited reading abilities that is staffed and designed to assist students in developing functional literacy skills. We have 4:1 student to staff ratio. We offer speech and language and counseling services. We currently have residential treatment and out patient day programs that are included in our school population. We offer individualized instruction in a therapeutic milieu designed to help each child succeed.

Career Opportunity

Director of Education

Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services


Reporting to the President/CEO, and a member of the senior management team, the Director of Education will directly supervise Assistant Principals, the Mental Health Director, and the IEP Coordinator. The Director of Education will have proven leadership abilities who will provide strong management, work collaboratively with school staff and senior leaders of other areas of the organization.


In our new strategic plan the Board and management have endorsed a path that will create a Non-Public School (NPS) that will be a Center for Excellence in serving children with emotional, learning and developmental disorders. Vista Del Mar is committed to providing the necessary resources for an outstanding education for children who have mostly experienced failure in school. Although Vista Del Mar is clear that children with delays deserve to have an excellent educational experience, the Director of Education is empowered to design and implement their vision of innovative and high quality special education.


The Director responsibilities will include the fiscal management of the school and will work with the CEO and Finance department to ensure fiscal sustainability. The Director of Education is responsible for the school’s compliance with all state and city education requirements, assures all school accreditations are maintained, manages and negotiates contracts with school districts, and oversees Vista School grants.


Traits and Characteristics:

Leadership—set clear goals, inspire staff, students and their families, be accountable for results


Build relationships - with the Los Angeles Unified School District and other local districts—forge strong working relationships with our referring districts


Collaboration—Work well with internal stakeholders and the broader education and mental health community to enhance our offerings and ensure that quality educational services are delivered


Financial acumen and working with budgets—help ensure the fiscal sustainability of the school by managing budgets and making smart investments in our classrooms

Thoughtful leader in special education—be current with the leading trends in special education and bring fresh, innovative ideas that can be implemented in the school


Technologically savvy—be comfortable with technology and the latest educational software and evidence-based use of technology in the classroom


Passion—care deeply and be committed to serving a population of students who are disadvantaged and need intensive, special care to get them to fulfill their potential as learners



  • M.A. or equivalent postgraduate education in psychology, education, or related field
  • Clear California credential(s) preferred
  • Administrative credential preferred
  • Teaching and administrative experience with children and adolescents who are emotionally disturbed, learning disabled, autistic and/or developmentally delayed
  • Management and supervisory experience


Vista’s Website

Please visit Vista Del Mar’s website,

To learn more about Vista School and all the other wonderful programs at Vista.


Application Procedure

For initial consideration, please email a resume and cover letter to


Please reference “Director of Education” in the subject line. Sending letters of reference is optional at this time.


Vista Del Mar is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate all applicants without

consideration of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.



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