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California Association Private Special Education Services (CAPSES)

Association Manager

California Association Private Special Education Services (CAPSES)


Job Summary

Outstanding Leadership Opportunity to Make a Difference in California’s Special Education Policy!

The California Association of Private Special Education Schools’ (CAPSES) primary mission is to promote the delivery of quality special education and services in both the nonpublic and public sectors of education.

CAPSES members schools (NPS) and agencies (NPA) provide essential special education services to public school students across California.

CAPSES focuses on the need for nonpublic schools and agencies to be heard, as well as the challenge of assisting parents in their search for appropriate special education alternatives. For over 50 years, CAPSES has grown into a highly respected statewide, 501 (C)(3) public benefit nonprofit organization of NPS and NPA members with high ethical standards to improve the quality of life for special education students.

CAPSES is looking for a dynamic leader as our full time Association Manager based in our downtown Sacramento office (free parking in covered parking lot provided). Our new Association Manager should be capable of working independently as well as coordinating state-wide, regional, and board members’ group efforts.

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Association Manager include:

  • Association Management
  • Office Administration
  • Daily Business Operations
  • Fiscal Management/Oversight
  • Membership Growth, Development, and Support
  • Serve as Organization Spokesperson and Communication
  • Special Event Management
  • Board Coordination and Relations


  • Degree, and/or professional certification, license or credential in association management, business, leadership, education, public policy, communications, or related special education services;
  • Relevant association management experience that reflects measurable results for improved membership growth and financial well-being is desired;   
  • Leadership experience in nonprofit management, special education administration, and/or public policy preferred;
  • Engaging, optimistic, collaborative interpersonal skills;
  • Persuasion, and negotiation skills to work effectively with internal and external high-level professionals, legislators, and state department officials;
  • Management skills to self-start and successfully perform the planning, directing, reporting, and administrative responsibilities of this position with initiative and resourcefulness
  • Comprehensive knowledge of industry and industry-related trends and forecasts;
  • Analytical Skills: Synthesize complex or diverse information;
  • Problem Solving: Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner as well as skillfully gather and analyze information;
  • Communication: Outstanding oral and written communication skills, speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, demonstrate group presentation skills, and conduct productive meetings. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors;
  • Language Skills:  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.  Ability to provide well-written responses to common inquiries or complaints from members, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community.  Ability to write presentations, speeches, articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format;
  • Customer Relationship:  Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with members;
  • Leadership: Exercise visionary leadership, inspire and motivate others to perform well, and accept feedback from others;
  • Management Skills: Involve board members and others in planning, decision-making, facilitating, and process improvement;
  • Quality Management: Explore ways to improve and promote quality; demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness; and maintain compliance with legal and regulatory aspects;
  • Judgment: Regularly and customarily exercise discretion and independent professional judgment, display willingness to make decisions; exhibit sound and accurate judgment; and make timely decisions;
  • Planning and Organization: Prioritize, plan and implement work activities with limited oversight; use time efficiently; and develop realistic action plans;
  • Travel:  Must be able to travel via airplane, car, or public transportation to visit member schools and to attend board, region and other meetings locally and state-wide.  Must have current California driver’s license and current automobile insurance;
  • Computer Proficiency:  Proficient in use of email, electronic calendars, internet applications,  Microsoft Office/Google Suite software (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint), QuickBooks, database management software, and manipulate data and create reports.  Able to type a minimum of 55 words per minute with accuracy;
  • Safety and Security: Observe safety and security procedures, and uses equipment and materials properly

Additional Information


  • Free parking space in covered lot
  • Paid holidays
  • Paid sick leave
  • Accrued paid vacation
  • Health insurance stipend
  • Wage replacement insurance for disability, paid family leave, temporary disability, and other mandated leaves
  • Reimbursed travel expenses

How to Apply

Send to the following:

  1. Resume or Currciculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter that includes salary requested


  • Date Posted: May 17, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Executive Leadership
  • Service Area: Education
  • Start Date: 07/05/2022
  • Salary Range: $90,000 to $110,000 annually
  • Working Hours: 40 hrs/wk