Job Opening: School Director

Timothy Murphy School (TMS) was established in 1985 as a nonsectarian non-public school serving boys in grades 1 through 12 with special needs. The school is located on the bucolic landscape of St. Vincent’s campus in San Rafael, Marin County, California.

TMS is funded by the California State Department of Education to provide special education services to boys whose disabilities are identified as emotionally disturbed (ED), severely learning disabled (SLD), Other Health Impaired (OHI) and other identified disabilities. TMS serves boys ages 7 to 18 years of age, most of whom are residents of the St. Vincent’s residential treatment program. Other students are often referred for placement at TMS if they are eligible through the Special Education placement guidelines.

TMS strives to provide students with an appropriate academic curriculum, a therapeutic environment, and a positive behavior management system. Our programs are built upon decades of experience with children who struggle with profound emotional disturbances and behavioral challenges, often due to early trauma and exposure to domestic abuse and neglect. As such, positive behavior supports and professional mental health services are deeply interwoven into our comprehensive state-adopted curriculum. Our evidence-based programs provide students with a unique opportunity to grow, heal, and learn in a safe and nurturing educational environment.

  • Academic Goal: provide each student with the opportunity for an individualized educational program emphasizing active learning and responsibility.
  • Behavioral Goal: provide structured behavioral and therapeutic interventions, to help students develop the capability to regulate their behavior, maintain focus and resilience, and form healthy, trusting relationships.
  • Community/Life Skills Goals: to develop community and life skills through social interaction within the structure that teaches responsibility, communication and organization, preparing our students for the future.
  • Learning Environment Goal: to provide a safe, nurturing, structured, and consistent learning environment with overall emphasis on success.

The Director reports to the School’s Board President and TMS Board of Directors. TMS operates with certificated staff, para-educators, 1:1 aides, and a small administrative staff. TMS also has a clinical staff that includes a licensed psychologist and several psychotherapy trainees. The annual budget is approximately $2.2M.


  1. Plans, develops, and implements the TMS special education program serving residential and day students.
  2. Provides leadership and supervision to TMS staff to ensure that students’ assessments and lEPs meet the mandated requirements.
  3. Acts as a resource for questions pertaining to the educational, behavioral, and mental health programs.
  4. Hires and manages qualified staff.
  5. Oversees and evaluates the certificated and classified staff.
  6. Develops and monitors the TMS budget to ensure funds are being used effectively and within federal and state regulations.
  7. Assumes primary responsibility for completing all legally required reports and documentation for SELPAs, County Offices of Education, and the California State Department of Education.
  8. Provides the Board and staff with information regarding all state and federal requirements relevant to special education law and services.
  9. Establishes positive behavior intervention strategies to ensure inclusion of all students in their educational programs.
  10. Plans in-service training for staff and Board necessary to complete their jobs effectively.
  11. Performs other duties and assumes other responsibilities as assigned.
  12. Acts as main liaison with St. Vincent’s program and staff.
  13. Ability to write grants.
  14. Responsible for collective bargaining.


  1. Demonstrates in-depth knowledge of special education program/services design and implementation.
  2. Proven background of developing positive strategies for behavior intervention.
  3. A minimum of five years successful teaching experience, or the equivalent in a position within special education.
  4. Experience with the foster care system and/or fostered children a plus.

Compensation commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY: Submit your credentials, resume, three letters of recommendation, and a letter of interest that relates your experience as it pertains to our needs at:

Timothy Murphy School is an equal opportunity employer committed to developing the leadership skills of people from diverse backgrounds. TMS is committed to identifying and recruiting a broad and diverse pool of qualified candidates for this position.