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Senior Advisor On Special Education Policy Related To Public Charter Schools (13363)

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Board Of Education Of City Of New York New York , NY 10007

Posted 2 months ago

This title is in a Civil Service competitive class title that is subject to examination. The selected candidate must have taken the civil service exam for Administrative Education Officer, OR must already be a permanent Administrative Education Officer, or must be permanent in an equivalent title that is eligible for 6.1.9 to Administrative Education Officer.

(Those who previously applied need not re-apply)

Position Summary:
The New York City Department of Education is the largest school system in the nation, with nearly 1.1 million students, approximately 135,000 employees, including almost 80,000 teachers and an annual budget of $22.0B. The Department of Education (DOE) serves as the Local Education Agency (LEA) for special education for charter schools as per the law. As LEA, the DOE is required to build systems, structures, and policies in order to support and provide accountability for charter schools in special education implementation.

The Senior Advisor on Special Education Policy Related to Public Charter Schools is an integral member of the Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support team. The Director will utilize knowledge of Federal special education law and State charter law to develop guidance documents and systems and structures in support of charter schools and the Department of Education.

The Senior Advisor on Special Education Policy Related to Public Charter Schools will lead a cross-functional team of both internal and external stakeholders to review current NYCDOE policy as it relates to public charter schools and make revisions as needed. The Senior Advisor on Special Education Policy Related to Public Charter Schools will also support the Executive Director of the Committees on Special Education (CSEs) and the Office of School Design and Charter Partnerships in streamlining billing and discipline policies, as well as developing a common understanding amongst DOE CSE staff and charter school staff on roles and responsibilities related to the IEP Process and the implementation of programs and services recommended on each child's IEP. Performs related work.

Reports to: Chief Executive Director Special Education Office

Direct Reports: N/A

Key Relationships: Works closely with senior staff of DSISS, including the Executive Director of the CSEs, Deputy Chief Executive Director Policy and Strategy, SEO, and Operations Manager for the Office of School Design and Charter Partnerships.


  • Interview key points-of-contact (POCs) and review background materials to identify legal and policy issues related to:

  • compliance monitoring and verification of programs and service delivery at charter schools;

  • special education program funding; and

  • discipline in charter schools.

  • In collaboration with DOE stakeholders and with input from the charter sector, create a comprehensive special education procedure document that includes best practices that are feasible and inclusive of charter schools and special education policy considerations. Manage high-priority projects with minimal supervision, including tracking metrics, handling complex analyses, and preparing communications. Research best practices related to the LEA status in other states.

  • Design and develop goals and objectives to ensure the effective implementation of policies and procedures for the SOPM manual and associated information systems related to special education.

  • Support the Chief Executive Director, Special Education Office in strategy and policy pertaining to the district Committees on Special Education.

  • Meet regularly with Charter Chair of the Committees on Special Education to learn about implementation of policy and areas in need of further development.

  • Work closely with Senior Executive Director to provide counsel to and management of all litigation related to Students with Disabilities attending public charter schools; establish policy and procedure to reduce liability to the Department of Education (DOE).

  • Work closely with the Senior Executive Director on all strategic planning relating to improved effectiveness and efficiency in matters relating to related services and impartial hearings related to students attending public charter schools.

  • Guide the appropriate development and implementation of system-wide operational initiatives for special education in charter schools.

Qualification Requirements:


  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university in education, educational psychology, educational leadership, public administration, public policy, social work, or a closely related field, and two years of satisfactory, full-time progressively responsible professional experience in education administration, in such areas as: portfolio planning, educational grants/funding, student enrollment, assessment and accountability, youth development, special education, early childhood, program evaluation, policy research, college and career readiness, health and wellness, immunization, diagnostic and treatment services for parents and children, out of school programs, career and occupational education, curriculum development, evaluation and testing, educational planning, and educational statistics, or a related field, at least 18 months of this experience must have been in an executive, managerial, consultative, administrative or supervisory capacity in education administration; or

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and four years of satisfactory, fulltime progressively responsible professional experience, in one or more of the areas as described in "1" above, at least 18 months of which must have been in an executive, managerial, consultative, administrative or supervisory capacity; or

  • A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and six years of satisfactory, full time professional experience, in one or more of the areas as described in "1" above, at least 18 months of which must have been in an executive, managerial, consultative, administrative or supervisory capacity; or

  • Education and/or experience equivalent to "1", "2", or "3" above. Undergraduate education above the high school level may be substituted for professional experience, in the areas described in "1" above, at the rate of 30 semester credits from an accredited college or university for each year of experience, up to a maximum of 4 years. Graduate education in areas other than those mentioned above, may be substituted for the professional experience, at the rate of 15 graduate semester credits from an accredited college or university, for 6 months of experience, up to a maximum of 1 year of professional experience. However, all candidates must have a high school diploma or its educational equivalent and 18 months of experience in an executive, managerial, consultative, administrative or supervisory capacity in education administration as described above.


  • Master's degree in related field.

  • Three (3) years of experience in strategic planning and project management.

  • Knowledge of the continuum of services, Regulations of the Commissioner, Chancellor's Regulations, Jose P. Issues, mediation, the impartial hearing process, and the SOPM.

  • Experience with data collection, analysis, and analytics.

  • Experience with project management.

  • Strong strategic thinking and project management skills.

  • Ability to proactively identify key issues and risks

  • Superior planning and analytical skills.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

  • Ability to build relationships with multiple offices within the Department of Education.

  • Experience managing the administration, development, and implementation of programs, projects, or initiatives.


  • Self-motivated, deadline-oriented, flexible, and able to work independently and within teams.

  • Ability to appreciate multiple perspectives and paradoxes within a solutions-oriented approach.

  • Capacity to work under pressure and effectively prioritize work in a demanding environment.

  • Creative problem-solver with the ability to perform independent, thoughtful analysis around important educational issues.

  • Ability to strategically manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

  • Exceptional organization skills and attention to detail.

  • Deep commitment to student learning and students with disabilities and/or English language learners.

  • Ability to articulate a coherent set of beliefs around education, recognizing both its potential and limitations.

  • Interest in education policy that supports the success of schools and demonstrates a systems understanding of educational issues.

  • Interest in working in a new division and participating in the development of division priorities and processes.

  • Experience in New York City Schools.

  • Cross-functional knowledge of personnel management, financial management, public administration, and other operational aspects of the organization.

  • Expert-level ability in Microsoft Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and Word.

  • Internal candidates preferred.

Salary: $102,788+

(Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not make less than their current salary.)

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.

Applications will be accepted through October 24, 2018 until 3:00 p.m.

NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding.


It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. Inquiries regarding compliance with this equal opportunity policy may be directed to: Office of Equal Opportunity, 65 Court Street, Room 1102, Brooklyn, New York 11201, or visit the OEO website at

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Senior Advisor On Special Education Policy Related To Public Charter Schools (13363)

Expired Job

Board Of Education Of City Of New York