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Director for Special Education, Borough/Citywide Offices

at New York City Department of Education

Posted: 5/10/2020
Job Reference #: 218238
Keywords: manager

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Director for Special Education, Borough/Citywide Offices

Position Summary: The Director for Special Education, Borough/Citywide Offices is responsible for the management of all matters related to special education that impact the schools, students, and families served by the respective Borough/Citywide Offices (B/COs). The Director will work closely with the senior leadership of the B/COs, senior leadership from the Special Education Office (SEO) and District 75, Committee on Special Education (CSE) Chairs, and Superintendents to ensure that the vision and mission of the Special Education Office and the Shared Path to Success is shared and reflected in the practices of all members of the B/COs and the schools they serve. The Director will also be responsible for ensuring that Special Education functional managers and the Program and Related Service Coordinator effectively carry out the priorities set by the SEO. Performs related work.

Reports to: Executive Director of Borough Support

Direct Reports: Will have direct oversight over the day-to-day operational aspects of all special education managers at the B/COs as well as the Related Service Coordinators.

Key Relationships: Senior Executive Superintendent, Superintendents, leadership teams at the B/COs, members from the Chief Academic Officers teams, Deputy Chief Academic Officer for Special Education Office and District 75, to ensure that schools and communities are given timely and appropriate support and the implementation of Central policy and professional development.


  • Implements the Shared Path Framework agreement with the New York State Education Department (NYSED), including the identification and support of spotlight schools.
  • Completes and submits all Shared Path Framework documents to the SEO for submission to NYSED.
  • Serves in a managerial confidential capacity, with significant discretion and independent decision-making authority, as an advisor to the First Deputy Chancellor, Chief Academic Officer, Deputy Chief Academic Officer for Special Education.
  • Ensures that quality services are provided to all of the schools affiliated with the Borough/Citywide Offices to support achievement of students with disabilities.
  • Oversees policy set by the SEO for the Borough/Citywide Offices to maximize effective resource utilization in support of student achievement.
  • Ensures that best practices in field support are utilized throughout and that service to principals is seamless and coordinated.
  • Supports field-based capacity building efforts around resource optimization, strategic staffing, and effective operational practices that impact and accelerate student achievement.
  • Actively collaborates with senior leadership of the Borough/Citywide Offices and SEO leadership to ensure consistent and effective application of instructional best practices and citywide initiatives, developing key relationships to ensure the smooth flow of information and work processes.
  • Oversees compliance and organization of Related Services staff and services in coordination with the Office of Related Services.
  • Oversees the strategic development and implementation of a professional development plan based on an analysis of pertinent field-based data.
  • Oversees and resolves field-based escalations from schools, parents, and DOE leadership.
  • Works cross-functionally to ensure that instructional work across Borough/Citywide Offices provides access points for students with disabilities.

Qualification Requirements:


Must currently possess or will possess by date of hire, New York State certification as a school district administrator (SDA) or school district leader (SDL). Please Note: We do not accept internship certificates.

For more information regarding the DOE’s supervisory certification requirements, as well as a link to the New York State Education Department’s website to apply for certification, please visit our website at


  • Minimum of five (5) years satisfactory teaching or provision of related services for students with disabilities and/or administration of special education programs for students with disabilities.


  • Experience and success in leading within a matrix reporting structure.
  • Well-developed strategic thinking and planning skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Track record of successful human resources management.
  • Ability to proactively and strategically work to meet short- and long-term goals.
  • Entrepreneurial, innovative leadership approach.
  • Highly motivated, self-directed manager with a demonstrable history of success.
  • Ability to build relationships with diverse constituencies.
  • Understanding of effective instructional methods to serve students with disabilities.
  • Thorough understanding of IDEA and NYS regulations for special education.
  • Record of excellent performance in previously held positions.

Salary: $129,014+

Please be sure application includes a resume, cover letter and your 6-digit NYCDOE file number that was issued.

Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

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 equal employment opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, unemployment status, caregiver status, consumer credit history, 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. For more information, please refer to the DOE Non-Discrimination Policy.

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NEW YORK, New York, United States
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