New York City Department of Education Executive Director of Committee on Special Education (CSE) in NEW YORK, New York

Position Summary: Under the direct supervision of the Chief Executive Director, Special Education Office, the Executive Director of Committee on Special Education (CSE) provides senior-level leadership to the Division’s efforts related to the timely evaluation and implementation of special education services. The Executive Director makes policy recommendations and decisions that support the design, supervision, and implementation of system-wide reforms in the Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support aimed at improving evaluation processes for students with disabilities. The Executive Director manages a team of roughly 700 professionals across 10 CSEs who support students with disabilities attending charter, non-public, and state-approved schools. The Executive Director of Committee of Special Education is also responsible for the implementation of preschool services for roughly 30,000 3 and 4-year-old students with disabilities. Performs related work.

Reports to:Chief Executive Director, Special Education Office

Direct Reports:Deputy Executive Director, Central Based Support Team and NYSED Compliance; Director of Operations, CSE; Director of Policy, CSE; 10 District-Based CSE Chairpersons; CSE Preschool Chair; Charter CSE Chair.

Key Relationships:Works closely with senior staff from the Office of Related Services, Office of Student Enrollment, Office of School Design and Charter Partnerships, Division of Early Childhood Education, the Office of Non-Public Schools, and other DOE offices.


  • Serve as Division of Specialized Instruction and Student Support CSE leader, working closely with the Office of School Design and Charter Partnerships.
  • Oversee alignment of CSE functions with schools, Field Support Centers and other Department of Education (DOE) offices to streamline practices and procedures.
  • Determine the strategic direction of the CSEs based on a comprehensive analysis of caseload and compliance.
  • Manage the development of tools and resources to support capacity-building to assist CSE staff in evaluating students with disabilities.
  • Serve as liaison with Office of Student Enrollment, Office of Early Childhood, Office of Non-Public Schools, Office of Legal Services, Field Support Centers, and other Central Offices as it relates to the evaluation of students with disabilities.
  • Advise the Chief Executive Director, Special Education Office on policy-related items associated with best practices or research relevant to the DOE as it pertains to the evaluation, referral, and placement of students with disabilities
  • Direct the analysis and review current processes related to Carter cases to determine best practices; develop and deliver professional development related to the Turning 5 process to continue a proactive approach to Carter cases.
  • In partnership with the Office of School Design and Charter Partnerships, draft and implement special education policies and best practices in support of public charter schools and the students with disabilities that attend them.
  • Inform office policy on all issues related to students attending preschool, charter, private/parochial, and state-approved schools.
  • Ensure that consistent and equitable IEP recommendations are made across all 10 CSEs.
  • Produce a guide of best practices, thereby creating a level of expertise related to Carter cases regarding special education functions, e.g., evaluation and placement.
  • Establish and oversee metrics focused on compliance and monitoring, related to the quality and quantity of special education services, including referrals and Individualized Education Plans (IEP).
  • Manage the Central Based Support Team responsible for the oversight of State approved private placement.
  • Develop clear and consistent practices and policies for student evaluations and monitoring of referral processes. Provide teams with technical assistance and professional development to ensure understanding and implementation of policies.
  • Provide guidance and support to the CSE Chairpersons to enable them to serve as lead reviewers of non-attending students residing in their CSE location. Provide qualitative oversight for children who cannot be served in district schools.
  • Conduct IEP review for recommendation for narrowly defined services; support schools with children with low incidence disabilities.
  • Create processes, structures, and systems to address parental, school, and community concerns around the evaluation and placement needs of school-age and preschool students with disabilities.
  • Ensure that efficient structures are in place to manage the transition from Early Intervention to Committee on Pre-School Special Education (CPSE).
  • Work closely with the Office of Related Services to ensure increase related service compliance.
  • Keep informed of local and national trends and practices.

Qualification Requirements:


  1. A master’s degree from an accredited college in a field related to the position andthree (3) years of full-time progressively responsible professional experience in education administration in one or more education-related areas, at least eighteen (18) months of which must have been in a managerial capacity; or
  2. Graduation from an accredited college with a baccalaureate degree and four (4) years of full-time progressively responsible professional experience, as described in “1”; or
  3. A satisfactory combination of education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” above including teaching experience towards meeting the general experience in “1” above; however, all candidates must have the eighteen (18) months of managerial experience.


  • Four or more years of experience establishing policy and implementing organizational change.
  • Prior success evaluating processes and procedures, and making policy recommendations based upon those evaluations.
  • Strong strategic thinking, project management skills, attention to detail, and ability to proactively identify key issues and risks.
  • Ability to supervise and administer a program that is citywide in scope.
  • Strong customer service and problem-solving approach.
  • Ability to build strong working relationships with constituents and represent the Special Education Office internally and Department of Education externally.
  • Superior analytical and communication skills.
  • Experience with MS Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Capacity to work under pressure and effectively prioritize in a demanding environment.
  • Experience managing the administration, development, and implementation of a program.
  • Internal candidates preferred.

Salary: $120,098 +

(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 July 31, 2017, 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

Tracking Code: 12520

Job Location: NEW YORK, New York, United States

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

New Posting: Yes

Readvertisement: No

Recanvass: No

District: N/A