New York City Department of Education Kindergarten T5 Community Coordinator in NEW YORK, New York

Position Summary: The Kindergarten Transition (Turning Five/T5) process is the introduction to public school for over 17,000 families each year. It is the most critical point in setting out the educational experience for students with disabilities, including determining their needs and identifying the elementary schools they will attend. It is therefore closely legally regulated and monitored.

Following an evaluation process, parents or guardians of all NYC preschoolers with disabilities who are eligible to receive school-age special education services (Turning 5/T5 students) are notified by mail of recommended services, programs, and placement. The cross-functional work around this process is essential to ensuring that all students receive the correct services and school placements in an efficient and timely manner.

The Kindergarten T5 Community Coordinator is necessary to implement the Turning 5 initiative. They will ensure that all questions and concerns related to case assignment and technical systems issues raised by district office CSE staff, supervisors of psychologists, preschool staff, families, and community are addressed. This includes connecting district office CSE and preschool staff to relevant procedures and policies to build their capacity and flagging for the Supervisor of Psychologists and/or CSE teams when clarity may be necessary for their teams at large. The T5 Support person will also collaborate with the T5 Project Lead in addressing Tier 1 issues that come into the Turning 5 Inbox from families, advocates, and preschool staff. Performs related work.

Reports to:Process Management Analyst, DSISS

Direct Reports:N/A

Key Relationships:Office of Student Enrollment (OSE), District 75 (D75), Division of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT), Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT), Office of Student Health (OSH), Office of Safety and Youth Development (OSYD), outside advocates, and families.


  • Acts as a key support to cull data and share information for Turning Five presentations to families and outside organizations.
  • Responds to T5CaseManagement and Turning 5 Inbox queries and escalations from families and advocates.
  • Assigns and reassigns cases.
  • Takes notes in regular meetings with DOE stakeholders, ensuring that all representatives are aware of timelines and expectations. Works with Director, Kindergarten Transition and Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives to develop agendas, project updates, and upcoming deliverables.
  • Plans and implements all logistics and operations around several mass mailings, ensuring the timeliness and accuracy of thousands of notices sent to families.
  • Provides families with information about appropriate policies/procedures, contact information, and other services.
  • Supports community engagement efforts; plans and implements Turning Five information sessions.

Qualification Requirements:


  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two (2) years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties described above; or
  2. High school graduation or equivalent and six (6) years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties as described above; or
  3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to “1” or “2” above. However, all candidates must have at least one (1) year of experience as described in “1” above.


  • Familiarity with special education reform in the NYC public schools and how the student assignment process.
  • At least 2 years progressively responsible experience in data collection and analysis, particularly as it relates to NYC public schools
  • Solid communication and problem-solving skills, the ability to gather and analyze information, experience in conflict resolution, and an understanding of how decision-making impacts others.
  • Experience in stakeholder management.
  • Ability to organize facts and present information and figures in a clear, concise, and logical manner, both orally and in writing.
  • Creative problem-solver with the ability to perform independent, thoughtful analysis around important educational issues.
  • Attentive to detail, extremely well organized; ability to work under pressure and meet frequent and changing deadlines.
  • Internal candidates preferred.

Salary: $50,231 +

(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 4, 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: 12676

Job Location: NEW YORK, New York, United States

Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

New Posting: Yes

Readvertisement: No

Recanvass: N/A

District: N/A