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Chief of Staff, Office of the First Deputy ChancellorNew York City Department of Education . - New York State
posted 30+ days ago

This title is in a civil service competitive class that is subject to examination. Position is only open to applicants with permanent NYC civil service status as Administrative Education Officer or candidates who are permanent in an equivalent title that is eligible for transfer under to Administrative Education Officer or candidates who have taken the most recent Administrative Education Officer civil service examination.

Position Summary: The Chief of Staff provides high-level support to the First Deputy Chancellor in identifying and responding to various strategic initiatives. The Chief of Staff is also responsible for coordinating activities with the First Deputy Chancellor’s leadership team for a broad range of activities related to the Department’s efforts to provide every family with equal opportunity and access to high-quality programs, with a focus on ending long-standing racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities and directing supports to communities most in need. This assignment includes District 79, a unique citywide network of over 300 alternative schools and programs serving over-age, under-credited youth whose schooling has been interrupted, as well as the Department’s initiatives to close the achievement gap and provide equity and access for all. Performs related work.

Reports to: First Deputy Chancellor

Direct Reports: Deputy Chief of Staff

Key Relationships: Representatives from the Mayor’s Office, the Department of Education’s executive leadership team, and other high-level officials as well as outside City, State, and Federal government agencies and departments.


  • Supports the First Deputy Chancellor in the development and implementation of policies, practices, and procedures in support of the mission of the school system as well as the Department’s stated goals and objectives to provide every family with equal opportunity and access to high-quality programs.
  • Coordinates and facilitates the division’s leadership team, managing policy decision-making and implementation planning across the Division.
  • Spearheads critical strategic initiatives assigned by the First Deputy Chancellor; manages special functions and activities; assigns projects appropriate to line staff in various organizations for research, analysis, and implementation across the Division; and ensures follow-up with direct reports to the First Deputy Chancellor and other staff.
  • Responsible for the daily operations of the First Deputy Chancellor’s office, including budget, personnel, funded programs, procurement, and information services, records management, and other related administrative matters.
  • Provides strategic direction and counsel to the First Deputy Chancellor on high-priority initiatives and in exigencies as they arise.
  • Oversees all operations in support of all Department initiatives, including all programs and supportive service programs.
  • Works within and across Central offices and with organizations to raise policy issues, identify areas in need of improvement, and troubleshoot and solve problems in divisional performance as they arise.
  • Manages special functions and activities; assigns these projects to appropriate staff for further work and deliverables, as necessary.
  • Formulates and directs the conduct of special management studies.
  • Interprets Department of Education policies to be deployed in practice by superintendents and support staff in the field.
  • Makes recommendations to the First Deputy Chancellor on the development of internal policies and procedures to ensure compliance with City, State, and Federal regulations around the management and implementation of education programs.
  • Works closely with the Office of the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer to ensure appropriate funding, resources, and compliance with the initiatives in the Division’s portfolio.
  • Creates structures, systems, and processes which foster and facilitate planning, performance management, and data and accountability, as well as the development, coordination, integration, implementation, communication, and evaluation of Department policy.
  • Provides a crucial link between Central offices, field offices, and other DOE staff, providing leadership and strategic direction to maximize coherence between Central office initiatives, supports, and policies and the work of superintendents, executive superintendents, and field staff in supporting schools.

Qualification Requirements:


  • A master’s degree from an accredited college in a field related to the position and three (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
  • 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
  • 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.


  • Ability to think strategically to design and implement large-scale organizational initiatives.
  • Knowledge of the educational programs and the philosophy of the Department of Education.
  • Knowledge of Department of Education program policies, procedures, organizations, issues, and initiatives.
  • Ability to manage policy research on difficult, complex, controversial, and sensitive issues affecting public education.
  • Ability to generate initiatives and ideas helpful to the school system and supportive to the accomplishment of its mission.
  • Ability to write, communicate clearly and effectively articulate issues and problems, and generate recommendations in matters of policy and of organizational implementation.
  • Attentive to detail, extremely well organized, able to work under pressure, and meet frequent and changing deadlines.
  • Internal applicants preferred.

Salary: $129,014+

(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.)

Applications will be accepted through January 28, 2020 until 3:00

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

This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a program. Please indicate in your cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a program.


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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