Chief of Staff to the Deputy Chancellor, DSWDELL
NYC Department of Education - New York, NY

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Please Note: Position only open to internal NYC Department of Education employees.

Position Summary: Under the direction of the Deputy Chancellor for Division of Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners (DSWDELL), with wide latitude for the exercise of independent judgment and initiative, the Chief of Staff will oversee day-to-day activities both for the Deputy Chancellor and within the Division, work in varying degrees of autonomy and collaboration on special projects, handle and prepare the Deputy Chancellor for external matters including written communications, public inquiries, internal and external speaking points. The Chief of Staff to the Deputy Chancellor will work closely with all levels of DSWDELL staff in supporting short and long term projects, management and oversight of staff, internal and external communications, public appearances and speaking engagements. The candidate will be comfortable in both independent and team environments. Will perform related work.

Reports to: Deputy Chancellor, DSWDELL

Direct Reports: NA

Key Relationships: Provides counsel and assistance to the Deputy Chancellor. Supports the Division’s CEOs and Executive Directors. Serves as a member of the Deputy Chancellor’s cabinet. Works closely with other Chiefs of Staff to ensure collaboration between divisions.


Responsible for the daily operations of the Deputy Chancellor’s office, including meetings, preparation of materials and other related administrative matters.

Leads critical strategic initiatives assigned by the Deputy Chancellor; and manages special functions and activities.

Provides high-level communications and external affairs support, often partnering with the Executive Director of Communications and team in preparing written statements, communications, responding to public inquiries, and developing internal and external speaking points.

Works with General Counsel to ensure the vetting and approval of external communications on behalf of the Deputy Chancellor.

Works with the Executive Director of Operations and team to ensure support of prioritized projects and workstreams relating to the Deputy Chancellor’s office, including work related to personnel, budget, strategic planning and project management.

Represents the Deputy Chancellor in internal and external relations, including serving as a liaison with high-level officials of government agencies, community organizations, and private foundations; leads private fundraising efforts and proposal developments; develops presentations for the decision-makers and stakeholders.

Manages and coordinates the timely flow of information and communication to key constituencies, cultivating an effective and productive customer-service oriented environment; manages the process for developing the implementation and communication plans.

Develops and builds staff capacity to use effective strategies for gathering educators’ feedback on accountability tools and achievement resources.

Qualification Requirements:

A master’s degree from an accredited college in economics, finance, accounting, business or public administration, human resources management, management science, operations research, organizational behavior, industrial psychology, statistics, personnel administration, labor relations, psychology, sociology, human resources development, political science, or a closely related field, and two years of satisfactory full-time professional experience in budget administration, economic or financial administration, fiscal or economic research; management or methods analysis, operations research, organizational research or program evaluation; educational, personnel or public administration, recruitment, position classification, personnel relations, labor relations, employee benefits, staff development, employment program planning/administration, labor market research, economic planning, fiscal management, or a related area, 18 months of which must have been in an executive, managerial, administrative or supervisory capacity. Supervision must have included supervising staff performing professional work in the areas described above; or

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and four years of satisfactory full-time professional experience as described in “1” above, including the 18 months of executive, managerial, administrative or supervisory experience described in “1” above.


Developed public speaking and written communication skills.

Clear communicator who can make presentations to a variety of constituencies within the DOE.

Excellent interpersonal skills in dealing with education and non-education personnel, internal and external to the DOE.

Ability to think strategically and translate insights into action; project management experience.

Ability to mobilize disparate groups of people toward goals.

Attentive to detail, extremely well organized.

Able to work under pressure, and meet frequent and changing deadlines.

Skilled with group problem-solving and working with complex concepts in a dynamic setting.

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.

Salary: $111,000+

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application

Applications will be accepted through November 30, 2012

NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability.


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