Position Summary: Under general supervision of the Deputy Director of the Special Education Unit, with latitude for independent initiative and judgment, performs work including community outreach, administrative tasks and work related to the Legal Services Special Education Initiative; performs assigned tasks to ensure the delivery and implementation of special education services. Performs related work.
Reports to: Managing Attorney, Office of Legal Services – Special Education Unit
Direct Reports: N/A
Key Relationships: The Special Education Legal Associate will work closely with the Special Education Attorney and other Legal Services staff in support of special education personnel.
A Special Education Legal Associate may be tasked to work on any of the following:
- Works with public advocacy groups, parents and private attorneys to collect settlement documentation to ensure timely implementation of settlement agreements.
- Conducts outreach to other members of SEU, parents and their representatives, including public advocates and attorneys regarding status of ten-day notice and/or the impartial hearing cases filed.
- Examines and analyzes documents for legal fee claims filed by private attorneys and takes necessary steps to obtain settlement authority.
- Performs liaison functions with other offices of the DOE regarding the settlement of parent’s claims.
- Prepares follow-up and other reports and maintains appropriate records.
- Examines and analyzes records and documents, case files, and legal filings in connection with various administrative proceedings involving the Department of Education special education impartial hearings.
- Prepares preliminary reports, and statistical data and recommendations pertaining to cases.
- Gathers evidence and assists in researching issues for the Special Education Unit.
- Reviews administrative decisions.
- Determines the Department’s obligations to parents and students pursuant to impartial hearing orders and instructs appropriate offices in the DOE as to these obligations.
- Maintains appropriate records on cases filed for impartial hearings.
- Obtains, examines and analyzes records and documents, case files, and legal filings in connection with various administrative proceedings involving the Department of Education special education impartial hearings.
- Reviews case records and documentation necessary to respond to requests for impartial hearings.
- Recommends settlement of special education claims.
- Utilizes computer systems for document filing and data management. Schedules due process hearings and utilizes computer systems to assist in the processing of due process complaints.
- High school graduation or equivalent and three years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to duties described above; or
- Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" above.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to write clearly and concisely.
- Ability to understand provisions of applicable laws and regulations.
- Efficient legal research skills.
(Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not earn less than their current salary.)
Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.
NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding.
As of August 2, 2021, all NYC Department of Education new hires (who are not currently employees of the City of New York) must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to beginning their employment unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religious or medical reasons. More information can be found in Executive Order 75.
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