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Vacancy Details
Position Type:

Administrative and Central Office

Office Title/Functional Title:

Legal Associate - 16710

Civil Service Title:

Community Associate




Impartial Hearing Office

Posting End Date:



Position Summary: The Legal Associate will ensure timely and efficient processing of due process complaints. This assignment entails community outreach with parents and their representatives, various advocacy groups, New York State Mediation Centers, the Office of The General Counsel (OGC), Impartial Hearing Representation Office (IHRO), Committees on Special Education (CSEs), Field Support Centers (FSCs), District 75 (D75), District 79 (D79), and the Division of Instructional and Information Technology (DIIT). Candidate must have knowledge of the Department of Education (DOE) organizational structure as it relates to Special Education, e.g., knowledge of the Committees on Special Education (CSEs), Field Support Centers (FSCs), the OGC, and the IHRO.  Performs related work.


Reports to: Case Management Attorney


Direct Reports: N/A


Key Relationships: Work closely with staff from the OGC, IHRO, CSEs, FSCs, D75, D79, and DIIT.




  • Corresponds with parents and their representatives, including public advocacy groups and attorneys regarding the status of legal cases.
  • Conducts preliminary outreach to stakeholders, e.g., parents and their representatives, public advocacy groups, and attorneys, to garner additional information as required. 
  • Coordinate and conduct training sessions for School District Representatives, DOE attorneys, and hearing officers.
  • Maintains and updates as necessary, the list of available impartial hearing officers via the rotational selection process.
  • Maintains appropriate records on cases filed for impartial hearings. 
  • Utilizes and maintains Impartial Hearing System Cognos reports. 


Qualification Requirements:




  1. 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
  2. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1"above.




  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • Paralegal Certificate Holder.
  • Experience dealing with child advocacy issues.
  • Experience in Special Education.
  • Knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
  • Knowledge of Automate the Schools (ATS), Child Assistance Program (CAP), and the Special Education Student Information System (SESIS).
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to understand provisions of applicable laws and regulations.
  • Efficient legal research skills.


Salary: $38,235+


(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.

DOE Non- Discrimination Policy
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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