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Executive Search Firm – Commissioner of Education

Update 11/21/19: A questions and answers summary will not be posted for this RFP since no questions were received by the questions submission deadline.


The Board of Regents of the New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking proposals to procure the services of an executive search firm capable of conducting a national search for the Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York.  


Subcontracting will be limited to thirty percent (30%) of the total contract budget. Subcontracting is defined as non-employee direct personal services and related incidental expenses, including travel. NYSED prior approval is required for any subcontracted services under any Contract entered into as a result of this RFP. The selected Contractor is responsible for the satisfactory performance and adequate oversight of their subcontractors. Subcontractors are required to meet the same requirements and be held to the same standards as the Contractor.

Terms of Contract

NYSED will award one (1) contract pursuant to this RFP. The contract resulting from this RFP will be for a term anticipated to begin January 1, 2020 and to end July 31, 2020 with one optional five-month renewal.

RFP Components

Components contained in RFP #20-021 are as follows:

  1. Description of Services to Be Performed
  2. Submission
  3. Evaluation Criteria and Method of Award
  4. Assurances
  5. Submission Documents (separate document)


Update 11/21/19: A questions and answers summary will not be posted for this RFP since no questions were received by the questions submission deadline.

Questions regarding the request must be submitted by email to no later than the close of business November 18, 2019. Questions regarding this request should be identified as Program or Fiscal. A Questions and Answers Summary will be posted on this web page no later than November 21, 2019.

Contact Information

The following are the designated contacts for this procurement:

Program Matters

Mary Drzonsc

Fiscal Matters

Nell Brady

Submission Instructions

The following documents must be submitted in separately sealed envelopes, as detailed in the Submission section of the RFP, and must be received at NYSED no later than December 9, 2019 by 3:00 PM:

  1. Submission Documents labeled Submission Documents - RFP #20-021 Do Not Open
  2. Technical Proposal labeled Technical Proposal - RFP #20-021 Do Not Open
  3. Cost Proposal labeled Cost Proposal – RFP #20-021 Do Not Open
  4. CD or USB flash drive containing the technical, cost, and submission proposals submitted using Microsoft Office. Place in a separate envelope labeled CD/USB-RFP#20-021 Do Not Open.

The mailing address for all the above documentation is:

NYS Education Department
Attn: Nell Brady, RFP#20-021
Contract Administration Unit
89 Washington Avenue, Room 501W EB
Albany, NY 12234

RFP Documents