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Deputy Commissioner, NS (Management/Confidential)

Office of Higher Education

The New York State Education Department is seeking candidates for Deputy Commissioner for Higher Education.  The Office of Higher Education (OHE) provides dynamic leadership to achieve excellent results in higher education, enhance outcomes in the elementary and secondary schools, and forge partnerships among higher education and other institutions to serve the educational needs of all New Yorkers.  OHE administers programs and provides services to higher education institutions, professional educators, students, elected officials, and federal, State and local educational agencies.  OHE coordinates New York State’s higher education system, encompassing 250+ colleges and universities and serving over one million undergraduate and 235,000 graduate students. 

Through its various organizational units, including the Office of Teaching Initiatives, Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability, Office of College and University Evaluation, Office of Access, Equity and Community Engagement Services and the Office of Educator Quality and Professional Development, OHE certifies teachers and school leaders and conducts background checks on prospective school employees; coordinates the State’s efforts to ensure academic excellence and performance in higher education, including approving all degree-granting programs and reviewing applications for new colleges; makes policy recommendations and assists the Board of Regents in carrying out its statutory master planning function; implements statutory requirements protecting the education and financial interests of students attending State institutions; promotes access to higher education for all New Yorkers, including administering State grant programs that provide access for under-represented and under-served individuals; and collects and publishes accurate and timely educational information to help shape public policy and increase institutional accountability.

The incumbent of this position will lead, manage and oversee the Office of Higher Education and serve as a member of the State Education Department’s Leadership Team to provide guidance and direction in achieving the strategic goals of the State Education Department. The incumbent will play a key role in implementing the New York State’s plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), particularly as it relates to recruitment, development, retention and career ladders for effective teachers and principals.  

Minimum Qualifications: 

Candidates must have a master’s degree or higher and have relevant senior level leadership and management experience including a record of proven results and responsibility for a major complex office or institution of higher education, education or government.  Candidates must have a demonstrated ability to develop and execute policy; lead and manage diverse staff and constituencies; and work collaboratively within a multifaceted educational organization that must respond to State, federal and local needs and requirements.

Conditions of Employment: 

This position is in the exempt class and the incumbent will serve at the discretion of the Commissioner of Education.

*Salary will be commensurate with Education and Experience.


Application review will begin immediately and continue until a successful candidate is selected. Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to (email submissions are preferred).  You must include the Box number (OHE-725/14002) of the position in the subject line of your email and cover letter to ensure receipt of your application.

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Office Information

Office of Human Resources Management
NYS Education Department
89 Washington Avenue, Room 528 EB
Albany, NY 12234
Fax (518) 486-5631

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