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The New York State School for the Deaf
401 Turin Street, Rome, New York 13440
An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

Special Education Assistant, NS (PEF)

The New York State Education Department’s School for the Deaf is seeking applicants to fill a Special Education Assistant position. The incumbent of this position will be responsible for the classroom care of students in the school’s education or residential programs. Duties of this position will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Work with individual students or groups of students on special instructional projects;
  • Provide supervision, and guidance to students in the cafeteria during breakfast and lunch;
  • Escort students to various classes on and off campus;
  • Provide direct instruction under the supervision and guidance of the Instructor; and
  • Directly supervise students and assist in related instructional work as required.
Minimum Qualifications: 

Candidates must have a High School diploma or a High School Equivalency diploma AND the ability to perform moderate to heavy lifting of children AND New York State certification as a Teaching Assistant.

Preferred Qualification: 

Preference may be given to candidates who have the following:

  • Experience working with special needs students particularly deaf or hard of hearing;
  • The ability to communicate through ASL/Sign Language; and
  • Experience working with adults as part of a team.
Conditions of Employment: 

This will be a permanent 10-month position. The work year shall consist of 183 days during the school year, plus 31 days during the summer, plus additional five days for program related activities for a total of 219 days. Promotions and transfers may change appointees’ negotiating unit. Candidates should be aware that changes in negotiating units may affect their salary, insurance, and other benefits. Verification of degree and/or transcripts will be required for all candidates at the time of interview. Candidates are required to possess a New York State certification as a Teaching Assistant at the time of hire. Continued employment as a Special Education Assistant is dependent upon maintaining a New York State certification as a Teaching Assistant. Failure to maintain a New York State certification as a Teaching Assistant will result in removal from employment. Fingerprinting through the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Criminal Justice Services, a background check with the Office of Children and Family Services and clearance from the Justice Center Staff Exclusion List is required for employment. Fees associated with this process are at the applicant’s expense. The work schedule for this position includes the hours of Monday 7:45am–3:45pm, Tuesday through Friday 6:45am–2:45pm.

*Leads to a maximum salary of $37,612-$38,905 with annual performance advances.


Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest by September 27, 2019 to (email submissions are preferred).  You must include the Box number (ROM-271/00312) of the position in the subject line of your email and cover letter to ensure receipt of your application.

Grade Level: 
Negotiating Unit: 
$27,204-$28,497 (Depending on qualifications)
Box #: 
Deadline Date: 
Friday, September 27, 2019
Email Address: 
New York State School for the Deaf

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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