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Instructor (Secondary Content), NS (PEF)

Continuous Recruitment

The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of Education Policy is seeking candidates for an Instructor (Special Education Teacher with a Secondary Content Certificate) position at the New York State School for the Deaf. Duties of this position will include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Instruct students in an academic subject area;
  • Prepare daily lesson plans, learning units and instructional materials based on curriculum standards, course outlines and associated assessments developed by the State Education Department;
  • Conduct classroom instruction using current teaching methods, observations, and facilitation as well as computer technology skills, audiovisual equipment, and group projects as appropriate;
  • Observe and evaluate Instructor Assistants and Special Education Assistants assigned to the class, and prepare written expectations;
  • Serve as an evaluator and site visitor to programs and placements as they relate to students applying to the School for the Deaf from other districts;
  • Evaluate and assess student progress and involvement in the learning process through classroom observation, administering tests, correcting work assignments, and using grading systems such as rubrics;
  • Utilize classroom management and maintain order and discipline in the classroom and elsewhere on campus, and supervise after-school detention as required;
  • Assist students in reaching personal responsibility goals as defined in their Individualized Education Program (IEPs);
  • Prepare evaluation reports, IEPs, report cards and deficiency notices, write quarterly progress reports and IEPs for all students, and maintain daily attendance records;
  • Participate in departmental staff, parent and multidisciplinary team meetings and meetings of various committees to discuss students’ learning progress, behavior, needs, and other problems related to education;
  • Perform training, intake evaluation, testing, curriculum, or supervision in specific areas of special expertise, learning disabilities (special needs), career preparation, work-study programs, vocation assessment and student personal guidance, as assigned; and
  • Prepare students for Regents exams and transition to post-secondary education or the work force.
Minimum Qualifications: 

Candidates must have a valid New York State Secondary Content certificate AND either a valid New York State teaching certificate in Special Education OR a valid New York State teaching certificate as a Teacher of the Deaf.

Preferred Qualification: 

Special consideration will be given to candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Experience working with students with disabilities, particularly students who are deaf or hard of hearing;
  • Ability to communicate through ASL/Sign Language;
  • Teaching certificates in additional content/subject areas; and
  • Experience working with adults as part of a team.
Conditions of Employment: 

This will be a permanent, 10-month position. 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 NYS Secondary Content certificate and either a valid NYS teaching certificate in Special Education or a valid NYS Teacher of the Deaf certificate at the time of hire. Continued employment as an Instructor is dependent upon maintaining a NYS Secondary Content certificate and either a valid NYS teaching certificate in Special Education or a valid NYS Teacher of the Deaf certificate. Failure to maintain a valid NYS Secondary Content certificate and either a valid NYS teaching certificate in Special Education or a valid NYS Teacher of the Deaf certificate will result in removal from employment. Fingerprinting through the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Division 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. Fees associated with fingerprinting do not apply if applicant’s fingerprints exist in the NYS TEACH System. The work schedule for this position includes hours of Monday (8:00am to 3:30pm) Tuesday through Thursday (7:45am to 3:15pm) and Friday (7:30am to 3:00pm). 

This position leads to a maximum salary of $73,058 - $93,156 based on qualifications and annual performance advances.


Recruitment will continue until the positions are filled. Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to (email submissions are preferred). You must include the Box number (NYSSD-Instructor (Secondary Content)) of the position in the subject line of your email and/or cover letter to ensure receipt of your application. In order to qualify for the position, when you have current or prior New York State employment, you may be contacted by NYSED Personnel for your social security number to confirm your State employment history.

Grade Level: 
Negotiating Unit: 
$44,447 – $51,738 (Depending on qualifications)
Box #: 
NYSSD-Instructor (Secondary Content)
Email Address: 
Office of Education Policy

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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