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Special Education Assistant, NS (PEF)

Continuous Recruitment

The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of Education Policy is seeking candidates for a  Special Education Assistant position at the New York State School for the Deaf (NYSSD). The incumbent of this position will be responsible for the classroom care of students in the school’s education or residential programs.  Duties of these positions 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, or be able to obtain a New York State Teaching Assistant certificate within one (1) year of employment.

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 appointment. 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.  Applicants should be aware that changes in negotiating units may affect their salary, insurance, and other benefits.  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.  Verification of degree and/or transcripts will be required for all candidates at the time of interview. Candidates are required to obtain a New York State Teaching Assistant certificate within one (1) year of employment. Continued employment as a Special Education Assistant is dependent upon maintaining appropriate certification. The work schedule for this position includes the hours of Monday, 7:45am to 3:45pm, and Tuesday through Friday, 6:45am to 2:45pm.

This position leads to a maximum salary of $40,718 - $42,118 based on qualifications and annual performance advances.


Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. Applicants will be contacted when a vacancy is available. Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to (email submissions are preferred).  You must include the Box number (NYSSD-SEA) of this positions in the subject line of your email and cover letter to ensure receipt of your application. In order to qualify for this 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: 
$29,446 - $30,846 (Depending on qualifications)
Box #: 
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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