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Special Education Assistant (Substitute), NS (PEF)

Continuous Recruitment

The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of Education Policy is seeking candidates for a Special Education Assistant (Substitute) position in the New York State School for the Blind. The incumbent of this position will be responsible for the classroom care of students in the school’s education program in the absence of regular staff.

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 eligible to obtain such certificate within one (1) year of employment.

Preferred Qualification: 

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

  • Experience working with severe to profoundly disabled and/or blind/sensory impaired children;
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a member of an educational team; and
  • Possession of, or willing to secure, an Article 19A school bus driver certification.
Conditions of Employment: 

This will be a temporary, on-call, hourly position.  Fingerprinting through the Federal Bureau of Investigations 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.  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. 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 (Substitute) is dependent upon maintaining appropriate certification. The work schedule for this position includes hours of Monday through Friday, 6:45am to 2:45pm or 7:00am to 3:00pm, depending on classroom assignment. Substitutes are notified by phone when services are needed.  Every effort is made to give 24-hour prior notice.


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). Your resume must clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. You must include the Box number (SEA Sub - Batavia) of the position in the subject line of your email and cover letter to ensure receipt of your application. Links to application materials will not be accepted (i.e., Google Docs). Your social security number may be required to confirm your eligibility.

Grade Level: 
Negotiating Unit: 
Box #: 
SEA Sub - Batavia
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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