Occ. Code 3927300





New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard




The one position in this class oversees and coordinates the activities of special education programs in all New York State Correctional Facilities. 


This position is classified in the Department of Correctional Services (DOCS).  Incumbents at DOCS assist in the total care and confinement of inmates sentenced to the custody of the Department.  All incumbents perform various duties and functions in conjunction with the overall operation of a facility and/or location to which they are assigned.  




Coordinator Special Education: one position class; plans, directs, and supervises the overall operations of all special education programs within DOCS. 




            The Coordinator Special Subjects develops and coordinates all recreational programs within DOCS.




Ensures that all aspects of each inmates program, and the Departments special education program as a whole, conform with State and federal guidelines.


·         Ensures compliance with State and federal mandates.


·         Reviews all pertinent legislation and make recommendations for appropriate changes in Department policies and procedures.


·         Works with other State agencies to effectuate additional legislation and/or other changes.


Acts as Chairperson of the Departments Committee on Special Education.


·        Monitors the activities of all special education subcommittees located in correctional facilities throughout New York State.


·        Manages and oversees the budget for all allocated Special Education funds.


·        Manages and ensures the timeliness and accuracy of all required reporting systems.


·        Reviews and approves all individual education plans for inmates under the age of 21 who are in need of special education.


·        Ensures that all necessary pre-sentencing documentation, tests and other material have been included and request additional documentation and/or testing, if needed.


·        For inmates who are under 18 years of age, ensures that a parents signature has been obtained.  Appoints a surrogate parent or guardian if one is not available.


·        Recommends appropriate services and facility placement where services can be provided.


·        Establishes positions of teacher assistants as needed and assists facilities with recruitment and training of teaching assistant staff.


Acts as liaison between DOCS, other public and private agencies, and other DOCS units.


·          Maintains relationships with the Office of Mental Health, the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, the State Education Department, the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, the Veterans Administration, and other State and federal agencies.




Open Competitive:  Possession of a permanent New York State teaching certification in special education; AND four years of full-time experience in teaching special needs students, at least one year of which must have been spent teaching inmates in a correctional setting; or two years of experience in the direct supervision of a multi-faceted special education program in a correctional setting.



Date:  5/09


NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.