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    Great opportunity to work in a forward-thinking school system

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    Former Employee - Middle School Special Education Teacher in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Middle School Special Education Teacher in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at New York City Department of Education full-time (more than 5 years)


    Despite the recent transition to a new mayor and chancellor, the NYC DOE is a district focused on innovation, and it has been developing a culture to recognize and reward, albeit indirectly, teachers who are thinking outside of the box to help their students. In general, I also felt that special education was taken seriously throughout the city, and the push toward inclusion that has been ongoing in NYC is very important for students with disabilities. Most importantly, the opportunity to work with students from diverse backgrounds and make a meaningful difference in their life was what made the job worth it.


    Like any big bureaucracy, dealing with seemingly trivial issues like payroll can be challenging. There is always pressure to meet certain standards, follow lots of rules, go along with lots of initiatives, etc. And while some of these are good, it doesn't matter if you disagree with them; often, you don't feel like you as much control over your own teaching as you would like. Related to that kind of intensive oversight, they are in the process of working out the evaluation system, which went from very lax to very overbearing, and now it seems everyone realizes a middle ground is needed. Finally, like any school system, the school in which you work matters immensely. The best schools in NYC are world-class, but the worst can be incredibly deflating and disappointing to be a part of.

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    While this is a complex issue, there needs to be a more reasonable workload for teachers and other school-based professionals (including administrators). This is especially true in terms of the current salary scale.

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New York City Department of Education Interviews

Updated Jan 5, 2015
Updated Jan 5, 2015

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    Senior Analyst Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at New York City Department of Education.

    Interview Details

    Two (2) phone interviews with general HR style questions and one (1) in-person onsite interview. The phone interviews where more a check on my background and current role. They wanted to be sure I had experience with massive amounts of data. The in-person interview was a panel style meeting and the employees where every observant and attentive. They let you talk and they listen. Some have education background so they were good listeners.

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    When offered a lower position I asked what qualities define the higher position. After some consideration and pressure with similar questions I was finally offered the more senior role.
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Headquarters New York, NY
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1970
Type Government
Industry Government
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year
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