Pre-K Program Evaluators, Expansion, Performance and Policy

New York City Department of Education . - New York, NY4.0

This title is in a Civil Service competitive class title that is subject to examination. The selected candidate must take the civil service exam for Administrative Education Officer, OR must already be a permanent Administrative Education Officer, or must be permanent in an equivalent title that is eligible for 6.1.9 to Administrative Education Officer.

The filing period for the Administrative Education Officer exam is September 12, 2018 - October 2, 2018.

More information can be found on the DCAS website below:

(Those who previously applied need not re-apply)

Position Summary: The Mayor and the Chancellor are committed to providing high-quality full-day Pre-K for all 4-year-olds in New York City. Research demonstrates that quality Pre-K contributes to student achievement and is associated with other long-term benefits. Every student in NYC deserves access to the variety of teaching approaches and strong foundation of skills and knowledge that high-quality Pre-K provides.

The Division of Early Childhood Education (DECE) administers Pre-K programs for NYC students in public elementary schools and New York City Early Education Centers (NYEECs). DECE provides families access to high-quality early childhood options that prepare their children for academic success and the skills to lead a successful life. Working together with families and programs, DECE ensures that children are engaged, nurtured and supported with the tools needed to develop into independent learners and creative problem-solvers.

The Pre-K Program Evaluator is responsible for conducting observation-based assessments in New York City’s Pre-K programs as a part of the Division of Early Childhood Education’s quality assurance cycle. The Pre-K Program Evaluator will oversee the assessment and evaluation plan for a portfolio of Pre-K programs across the NYCDOE. Pre-K Program Evaluators are expected to meet and maintain reliability criteria on the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale – Revised (ECERS-R) and the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS), and collect programmatic data throughout the school year at predetermined New York City Early Education Centers (NYCEECs), charter schools, and district schools throughout the city. Program Evaluators will also work with NYCECCs and district schools to help them understand the assessment tools, and participate in various Pre-K for All expansion efforts. Performs related work.

Reports to: Program Assessment Manager

Direct Reports: N/A

Key Relationships: Division of Early Childhood Education central and field teams, relevant Central DOE teams, school support organizations and staff, including BFSC staff, superintendents, New York State Education Department, NYC Administration for Children’s Services, Pre-K program leaders in district schools, charter schools, and New York City Early Education Centers (NYEECs).


Manage the assessment and evaluation process for an assigned cohort of Pre-K programs across New York City in district schools, charter schools, and NYCEECs, using ECERS-R and CLASS tools.
Manage data collection, data input and data analysis to be used for strategic planning and policy decision-making; produce reports with policy implementation recommendations based on field work.
Participate in policy discussions and provide policy-level guidance to the central leadership team regarding assessment and evaluation priorities and initiatives.
Establish project timelines and milestones and update central leadership on status.
Meet and maintain reliability on the ECERS-R and CLASS assessment tools.

Conduct CLASS and ECERS-R assessments throughout the year:
schedule assessment with NYCECCs, charter schools, and district schools;
visit NYCECCs, charter schools and district schools throughout New York City; and
create and submit site-level reports in a timely manner.
Work collaboratively with teachers, school leaders (e.g., principals, NYCECC directors), and other DECE staff to help improve understanding of DECE assessment policies and tools, site-level assessment reports, and how these reports can be used to improve program quality.
Read, evaluate and conduct site visits associated with the Request for Proposals process related to Pre-K for All and other DECE expansion initiatives.
Participate in policy decision-making around various Pre-K for All expansion efforts.
Plan and facilitate training and professional development sessions in collaboration with other DECE colleagues, as necessary.
Respond, as needed, to escalated site-level concerns.
Participate in team communications via in-person meetings and conference calls.
Attend training on assessment tools and obtain the necessary certifications yearly to comply with regulations.
Provide written and oral feedback to fellow evaluators about evaluation reports.

Qualification Requirements:

A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in education, educational psychology, educational leadership, public administration, public policy, social work, or a closely related field, and two years of satisfactory, full-time progressively responsible professional experience in education administration, in such areas as: portfolio planning, educational grants/funding, student enrollment, assessment and accountability, youth development, special education, early childhood, program evaluation, policy research, college and career readiness, health and wellness, immunization, diagnostic and treatment services for parents and children, out of school programs, career and occupational education, curriculum development, evaluation and testing, educational planning, and educational statistics, or a related field, at least 18 months of this experience must have been in an executive, managerial, consultative, administrative or supervisory capacity in education administration; or
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and four years of satisfactory, fulltime progressively responsible professional experience, in one or more of the areas as described in “1” above, at least 18 months of which must have been in an executive, managerial, consultative, administrative or supervisory capacity; or
A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and six years of satisfactory, full time professional experience, in one or more of the areas as described in “1” above, at least 18 months of which must have been in an executive, managerial, consultative, administrative or supervisory capacity; or
Education and/or experience equivalent to “1”, “2”, or “3” above. Undergraduate education above the high school level may be substituted for professional experience, in the areas described in “1” above, at the rate of 30 semester credits from an accredited college or university for each year of experience, up to a maximum of 4 years. Graduate education in areas other than those mentioned above, may be substituted for the professional experience, at the rate of 15 graduate semester credits from an accredited college or university, for 6 months of experience, up to a maximum of 1 year of professional experience. However, all candidates must have a high school diploma or its educational equivalent and 18 months of experience in an executive, managerial, consultative, administrative or supervisory capacity in education administration as described above.


Familiarity with The New York City Department of Education’s Pre-Kindergarten Performance Standards and The New York State Learning Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
Knowledge of DOE policy and procedures and the ability to interpret and apply policies effectively, especially those related to the Division of Early Childhood Education.
Understanding of developmentally appropriate assessments for early childhood (Pre-K to Grade 3) students.
Excellent oral and written communication skills to share information effectively and confidently with internal and external audiences.
Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills.
Excellent program management skills, with the ability to plan, organize, develop, and lead the implementation of large-scale projects on a school/district/or citywide basis.
Ability to accept and give constructive feedback orally and in writing, taking initiative to improve.
Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
Strong leadership skills; excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to build and cultivate personal relationships and work effectively with diverse groups, including education and non-education personnel, internal and external to the DOE.
Attentive to detail, extremely organized, able to work under pressure, and meet frequent and changing deadlines.
Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, Access, Outlook and PowerPoint.
Internal candidates preferred.

Salary: $72,962+

(Internal candidates who are selected for this position and who currently hold comparable or less senior positions within the DOE will not make less than their current salary.)

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.

Applications will be accepted through October 2, 2018 until 3:00 p.m.

NOTE: The filling of all positions is subject to budget availability and/or grant funding.


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