Special Education

Request for Applications - Individualized Educational Program (IEP) Facilitators

Request for Applications - Individualized Educational Program (IEP) Facilitators

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking applications from individuals to serve as IEP Facilitators in the New York City and Long Island areas.  NYSED will be piloting the use of IEP Facilitation in these two regions of the State, beginning in 2015. 

IEP Facilitation is an early dispute resolution option useful in improving the effectiveness and efficiency of IEP meetings when there may be disagreement about a child’s special education program or service.  IEP Facilitators are trained impartial individuals who assist members of the committee on special education or committee on preschool special education in developing or reviewing a student’s IEP and addressing differing opinions. IEP Facilitators assist committee members in reaching consensus on IEP recommendations.  For additional information on the IEP facilitation process, see http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/pdf/Facilitated%20IEP%20for%20CADRE%20English.pdfexternal link.

IEP Facilitators will be compensated by NYSED up to $400 per IEP facilitation. 

Qualifications: Applications will be accepted from individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university and who have documented experience in a human services field (e.g., psychology, education, social work) and/or a dispute resolution field. 

Applicants should have documented leadership skills as well as strong oral and written communication skills and experience in interest-based problem solving and effective meeting facilitation. 

Preference will be given to individuals who are also fluent in a language other than English and who have experience working with diverse cultures. 

Candidates must be willing to serve in regions of Long Island, New York City or both, and must be available to serve as IEP Facilitators in meetings held during the regular business day.

Applications will not be accepted by individuals who are employees of New York State agencies. 

Selection Process: A limited number of candidates will be selected based on material submitted, input of a Review Committee and an interview process.  Selected candidates will be provided additional details on the scope of the work, training requirements and reimbursement.  Selected candidates must commit to a multiple day training program which will include, but not be limited to, IEP Facilitation, meeting management, dispute resolution strategies, and federal and State special education law and regulations.

To apply:

Applications will be accepted until August 1, 2014. 

  1. Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest identifying:
  • Why you are interested in being an IEP Facilitator;
  • Any potential conflicts of interest in serving as an IEP Facilitator;
  • Personal, professional and/or volunteer experience that might benefit serving as an IEP Facilitator;
  • Any diverse cultural background or experience you possess; and
  • Language(s) spoken, other than English.
  1. Submit a current resume (not more than two pages).
  2. Complete the application posted at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/specialed/applications/IEPfacilitator-614.htm

The letter of interest, a current resume and a completed application may be submitted by ONE of the following:

NYS Education Department
P-12: Office of Special Education
89 Washington Avenue, 309 EB
Albany, NY 12234
Attention:  IEP Facilitator Applications


Fax: 518 402-3583


Email: IEPfacilitat@mail.nysed.gov

Questions may be directed to Sharon Veltman at (518) 473-0170 or email to IEPfacilitat@mail.nysed.gov

Last Updated: June 9, 2014