Special Education

Request for Applications-Individualized Education Program (IEP) Facilitators

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as IEP Facilitators in counties throughout the State.

IEP Facilitation is a voluntary early dispute resolution option available to parents and school districts when both agree that the presence of a neutral third party would assist with communication and problem solving during a committee on special education (CSE) or committee on preschool special education (CPSE) meeting. The purpose of IEP Facilitation is to develop and sustain collaborative, productive relationships between CSE/CPSE members, keep meetings student-focused and reduce adversarial disputes during IEP development process.  IEP Facilitators are trained impartial individuals who assist members of the CSE/CPSE in developing or reviewing a student’s IEP, addressing differing opinions and in reaching consensus on IEP recommendations. For additional information on the IEP facilitation process, see https://www.cadreworks.org/facilitation-programsexternal link.

IEP Facilitators are compensated by NYSED.


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 the field of education, human services and/or dispute resolution.   

Applicants should have documented leadership skills, strong oral and written communication skills, and experience in interest-based problem solving and effective meeting facilitation. Applications from individuals who are also fluent in a language other than English and who have experience working with diverse cultures is encouraged.

Candidates 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 and input of a Review Committee. Selected candidates will be provided additional details on the scope of the work and training requirements. Selected candidates must commit to a two-day training program (dates and location to be determined) which will include, but not be limited to, IEP Facilitation, meeting management and dispute resolution strategies. Selected candidates must also commit to participation in a webinar on federal and State special education law and regulations.

  1. To apply: Applicants must 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; 
  • Language(s) spoken, other than English; and
  • What counties of the State you would be available to serve in.

       2. Submit a current resume (not more than two pages).

        3. Complete the application.

         4. Three professional references including one written reference or letter of         recommendation.  References should include contact information, relationship to applicant and description of work provided.

The letter of interest, a current resume, completed application and professional references must be submitted together as a single complete packet by mail to the following address:

New York State Education Department

Office of Special Education

Due Process Unit

89 Washington Avenue, Rm 309 EB

Albany, NY  12234

Attention: IEP Facilitator Applications

Application packets must be postmarked no later than December 13, 2019.

Questions may be emailed to specedfiep@nysed.gov.


Last Updated: November 6, 2019