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Director of Special Programs

Director of Special Programs

Posted on: 09/22/2023
  1. Full-time



  1. No exam required


Safety Education

$40,000.00 – $200,000.00

Job Description

This vacancy has now expired.

The Office of Safety Education and Outreach (SEO) seeks a Director of Special Programs to oversee the growth and development of citywide traffic safety programs at the Office of Safety Education and Outreach (SEO) to help reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities through education and outreach for older adults, drivers, motorcyclists, truck drivers, bicyclists, e-micro-mobility users, and other high-risk populations, with a focus on expanding outreach into under-resourced communities. This position will report directly to the Assistant Commissioner of SEO and responsibilities will include supervising staff who manage day-to-day operations for older adult, driver, truck, motorcycle, bike and e-micro-mobility safety education programs. The Director of Special Programs will work with supervised staff who manage these programs to set timelines for all phases of programs, identify target communities and sites for programs, establish contacts in communities throughout the five boroughs to help expand programs, create tools for program evaluation, and set benchmarks and protocols to ensure program goals are met, including grant-funded program deliverables. The Director of Special Programs will meet regularly with program managers to address any issues that arise and will provide regular reports on the status of all programs to the A/C of SEO. The Director will also work closely with other SEO Directors including the SOE Chief of Staff, Director of Curricula, and Director of Budget and Personnel to coordinate the planning, implementation, and evaluation of education and outreach programs. Specific tasks will include: oversight of staff managing direct service programs to address older adult safety and active transportation programs; including Vision Zero workshops and traffic safety theater programs; oversight of staff who plan and conduct truck safety programs for commercial drivers, elementary school truck safety programs, safety skills practice sessions for motorcyclists, truck and motorcycle safety awareness outreach for all road users; and oversight of staff who plan and conduct bicycle and e-micromobility safety and encouragement community programming for all age groups. Responsibilities will also include: working with staff managing the Get Kids Biking program for 7th Graders, and in collaboration with NYC DOE and Bike New York, to improve coordination of all elements of the program including the management of bikes and bike storage trailers; overseeing efforts to expand bike outreach to schools with organized rides and integrating biking into gym, after school or other class activities including bike bus growth throughout the city; coordinating with the NYCDOT’s Bicycle Unit to plan events with families and communities in locations where DOT is installing bike lanes and connecting these efforts to agency bike encouragement campaigns, including May and Biketober seasonal campaigns. In addition the Director will: assist the A/C of SEO in her role as the Chair of the E-micromobility Communications Working Group on developing citywide outreach plans including a Citywide style guide for all agencies; help create educational materials around e-micromobility and align program assets with upcoming e-bike legislation for all City agencies; and serve as the liaison for e-bike and battery buy-back programs and other broad delivery cyclist programs. The Director will attend meetings as a representative of NYC DOT, including meetings with Community Boards, School Boards, PTAs, and other groups to provide presentations about available Safety Education programs and services and will oversee the handling of all administrative functions related to programs including staff calendars, program activity reports, spreadsheets for program planning and evaluation, PowerPoint and other presentations for internal and external partners, and related administrative functions.

Minimum Qualifications

1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of experience in community work or community
centered activities in an area related to the duties described above; or
2. High school graduation or equivalent and six years of experience in community work or community centered activities in an area related to the duties as described above; or
3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have at least one year
of experience as described in "1" above.

Preferred Skills

A Master's degree is strongly preferred experience with curriculum development, educational program management, and training and supervising staff is desired. Experience supervising staff who provide educational programs is strongly preferred. K – 12 teaching experience a plus. Bi-lingual a plus. A valid NYS driver’s license is preferred.
Public Service Loan Forgiveness

As a prospective employee of the City of New York, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. For more information, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website at https://studentaid.gov/pslf/.
Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.
Additional Information

The City of New York is an inclusive equal opportunity employer committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.

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55 Water St Ny Ny

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