Special Education Bureau Chief

Education Bureau Chief (Hybrid)

Recruitment #240625-3181MP-001


The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) is now accepting applications for an exciting Special Education Bureau Chief opportunity, within the Bureau of Special Education.   

Through leadership, support, and systems of accountability, CSDE shares a common goal with our stakeholders to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities across the State. We are responsible for General Supervision activities to ensure students with disabilities receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) within the least restrictive environment (LRE)We hope you will take this opportunity to make an impaCT!

What We Can Offer You:
Position Highlights:
  • Full time/40 hrs per week
  • First shift, Monday through Friday
  • Hybrid schedule (in-office & telework)
  • Location: 450 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT
The Role:
Our ideal candidate for Special Education Bureau Chief will have: 
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Extensive knowledge of state and federal special education laws and regulations
  • Knowledge of the IEP, PPT, and special education process, specifically related to secondary transition services for students
  • Experience managing components of General Supervision systems as required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
  • Knowledge of services and supports for students with disabilities in general education settings and across the continuum of placements
  • Knowledge of research-based practices and processes effective in positively impacting outcomes for students with disabilities
  • Skills in report and contract writing
  • Familiarity with national trends and other state practices related to student special education support services
  • Ability to facilitate conversations and discussions with external and internal stakeholders to inform data target setting, improvement activities, and reporting progress on related special education initiatives
  • Ability to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships within a team-based approach
About Us: The CSDE is the administrative arm of the Connecticut State Board of Education. Through leadership, curriculum, research, planning, evaluation, assessment, data analyses and other assistance, the Department helps to ensure equal opportunity and excellence in education for all Connecticut students. The Department is responsible for distributing funds to all Connecticut public school districts.

Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • In order to receive educational credits toward qualification for this job posting, the institution must be accredited.  If the institution of higher learning is located outside of the U.S., you are responsible for providing documentation from a recognized USA accrediting service which specializes in determining foreign education equivalencies to the individual listed on this job posting. 
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location or shift.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
  • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from three branches of state government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.  
  • Please read or watch our Applicant Tips on How to Apply!
Important Information After You Apply:
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the questionnaire's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • Read through this helpful link to prepare for your interview. 
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class in the next twelve (12) months.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
Connect With Us:
Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Sharon McIntosh, at

Follow the State of Connecticut on LinkedIn.


In the Departments of Aging and Disability Services and Education this class is accountable for directing the operation of an education services bureau.


  • Directs Education programs and staff activities and manages all related functions; 
  • Develops comprehensive long and short-term goals and objectives which support educational initiatives and agency mission;
  • Participates and makes recommendations in review and formulation of agency policy, program priorities, funding, legislation and regulation;
  • Develops or assists in the development of educational programs in area of specialty;
  • Provides consultant services for these programs and services;
  • Interprets and administers pertinent laws within assigned bureau;
  • Controls fiscal operations within bureau by determining priority of expenditures of financial and related resources;
  • Evaluates and assesses staff performance;
  • Responds to inquiries from the public, Governor’s office, and federal, state and local educators concerning education initiatives and programs;
  • Maintains statewide responsibility for all bureau programs and activities and represents agency and state in related activities as required;
  • Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • and ability to interpret and apply relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations;
    • philosophy and methods of education with emphasis on educational administration and management;
    • objectives and purposes of educational programs within area of specialty;
    • principles of professional management;
    • public school administration; 
  • Knowledge of
    • and ability to apply management principles and practices;
    • principles and techniques of budgetary preparation and fiscal management;
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills.


An earned advanced degree and ten (10) years of experience in the field of education or in a related area.


Three (3) years of the General Experience must have been at the full advanced working level in the oversight of the development or administration of an educational bureau, system, operation, school or service.

NOTE: For state employees, this experience is interpreted at the level of an Education Consultant.


  • A 092 certificate (Intermediate Administrator), or 093 certificate (Superintendent), or Sixth Year Diploma in Educational Leadership, or an Ed.D. (Doctorate in Educational Leadership) may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
  • An advanced degree and three (3) years of managerial experience in the oversight of the development or administration of an educational bureau, system, operation, school or service may be substituted for the General and Special Experience.


  • Experience reviewing and analyzing state and federal special education laws
  • Experience presenting information about Special Education laws to parents and educators
  • Experience designing or managing the delivery of Special Education services for students with disabilities across the Least Restrictive Environment 
  • Experience utilizing the Connecticut Special Education Data System (CT-SEDS)
  • Experience developing and implementing Strategic Improvement Plans to address educational outcomes for students with disabilities
  • Experience with budgetary preparation and fiscal management, including grant expenditures
  • Experience leading teams within an educational environment


Incumbents in this class may be required to possess an appropriate certificate issued by the State Board of Education.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.