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Job Title:

PMGR - Pedagogic Manager - 119002

Office Title:

Senior Director of Content and Instruction, OSWP


66M05W - Student Wellness Programs

Work Location:
Borough/Citywide Offices in locations across Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island.
Application Deadline:


Senior Director of Content and Instruction, OSWP


Position Summary: The New York City Department of Education’s Office of School Wellness Programs (OSWP) supports school communities in building strong structures and rich environments where Health Education and Physical Education (PE) thrive, and guides schools in teaching 1.1 million students what they need to know to make healthy, informed choices now and throughout their lives. Grounded in the DOE Wellness Policy and the Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community model, the Office of School Wellness Programs seeks to address long-standing disparities and inequities that have prevented New York City students from equitable access to PE and Health Education instruction that they need and deserve. OSWP programs focus on teaching students to take care of their minds and their bodies builds a foundation for lifelong learning and ensures they have the skills needed to be physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally healthy. 


Key programs include PE Works; Health Ed Works; School Wellness Councils; high school Condom Availability Program; Move-to-Improve; CHAMPS Sports and Fitness program; and Citywide Wellness Advisory Council.


Recognizing that every student has a right to quality PE and Health Education instruction, as well as opportunities to engage in wellness-related activities inside and outside of the classroom, OSWP believes:


o    Equity is essential to our work to address systemic social and racial barriers connected to these essential subjects.

o    In protecting and promoting the health and well-being of all our students, regardless of their social position or background, including their actual or perceived race, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship/immigration status, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, weight, and/or political beliefs.

o    Our Office staff must engage in intentional and sustained learning over time in order to be change agents around equity, diversity, and inclusion.


With the City’s recent investments in revitalizing PE and Health Education, we are:


o    Creating quality instructional and programmatic support and advocacy for these academic subjects so that all students can access and benefit from this instruction and develop lifelong skills to make informed decisions about their health, their bodies, and their futures.

o    Working to eliminate barriers to providing equitable access to these essential subjects for all students, including limitations around infrastructure, policy, awareness, and community buy-in.


The Senior Director of Content and Instruction will provide vision and guidance to lead and oversee work to improve the quality of Health Education and Physical Education content and pedagogy in all schools through a variety of standardized and systematized methods, e.g., professional learning opportunities, instructional resource development, and teacher leadership opportunities.


The Senior Director of Content and Instruction will serve as a critical partner by: staying updated on research and national trends, policy, and legislation connected to Health and Physical Education and closely related topics; managing curriculum development processes through an equity lens; and overseeing development of Central and school-based resources related to both Health Education and Physical Education. Performs related work.


Reports to: Senior Executive Director, Office of School Wellness Programs


Direct Reports: Director of Health Education, PE Curriculum Content Specialist, Director of Physical Education.


Key Relationships: The Senior Director of Content and Instruction will work closely with all members of the Office of School Wellness Programs Senior Leadership Team and all members of the Supervisor Group. The role also requires interaction with other DOE offices, existing DOE partners and other NYC agencies and external organizations to expand, support, and/or create new collaborations aligned with content and instructional goals.




Physical Education


·         In collaboration with the Director of Physical Education, develop strategy and plan for instructional resource development for Physical Education.

·         Develop long-term strategy for development of PE instructional resources in schools.

·         Provide oversight and interdepartmental relationship management for work associated with the K-12 PE Scope & Sequence and associated resources.

·         Support the Senior Executive Director of OSWP to manage cross-functional relationships within CCWB and across the DOE, working closely across teams and troubleshooting where necessary to ensure seamless coordination between teams in support of Physical Education and related work.

·         Lead integration of Adapted Physical Education (APE) into overall PE strategy and planning.

·         Provide strategic leadership and oversight for the work associated with itinerant Adapted Physical Education Teachers working across the city.

·         Manage ongoing strategy development around integration of Physical Education content into supplemental Physical Activity programs such as Move-to-Improve and CHAMPS.


Health Education


·         In collaboration with the Director of Health Education, develop strategy and plan for instructional resource development and professional learning for Health Education in NYC schools.

·         Develop a vision and project plan for expanding Health Education in elementary and middle schools, continuing the focus on implementation of the Chancellor’s sexual health mandate and fulfilling CDC grant requirements.

·         Set vision and direction for use of teacher leadership as lever for improving Health Education practices across the city.

·         Supervise planning and development of ongoing Health Education curricula projects for NYC schools.

·         Oversee management of timelines and deliverables related to all CDC grants.

·         Provide strategic oversight and serve as interdepartmental liaison around Health Education-related program areas such as the Condom Availability Program (CAP) and OUT for Safe Schools.

·         Liaise with interagency partners and health education advocacy groups.


Qualification Requirements:




Must currently possess or will possess by date of hire, New York State certification as a school district administrator (SDA) or school district leader (SDL).  Please Note: We do not accept internship certificates.


For more information regarding the DOE’s supervisory certification requirements, as well as a link to the New York State Education Department’s website to apply for certification, please visit our website at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/careers/principals-and-assistant-principals/school-leader-and-supervisory-certification.




·         Five or more years of experience in the areas described above in an executive, managerial, administrative, supervisory, or consultative capacity.

·         A record of accomplishment in project management, writing and interpreting policy, external and internal relationship management, and creative and strategic thinking and writing. 

·         Development and management of instructional resources

·         Demonstrated project management skills using data-driven metrics.

·         Demonstrated ability to develop, plan, and implement strategic short- and long-range goals, establish priorities, organize resources, and interpret needs.

·         Ability to proactively identify key issues and risks and develop recommendations for integrated, creative solutions.

·         Ability to communicate effectively and confidently, both orally and in writing.

·         Regularly includes others in planning and decision-making. Able to make and communicate difficult decisions in the best interest of the organization.

·         Ability to build strong working relationships with constituents.

·         Strong strategic thinking and outstanding analytical skills to understand, analyze, and address complex problems.

·         Able to work under pressure and meet frequent and changing deadlines.

·         Knowledge of the New York City public school system, New York State Education Department, and national Physical Education and Health Ed standards and policies

·         Knowledge of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.



·         Experience or working knowledge of the public sector and/or interest in public education.

·         Background in not-for-profit management demonstrating knowledge of how to achieve social mission goals in public policy areas.

·         A strong sense of humor and interpersonal skills.

·         Inspires and motivates others to take action and meet goals. Delegates skillfully. Holds team accountable to achieve goals. 

·         Puts structures in place for coaching, training, and feedback to develop team and support problem-solving. Sees mistakes as learning opportunities. Seeks and engages well with feedback

·         Successful experience supporting and developing school- and field-based staff through professional learning, coaching, and job-embedded support.

·         A strong desire to work in a fast-paced, results-oriented, highly collaborative environment, as well as a belief in the DOE’s mission. 


Salary: $129,014 – $141,915



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





It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, unemployment status, caregiver status, consumer credit history, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. For more information, please refer to the DOE Non-Discrimination Policy.

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