Office of Equal Opportunity Presentation on
How to Do Business with the NYC Department of Education
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Thursday May 25, 2017
Working toward diversity and inclusion is an ongoing goal that the Department of Education strives to achieve. The Diversity Management Unit, in compliance with the 2009 Amendments to the School Governance Law, prepares an annual Diversity and Inclusion Plan for the Department of Education. The Plan highlights the initiatives taken by the DOE to advance diversity in hiring and Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) procurement pursuant to the 2009 amendments to the School Governance Law. Each year, the Plan will be presented to the Panel for Educational Policy. The DOE remains committed to diversity and inclusion for all employees, applicants, and vendors.
Diversity and Inclusion
The Diversity Management Unit designs and implements diversity and inclusion policies, trainings and best practices for the agency. The Unit engages in diversity initiatives relating to hiring, retention and recruitment.
The NYC Department of Education (DOE) is the nation’s largest school system, with approximately 1,700 schools, 1.1 million students and 138,000 employees. It contracts with a vast array of vendors to purchase the goods and services necessary to ensure that students will have all they need to receive the quality education they deserve. The agency strives to give all businesses, including Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), an equal opportunity to compete for DOE procurements.
The agency casts a wide net in search of talented vendors, seeking qualified suppliers from all segments of the community. The DOE’s mission is to provide equal access to procurement opportunities for all qualified vendors including MWBEs. The DOE works to enhance the ability of MWBEs to compete for contracts and DOE is committed to ensuring that MWBEs fully participate in the procurement process. The Diversity Management Unit ensures that MWBEs are equitably included in the procurement process by:
1. Enhancing the ability of MWBEs to compete for contracts by providing educational assistance to MWBE suppliers on the methods of doing business with the DOE:
· How to Get Started: Vendors can find information about signing up for solicitations, becoming certified by Small Business Services (SBS), and any other basic information new vendors would need to know. Additional information can be found via DOE Division of Contracts and Purchasing and the DOE Vendor's Guide
· Vendor Hotline: if you are a prospective or current vendor and have any procurement related questions, please contact the DOE's Vendor Hotline: VendorHotline@schools.nyc.gov or (718) 935-2300 (phone)
· For information about how to become a certified MWBE:
· City MWBE Certification
· State MWBE Certification
· Key Definitions: Definitions for commonly used terms in the DOE procurement process.
· FAQ: Find answers to common questions about MWBEs.
2. Ensuring that MWBEs are informed about the purchasing process and procurement opportunities with the DOE:
Vendor Portal: View current DOE solicitations and receive notification of new solicitations as they become available. You can also view solicitation requirements and download all necessary documents
· Open Request for Proposals
· Open MTAC/Pre-Qualified Solicitations
· Open Request for Bids
3. Providing MWBE’s ways to meaningful participate in our procurement process:
· DOE MWBE Newsletter: learn how to do business with the DOE, get tips from successful MWBEs, and find answers to frequently asked questions on MWBE certification and DOE procurement.
· Organizing, sponsoring, and attending various MWBE conferences and workshops like our monthly “How to Do Business with the DOE” seminar.
· DOE's MWBE Diversity Council was established in 2012 to further DOE's commitment to equal opportunity for all vendors.
· Please contact OEODiversity@schools.nyc.gov should you request additional information about the DOE’s MWBE supplier diversity program.
Vendor Hotline: if you are a prospective or current vendor and have any procurement related questions, please contact the DOE's Vendor Hotline:
For information about how to become a certified MWBE: