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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 04/20/22

Applications Due07/01/22

Vacancy ID103387

AgencyFinancial Services, Department of

TitleDirector of Statewide Office of Financial Inclusion and Empowerment

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary GradeNS

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $151984 to $188231 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Exempt Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.50


From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? Yes

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County New York

Street Address One State Street

City New York


Zip Code10004

Minimum Qualifications Preferred Qualifications

• At least fifteen years of relevant experience in leadership overseeing policy and program development initiatives;
• At least five years of managerial supervision; and
• Relevant experience in or interfacing with financial services industry.

Appointment method:

This is an appointment to a position in the exempt jurisdictional class. As such, the incumbent of this position would serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority.

Duties Description The Department of Financial Services (DFS) is responsible for building an equitable, more transparent financial system that benefits individuals and supports business.

We are seeking applicants to fill a critical position to lead the newly formed Statewide Office of Financial Inclusion and Empowerment. In this role, the Director will develop and implement policy and programs to effectuate economic opportunity. This will be the state’s first office focused on financial inclusion, financial health, community wealth-building, and economic inclusion. The Office will work with historically underserved populations and help connect consumers with local services. It will coordinate existing work and initiatives across the state with community partners to develop and incubate novel ideas and approaches to economic empowerment, and be a source of New York-related data analysis and research.

Duties for the Director position include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Leads collaborative strategy to identify core mission and goals, short and long-term;
• Drafts an implementation timeline for the Office;
• Identifies key initial staffing and resources need for the Office, and oversees hiring or request for proposal (RFP) processes as necessary;
• Develops partnerships with local, state, and federal agencies and elected officials with a mission on financial inclusion, financial health, community wealth-building and economic inclusion;
• Engages with community organizations—including financial counselors, housing counselors, legal services, small businesses, faith groups, and other advocacy organizations—to identify and develop community wealth-building initiatives for households and small businesses as well as oversees the development and maintenance of an online directory of services available to New Yorkers;
• Identifies emerging strategies and policies related to community wealth building and anti-discriminatory financial services and develop proposals for deployment across the state;
• Educates and connects consumers to community wealth building and financial empowerment programs;
• Works with DFS business units to collect and analyze data and issue reports related to household finances, small business, and community development to drive statewide policy development; and
• Advises Superintendent on special initiatives.

Additional Comments Positions located within the New York City metropolitan area, as well as Suffolk, Nassau, Rockland, and Westchester Counties, are also eligible to receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment.

Appointment to this position is pending Governor Appointment’s Office and Division of Budget approval.

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name Nicole Pickel


Fax (518) 402-5071

Email Address


Street One Commerce Plaza, Suite 301

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12257


Notes on ApplyingTo Apply: Interested qualified candidates must submit a resume and letter of interest no later than July 1, 2022 to the email address listed below. Please include the Box # (Box DFSP3-SOFIE-10148) in the subject line of your email to ensure receipt of your application. Email submissions are preferred.

Nicole Pickel
Box DFSP3-SOFIE-10148
New York State Department of Financial Services
Office of Human Resources Management
One Commerce Plaza, Suite 301
Albany, NY 12257
Fax: (518) 402-5071

All candidates that apply may not be scheduled for an interview


Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Department of Financial Services is required to provide reasonable accommodation for known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified applicant with a disability if an accommodation would enable the applicant to perform the essential functions of the job. If the accommodation would constitute an undue hardship on the operations of the agency, the agency is not required to provide it.

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