AgencyOffice of Cannabis Management
TitleProgram Specialist 2 (Cannabis), #41005
Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers
Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)
Salary RangeFrom $79325 to $100342 Annually
Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class
Compressed workweek allowed? Yes
Minimum Qualifications Transfer requirements: Current NYS employee with at least one year of permanent or contingent-permanent service in a title allocated to SG21 and eligible for transfer under Section 52.6 of the NYS Civil Service Law.
Provisional requirement: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Analytics, Business Administration, Communications, Economics, Finance, Statistics, Biology, Microbiology, Chemical Engineering, Agriculture, Horticulture, Plant Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Administration, Health Policy, Public Health, Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Studies, or Criminal Justice and three years of experience in a regulatory compliance/oversight entity where your major job responsibilities (over 50%) included two or more of the following: accounting and auditing; investigating and/or inspecting regulated entities and facilities; interpreting and explaining policies, rules, regulations, or laws to organizations, government or corporate officials, or individuals; policy analysis and research; surveillance; quality assurance that included evaluating whether projects met/are meeting requirements that included risk assessment; providing professional level economic development products or services; community outreach which included vulnerable populations; negotiating and/or approving contracts or agreements with suppliers, distributors, federal or state agencies, or other administrative control processes.
A Master’s degree in Accounting, Analytics, Business Administration, Communications, Economics, Finance, Statistics, Biology, Microbiology, Chemical Engineering, Agriculture, Horticulture, Plant Sciences, Epidemiology, Health Administration, Health Policy, Public Health, Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Urban Studies, or Criminal Justice may substitute for an additional year of experience.
Duties Description Reporting to a Program Specialist 3 (Cannabis), the Program Specialist 2 (Cannabis) will be responsible for overseeing and participating in inspecting, auditing, and performing a full range of compliance duties for the region assigned (Albany/Buffalo/NYC). The incumbent will perform applicant and licensee inspection of physical facilities, adherence to program regulations, development of guidance documents and statement of findings and other duties ensuring licensees are complying with public health and safety best practices.
Duties include, but are not limited to:
• Develop regulatory guidance and technical assistance to cultivators, processors, distributers, retailers, and all other applicable participants in the Cannabis program.
• Review applications, including conducting inspections renewals, and tracking data from entities who wish to obtain or renew licensure or registration to engage in cannabis activity.
• Evaluate licensee standard operating procedures, including but not limited to environmental impact of cannabis cultivation methods, manufacturing and extraction methods for cannabis processing, product labeling, packaging, and advertising for cannabis products and assisting with investigating changes in ownership or transfers of the license.
• Review criminal justice history (including fingerprinting utilizing Division of Criminal Justice’s e-Justice reports) for cannabis licensee employees or owners, as applicable.
Conduct inspections of licensed entities to monitor compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures.
• Respond to written and verbal inquiries from applicants, licensed entities and various stakeholders reporting complaints or seeking assistance from the Office of Cannabis Management.
• Review and analyze incoming data, including but not limited to compliance data, seed-to-sale data, and inventory and sales data to assess compliance or respond to inquiries reported to the Office of Cannabis Management.
• Present information on various topics at Office of Cannabis Management meetings.
• Research cannabis compliance trends and best practices to make recommendations for program improvements.
• Collaborate with staff to develop program goals and plans for implementation and prepare special studies and reports.
• Perform full range of supervisory functions.
Additional Comments Telecommuting opportunities to be discussed at interview. All Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) employees are required to be tested weekly for COVID-19 unless they are fully vaccinated. Employees who are vaccinated must provide proof of vaccine status through a secure online portal.
We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, which includes:
• Low-cost and competitive health insurance plan choices
• Dental & vision insurance at no additional cost
• Membership in the NYS Retirement System
• Deferred Compensation Investment Plan
• Minimum of 13 vacation days per year
• Up to 13 days of paid sick leave annually for PEF/CSEA
• Up to 8 days of paid sick leave annually for M/C
• 5 days of personal leave per year
• 13 paid holidays per year
• Tuition reimbursement
• Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)
• Training & development opportunities
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
Email Address HRresumes@ogs.ny.gov
Street NYS Office of General Services, HRM
31st Floor Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza
Notes on ApplyingPlease submit cover letter along with a clear and concise resume detailing how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position as listed in Specifics and indicate the Position Title & Vacancy ID number for which you are applying.