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Minimum Qualifications One year of State service in an equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion, minority business, employment compliance, human resources, or training position allocated at or above Grade 23;
Eight years of the qualifying experience in equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion or human rights. At least one year of the experience must have been at a supervisory level.
*Qualifying experience includes working with organizations concerned with equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion, civil rights, minority business development, or similar programs; or in recruiting, training, and upgrading the educational and job qualifications of protected class members.
Substitutions: associate’s degree may substitute for two years of the nonsupervisory experience; bachelor’s degree for four years; and J.D. or master’s degree for five years.
Duties Description The New York State Office of Mental Health is recruiting to fill one Equal Opportunity Specialist 3, M-1, vacancy. Under the general direction of the Chief Diversity Officer, the Equal Opportunity Specialist 3 will direct the Bureau of Reasonable Accommodations in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion and oversee the reasonable accommodation program within the Office of Mental Health. Additionally, the incumbent will work directly with staff in Counsel’s Office on alternate accommodations, denials or appeals.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Reports directly to the Chief Diversity Officer who serves as the Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
• Provides oversight and administration of OMH’s reasonable accommodation program in accordance with federal ADA regulations;
• Ensures compliance with the ADA both programmatically and with the physical plant and maintain documentation of results, findings and recommendations.
• Ensures the consistent application of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New York State Human Rights Law and Equal Employment Opportunity in New York State-Rights and Responsibilities, A Handbook for Employees of New York State Agencies.
• Reports ADA issues to the Director and coordinates the completion of weekly/monthly reports.
• Receive, review and process Reasonable Accommodation Requests.
o Utilize requestor provided documentation, medical records, input from the supervisor, division liaisons, and, if necessary, seek the expertise of Counsel’s Office for legality issues
Ensure that RA determinations are reached in a timely and equitable manner
o Respond and represent the agency on complaints received through ADID, EEOC, Division of Human Rights (DHR) or the Appeals Review Committee.
• Communicates with Department management staff regarding facility/business area ADA compliance and conveyance resources or materials to achieve and maintain ADA compliance.
• Keeps up-to-date with all new information concerning ADA responsibilities and legal requirements for the protection of staff with disabilities.
• Consults with Departmental Executives on requests for adaptive equipment for qualified staff with disabilities.
• Oversees the administration of the requests for religious accommodations.
• Drafts correspondence and responses to employees regarding reasonable accommodations.
• Supervise subordinate staff assigned to reasonable accommodation activities.
o Plan work schedules and projects;
o Train and evaluate employees in work activities;
o Review work activities and reports, assist staff in resolving problems;
o Prepare and submit required employee performance evaluations and time and attendance reports.
• Gather and analyze data about the reasonable accommodations in the agency’s workforce. Make recommendations based on findings.
• Conduct training on reasonable and religious accommodations, sexual harassment prevention, diversity and cultural competence for OMH staff.
• Serve as liaison for Diversity Management on agency committees, task forces, or work groups as assigned by the Chief Diversity Officer.
Additional Comments Specific scheduled hours and telecommuting availability for this position will be discussed during the interview process. Please note, employees are required to apply and obtain approval through management to telecommute according to operational needs and Agency Telecommuting Program Guidelines.
Based on federal and/or state regulations, this position requires vaccination against COVID-19. Upon appointment, the selected candidate must be fully vaccinated, or willing to become fully vaccinated, against COVID-19 and will be required to provide proof of vaccination. Candidates who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the time of interview may not start working until two weeks after their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The Mission of the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is to promote the mental health of all New Yorkers, with a focus on providing hope and supporting recovery for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances. Applicants with lived mental health experience are encouraged to apply. OMH is deeply committed to supporting underserved individuals, organizations and communities. To this end, OMH is focused on implementing activities and initiatives to reduce disparities in access, quality, and treatment outcomes for underserved populations. A critical component of these efforts is ensuring OMH is a diverse and inclusive workplace where the unique attributes and skills of all employees are valued and utilized to support the mission of the Agency. OMH is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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44 Holland Avenue
Notes on ApplyingTo be considered for this position, interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the title of the position and Vacancy ID #109075 in the subject line of your email when applying.
You are advised that, should you accept a job offer with the Office of Mental Health, you may be required to be fingerprinted and pay a fingerprint fee.