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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 11/29/23

Applications Due12/14/23

Vacancy ID145028

AgencyMental Health, Office of

TitleMental Health Program Specialist 1/Trainee, Central Office;

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade18

Bargaining UnitPS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary RangeFrom $63108 to $80248 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? Yes

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address NYS Office of Mental Health

44 Holland Avenue

City Albany


Zip Code12229

Minimum Qualifications Transfer Opportunity:
Candidates must have permanent competitive or 55b/c status as a Mental Health Program Specialist 1, Grade 18, and be eligible for lateral transfer; OR be eligible to transfer via Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law to the Mental Health Program Specialist 1 title; OR be eligible to transfer via Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law into the trainee levels (Mental Health Program Specialist Trainee 1 or 2).

To be eligible for appointment, candidates must have a Bachelor's or higher degree in Child and Family Studies, Counseling and Community Psychology, Creative Arts Therapy, Criminal Justice, Health Administration, Hospital Administration, Marriage and Family Therapy, Mental Health Counseling, Nursing, Psychoanalysis, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Public Policy, Recreation Therapy, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Sociology, or Special Education.

55b/c Opportunity:
Individuals certified eligible for the 55b/c program under the Governor’s Program to Hire Persons/Veterans with Disabilities pursuant to Section 55b/c of the Civil Service Law AND possess a Bachelor’s or degree in one of the fields listed above will also be considered. Please provide a copy of your eligibility letter with your response.

PCO Opportunity:
Individuals with the score of 100 or higher on the current 2022 holding of the PCO eligible list who possess a Bachelor’s or higher degree in one of the fields listed above and are interested in this vacancy, but did not receive a canvass letter, are encouraged to apply. Please note this in your cover letter.

Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in a qualifying field allows for placement at the Mental Health Program Specialist Trainee 1 level. Depending on any additional qualifications (advanced degree and/or professional clinical or administrative experience in a behavioral health program) candidates may be eligible for placement at the Trainee 2 or Grade 18 level. Advanced placement is at the agency’s discretion and is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Duties Description The Office of Mental Health (OMH), Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Bureau of Coordinated Nursing Services is recruiting to fill a Mental Health Program Specialist 1/Trainee, Grade 18, position. The Bureau of Coordinated Nursing Services is responsible for the development and implementation of nursing education and training programs at OMH as well as coordinating with professional nursing and clinical staff throughout OMH facilities to provide guidance and training on evidenced-based best practices to improve quality and drive excellence in psychiatric nursing practices. The Mental Health Program Specialist 1/Trainee will support and assist with the planning and execution of trainings for facility nursing services staff, activities related to the planned implementation of a nurse practitioner program, the annual nursing educational conference, the procurement and implementation of an electronic scheduler and an electronic health record, the support of all electronic tools currently in use by facility nursing services and all activities related to data collection and analysis for decision making.

Specific duties to be performed include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Assist in preparing and managing the annual budget and financial plan, and prepare and maintain budgetary documentation.
• Participate in planning and developing budget requests
• Prepare reports and monitor the Bureau’s financial needs and proposals.
• Obtain and develop information to plan, prepare, and justify proposed and projected expenditures.
• Prepare recommendations and justifications for procurement of goods and services for submission to the Office of Financial Management.
• Support the Annual Nursing Conference and all activities involved.
• Perform staff services for executive staff, nursing staff, and program managers.
• Respond to requests for information received from clinical, administrative, and direct care staff in facilities, central office, control agencies, and mental health service providers.
• Develop and send written and verbal communications targeted for facility Chief Nursing Officers.
• Manage the Spring and Fall nursing educational conferences and prepare analyses and reports of session evaluations.
• Design and update web-based information for all OMH sites related to Nursing Services in cooperation with the Office of Public Information.
• Serve as a liaison between the provider and the Lippincott technical support staff for nursing web-based applications for Central Office staff and OMH facility nurses.
• Serve as an OMH representative at meetings and conferences.
• Prepare detailed written reports and assist with presentations.
• Manage the logistics of projects and assists with all projects as assigned.

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.

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.

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

Name Sarah Mahar


Fax 518-486-3897

Email Address


Street NYS Office of Mental Health

44 Holland Avenue

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12229


Notes on ApplyingTo be considered for this position, interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format to Please include the title of the position and Vacancy ID #145028 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.

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