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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 12/04/23

Applications Due12/19/23

Vacancy ID145381

AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitlePsychologist 2

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade23

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

Salary RangeFrom $81705 to $103350 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 60%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8:30 AM

To 4:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County New York

Street Address To Be Determined

City To Be Determined


Zip Code12304

Minimum Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Candidates must be reachable for appointment from the current Civil Service eligible list.

This position may be designated 55 b/c and is subject to verification of applicant eligibility. For a 55 b/c appointment, you must:

• Possess the minimum qualifications for this title as established by the Department of Civil Service and listed on the most recent exam announcement.
• Meet the applicable minimal mental and/or physical requirements for the job (with a reasonable accommodation, if necessary)
• Have a current Eligibility Letter from the NYS Department of Civil Service,, and be able to provide it to the Human Resources Office upon request.

Psychologist 2:
One year of permanent service as a Psychologist 2 or in a title deemed appropriate for transfer via Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law.

Candidates must have one year of permanent service as a Psychologist 1 or as a Psychologist 1 (Spanish Language).

Provisional Appointment:
In the event that there is not a valid eligible list, candidates who meet the following promotion or open-competitive qualifications may be qualified for an appointment:

Candidates must have a Master of Psychology degree from a regionally accredited college or university psychology degree program which prepares graduates for clinical positions in the field of psychology in a clinical, forensic, community mental health, or school setting. Qualifying degree programs must have included coursework in psychological and behavioral assessment, and treatment modalities for psychological and behavioral disorders. You must also have three years of supervised post master's degree experience in a clinical, forensic, community mental health, or school setting, where your primary duties were providing psychological services as described below.

Substitution for Post-Master’s degree experience:
• Doctoral degree in a clinical field of psychology may be substituted for both the education and experience requirements above.

• Clinical psychology practicum, externship, or fieldwork assignment, that was completed as part of a qualifying Master of Psychology degree program, may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

? A practicum, externship, or clinical fieldwork assignment is defined as a direct clinical training experience in providing psychological services in an appropriate inpatient or outpatient community mental health, developmental disabilities services, forensic or community setting, which is a component of a qualifying Master of Psychology degree program and would also be listed on the official transcript.

• Certificate of advanced study in a clinical field of psychology or school psychology may be substituted for
one year of the required experience.

**Experience in a clinical, community mental health, addiction treatment facility, or forensic setting is considered to be any direct care experience with individuals, families, or groups in a hospital, psychiatric hospital, psychiatric clinic, community mental health clinic, correctional facility, intermediate care facility, institutional or school setting, or community based residential and/or day program under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, licensed psychologist, licensed physician, or licensed psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, or licensed clinical social worker.

Qualifying experience for Psychologist 2 must primarily include administering assessments and tests for diagnostic psychological evaluations or completing functional behavioral assessments; developing behavior support plans; or writing psychological treatment plans; providing psychological counseling and treatment in one or more of the following areas: mental and/or emotional disorders, cognitive disorders, behavioral disorders, mental retardation, developmental disabilities, alcoholism, addictions, substance abuse disorders, sex offender assessment and treatment, or forensic mental health.

In addition, experience in experimental psychology, research psychology, industrial psychology, organizational psychology, health psychology, utilization review, guidance counseling, as a habilitation specialist, pastoral counseling, or experience as an instructor of psychology will NOT be considered as qualifying.

Duties Description *Location to be determined.

*Telecommuting to be discussed at interview.


The Psychologist 2 (PSOL2) will serve as a field team senior clinician in the Bureau of Technical Support (BTS). BTS is part of OPWDD's investment and initiative in supporting provider agencies in their support of individuals who may have complex behavioral health and/or medical support needs. BTS is within the Division of Statewide Services and is comprised of five (5) field teams that cover the Developmental Disabilities Regional Office footprint ensuring that services are delivered throughout the State. As a field team senior clinician, the selected candidate will be responsible for their field team’s coordinated review and delivery of technical assistance to providers to be able to assist them in serving individuals with complex needs.

The field team senior clinician will serve as a member of the Bureau’s and Division’s interdisciplinary teams, providing a full range of consultative, assessment, and training to programs under the supervision of a Licensed Psychologist. This includes conducting psychological evaluations and behavior assessments, developing, and reviewing treatment plans and providing consultation, supervision, direction, evaluation, and oversight to programs certified or funded by OPWDD, collaboration with other state agencies (e.g., OMH, DOH, NYSED, OASAS), and engagement with community stakeholders.

This position requires direct experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities who present with complex behaviors and co-occurring mental health diagnoses, a strong knowledge of the supports and services provided by OPWDD and the regulations guiding their implementation, experience conducting, developing and/or reviewing psychological assessments and treatment plans, expertise in progress monitoring and data analysis, crisis prevention and intervention, and familiarity with other community-based service settings (e.g., individual/family homes, public and residential educational programs, mental health programs and services).


Provide technical support within the OPWDD Developmental Disabilities Regional Office (DDRO) Region 3 footprint (Capital District, Taconic, and Hudson Valley). The candidate will use evidenced-informed best practices, a trauma informed and responsive approach and commitment to cultural humility. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
• On-site observation and engagement, to enable effective evaluation, consultation, and person-centered planning.
• Provide direct case consultations, professional mentorship, training, and program monitoring to support agency/program staff with people experiencing crisis, or to assist them in the prevention of imminent crisis.
• Perform various assessments (e.g., risk, need, functional and psychological) and review prior evaluations and clinical plans of care.
• Complete consultation reports to include formal recommendations, referrals, and treatment alternatives.
• Collaborate with the OPWDD Regional Field Office to develop strength-based referrals.
• Develop and foster cross-systems collaborations to better assist providers in serving people with complex behavioral needs (e.g., Adult Protective Services, OMH, DOH, NYSED).
• Develop and provide trainings on clinically relevant topics
• Provide front-line supervision to the field team specialist(s).
• Co-chair of the regional Community of Practice to foster collaboration and build bridges to community-based services and participate in other committees/agency workgroups as delegated.
• Other duties as assigned by the Bureau Director.

*Travel percentage is an estimated average; actual travel time may vary to support the needs of the Bureau.



Additional Comments ADDITIONAL COMMENTS:

• Family and household member relationships: OPWDD policy may impact eligibility for this position. Employees are responsible for recognizing the relationship and not posting for positions where it would be a concern. Before you apply read Section 120.27 of the Region 3 Policy Manual. Please e-mail if you have you need help determining if this policy applies to you.

• CAPA: Must be cleared by the NYS Central Register for Child Abuse and Maltreatment if position requires working with minors and not previously cleared.

• If you are employed by state government, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments have been made under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. For more information on PSLF, please visit

• Employees on long term leave can bid on positions but must be able to report to work within fourteen (14) days and be able to perform the essential functions of their positions with or without reasonable accommodation (RA). If an employee believes that they need a reasonable accommodation, they should contact the NYS OPWDD Reasonable Accommodation Unit at (518) 486-7222 or e-mail at to obtain information and RA forms.

• For CSEA positions: Local Bidding Agreements, and previously approved vacation/holiday time will be honored in the new assignment.

• Preference will be given to OPWDD employees impacted by closures. If you are being impacted by closure, please indicate this on your resume/cover letter.

• In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.

• OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

• OPWDD is committed to creating and sustaining a culture of inclusion. We believe that we are most effective in managing and improving our service system with a diverse team of employees. With such a large workforce, we rely on the collective individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, self-expression, ideas, and talent that our employees bring to their work. This speaks to our culture and is a key part of our successes. As we continuously recruit people for our team, we welcome the unique contributions that applicants bring in terms of their education, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression, nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation, and beliefs.

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Name Capital District DDSO

Telephone 518-388-0838

Fax 518-370-7536

Email Address


Street Capital District DDSO

500 Balltown Road

City Schenectady

State NY

Zip Code 12304


Please submit cover letter and resume to:

Capital District DDSO
Human Resources Office
Building 1
500 Balltown Road
Schenectady, New York 12304
Phone: 518-388-0838
Fax: 518-370-7536

*Please reference EOA #23-1619 in all correspondence.

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