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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 12/05/23

Applications Due12/20/23

Vacancy ID145498

AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitlePrincipal Psychologist

Occupational CategoryHealth Care, Human/Social Services

Salary Grade27

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

Salary RangeFrom $144107 to $144107 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 50%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 40


From 8 AM

To 4:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County To Be Determined

Street Address To Be Determined

City To Be Determined


Zip Code12304

Minimum Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Promotional: Currently reachable on appropriate New York State Department of Civil Service eligible list.;
Transfer (reassignment): Eligible for transfer via section 70.1 Civil Service Law.;
Provisional Appointment: In the event that there is no valid eligible list, applicants meeting the following minimum qualifications may be considered for provisional appointment: One year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service as a Licensed Psychologist, SG-25 or two years as a Psychologist 2, SG-23 or Associate Psychologist, SG-23.

Non-Competitive Promotion (NCP): If three or fewer interested promotional candidates respond to this notice, the agency may, at is discretion, nominate a qualified employee for non-competitive promotion under the provisions of Section 52.7 of the Civil Service Law. If certified by Civil Service, mandatory reemployment list candidates must be considered first for appointment to this title.

Duties Description *Telecommuting to be discussed at interview.

*Travel will be required to support program needs.


The Principal Psychologist will clinically supervise and manage the duties of a team of subordinate psychology staff in Capital District DDSO. The incumbent will provide a full range of evidenced-informed psychological services, providing training and consultation services to the clinical teams, direct support staff, individuals, and management as needed, and serving on local and statewide committees/workgroups as needed. The Principal Psychologist will participate in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of psychological programs and services

• Provides supervision, training, technical assistance, direction for subordinate psychology staff, ensuring regulatory compliance and implementation of evidence-informed treatment practices.
• Will provide training and consultation as needed for residential and day-program staff.
• Will ensure completion of legally required documentation.
• Participates in the Behavior Management Committee for review of behavior support plans (BSPs) containing restrictive interventions, and provides clinical oversight for non-restrictive BSPs and medication monitoring plans, ensuring documentation if complete and legal requirements are met.
• Responsible for oversight of high-risk cases and forensic plans to manage risk through effective supervision and treatment approaches, working in collaboration with the Central Office (DSO, BITS, Counsel etc.)
• Conducts evaluations, including cognitive, developmental, guardianship, competency, risk, suitability in addition to forensic or clinical assessments as needed.
• Participates in local and statewide committees/work-groups as needed, i.e., risk management, special review committee, restraint reduction, Psychology Community of Practice and works in collaboration with local and central office leadership.
• Samples and reviews management of cases, assignments, case problems, issues, and methods of treatment by the treatment team.
• Consults with managers regarding issues specific to IRA level of care.
• Assists in tracking, monitoring and analysis of data such as informed consent, behavioral data, progress monitoring, etc.
• Assists in the training, implementation, and ongoing utilization of the Electronic Health Record as it pertains to the psychology department.
• Will take a lead role in ensuring best practices and will adhere to discipline standards.
• Assists with development, review, training, and implementation of Capital District policies.
• Participates in the *Administrator on Duty (AOD) rotation and in after-hours coverage rotations for emergent psychology needs.
• Serves in the capacity of the Chief during planned/unplanned absences to ensure continuity of care and oversight across Capital District.
• Other duties as assigned.



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 #23-1622 in all correspondence.

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