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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 12/06/23

Applications Due12/20/23

Vacancy ID145526

AgencyState Comptroller, Office of the

TitleProgram Research Specialist 1, Program Research Specialist Trainee 2, (Equated to 14), Program Research Specialist Trainee 1, (Equated to 13), Item #03267

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade18

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

Salary RangeFrom $47925 to $80248 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Contingent Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8 AM

To 4 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? Yes

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address Office of the New York State Comptroller

110 State Street

City Albany


Zip Code12236

Minimum Qualifications You must be currently reachable on the appropriate eligible list for a Program Research Specialist 1, eligible under the 55 b/c program (see below), or eligible to transfer to this title under Section 52.6 or 70.4 of the Civil Service Law.

For 52.6 and/or 70.4 transfer to a Program Research Specialist 1, salary grade SG-18, you must have one year of permanent competitive, or 55-b/55-c service in an approved title for transfer allocated to an SG-18 or above. SG-11 or above for a Trainee 1, SG-12 or above for a Trainee 2, depending on qualifications.
To determine if your current Civil Service title is eligible for transfer to this title, visit the Career Mobility GOT-IT website: Career Mobility Office » GOT-IT (

Appointments via transfer must not result in a second, consecutive transfer with an advancement of more than two S-grades or one M-grade.

55-b/c program:
This position may be designated 55 b/c and is subject to verification of applicant eligibility.

For 55 b/c appointment, you must:
• Possess the minimum qualifications for the selected title as established by the Department of Civil Service and listed on the most recent exam announcement (Professional Career Opportunities (
• 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.

*If you are currently 55b/c eligible and possess a bachelor’s degree, we encourage you to apply for this position.

Duties Description • Research Analytical Analysis and Evaluation: Research and evaluate how government programs operate to support audit plan. Research, identify, and evaluate data sources to determine any limitations in terms of reliability or usability. Selects the appropriate methods to follow in analyzing and evaluating data, considering the character and source of data and the statistical tools to be used. Collects and processes data utilizing non-survey instruments, published and unpublished agency statistics and records, and similar materials and sources. Performs data manipulation tasks with quantitative data, such as data construction, merging data files, and data cleaning. Analyzes and interprets data following analytical methods prescribed by plan. Evaluates various program areas including policy, procedure, legislation, objective, and cost effectiveness. Identifies actual or potential problem areas, trends, program accomplishments, and additional key factors in the program being studied. Identifies new program needs, considering agency goals and other relevant conditions and trends, and the effects of actual or proposed legislation. Analyzes and interprets statistical data to identify significant differences in relationships among sources of information. Identifies relationships and trends in data, and any factors that could affect the results of the research. Presents results of studies or investigations to supervision, covering conclusions and recommendations based on the evaluations made. Keeps supervisors informed of problems, and the progress and results of research.
• Writing and Presentations: Prepares written outline of the planned development of analytical methods, study procedures, and methods of research on a given topic. Prepares audit summary paragraphs, tables, graphs, or other written reports summarizing statistical analysis performed, research results, and recommended courses of action. Conducts programmatic discussions and conferences with supervisors and external groups.
• Miscellaneous: Participates by assisting the supervisor with higher level research, divisional regional briefs, annual report compilation and training presentations. Assists the supervisor with the facilitation of SGA budget hearing report out meeting and brainstorming sessions.
• Training: Seeks out and obtains specialized training to keep up to date on emerging research methods and technologies.

Additional Comments • Telecommuting: The Office of the New York State Comptroller (OSC) supports telecommuting where it is reasonable to do so based upon the agency’s mission and operational needs. Generally, employees new to OSC will be restricted from telecommuting for at least 8 calendar weeks. After the initial 8 calendar week restriction, if an employee’s duties and work performance are aligned with telecommuting they may be allowed to do so. Upon approval to telecommute, OSC employees may telecommute up to 5 days per pay period.

Desired Competencies or Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Strong research skills in obtaining and validating critical information, applying professional skepticism, persistence, and creative thinking
• Strong knowledge of data analysis approaches and statistical methods
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Strong interpersonal and team skills
• Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities
• Strong technology skills with Microsoft products, Arbutus, Adobe Pro, Webex, Adobe Connect
• Ability to multi-task and be able to organize and prioritize tasks and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
• Strong public speaking skills

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

Name Sara Burt

Telephone (518) 474-1924

Fax (518) 486-6723

Email Address


Street Office of Human Resources

110 State Street, 12th Floor

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12236


Notes on ApplyingSubmit a clear, concise cover letter and resume stating how you meet the above minimum qualifications to, no later than December 20, 2023. Reference Item #03267-SAB in the subject line and on the cover letter for proper routing.
If you have questions about this vacancy, please contact this Division representative:
Division contact: Kimberly Bott,

When responding, please include the reference number and letters listed in this section only. The OER ID # should not be included.

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