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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 02/21/24

Applications Due03/06/24

Vacancy ID151752


AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitleHabilitation Specialist 1 (NY HELPS)

Occupational CategoryHealth Care, Human/Social Services

Salary Grade14

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

Salary RangeFrom $50678 to $64693 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 60%

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 New York

Street Address 25 Beaver Street

Statewide Services/Bureau of Technical Support

City New York


Zip Code10004

Minimum Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Must be in title or on the Civil Service eligible list for this location or be eligible for transfer under Section 70.1 in a designated title determined by the New York State Department of Civil Service.


A Bachelor’s or higher-level degree in a human services field*

*For the purpose of these qualifications, a degree in a human service field includes the professional disciplines of audiology, community mental health, nursing, nutrition, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, rehabilitation counseling, vocational counseling, social work, speech/language pathology and therapeutic recreation (including concentrations in art, creative art, dance, drama, music, or physical education.) Also included are related academic disciplines associated with the study of human behavior (e.g., gerontology, human services, sociology, speech communication); or human skills development (e.g., counseling/guidance, education, human development.) Examples of non-qualifying degrees include but are not limited to: criminal justice, political science, liberal arts, and business.


Preferred qualifications are at least one year’s experience providing services to persons with developmental disabilities AND either; a master’s degree in a field of psychology, a bachelor’s degree in a human services discipline, a psychology license currently registered with the NYS Education Department, a nursing (or licensed practical nursing) license currently registered with the NYS Education Department, or a master’s degree in social work with current certification and registration with the NYS Education Department as a social worker.

***Bring your credentials to the interview.

This title is part of the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide Program (NY HELPS).

For the duration of the NY HELPS Program, this title maybe filled via a non-competitive appointment, which means no examination is required but all candidates must meet the minimum qualifications of the title for which they apply. At this time, agencies may recruit and hire employees by making temporary appointments. In May 2024, if a temporary NY HELPS employee is satisfactorily performing in the position, the appointment will be changed from temporary pending Civil Service Commission Action to permanent non-competitive and the official probationary period will begin.

At a future date (within one year of permanent appointment), it is expected employees hired under NY HELPS will have their non-competitive employment status converted to competitive status, without having to compete in an examination. Employees will then be afforded with all of the same rights and privileges of competitive class employees of New York State. While serving permanently in a NY HELPS title, employees may take part in any promotion examination for which they are qualified.


The Habilitation Specialist will serve as a Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP) for The Bureau of Technical Support’s Field Team 4. The Bureau of Technical Support (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 to ensure that technical support services are delivered throughout the State. As a field team QIDP, the selected candidate will collaborate with the Senior Clinician to assist with coordinated review and delivery of technical assistance.

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 services as part of a statewide team, with service focus and associated travel primarily within (but not limited to) the OPWDD Developmental Disabilities Regional Office (DDRO) Region 4 footprint (Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, Bronx, and Brooklyn). The candidate will use evidenced-informed best practices, a trauma-informed and responsive approach, and commitment to cultural humility. The QIDP will assist with a full range of consultative and training services by reviewing, developing, training, and monitoring habilitation services provided by programs certified or funded by OPWDD. The specific tasks the QIDP will perform for the Field Team 4 includes, but not limited to:

• Frequent on-site observation and engagement as indicated and directed, to enable effective evaluation, consultation, and person-centered planning.

• Observations and record reviews to gather information, assess level of active engagement, and aid prioritization of valued outcomes and services required to support activities of daily living.

• Assist providers in developing meaningful leisure and recreational activities, ensuring integration into the community of the individual’s choosing, including opportunities for cultural, religious, interest-based, and identity-affiliated connections.

• Ensure focus on person-centered planning, ensuring individuals’ participation in designing their services, promoting independence and supported decision making, and on-going monitoring of satisfaction and response to treatment.

• Training, consultation, and oversight of implementation of Individual Plans Of Protective oversight (IPOP)/Safeguard Summary Plans, Habilitation/Staff Action Plans, Personal Expenditure Plans, including documentation requirements and billing procedures for day and residential habilitation services to ensure regulatory compliance.

• Member of the region’s Community of Informed Practice to foster collaboration and build bridges to community-based services and participate in other committees/agency work-groups.

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

* Telecommuting to be discussed at the interview.



Additional Comments Additional Comments

• If you are currently a New York State employee serving in a permanent competitive qualifying title and eligible for a transfer via Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law, you may be appointed to this title as a permanent competitive employee.

• Candidates must be reachable for appointment from the current Civil Service eligible list to be considered for a permanent competitive appointment.

• 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.

• The assignment of PS&T employees will be made in accordance with any agreed upon Memorandum of Understanding between PEF and the local DDSO regarding the posting of job vacancies

• All OPWDD employees must be eligible and maintain eligibility for full and unconditional participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Continued employment will depend on maintaining eligibility.

• 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 Workforce and Talent Management Central Office at (518) 473-4785 or Email at to obtain information and RA forms.

• Savings programs such as the U.S. Savings Bond and the College Savings Plan.

• Voluntary pre-tax savings programs such as Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Advantage Account offer employees options to pay for uncovered health care expenses or dependent care expenses.

• Access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) an assessment and referral service that connects employees with local service providers and support services to address their personal needs.

• Life insurance and Disability insurance.

• The New York State Deferred Compensation Plan is a voluntary retirement plan that offers employees the option to invest a part of their salaries for retirement on a tax-deferred basis.

• Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Paid Holidays and Leave
• Thirteen (13) paid holidays each year.
• Thirteen (13) days of paid vacation leave initially.
• Five (5) days paid personal leave each year.
• Thirteen (13) days of paid sick leave each year (PEF/CSEA), which may carry over from year to year.
• Up to three (3) days professional leave each year to participate in professional development events.

Health Care Coverage
Employees and their eligible dependents can choose from a variety of affordable health insurance programs. Employees are provided family dental and vision plans at no extra cost.

Retirement Program
Participate in The NYS Employees’ Retirement System (ERS), which is recognized as one of the best-managed and best-funded public retirement systems in the nation.

Professional Development and Education and Training
NYS offers training programs and tuition assistance to eligible employees to maintain and increase their professional skills and prepare them for promotional opportunities. For more information, please visit

Additionally, the Public Service Workshops Program (PSWP) offers certain professional training opportunities for PEF represented and M/C designated employees that may grant continuing education credits towards maintaining professional licensure. For more information, please visit

• OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer dedicated 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.

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

Name Metro NY DDSO


Fax 646-766-3491

Email Address


Street 2400 Halsey Street

Human Resources Office

City Bronx

State NY

Zip Code 10461


Notes on ApplyingPlease submit a cover letter and resume by March 6, 2024, and reference EOA #2024-29 on all correspondence.

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