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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 02/23/24

Applications Due03/08/24

Vacancy ID151926


AgencyCorrection, Commission on

TitleAdministrative Assistant 1/Trainee (NY HELPS)

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade11

Bargaining UnitASU - Administrative Services Unit (CSEA)

Salary RangeFrom $38073 to $55093 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 4 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address 80 South Swan Street

Alfred E. Smith Building

City Albany


Zip Code12210


Administrative Assistant Trainee 1, NS (Equated to SG-8):
Six months of experience in administrative support, which includes use of office software (e.g., email, word processing), provision of customer service, business writing, and/or office administration. The selected candidate must pass a keyboarding test that demonstrates the ability to enter text at a rate of at least 30 words per minute with at least 96% accuracy by completion of probation. Advanced placement to the trainee 2 or journey level may be possible depending on education and experience and subject to agency approval.

NY HELPS: 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), itis 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.


Administrative Assistant Trainee 1, NS (Equated to SG-8): One year of permanent-competitive or 55B/C service in a title SG-6 or higher and otherwise eligible for transfer. *

Administrative Assistant Trainee 2 (NS, Equated to SG-10): One year of permanent-competitive or 55B/C service in a title SG-8 or higher and otherwise eligible for transfer. *

Administrative Assistant 1, SG-11: Permanent service in an Administrative Assistant 1 (formerly known as Secretary 1) title OR one year of permanent-competitive or 55B/C service in a title SG-9 or higher and otherwise eligible for transfer.

Duties Description The Administrative Assistant 1, SG-11, within the State Commission of Correction will oversee and service the Citizen’s Policy and Complaint Review Council (CPCRC), including planning and preparing the Council meetings, keeping records, maintaining the inmate grievance appeal file system, publishing the CPCRC determinations, and supporting the Chair and members of the CPCRC. In addition, the incumbent of this position will be trained to perform and/or to oversee the performance of the following critical agency functions: Juvenile Justice inspectional program data reports, inspection reports, facility listings, correspondence; field operations work products inspection/investigation reports; main telephone line; incarcerated individual complaints; FOIL; motor vehicle fleet operations and maintenance; Commission Annual report; Medical Review Board/Forensic Medical Unit; Substitute Jail Order transfer system; office management; criminal history checks; incoming and outgoing mail; equipment maintenance management; and supply procurement.

Additional Comments NOTE: Trainees will be required to take four mandatory courses the first year of the traineeship and four elective courses in the second year of the traineeship in four competency areas, through the CSEA Partnership, or equivalent offerings through another entity as determined by the agency. All trainees are required to successfully complete all courses before advancing to the Administrative Assistant 1, SG-11. Completion of coursework is not required for appointment to the Trainee 1 level.

Candidates who have not previously served in a keyboarding title will be required to pass the Keyboarding exam prior to appointment. According to Civil Service, a passing score is the ability to demonstrate a speed of 30 words per minute with at least 96% accuracy within 5 minutes.

* A list of titles eligible for 70.1 transfer may be found here

An employee telecommuting program is available.

Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. DCJS is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION: The NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Unit at or (518) 485-1704.

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

Name Mike Rockwell

Telephone (518) 457-5569

Fax 518-457-4000

Email Address


Street 80 South Swan Street

Alfred E. Smith Building

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12210


Notes on ApplyingPlease send a cover letter and resume to the email address above. Please reference posting # 151926 on your cover letter.

DCJS was named to the Times Union’s list of 2017 through 2023 Top Workplaces as voted on by our employees.

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