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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 11/27/17

Applications Due12/07/17

Vacancy ID45670

AgencyTemporary and Disability Assistance, Office of

TitleLegal Affairs Specialist 1

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary Grade14

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

Salary RangeFrom $44564 to $56888 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 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Albany

Street Address Office of Administrative Hearings

40 North Pearl Street

City Albany


Zip Code12243

Minimum Qualifications Eligible for a lateral transfer or a 70.1 transfer by having one year of permanent competitive service in an appropriate title. Appropriate titles include:

Administrative Aide, SG-13
Agency Program Aide, SG-13
Child Protective Services Specialist 1, SG-16
Child Protective Services Specialist 1 (Spanish Language), SG-16
Legal Assistant 1, SG-14


A provisional appointment may be made by having four years of paraprofessional or professional experience* providing services to individuals in need of and/or eligible for social services programs or implementing/administering programs regulated by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, and/or the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and/or the New York State Department of Health.

*Qualifying paraprofessional or professional experience includes but is not limited to: experience as a social services or welfare examiner at a local or district agency, child protective caseworker, social worker for a social services or child protective program, a caseworker or counselor at a registered, not-for-profit or charitable agency.

Non-qualifying experience: Non-qualifying experience includes but is not limited to experience where duties are primarily routine clerical, office support staff or food service worker, which includes positions as a receptionist, secretary, file clerk, data/keyboard entry or cook.


1. An associate or higher degree in law or legal assistant/paralegal education from a regionally accredited college or university, or college or university accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), may be substituted for the four years of experience required above.

2. Completion of a legal assistant/paralegal education, non-degree certificate program where the certificate was issued by a regionally accredited or ACICS accredited college or university AND two years of paralegal experience, may be substituted for the four years of experience required above. Completion of an external**legal assistant/paralegal certificate program is not qualifying.

3. College education in any field may substitute for up to two years of the above general experience at the rate of 30 semester credit hours or the equivalent, equaling one year of experience. College credit must have been received from a regionally accredited college or university.

Note: **Non-degree certificates of completion or diplomas awarded by a training institution or company not regionally accredited or accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) are not qualifying.

Duties Description Duties will include, but not be limited to, the following:

This position is in the Legal Specialties Unit of the Office of Administrative Hearings in Albany. Job duties will include processing a large volume of incoming phone calls, faxes, letters, and electronic requests for fair hearings designed to settle disputes between clients or applicants and local social services districts/agencies relative to the discontinuance, denial, adequacy or reduction of Family Assistance, Safety Net Assistance, Medical Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and/or Services. Includes responding to fair hearing-related inquiries, adjournment requests and complaints of non-compliance with aid-continuing directives or non-compliance with decisions after hearing from appellants, agency representatives, and local district staff. In addition, on a rotational basis, the incumbent may interview walk-in clients who are requesting fair hearings, adjournments, etc. The incumbent will use a knowledge of the entire fair hearing process and administrative hearing procedures, including all applicable agency rules and regulations, to accomplish these tasks.

Additional Comments A full time, contingent permanent or provisional appointments will be made. If a provisional appointment is made, the candidate will be required to take the Legal Affairs Specialist 1 examination and must obtain a score that allows for their permanent appointment to the title. If certified by Civil Service, mandatory reemployment list candidates must be considered first for appointment to this title.

***Candidates should reference posting #17-170 when submitting your application.*** If submitting electronically, please reference posting #17-170 as part of your subject line.

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

Name Recruitment Unit

Telephone (518) 402-3991

Fax (518) 474-9374

Email Address


Street 40 North Pearl Street, 12B

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12243


Notes on ApplyingTo apply, please send a cover letter and resume. Include a current, Civil Service title and grade level and clearly state how you meet the minimum qualifications.

You may be required to provide acceptable proof of education, experience, credential and/or license to demonstrate that you meet the minimum qualifications for appointment to this position.

Applicants will be required to prove their eligibility for employment based upon acceptance of a position in accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

If you are a retiree currently receiving benefits, indicate this and the name of the retirement system in your response.

In accordance with state law, Governor’s Executive Order No. 6 and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance does not discriminate against disabled individuals. If you are disabled and require reasonable accommodation at the time of the interview, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Development in Albany at (518) 473-8555 or in New York City at (212) 961-8216.

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