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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 06/11/18

Applications Due06/25/18

Vacancy ID54106

AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitleDevelopmental Disabilities Program Specialist 4-CNY DDSO Rome

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade29

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $97466 to $123166 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

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 Oneida

Street Address State Operations

101 West Liberty Street

City Rome


Zip Code13440

Minimum Qualifications Minimum Qualifications:

Candidate must be reachable on the Civil Service list for this title: OR have one year of permanent competitive or 55(b) / 55(c) service in a title allocated to Grade 27 or above and eligible for transfer under Section 70.1 or Section 52.6 of the NYS Civil Service Law; OR currently service as a Developmental Disabilities Program Specialist 4 eligible for transfer. If you do not receive a canvass letter and are interested in the position, please submit resume and PRF-1 to appropriate Human Resources Office. Management reserves the right to consider either a transfer or list candidate.

Provisional Qualifications:
Minimum Qualifications: You must be a qualified employee of the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities and have had one year of permanent competitive service or 55-b/55-c service as a Developmental Disabilities Program Specialist 2, Treatment Team Leader (Developmental Disabilities), or Mental Hygiene Nursing Program Coordinator.

Qualifying Experience for Appointment from the Eligible List: After one year of the service described in the Minimum Qualifications, successful candidates will be qualified for appointment from the eligible list.

A provisional appointment may only be made in the absence of a valid Civil Service list certification. In order for provisional appointments to become permanent, the selected candidate must participate in, and receive a reachable score, during the next exam administration.


The Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)/CNY DDSO provides high-quality, person-centered services, supports, and advocacy to individuals with developmental disabilities in New York State. This DDSO employs close to 3,000 employees. We are guided in our interactions with the people we serve and each other by compassion, dignity, diversity, excellence and honesty.
Under the direction of the Deputy Director for State Operations, would direct and coordinate the provision of community-based services to individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
• Reviews program reports from lower level staff; in order to develop, implement, and monitor new policies and procedures to ensure consistent quality and delivery of service across multiple programs and/or services.
• Responds to external inquiries concerning a range of topics, including Freedom of Information requests.
• Analyzes efficiency reports from lower level staff, in order to develop, implement, monitor, and revise new and existing policies and procedures, in order to ensure consistent quality of service for assigned areas.
• Reviews all incident reports for suspected cases of abuse and neglect, providing formal recommendations to the appropriate upper level staff.
• Oversees the remediation of problems identified in Statements of Deficiency, in order to develop, implement, and monitor new policies, procedures, and systems that address deficiencies that may jeopardize site certification.
• Represents OPWDDs policy and program interests at State and federal events, and at interdepartmental meetings.
• Develops program and/or service placement plans in line with OPWDD census projections for submission to Main Office.
• Serves as an expert technical advisor to lower level staff, local agencies, and external stakeholders concerning program operation functions, program support functions, regulatory compliance, staffing plans, budgets, and contracts related to local programs and/or services.
• Coordinates the delivery of statewide programs and services with local management, management from other DDSOs, and Main Office, to ensure consistent delivery of programs and/or services.
• Serves on and contributes to executive-level DDSO committees, including eligibility and incident review boards.
• Establishes and maintains cooperative relationships with developmental disability advocacy groups, attorneys, State and local officials, and local provider agencies, in order to improve the quality of services provided by the DDSO.

Program Support:

• Directly supervises multiple Treatment Team Leaders in the provision of clinical support services for assigned community-based residential, day, and family programs and/or services.
• Develops, implements, monitors, and revises all administrative policies and procedures for clinical, supervisory, service coordination, crisis intervention, eligibility, and placement support programs and/or services.
• Identifies service gaps across multiple program and/or service areas, and ensures appropriate programs, policies, and/or services are developed to meet unmet needs for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Additional Comments Selection Criteria:

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate and will be evaluated against the following criteria:

• Ability to maintain productive working relationships with other Administrative Units, Community Representatives, Private Agencies, Colleagues, Union Representatives and Subordinates.
• Skills in conflict management and problem solving.
• Working knowledge and demonstrated skill in the principles and practices of management and supervision.
• Ability to analyze, plan, organize, train, assign, monitor, and evaluate programmatic and managerial initiatives, and to address related issues as identified.
• Knowledge of CNY DSO/OPWDD Policies and Procedures.
• Ability to prepare comprehensive written proposals for new or expanded services as well as other written administrative reports.
• Possess acceptable attendance record as specified in the DDSO Time and Attendance Policy and Demonstrated.
• Possess Acceptable Work Record (E-File).

Important note: the candidate selected to this position is advised that it will be their responsibility to discuss any previously approved time off with their new supervisor. There is no guarantee the new unit will be able to honor previously approved time.

Any questions regarding the duties of this position may be directed to Deputy Directors, Leona Cookinham, at 315-336-2300 ext. 246 or James Skrzeckowski at 473-6976.

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

Name Human Resources

Telephone 315-336-2300 ext. 578

Fax 315-338-0443

Email Address


Street Central NY DDSO

101 West Liberty Street

City Rome

State NY

Zip Code 13440


Notes on ApplyingPlease submit a cover letter and resume by 06/25/2018 and include EOA # 18-117 on all correspondence to: Central NY DDSO, Human Resources, 101 W. Liberty Street, Rome, NY 13440 or email:

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 he or she needs a reasonable accommodation, they should contact the NYS OPWDD Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Central Office at (518) 402-7644 or Email at to obtain information and RA forms.

Public Service Loan Forgiveness: 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 regarding PSLF please visit

Please note:

• For CSEA positions: Local Bidding Agreements will be honored.
• 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.
• 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.

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