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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 07/03/18

Applications Due07/17/18

Vacancy ID54831

AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitleProgram Operations Specialist 1

Occupational CategoryAdministrative or General Management

Salary Grade18

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

Salary RangeFrom $56604 to $71980 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Contingent Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 10%

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 OPWDD - Division of Service Delivery - Bureau of Intensive Treatment Services

44 Holland Avenue

City Albany


Zip Code12229

Minimum Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Candidates must be reachable for appointment on the current NYS Civil Service eligible list or a current New York State employee eligible to transfer under Section 52.6 or Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law.


The Bureau of Intensive Treatment Services (BITS) is responsible for overseeing OPWDD’s compliance with court orders issued under Criminal Procedure Law (CPL) or the Family Court Act. Bureau staff must be responsive to court orders while promoting person-centered planning that builds an individual's strengths and mitigates their risk. The bureau tracks all forensic notifications, that is, notifications of individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities who become justice-involved. BITS staff regularly coordinate with and provide guidance to regional office and state operations staff, as well as other stakeholders across the state. Best practices in the complex and highly specialized field of developmental disabilities are continuously evolving. As such, the Program Operations Specialist 1 will assist the Director with research, protocol development, tracking forensics cases and delegation of tasks to OPWDD Forensic Liaisons.


• Track and process court orders in assigned areas (e.g., CPL 730, CPL 330.20). Provide follow up with regional office OPWDD staff. Collaborate with the appropriate parties to ensure OPWDD takes appropriate and timely action, consistent with the legal requirements of the order.
• Monitor forensic notifications of individuals who are eligible for OPWDD services and who become justice-involved (probation, parole, jail, prison, etc.). Disseminate appropriate information to BITS staff, regional office/state operations staff, and service providers to ensure that individuals with significant justice-involvement can avail themselves of OPWDD supports and services, with the goals of reducing further involvement with the justice system, and increasing the safety of the individual and the public.
• Participate on the Statewide Forensic Advisory Committee which reviews requests for court authorizations, changes in status or granting of leaves for people committed to OPWDD via the Criminal Procedures Law.
• Participate on Statewide Admissions Committee which manages all admissions and discharges to all OPWDD operated campus-based institutions.
• Facilitate reentry planning processes with collaborative partners, to ensure that individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities are provided with the supports, structures and services that are needed for successful transition from jail or prison to the community.
• Work closely with other OPWDD units/bureaus, Counsel's Office and voluntary not-for-profit agency providers on case-related issues.
• Collaborate with other State agencies, such as the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), local departments of Probation, district attorney offices, defense agencies, courts and other partners to resolve issues and facilitate management of court orders and/or cases.
• Assist the Director with facilitating transitions to community for individuals in need of less restrictive settings. Help identify and resolve operational and policy/program issues impacting service provision to individuals with forensic and other complex behavioral treatment needs.
• Assist with or conduct special projects, and complete other bureau tasks, as assigned, including but not limited to developing protocols for assigned substantive areas, analyzing bureau volume, identifying and summarizing performance indicators and making recommendations for increased bureau efficiency and effectiveness.
• Assist with developing and/or presenting trainings, as assigned.

• Familiarity with forensic matters and/or a background in criminal justice;
• Analytical and administrative skills/experience;
• Presentation and training experience helpful;
• Ability to work well independently and in a team environment.

Additional Comments Please note:
• 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.
• In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.
• OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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

Name Danielle Vezzi

Telephone 518-473-4785

Fax 518-474-9902

Email Address


Street OPWDD Personnel Office

44 Holland Avenue

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12229


Notes on ApplyingSubmit cover letter and résumé by July 17, 2018. Please reference the above EOA 2018-95 in all correspondence.

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