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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 09/04/18

Applications Due09/18/18

Vacancy ID58579

AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitleSenior Attorney

Occupational CategoryLegal

Salary Grade25

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

Salary RangeFrom $81446 to $102661 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type 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 OPWDD - Executive Management - Office of Counsel

City Albany


Zip Code12229

Minimum Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Candidates must be reachable on the current Civil Service Legal Specialties List or be eligible to transfer under Section 70.1 or 52.6 of the Civil Service Law.


The Office of Counsel provides legal guidance and services to the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) service network on the myriad of issues arising from the delivery of supports and services to individuals with developmental disabilities. This position will report to the Deputy Counsel for Policy and Regulatory Affairs. The Bureau of Policy and Regulatory Affairs oversees the preparation of the agency’s legislative agenda, regulations, Administrative Directive Memoranda (ADMS), and policies and is responsible for the development of OPWDD regulations in accordance with the requirements of the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA). The Bureau also supervises agency compliance with agency confidentiality requirements and HIPPA, ethics, Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests, and legal issues related to records management, and supervises the agency’s administrative adjudication function.


Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

• Assist in review of requests under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) and Personal Privacy Protection Law;
• Research and advice on matters related to statutory and regulatory requirements affecting agency support operations such as procurement, internal controls, information security and HIPPA, records management and ethics;
• Review of various kinds of documents to ensure agency compliance with applicable confidentiality requirements pursuant to the Mental Hygiene Law and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA);
• Support the development of OPWDD’s annual legislative program; draft and review proposed legislation, assess other State agency proposals, and assist in drafting Article VII proposals. Monitor legislative developments and assist in formulating efforts to address stakeholder’s issues and concerns;
• Provide oversight in the drafting of regulations and policy documents necessary to implement State and Federal requirements, and ensure that the regulatory process is compliant with SAPA requirements;
• Research and advise on matters related to agency compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements affecting programs related to the delivery of services for individuals with developmental disabilities;
• Draft and review interagency agreements;
• Perform other tasks as assigned by the Deputy Counsel and the General Counsel.

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 518-473-9689

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 September 18, 2018. Please reference the above EOA #2018-132 in all correspondence.

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