Please note: State agencies that contact job applicants do not usually request personal or financial information via text message or over the phone in connection with your response to a job posting. If you are contacted for such information by these methods, or any other method, please verify the identity of the individual before transmitting such information to that person.
Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Note: For questions about the job posting, please contact the agency that posted this position by using the contact information provided on the "Contact" tab for the position.

Review Vacancy

Date Posted 01/04/19

Applications Due02/04/19

Vacancy ID63021

AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitlePrincipal Psychologist

Occupational CategoryHealth Care, Human/Social Services

Salary Grade662

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $87818 to $111005 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 20%

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? No

County Albany

Street Address OPWDD - Central Office

44 Holland Avenue

City Albany


Zip Code12229

Minimum Qualifications MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Candidates must be New York State Employees licensed to practice Psychology in New York State and be reachable for appointment on the current Civil Service eligible list for Principal Psychologist
Candidates must have permanent competitive status in the posted title and be eligible for lateral transfer, or be eligible to transfer under Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law


The Principal Psychologist working for the Bureau of Intensive Treatment Services, in Statewide Services of Central Office, is responsible for the support and assessment of health and safety conditions and practices related to psychological, forensic, direct care, and other clinical services at both OPWDD and Voluntary Agencies. The Principal Psychologist reviews and provides feedback on individualized risk and behavioral assessments, risk management and behavioral intervention services. In some cases, the Principal Psychologist may be asked to complete risk assessments or consult directly on individuals who present with behavioral challenges. The Principal Psychologist would also be responsible for researching and disseminating existing and emerging evidence-based assessment and treatment techniques for behaviorally complex and/or forensic individuals.


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

• Provide consultation directly to Regional, State-Operated and Voluntary Agency psychologists regarding challenging, complex, forensic, multiply-diagnosed , and/or children’s services cases. This includes consultation on court-ordered cases via CPL 730 (individuals found not competent to stand to trial), CPL 330.20 (individuals for Not Responsible by Reason of Mental Disease or Defect), Family Court 322 (juvenile delinquency proceedings), and individuals receiving OPWDD services in the community who become otherwise involved with the criminal justice system. These duties require frequent support to field psychologists, forensic liaisons and local criminal justice partners (e.g., courts, Police, correctional facilities, Parole, Probation, district and defense attorneys).

• Coordinate the Statewide Forensic Advisory Committee and the Statewide Admissions Committee. The function of these committees is to review clinical case content, decide on appropriateness for admission to intensive treatment settings and/or otherwise ensure that an individual’s risks to his or her own health and safety are identified and addressed in proposed risk management plans.

• Participate on the Commissioner’s Review Committee on Restrictive Behavioral Interventions. The function of this committee is to review requests for specific interventions and ensure that appropriate assessment and treatment services are delivered in a manner that complies with health and safety standards and conditions.

• Participate on the Third Step Eligibility Review Committee which reviews documentation submitted for requests to receive services through OPWDD It also involves researching and reviewing new or updated psychological test instruments and providing recommendations regarding the appropriateness of their use with the developmentally disabled population.

• Conduct or arrange for experts to conduct, agency-wide trainings on psychology discipline topics to ensure the use of best clinical practices in the field. Examples of critical content areas include risk assessment for violence and sexual offending behavior, competency evaluation and restoration and interventions for multiply--diagnosed individuals.

• Assist in the development of standards for programming, competency training and policy at intensive treatment option (ITO) facilities and for individuals in the community who have been court-ordered to OPWDD.

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 Human Resources

44 Holland Avenue

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12229


Notes on ApplyingNOTE : Position is pending Division of Budget approval to fill.
Submit cover letter and résumé by February 4, 2019. Please reference the above EOA #2019-02 in all correspondence.

Printable Version