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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 10/16/20

Applications Due10/31/20

Vacancy ID82983

AgencyMental Health, Office of

TitleAdvocacy Specialist 2, Central Office;

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade18

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

Salary RangeFrom $56604 to $71980 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 35%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? Yes

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address NYS Office of Mental Health

44 Holland Avenue

City Albany


Zip Code12229

Minimum Qualifications Qualified candidates must possess:

• A Bachelor’s degree AND two years experience as a professional advocate or service provider in the field of rehabilitation, developmental disabilities, or mental health.


• A Master’s degree in a human services field AND one year of experience as a professional advocate or service provider in the field of rehabilitation, developmental disabilities, or mental health.


• Five years of experience as a professional advocate or service provider in the field of rehabilitation, developmental disabilities, or mental health.

Duties Description The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is recruiting to fill an Advocacy Specialist 2, Grade 18, position in the Office of Quality Management, Bureau of Cultural Competence. The Bureau of Cultural Competence works to ensure that mental health services provided to consumers and families are culturally and linguistically relevant and all service delivery systems effectively address treatment and service needs in a manner consistent with cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and spiritual norms, beliefs, and values. The incumbent, under the supervision of the Equal Opportunity Specialist 4, will assist in providing cultural and linguistic competence program and technical assistance, regulatory oversight, and training to State and local mental health programs Statewide.

Specific duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Develop and facilitate cultural and linguistic competence training curriculum to staff and stakeholders at State facilities and community-based programs. Evaluate training effectiveness and make suggestions for improvements.

• Work with other Office of Mental Health Offices/Centers/Divisions to ensure compliance with laws and policies related to provision of language assistance services to consumers throughout the State. Make suggestions to supervisor concerning possible modification of policies and procedures in place throughout the State, to ensure the provision of culturally and linguistically competent services to consumers of mental health services.

• Provide technical assistance to community service program teams for service delivery, licensure, and reimbursement.
• Advocate for consumers and provide expert advice, assistance, and training to ensure case management services include the provision of culturally relevant and inclusive outreach, intake, and mental health services.
• Perform liaison and advocacy activities for the Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC) which advises the OMH Commissioner on the concerns and service needs for underserved populations within New York State. Attend quarterly MAC meetings and maintain regular contact with members to provide expert technical assistance.
• Attend local community-based MAC meetings throughout the state as well as departmental meetings and convey information received and best practices to supervisor and MAC members.
• Work with psychiatric center and field office staff to continue to incorporate cultural competence into Agency services.

Additional Comments The Mission of the New York State Office of Mental Health is to promote the mental health of all New Yorkers, with a particular focus on providing hope and supporting recovery for adults with serious mental illness and children with serious emotional disturbances. Applicants with lived mental health experience are encouraged to apply. The New York State Office of Mental Health is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Preferred candidates will possess knowledge and understanding of Laws and Regulations pertaining to Language Access Services such as Title VI, National Cultural and Linguistic Standards, NYS Executive Order 26, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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

Name Sarah Mahar


Fax (518) 486-3897



Street NYS Office of Mental Health

44 Holland Avenue

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12229


Notes on ApplyingTo be considered for this position, interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format to Please include the title of the position and Vacancy ID #82983 in the subject line of your email when applying.

You are advised that, should you accept a job offer with the Office of Mental Health, you may be required to be fingerprinted and pay a fingerprint fee.

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