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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 04/07/21

Applications Due05/21/21

Vacancy ID85759

AgencyHealth, Department of

TitleDirector of Labs and Research (Wadsworth) - 11001

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade668

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $149004 to $184540 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 40


From 8:30 AM

To 4:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Albany

Street Address Wadsworth Center, NYS Depatment of Health

City Albany


Zip Code12237

Minimum Qualifications Non-Competitive: License to practice medicine or veterinary medicine in New York State and five years of responsible full-time experience in an administration capacity in laboratory management or research in an appropriate field; OR a doctorate in the natural, clinical, or appropriate applied sciences and six years of responsible full-time experience in an administrative capacity in laboratory management or research in an appropriate field.


Natural sciences includes biology, chemistry, geology, and environmental sciences. Applied sciences includes biostatistics and bioinformatics Applied abstract and theoretical sciences such as math and philosophy will not be considered qualifying.

The Wadsworth Center laboratory stands at the forefront of biomedical and environmental sciences and their interplay.
The Center serves a vital role in the Department of Health's efforts to protect and promote the health of New Yorkers. Building on more than a century of excellence as the state's public health laboratory, the Center continues as a premier biomedical institute that merges clinical and environmental testing with fundamental and applied health-related research. Today, Wadsworth Center scientists use both classical and contemporary approaches to study environmental and biological questions related to human health and disease. They develop advanced methods to identify microbial or chemical threats; study drug resistance, emerging infections, and environmental exposures; manage the country's most comprehensive diagnostic and environmental testing laboratory permit program; oversee extramural research programs
on stem cells, breast cancer and spinal cord injury; and train the next generation of scientists through graduate, postdoctoral and visiting scientist programs.

The Center has played a pivotal role in New York state’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, beginning testing for the virus on February 29th 2020 after authorization of their method by the FDA through their EUA process. New York State is a CLIA-exempt state and the Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program at the Center has also played an essential role, working with commercial and hospital laboratories throughout the state to ramp up testing.

More information about the Wadsworth Center can be obtained at

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated work history of progressively responsible scientific management positions in a multi-disciplinary complex clinical or academic institution, of which at least 10 years must have been in a senior leadership capacity.

Demonstrated history of developing productive partnerships across disciplines and types of institutions.

Duties Description The incumbent needs to;

Given the new realities presented by COVID on our state’s public health system, collaborate and help lead efforts to expand testing access and capacity, elevate and utilize new testing platforms and technologies, and strengthen state’s private and public laboratory infrastructure.

Develop a deep working knowledge of the organization of the Wadsworth Center and the Department of Health in order to effectively lead the Center through public health emergencies.

Under the leadership of the Commissioner for Health, provide vision and leadership to help guide the Department of Health’s mission to protect the health of New York State citizens.

Lead an institution of over 800 scientific staff including 100 at the doctoral level.

Maintain close communication with Executive Staff within the Office of Public Health, the Department of Health.

Facilitate open channels of communication to external organizations and partners.

Work with federal partner organizations including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.

Determine scientific and research priorities for the Center.

Plan for a new laboratory facility for the Wadsworth Center.

Work with Empire State Development Corporation to build public-private partnerships as part of Governor Cuomo’s $620 Million life sciences initiative.

Additional Comments Full-time, permanent

Salary commensurate with experience

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

Name Human Resources Management Group - LK/DIRLABS/11001

Telephone 518-486-1812

Fax 518-473-3395

Email Address


Street RM 2217, Corning Tower

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12237


Notes on ApplyingSubmit resume and cover letter to, or by fax to (518) 473-3395 with Reference Code LK/DIRLABS/11001 included in the subject line of your email or fax, or by regular mail to Human Resources Management Group, LK/DIRLABS/11001, Room 2217, Corning Tower Building, Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12237-0012. Failure to include the required Reference Code may result in the delay of processing your application. Resumes accepted until May 21, 2021.

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