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Minimum Qualifications Candidates must be reachable for appointment on the current Civil Service eligible list for the title;
Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service in a title eligible for transfer under Section 52.6 or Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law;
In the event that there is not a valid eligible list, candidates who meet the following qualifications may be qualified for a provisional appointment:
Candidates must be a qualified employee of the New York State Office of Mental Health or the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and have had a year of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as a Mental Hygiene Program Evaluation Specialist 3.
Candidates must have a bachelor's degree plus four years of program evaluation*1 experience in a human service setting*2 , one of which must have been in a supervisory capacity.
*1 Qualifying program evaluation experience is considered to be professional-level experience in which your primary responsibility is the design, modification, and/or utilization of data collection instruments and processes; conducting analysis; and the preparation of reports and other documents; all for the purposes of assessing program operations, improving program effectiveness and efficiency, and informing future program development. Such experience would include the following activities: determining or assisting in the determination of appropriate performance indicators for a program or organization; reviewing organizational performance to determine the level of compliance with the standards of oversight agencies; leading, facilitating, or participating in root cause analysis, failure mode and effect analysis, and performance improvement projects; designing and/or using existing outcome measurement instruments and processes; collecting, aggregating and analyzing data and presenting the results of the effort in reports and other documents; designing, modifying, and/or analyzing the results of client satisfaction surveys; collecting and maintaining monthly and quarterly data for regulatory bodies such as the Joint Commission; leading and/or participating in accreditation reviews and survey-readiness activities; and investigating critical incidents to identify deficiencies, patterns and trends, and in order to recommend remedial actions.
Non-qualifying program evaluation experience includes, but is not limited to, conducting assessments of individual clients’ needs, evaluating individual clients’ outcomes, or administering psychological tests to individual clients; non-professional-level experience (e.g., secretarial or administrative support activities, even if the experience is gained in a qualifying program evaluation unit); or experience in which program evaluation responsibilities did not represent the preponderance of your duties (e.g., experience supervising or managing a clinical program area, in which you evaluated the effectiveness of your own program or used the reports and/or data prepared by program evaluation staff to improve day-to-day operations).
*2 A human services setting is considered to be any organization or institution that provides direct care or support services for individuals, families, or groups in a hospital, psychiatric hospital, psychiatric clinic, community mental health clinic, nursing or rehabilitation facility, correctional facility, intermediate care facility, institutional or school setting, or community based residential and/or day program.
Substitution: A master's or higher-level degree can be substituted for one year of non-supervisory experience.
Candidates interested in applying for a provisional appointment must complete the New York State Application (http://www.cs.ny.gov/extdocs/pdf/nysapp.pdf) and submit it with your other application materials.
If you are appointed provisionally, you must take the next scheduled Civil Service examination for this title and your score must be reachable on the resulting eligible list before you can be permanently appointed. If you do not pass the examination or achieve a reachable score, you may not be retained.
Duties Description As a Mental Hygiene Program Evaluation Specialist 4, you would independently evaluate a variety of geographically dispersed services provided to individuals with mental illness and/or developmental disabilities by State operated facilities and programs; conduct studies to evaluate program needs, processes, outcomes, impacts, costs/benefits, effectiveness, and individuals’ satisfaction; collect, review, and analyze quantitative data related to programmatic services; produce management reports and recommend programmatic improvements based on analyses; and develop and modify survey instruments and data collection systems. You would also oversee and manage a facility’s program evaluation department; and supervise, coordinate, and direct the activities of Mental Hygiene Program Evaluation Specialists 2 and 3 and other staff engaged in program evaluation activities.
Additional Comments Background Investigation/Justice Center Review: Prospective appointees will be: 1) Checked against the Staff Exclusion List (SEL) maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Prospective employees whose names appear on the SEL as having been found responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect will be barred from appointment and may have their names removed from the eligible list(s) for the title(s) if applicable. 2) Investigated through a Criminal Background Check (CBC), which includes State and federal Criminal History Record Checks. All convictions must be reported; conviction of a felony or misdemeanor, or any falsified or omitted information on the prospective appointee’s employment application, may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment. Each case will be determined on its own merits, consistent with the applicable provisions of State and federal laws, rules, and regulations. Prospective employees will be fingerprinted in order to obtain a record of their criminal history information and may be required to pay any necessary fees. 3) Screened against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). Prospective employees may be required to pay any necessary fees. Additionally, prospective employees whose names are indicated on the SCR may be barred from appointment.
OMH hospital employees must be fully vaccinated or willing to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Candidates who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may not start working until two weeks after their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
400 Forest Avenue
Notes on ApplyingPlease indicate the Title, Vacancy ID # and Location of the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email or fax. Please complete the Office of Mental Health Employment Application and submit it along with your other application materials via fax, mail or the Human Resources email address noted above.
The Mission of the New York State Office of Mental Health is to promote the mental health of all New Yorkers, with a 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. OMH is deeply committed to supporting underserved individuals, organizations, and communities. To this end, OMH is focused on implementing activities and initiatives to reduce disparities in access, quality, and treatment outcomes for underserved populations. A critical component of these efforts is ensuring OMH is a diverse and inclusive workplace where all employees' unique attributes and skills are valued and utilized to support the mission of the Agency. OMH is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.