Minimum Qualifications Candidates must be reachable for appointment on Current Civil Service Eligible List for this title.
Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or 55-b/c status in the posted title and be eligible for lateral transfer; OR be eligible to transfer via Section (i.e. 70.1, 70.4, 52.6) of Civil Service Law. The transfer cannot be a second consecutive transfer resulting in an advancement of more than two salary grades.
Duties Description Office of the Counsel provides legal guidance and services to the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) network on a myriad of issues arising from the delivery of supports and services to individuals with developmental disabilities. This position will be assigned to the Fair Hearings Unit within Counsel's Office, and will play a vital role in preparing legal arguments for presentation at Fair Hearings on Eligibility and service authorization denials and terminations. The position will act as a liaison between the Office of Administrative Hearings and OPWDD's Developmental Disabilities Regional Offices. Duties include but are not limited to:
-Gather and prepare documents to represent OPWDD in Fair Hearings and other administrative hearings.
-Track hearings and documents needed by staff representing OPWDD State and Regional Developmental Disabilities Services Offices.
-Implement policies and procedures detailing timelines, staff roles and responsibilities, template forms, and letters necessary to prepare for hearings.
-Develop and maintain training documents from staff involved in hearings and hold periodic training and informational sessions for applicable staff.
-Develop and maintain knowledge of OPWDD standards for eligibility for services, authorization for HCBS services, MSC services, and any other subject matter necessary to support OPWDD's role in administrative hearings.
-Research and advise on issues related to administrative due process.
-Perform other tasks as assigned by General or Deputy Counsel.
Additional Comments Please note:
• The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and it's Division of Executive Office is committed to creating and sustaining a culture of inclusion. We believe that we are most effective in managing and improving our service system with a
diverse team of employees. With such a large workforce, we rely on the collective individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, self-expression, ideas
and talent that our employees bring to their work. This speaks to our culture, and is a key part of our successes. As we continuously recruit people for our
team, we welcome the unique contributions that applicants bring in terms of their education, culture, ethnicity, race, sex, gender identity and expression,
nation of origin, age, languages spoken, veteran’s status, color, religion, disability, sexual orientation and beliefs.
• 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
• OPWDD is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.