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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 12/07/22

Applications Due12/17/22

Vacancy ID118113

AgencyAgriculture & Markets, Department of

TitleSpecial Assistant

Occupational CategoryNo Preference

Salary GradeNS

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $95056 to $120156 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Exempt Class

Travel Percentage 10%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 8:30 AM

To 4:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Albany

Street Address 10B Airline Drive

City Albany


Zip Code12235

Minimum Qualifications Special Assistant is an Exempt Class position within the NYS Civil Service Merit System. Section 41(1) of the Civil Service Law provides that the Exempt Class shall include "all other offices or positions for which the Civil Service Commission has determined it is not practicable to fill by competitive or non-competitive examination." These positions are not tenure-bearing.

Approval for appointment to this position will go through the Budget Director Approval (BDA) process, including a fingerprint background check.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in in agriculture, agricultural economics, agriculture business, accounting, auditing, forestry, finance, marketing, communications, public administration, economics, business administration, political science, environmental science, food policy or related field and five years of experience in policy development, implementation, or management. Four years of specialized experience or associate’s degree and two years of specialized experience may substitute for bachelor’s degree; J.D. or master’s degree may substitute for one year of specialized experience; Ph.D. may substitute for two years of specialized experience.

Duties Description The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (AGM) is seeking a Special Assistant to work within our Executive Office in Albany, NY. This position will work under the direction of the Deputy Commissioner of Agricultural Development and closely with divisions across the Department of Agriculture and Markets to develop, implement, and manage policies and initiatives. The Special Assistant will collaborate and partner with AGM program, field, and leadership staff as well as leaders from other State Departments of Agriculture, the US Department of Agriculture, other federal agencies, municipal government entities, and non-profit organizations on development of policy and regulatory recommendations. They will also evaluate and report on present and proposed policies as they impact the food, farm, and regulatory landscape statewide, regionally, and nationally, and make recommendations on changes that would ensure a comprehensive and cohesive agricultural development response for New York State.

The position is located at the Department of Agriculture and Markets’ headquarters conveniently located near the Albany International Airport at 10B Airline Drive, Albany, NY 12235. We offer a professional and comfortable working environment with ample free parking. This is a management/confidential (MC) position in the exempt jurisdictional class that offers a competitive salary range of $95,056 - $120,156/year with excellent benefits. Benefits include but are not limited to Health, Dental and Vision coverage, NYS Pension Plan membership, Life Insurance coverage, and Voluntary Defined Contribution Plan.

Department Summary:
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, through its various divisions and programs, promotes New York agriculture and its high-quality and diverse products, fosters agricultural environmental stewardship, and safeguards the State’s food supply, land, and livestock to ensure the viability and growth of New York’s agriculture industries.

If you would like to work for a premier agency focused on enhancing the quality of life for the people of New York State by supporting production of agriculture; ensuring safe, nutritious, and accessible food supply; providing economic opportunities for farm and rural residents, then the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is for you.

To learn more about our agency and our mission, please visit

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Name Amy Sacco

Telephone 518-457-3216

Fax (518) 457-8852

Email Address


Street 10B Airline Drive

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12235


Notes on ApplyingCandidates that are eligible and interested in being considered for appointment to this position must complete our online employment application and upload their cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript(s) to the system. Our online employment application can be found here:

The deadline to apply is December 17, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact Amy Sacco in Human Resources at (518) 457-3216 or

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