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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 12/28/22

Applications Due01/22/23

Vacancy ID119398

AgencyMental Health, Office of

TitleAdvocacy Specialist 2, Central Office;

Occupational CategoryHealth Care, Human/Social Services

Salary Grade18

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

Salary RangeFrom $61270 to $77912 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 30%

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 New York

Street Address New York State Office of Mental Health, New York City Field Office

330 Fifth Avenue, 9th Floor

City New York


Zip Code10001

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 one Advocacy Specialist 2 position in the Office of Advocacy and Peer Support Services (OAPSS) to work as a Regional Advocacy Specialist assigned to the New York City Field Office. OAPSS works to ensure the inclusion of recipient perspectives into OMH policy making, planning, program development, and evaluation. Specifically, the incumbent will work to promote awareness of recovery, self-help, and empowerment, and the inclusion of people who are current and former users of mental health services into all areas of the mental health system. The incumbent serves at a Statewide level and functions as a Regional Advocate, interacting and collaborating with the Field Office staff, Central Office staff, and local mental health providers to deliver technical assistance, oversight, and training to State and local mental health programs Statewide.

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

• Provide feedback and recommendations concerning the development of new consumer and family initiatives, policy implementation, and the expansion of agency initiatives as they relate to consumer and family services.

• Promote the inclusion of people who are current and former users of mental health services in planning, policy implementation, program development, evaluation, monitoring, and related activities.

• Provide regional coordination and support to the Peer Workforce including working in various behavioral healthcare settings and in OMH state operations

o Participate in OMH workgroups (composed of consumers, providers, family members, county government staff, and the general public) and in Statewide and regional initiatives to ensure that consumer and family interests are represented.

o Work with psychiatric centers, central office and field office staff to continue to incorporate the consumer and family perspective into Agency services.

• Provide a regional perspective, as well as provide technical assistance, in support of the provision of consultation and assistance to State facility staff, local government, and provider agency staff on methods for promoting consumer involvement in planning, implementing, and evaluating mental health services.

• Promote the development and implementation of consumer support programs, initiatives, and training within the public mental health system by developing and/or facilitating a training curriculum to staff and stakeholders at State facilities and community based programs. Evaluate training effectiveness and make suggestions for improvements.

o Convene regional focus groups, town meetings, work groups, and dialogues to gather feedback and direction from people who use services, and their families, on mental health related issues.

o Provide leadership, guidance, and technical assistance to OMH staff, OMH contract vendors, and key community stakeholders in implementing consumer support projects and initiatives. Develop and implement project proposals; develop outreach and engagement strategies to foster community buy-in; review and modify goals, timelines, strategic plans or deliverables.

o Provide expert advice, assistance, and training to ensure mental health services are trauma informed, recovery oriented, and culturally inclusive.

• Promote awareness of recovery, self-help, and empowerment by disseminating evidence based and best practices information to consumers, providers, family members, county government and the general public.

Additional Comments Specific scheduled hours and telecommuting availability for this position will be discussed during the interview process. Please note, employees are required to apply and obtain approval through management to telecommute according to operational needs and Agency Telecommuting Program Guidelines.

All OMH Central Office employees who are vaccinated for COVID-19 must show proof of vaccination. Fully vaccinated means that two (2) or more weeks have elapsed since receiving either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccination series (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or the first and only dose of a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson [J&J]/Janssen). Those not vaccinated must indicate this. Vaccination is required for many OMH positions but not all. Those not vaccinated for COVID-19 are ineligible for appointment to positions that require vaccination.

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.

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

Name Janelle Zamierowski


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 as an attachment to Please include the title of the position and Vacancy ID #119398 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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