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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 12/01/23

Applications Due12/11/23

Vacancy ID145272

AgencyAgriculture & Markets, Department of

TitleAssistant Director Plant Industry

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary GradeNS

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $97908 to $123761 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Exempt Class

Travel Percentage 5%

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? No

County To Be Determined

Street Address 10B Airline Drive



Zip Code12235

Minimum Qualifications The Assistant Director of Plant Industry is in the Non-Competitive Jurisdictional Class and has a Phi-Designation. Section 42(1) of the Civil Service Law provides that the Non-Competitive Class shall include all positions that are not in the Exempt Class or the Labor Class, for which the Civil Service Commission finds it is not practicable to ascertain the merit and fitness of applicants by competitive examination. Appointment to this position may be made to a candidate who meets the minimum qualifications.

Phi-Designation is placed on confidential positions, or positions requiring the performance of functions that formulate or influence policy in an agency. The Assistant Director of Plant Industry performs functions that formulates or influences policy. Incumbents of phi-designated positions cannot acquire tenure protection in such positions unless they are honorably discharged wartime veterans or exempt volunteer firefighters, as noted in Civil Service Law section 75(1)(b). Approval for appointment to this position will go through the Budget Director Approval (BDA) process, including a fingerprint background check.

Non-Competitive Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree; and five years of experience working in an industry, governmental or educational organization which is responsible for the safeguarding of agricultural or horticultural plant resources. Two years of the experience must have been at a supervisory level.

Duties Description The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is seeking an Assistant Director of Plant Industry to work in Albany. The Assistant Director Plant Industry performs administrative duties in support of all Division of Plant Industry programs.

This position is conveniently located at 10B Airline Drive, Albany, New York 12235. We offer an exciting, professional, and comfortable working environment with ample free parking. This is a M/C designated position in the salary grade M-2 that offers a competitive starting salary of $97,908/year and excellent benefits. Benefits include but are not limited to inexpensive Health Insurance options, free Dental and Vision coverage, Paid Parental Leave, Paid Family Leave, Optional Life Insurance, and NYS Pension Plan membership.

The Assistant Director Plant Industry will perform administrative duties in support of all programs of the Division of Plant Industry, including: overseeing administrative staff and daily office operations; assisting in assembling a proposed budget to support the program; monitoring the expenditure of funds; evaluating federal legislation on plant industry programs and its potential impact; recommending policies and practices for field staff in the performance of inspection, survey, and sampling duties; and negotiating cooperative agreements with USDA representatives in conjunction with the Director.

Additional Comments 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

Division of Plant Industry:

The Division of Plant Industry is responsible for maintaining plant health by detecting and preventing the spread of diseases and harmful invasive species, promoting integrated pest management, regulating the sale of seed and fertilizers, and ensuring the health of honeybees. The Division conducts inspections of nurseries, orchards, greenhouses, sawmills, apiaries, and transportation pathways to identify threats to the plant industry in New York State and has the authority to establish quarantine areas when warranted. The Division also oversees the New York State Seed Testing Laboratory in Albany, which provides assurances to the agricultural community that seed used in production is healthy and robust.

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

Name Laura Osa

Telephone 518-457-3216

Fax (518) 457-8852

Email Address


Street 10B Airline Drive

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12235


Notes on ApplyingHow to Apply:

Candidates 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 college transcript to the system. Our online employment application can be found here at the following link:

The deadline to apply is December 11, 2023.

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

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