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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 10/21/21

Applications Due11/04/21

Vacancy ID93172

AgencyFinancial Services, Department of

TitleDirector Financial Services Programs 2 (Assistant Director for Sustainability and Climate Initiatives)

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade33

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

Salary RangeFrom $130770 to $158018 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.50


From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? Yes

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County New York

Street Address One State Street

City New York


Zip Code10004

Minimum Qualifications Appointment method:

Candidates must meet the minimum qualifications listed below in order to be eligible for appointment:

Non Competitive: A Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, actuarial sciences, auditing, banking, business, business administration, business and technology, commerce, computer information systems, computer science, consumer sciences, criminal justice, cyber security, econometrics, economics, finance, financial administration, health, health administration, information systems, information systems engineering, information technology, internal controls, international or public affairs, law, market analysis, mathematics, public administration, public policy, risk management, statistics, taxation, or technology and eight (8) years of financial services experience with: 1) a regulated entity who has a regional, national and/or international presence; or 2) a governmental regulatory entity. This experience must include practical and technical knowledge about State, federal and/or international financial services laws, rules and regulations. Three (3) years of the experience must have been at a managerial level.

Substitutions: A J.D. or a Master's Degree may substitute for one (1) year of specialized experience; and a Ph.D. may substitute for two (2) years of specialized experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Two (2) years of experience in climate change, sustainability, ESG (environmental, social, and governance) investing, or impact investing.

Duties Description The Department of Financial Services (DFS) is seeking candidates for the position of Director Financial Services Programs 2 (Assistant Director for Sustainability and Climate Initiatives) with a focus on developing and administering climate-related financial supervision programs for the financial services industry. The incumbent of this position will be part of the team guiding the Department’s strategy on these issues and engage with industry.

The Sustainability and Climate Initiative works with all the divisions across DFS, including Banking, Insurance, Consumer Protection, and Research and Innovation, to integrate sustainability and climate considerations into DFS’s programs.

DFS became the first U.S. financial regulator to join the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS), a leading international coalition of more than ninety central banks and financial supervisors dedicated to mobilizing the financial industry to address climate change. In addition, DFS is also a member of the Sustainable Insurance Forum (SIF), an international network of insurance supervisors seeking to find collaborative ways to help the global insurance industry meet the challenges posed by climate change. DFS is the first state financial regulator to establish a holistic set of expectations on managing the financial risks from climate change across the insurance, banking and virtual currency industries.

Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Works across the Banking, Insurance, Capital Markets, Research and Innovation, Consumer Protection and Financial Enforcement Divisions and the Office of General Counsel to develop and administer climate-related initiatives;
• Engages with DFS-regulated institutions and monitors their progress on managing climate-related financial risks;
• Develops and administers programs to support DFS-regulated institutions as they assess and manage climate-related financial risks;
• Develops and administers programs to support internal staff on climate-related financial supervision;
• Participates in and contributes to relevant national and international networks;
• Represents DFS at public events;
• Coordinates with other state and federal regulators;
• Provides ongoing advice and recommendations to DFS regarding additional and future directions DFS could pursue with regard to climate-related financial supervision;
• Develops initiatives to support climate resilience of communities through collaboration with the insurance and banking sectors;
• Stays abreast of trends in climate-related supervision, sustainable finance, climate resilience, and updating stakeholders and agency management on a periodic basis; and
• Other duties as assigned.

Additional Comments Positions located within the New York City metropolitan area, as well as Suffolk, Nassau, Rockland, and Westchester Counties, are also eligible to receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment.

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

Name Nicole Pickel


Fax (518) 402-5071

Email Address


Street 99 Washington Avenue, Suite 301

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12257


Notes on ApplyingTo Apply: Interested qualified candidates must submit a resume and letter of interest no later than November 4, 2021 to the email address listed below. Please include the Box # (Box 10060) in the subject line of your email to ensure receipt of your application. Email submissions are preferred.

Nicole Pickel
Box 10060
New York State Department of Financial Services
Office of Human Resources Management
One Commerce Plaza, Suite 301
Albany, NY 12257
Fax: (518) 402-5071

All candidates that apply may not be scheduled for an interview


Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Department of Financial Services is required to provide reasonable accommodation for known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified applicant with a disability if an accommodation would enable the applicant to perform the essential functions of the job. If the accommodation would constitute an undue hardship on the operations of the agency, the agency is not required to provide it.

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