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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 02/15/22

Applications Due03/02/22

Vacancy ID99310

AgencyMental Health, Office of

TitleEqual Opportunity Specialist 2, Central Office;

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade23

Bargaining UnitM/C - Management / Confidential (Unrepresented)

Salary RangeFrom $76326 to $95361 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Non-competitive Class

Travel Percentage 5%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No

County Albany

Street Address 44 Holland Avenue

City Albany


Zip Code12229

Minimum Qualifications One year of State service in an equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion, minority business, employment compliance, human resources, or training position
allocated at or above Grade 18.


Seven years of the qualifying experience in equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion or human rights.

*Qualifying experience includes working with organizations concerned with equal
opportunity, diversity and inclusion, civil rights, minority business development, or similar
programs; or in recruiting, training, and upgrading the educational and job qualifications
of protected class members.

Substitutions: Associate’s degree may substitute for two years of the nonsupervisory experience; bachelor’s degree for four years; and J.D. or master’s
degree for five years.

This position requires visitation to hospitals and/or other health care settings and direct interaction with patients and patient care staff. Upon appointment, the candidate must be fully vaccinated or willing to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Candidates who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 may not start working until two weeks after their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Duties Description The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is seeking a qualified candidate for the non-competitive policy position of Equal Opportunity Specialist 2, G-23, in the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Bureau of Reasonable Accommodations. Under the direct supervision of the Equal Opportunity Specialist 3, the incumbent will be responsible for assignments in the reasonable accommodation program within the Office of Mental Health. Additionally, the incumbent will work collaboratively and directly with program staff, facility management staff on reasonable accommodation requests and with Counsel’s Office on alternate accommodations, denials or appeals. The incumbent will actively engage with the employee in the interactive process and provide timely determinations.

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

• Reports directly to the Equal Opportunity Specialist 3 on all reasonable accommodation requests in OMH.
• Follows the technical requirements for administration of OMH’s reasonable accommodation program in accordance with federal ADA regulations;
• Ensures compliance with the ADA both programmatically and with the physical plant and maintain documentation of results, findings and recommendations.
• Ensures the consistent application of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the New York State Human Rights Law and Equal Employment Opportunity in New York State-Rights and Responsibilities, A Handbook for Employees of New York State Agencies.
• Reports issues or concerns to the supervisor and completes weekly/monthly tracking reports.
• Receives, reviews and processes Reasonable Accommodation Requests.
o Utilize requestor provided documentation, medical records, input from the supervisor, facility management, and, if necessary, seek the expertise of Counsel’s Office for legality issues.
o Actively engages in the interactive process with the employee on behalf of the agency.
o Ensure that RA determinations are reached in a timely and equitable manner.
o Completes the required sections of the Reasonable Accommodation request form.
o Responds and represent the agency at the DCS Reasonable Accommodation Appeals Review Committee.
• Keeps up-to-date with all new information concerning ADA responsibilities and legal requirements for the protection of staff with disabilities.
• Consults with supervisors on requests for adaptive equipment for qualified staff with disabilities.
• Oversees the administration of the requests for religious accommodations.
• Drafts correspondence and responses to employees regarding reasonable accommodations, following required time frames.
• Gather and analyze data about the reasonable accommodations in the agency’s workforce.
• Conduct training on reasonable and religious accommodations for OMH staff.
• Serve as liaison on agency committees, task forces, or work groups as assigned.

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.

The Mission of the New York State Office of Mental Health is to promote the mental health of all New Yorkers, with a particular 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. The Office of Mental Health embraces diversity and promotes a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, and respected. The New York State Office of Mental Health is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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

Name Cheryl Prochera


Fax (518) 486-3897

Email Address


Street 44 Holland Avenue

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12229


Notes on ApplyingTo be considered for this position, interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format to . Please include the title of the position, location, and the vacancy ID# in the subject line of your e-mail 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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