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Minimum Qualifications Current Justice Center employee with permanent, contingent-permanent or 55b/c service as a Hearing Officer and interested in reassignment; OR current New York State employee with one year or more of permanent, contingent-permanent or 55b/c service as a Hearing Officer (SG-25); OR current New York State employee with one year or more of permanent, contingent-permanent or 55b/c service in a position at or above a grade 23 and eligible for transfer under Section 52.6 of the Civil Service Law*; OR be reachable on the Legal Specialties eligible list.
Note: *Admission to the New York State Bar is required.
Candidates on the Legal Specialties eligible list with less than 24 months of experience must serve a traineeship with advances at 6-month intervals until eligible for appointment at the Hearing Officer level.
Duties Description Duties Description: Duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Conduct pre-hearing conferences; preside over hearings where the subject of a substantiated report of abuse or neglect alleges that the report is unsubstantiated; rule on various issues including objections by parties, relevancy and admissibility of evidence and exhibits, and requests for adjournment; consider and evaluate documentary and testimonial evidence; consider and evaluate lay and expert testimony; and apply appropriate laws and regulations to the facts and evidence.
• Issue reports and recommendations, setting forth the determination of the issues at the conclusion of the hearing. The report and recommendation will include reasons and factual basis for the determination, a description of the issues, a recitation of relevant facts, an assessment of the credibility of testifying witnesses, the applicable statutory and regulatory authority, findings of fact, conclusions of law and a recommendation to the Executive Director.
• Utilize legal research techniques and have strong analytical skills.
• Review new legislation, regulations and other developments that have an impact on the conduct of hearings or on hearing decisions, and study court cases having an impact on the hearing process.
Additional Comments The New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs (Justice Center) is charged with protecting over one million New Yorkers under the care or jurisdiction of six state agencies. The following list outlines several of the Justice Center’s key responsibilities:
• Advocate on behalf of individuals with disabilities and provide oversight of quality of care.
• Operate a centralized, statewide 24-hour hotline and incident reporting system staffed by trained personnel.
• Operate a statewide register that contains the names of individuals found responsible for egregious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect.
• Centralize and perform functions relating to criminal history background checks.
• Investigate serious allegations of abuse and neglect.
• Prosecute criminal acts of abuse and neglect.
• Analyze abuse patterns and trends in order to prevent future occurrences.
NOTE: You are advised that should you accept a job offer with this agency, you may be required to be fingerprinted and pay for the cost of the fingerprinting fee.
Position eligible for $3026 annual location pay factor.
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
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Notes on ApplyingPlease submit cover letter along with a clear and concise resume detailing how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position as listed in Specifics and indicate the Vacancy ID number for which you are applying.