Review Vacancy

Date Posted: 01/03/17
Applications Due: 12/31/17
Vacancy ID: 35667

Position Information

AgencyPeople With Developmental Disabilities, Office for

TitlePsychologist 2

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade23

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

Salary RangeFrom $69057 to $87351 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%


Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 40


From 8 AM

To 4:30 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No


County To Be Determined

Street Address Capital District DDSO

500 Balltown Road, Building 12

City Schenectady


Zip Code12304

Job Specifics

Minimum Qualifications Currently In Title as a Psychologist 2, or

Candidates must be reachable for appointment from the current Civil Service eligible list; OR have one year of permanent service as a Psychologist 1 or in a title deemed appropriate for transfer via Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law.

Provisional Appointment:
In the event that there is not a valid eligible list, candidates who meet the following promotion or open competitive qualifications may be qualified for a provisional appointment:

Candidates must have one year of permanent service as a Psychologist 1 or as a Psychologist 1 (Spanish Language).

Open Competitive:
Candidates must have a master of psychology degree from a regionally accredited college or university which prepares graduates for master’s level psychologist positions in clinical, forensic, or community mental health settings; AND the degree program must have included a clinical psychology practicum, externship or clinical fieldwork.* In addition to the above requirements, candidates must have two years of supervised post-master’s degree experience in a clinical, community mental health setting, or forensic setting providing primarily psychological services.**

*A practicum, externship, or clinical fieldwork assignment is defined as a direct clinical training experience in providing psychological services in an appropriate inpatient or outpatient community mental health, developmental disabilities services, forensic or community setting; which is a component of a qualifying Master of Psychology degree program and would also be listed on the official transcript.

Substitutions for post-master’s degree experience: A doctoral degree in clinical psychology may be substituted for two years of post-master’s degree experience.

**Experience in a clinical, community mental health, addiction treatment facility, or forensic setting is considered to be any direct care experience with individuals, families, or groups in a hospital, psychiatric hospital, psychiatric clinic, community mental health clinic, correctional facility, intermediate care facility, institutional or school setting, or community based residential and/or day program under the supervision of a doctoral level psychologist, licensed psychologist, licensed physician, or licensed psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, or licensed clinical social worker. Qualifying experience for Psychologist 1 & 2 must primarily include administering assessments and tests for diagnostic psychological evaluations or completing functional behavioral assessments; developing behavior support plans; or writing psychological treatment plans; providing psychological counseling and treatment in one or more of the following areas: mental and/or emotional disorders, cognitive disorders, behavioral disorders, mental retardation, developmental disabilities, alcoholism, addictions, substance abuse disorders, sex offender assessment and treatment, or forensic mental health.
In addition, experience in experimental psychology, research psychology, industrial psychology, organizational psychology, health psychology, utilization review, guidance counseling, as a habilitation specialist, pastoral counseling, or experience as an instructor of psychology will NOT be considered as qualifying.

Non-qualifying master’s and doctoral degrees include, but are not limited to the following: degrees in education, counseling, clinical counseling, clinical hypnosis, community counseling, educational counseling, forensic counseling, guidance counseling, human relations, marriage and family counseling, professional counseling, rehabilitative counseling, school counseling, student and personal services, mental health counseling, psychological counseling, pastoral psychology, transpersonal psychology, neuroscience, experimental psychology, industrial or organizational psychology or health psychology.
Note: If you are appointed provisionally, you must take the next scheduled Civil Service examination for this title and your score must be reachable on the resulting eligible list before you can be permanently appointed. If you do not pass the examination or achieve a reachable score, you may not be retained.

Duties Description Providing psychological support service in different IRA’s located in the Capital District area. These services include:
.The development of individual behavior support plans to address various behavioral concerns identified through the assessment by the psychologist or other team members and preparing paperwork per regulations for the Behavior Review Committee.
.The development and monitoring of risk management plans to address behaviors identified through the risk management assessment when necessary.
.The on-going training and consultation with direct support staff in the implementation of these plans.
.The provision of direct support services to individuals in the way of counseling or crisis intervention.
.Regular review and documentation of progress or concerns related to the implementation of behavioral strategies.
.Obtaining and maintaining necessary records and approvals in accordance with regulatory standards and to ensure compliance with OPWDD and Federal regulations.
.Participating as a member of each individual’s service planning team, attending and contributing at annual and quarterly reviews, as well as at needed emergency meetings.
.Monitoring the use of any medication prescribed by a Psychiatrist to assist in behavior management; including the preparation for, attendance and feedback from quarterly consults with the Psychiatrist.
.Establish and maintain treatment modalities as necessary.
.Participate in the first step review of eligibility packets on a weekly basis.
.Other duties as necessary.

Additional Comments All OPWDD employees must be eligible and maintain eligibility for full and unconditional participation in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Continued employment will depend on maintaining eligibility.
Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

If you are employed by state government you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments have been made under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.

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

Contact Information

Name Elizabeth Haight


Fax 518-370-7536



Street Capital District DDSO

500 Balltown Road, Building 1

City Schenecatady

State NY

Zip Code 12304


Notes on ApplyingPlease submit a cover letter and résumé.