Program Research Specialist 4 - Grade 27

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This title exists within Various New York State Agencies and has approximately 21 positions statewide.

*The number of positions is approximate and represents the number of positions established (both filled and vacant); it is not an indication or reference to position type or duration, or intent to be filled.

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Salary Information for Program Research Specialist Trainee 1
Title Grade Hiring Rate/yr Job Rate/yr
Program Research Specialist Trainee 1 13 $49,363 $63,169
Program Research Specialist Trainee 2 14 $52,198 $66,634
Program Research Specialist 1 18 $65,001 $82,656
Program Research Specialist 2 23 $84,156 $106,454
Program Research Specialist 4 27 $103,784 $127,830

All salary grades for trainees titles are non-statutory (NS) equated to the salary grade identified. These grade equations apply to the starting salaries in their respective salary schedule for the traineeship levels.

This title may exist in more than one negotiating unit. This salary schedule represents the most typical salary for this title. Click here to view additional salary information regarding the various bargaining units.

An individual's final salary is determined by the Office of the State Comptroller. This salary schedule does not reflect any Special Salary Treatments

Job Duties

The Department of Civil Service's Division of Classification & Compensation has renumbered the Program Research Specialist (and various parenthetics) and Principal Criminal Justice Program Research Specialist titles effective October 27, 2022. Please click here for a listing of impacted titles including old and new title information. Please visit Employee FAQs for more information about this change.

As a Program Research Specialist 4, you would be responsible for managing and directing one of the State's largest research analysis and evaluation teams, with levels of subordinate supervisory staff, in support of complex program activities of an agency or a major division of an agency.

View the classification standard for this title which illustrates the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.

Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil service examination in order to be considered for this position.

There are two examinations for this position. Please note: New York State employees may qualify for both.

For employees of New York State, on or before the date of the examination, you must be a qualified employee of New York State and have had three months of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as follows:

Program Research Specialist 3, Program Research Specialist 3 Agricultural, Program Research Specialist 3 Criminal Justice, Program Research Specialist 3 Economics Finance, Program Research Specialist 3 Health Care Finance, Program Research Specialist 3 Health Systems Analysis, Program Research Specialist 3 Human Services, Program Research Specialist 3 Medical Assistance, Program Research Specialist 3 Public Health, Program Research Specialist 3 Transportation.

For all other qualified individuals, on or before the date of the examination, the candidate must have a bachelorís degree or higher;


twelve (12) semester credit hours in statistics, economics, econometrics, research methods, data analysis, or data modeling and five years of subsequent professional research experience in the collection and evaluation of quantitative data directed toward review and analysis of program operations. Two years of the experience must have involved supervision of professional staff engaged in these functions.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.

26-093010 38-523010

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. Job postings on StateJobsNY will contain the most up-to-date qualifications.

How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for email notification so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Mobility Options

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through transfers opportunities or other examinations.

For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322.

You can also visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists.

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