Dir Professional Licensing

Grade 65

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  1. Assnt Dir Professional Licensing

    Grade 63

  2. Dir Professional Licensing

    Grade 65

Summary of Job Description

Under the general direction of the Deputy Commissioner for the Office of the Professions, the Director of Professional Licensing is the lead manager in the issuance of credentials that authorize practice in the 50+ professions included in Title VIII of State Education Law. The incumbent leads a Division of approximately 100 staff that work in cooperation with the other parts of the Office of the Professions to review applications, review the credentials of graduates of non-registered programs, provide licensing examinations, issue licenses, registrations and permits, create and maintain records of licensees and business entities, and perform other related credentialing activities. The incumbent will provide policy direction to managers; oversee the Committee on the Professions, and will have lead responsibility for implementing major technology initiatives to provide on-line services to applicants for professional licensure.

There is no classification standard available at this time for this title. For additional information regarding other titles this will bring you to the NYS Title and Salary Plan. If there is a classification standard available there will be a link under the column labeled STD NO. If no link is available there is no classification standard available at this time for that title.

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, the candidate must be a qualified employee of the New York State Education Department and have had three months of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as a Chief Bureau of Doctoral Program Review, Chief Bureau of Comparative Education, Chief Bureau of Professional Career Opportunity, Assistant Director of Professional Licensing, Supervisor of Higher Education Programs, Supervisor of Professional Education Programs, or Prfessional Assistance Program Coordinator.

For all other qualified individuals, on or before the date of the examination, the candidate must have  master’s or higher degree in one of the following subject areas:

-public Administration
-educational Administration
-a field subject to professional licensure by the State Education Department***


-a Juris Doctorate (JD);

***Fields subject to professional licensure by the State Education Department can be found at: Link)



seven years of full-time managerial experience† in higher or professional education;


seven years of full-time managerial experience† in one of the professions licensed by the State Education Department in which you were an administrator of an educational program that qualifies for licensure in one of the professions licensed by the State Education Department pursuant to Title VIII of the Education Law;


seven years of full-time managerial experience† as an administrator in a program for the development, revision or critical evaluation of professional education curricula; or experience as an administrator of a regulatory program or programs.

†three years of the seven years of managerial experience must be in a leadership position with responsibility for developing and implementing policy, defining goals, and planning and directing the work of others in activities designed to accomplish these goals.

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.

26-398 37-972

How to Apply

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Career Mobility

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