Prin Hearing Officer

Grade 63

New York State has approximately 8 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in various agencies statewide. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Career Ladder

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  1. Assnt Hearing Officer

    Similar to Grade 22

  2. Hearing Officer

    Grade 25

  3. Supvg Hearing Officer

    Grade 27

  4. Prin Hearing Officer

    Grade 63

  5. Chief Hearing Officer

    Grade 64

Summary of Job Description

As a Principal Hearing Officer, you would:

Oversee an agency's administrative hearing program or a major portion of that operation by supervising staff, acquiring resources and ensuring that production standards are met.

Establish and maintain policies and procedures to ensure the most efficient processing of requests for hearings.

Ensure the timely scheduling and disposition of hearing cases.

Review hearing decisions to ensure that law, policies and procedures are being correctly applied.

Review and take final action regarding recommendations on requests for reconsideration of hearing decisions to ensure that decisions are correctly decided; and amend or reopen hearing records as appropriate.

Review court rulings relating to hearings decisions and determine their effects on hearings policies and procedures. Modify policies and procedures to comply with court decisions, amendments in statutes and changes in regulations.

Identify training needs of staff and approve and oversee continuing legal education training programs.

Inform staff of changes in statutes, regulations, policies, and court decisions that affect the hearing program.

Review and comment on proposed legislation affecting hearing program.

Oversee the response to claims of non-compliance with hearing decisions and ensure proper resolution of complaints.

Field inquiries and resolve complaints from appellants, representatives, elected officials, local districts or other governmental agencies concerning the hearing process.

Act as liaison with counsel's office regarding hearing decisions that are appealed to the courts. Assist in preparing the defense for Article 78 litigation involving hearing decisions.

Provide expert legal advice and opinions to management and staff on hearing matters.

Draft reports on hearing activities. Prepare or assist in compiling the budget for the hearings operation.

Represent the agency in meetings with legal advocacy and other interest groups; and provide information concerning the operation and practices of the hearings program.

View the classification standard for this title, on the Classification and Compensation webpage.

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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.

On or before the date of the examination, the candidate must be a qualified employee of New York State and have had three months of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as a Supervising Hearing Officer.

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.


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 announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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