Identification Specialist 4 - Grade 25

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This title exists in Criminal Justice Services, Div of and has approximately 4 positions.

*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 Identification Specialist 1
Title Grade Hiring Rate/yr Job Rate/yr
Identification Specialist 1 14 $52,198 $66,634
Identification Specialist 2 18 $65,001 $82,656
Identification Specialist 3 23 $84,156 $106,454
Identification Specialist 4 25 $93,530 $117,875
Chief of Identification Operations 62 $100,845 $127,474

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Job Duties

Identification Specialists perform a variety of technical and professional tasks related to the identification of individuals, using fingerprints, other biometrics, and other analytical tools and methods.  Typically they also supervise other employees in the performance of clerical and lower-level technical and professional tasks related to this function.  Identification Specialists are found within the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).

Serve as an overall supervisor of a given aspect of DCJSs identification operation, incorporating one or more units.

Supervise, direct, and coordinate the efforts of staff members in various titles (including lower-graded Identification Specialists) and the operations of one or more units (including oversee special programs).

Perform as liaison to and coordinate efforts with various public and private entities outside DCJS, and the general public.

Prepare written and statistical reports.

Develop budget proposals and applications for federal funding.

Coordinate efforts with local, county, State and federal agencies to implement new and amended legislation related to civil fingerprint based identification history background checks.

Develop, establish, and ensure compliance with DCJS policies, standards, and procedures within scope of responsibility.

Ensure compliance with DCJS, FBI, and other policies and practices, including interpreting applicable laws.

Design DCJS documents, presentations, publications, forms, briefings, correspondence and other documents, sometimes for use in training and/or for use in official communication.

Prepare written and statistical reports for superiors at DCJS.

Present at professional conferences.

Analyze legislation and its impact.

Provide advisory assistance to State agencies in the implementation of legislation related to fingerprints, background checks, and identification history.

Develop the identification operations annual budget proposal.

Respond to inquiries from the general public, contributor agencies, law enforcement, legislative staff, and other parties related to applicant fingerprint processing.

Provide advisory assistance to DCJS legal.

Participate in special projects and studies.

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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.

For qualified employees of New York State on or before the date of the examination, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and have had one year of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as an Identification Specialist 3 or Latent Print Examiner 3.

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.


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

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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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