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Executive Secretary State Boards for Acupuncture, Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and Occupational Therapy, NS (Management/Confidential)

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking applicants for the position of Executive Secretary for the State Boards for Acupuncture, Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology and Occupational Therapy.  Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Commissioner for the Office of the Professions (OP), the Executive Secretary performs leadership, liaison, and coordination tasks for a broad range of activities related to the professions of acupuncture, speech-language pathology & audiology and occupational therapy. The Executive Secretary coordinates the work of the Professional State Boards. The incumbent will manage the board office staff and will be a key policy advisor to the Deputy Commissioner. Other duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide assistance to the Board of Regents through the State Education Department by: 1) developing requirements for licensure 2) reviewing and evaluating applications for licensure 3) assessing professional practice issues 4) convening disciplinary panels 5) providing technical assistance on pending legislation and 6) other matters regarding professional regulation;
  • Confer with the Office of the Professions (OP) management staff as well as with State and national associations on matters related to practice, professional training, licensure, and other related matters;
  • Interview and recommend prospective Board members to the Department and the Board of Regents;
  • Provide support for the State Boards, including preparation of State Board agendas, minutes, and reports;
  • Participate in various internal and external activities relating to professional training, licensure, or practice;
  • Prepare responses to numerous requests from the field, including licensees, employers and other agencies, for information regarding licensure or practice;
  • Work collaboratively with other OP staff to develop application materials, consumer information, plain language information for licensees, and materials for the OP web site; and
  • Serve as a member of OP’s leadership team, taking on additional or other management responsibilities as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications: 

A Master’s degree or higher is required.  In lieu of a Master’s degree, a Juris Doctorate degree or a degree that at the time earned qualified for licensure in a Title VIII profession would be acceptable.  Seven years of progressively responsible administrative leadership experience are strongly preferred.  At least three of the seven years of experience should be in a position involving lead responsibility for program and/or policy matters. Candidates must be able to demonstrate superior skills in oral and written communications, and especially in developing plain language information to communicate effectively with applicants, licensees and the public.  Awareness of the role of technology in the professions and in creating effective/efficient communications and processes is desirable. Candidates should demonstrate public speaking skills; understanding of the legislative process; knowledge of current practice and research in the professions; and general research and survey skills. Although not required, experience dealing with governmental, educational, or regulatory boards would be an asset. Most importantly, the Executive Secretary must have a dedication to public protection and a broad, well-developed array of administrative skills, with a background in public administration being ideal.

Conditions of Employment: 

This is a key management position with the New York State Education Department’s Office of the Professions.  This position is in the exempt class and serves at the discretion of the Commissioner of Education.

*Salary will be commensurate with Education and Experience.


Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until a candidate is appointed.  Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to (email applications are preferred).  You must include the Box number (OP-1112/20821) of the position in the subject line of your e-mail and cover letter to ensure receipt of your application.  

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Office of Human Resources Management
NYS Education Department
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Albany, NY 12234
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