Supervising Professional Conduct Investigator, SG-23
New York will be implementing a series of reforms to protect the integrity of state assessments and Regents examinations. The reforms were developed after a thorough review of the State Education Department’s (SED) test integrity policies and procedures. SED is continuing to build on test integrity measures adopted by the New York State Board of Regents last fall with the creation of a Test Security Unit (TSU).
Under the direction of the Executive Deputy Commissioner, with the assistance from both the Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education and the Deputy Commissioner for the Office of the Professions, TSU will be responsible for: conducting a thorough review of existing security policies and procedures for state-administered assessments; creating a mandatory reporting obligation for assessment security breaches; instituting a new state-of-the-art intake and data gathering system for testing integrity violations; developing and recommending statewide testing integrity standards and guidelines for teachers and administrators; implementing enhancements of security protocols; increasing the frequency and strategic use of data forensics; developing written operational policies and procedures for the intake, referral, review, tracking and disposition of allegations of security breaches; supporting Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and BOCES District Superintendents tasked with conducting investigations of testing violations; investigating cases involving unusually large or complex security breach allegations; instituting quality control mechanisms to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures; and aggressively pursuing sanctions for testing integrity violations, including Part 83 moral character actions.
SED anticipates filling the position of Supervising Professional Conduct Investigator in TSU. The incumbent of this position will report to the Principal Professional Conduct Investigator in TSU. Duties of this position will include, but not be limited to:
- Assisting in the development of training for LEAs and BOCES regarding testing integrity investigations, and providing such training to LEAs and BOCES;
- Monitoring local testing integrity investigations, and providing on-going investigative guidance and support to LEAs and BOCES;
- Conducting investigations of testing impropriety and making recommendations to the Principal Professional Conduct Investigator for case dispositions;
- Assisting counsel to pursue sanctions for testing integrity violations, including Part 83 moral character cases; and
- Supervising and training of Senior Professional Conduct Investigators.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have one year of permanent non-competitive or 55b/c service as a Senior Professional Conduct Investigator OR nine years of experience in the investigation of complex cases leading to criminal trial and administrative proceedings, which must include conducting investigations and interrogations, writing reports on assignments and testifying at administrative hearings or criminal trials. A bachelor's degree in criminal justice, police science or a closely related field may be substituted for up to four years of experience.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: This position is non-competitive and will be a permanent appointment. *Salary leads to $83,954 through annual performance advances.
APPLICATION: Review will begin immediately and continue until a successful candidate is selected. Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to:
Ms. Annette Franchini, Director
Office of Human Resources Management
NYS Education Department
89 Washington Avenue, Room 528 EB
Albany, NY 12234
Fax (518) 486-5631
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