NYS Education Department Building

Executive Secretary
State Boards of Certified Public Accountancy and Certified Shorthand Reporting
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LOCATION: Albany
SALARY: $91,096*

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Commissioner for the Professions, the Executive Secretary performs leadership, liaison, and coordination tasks for a broad range of activities relating to the professions of public accountancy and shorthand reporting.  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 include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

  • 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, Continuing Professional Education (CPE) sponsorship, and public accounting firm registration; 3) assessing professional practice issues; 4) convening disciplinary panels; 5) providing technical assistance to legislative staff, preparing bill comments and assisting in the development of departmental bills; and 6) other matters regarding professional regulation;
  • Select, administer, score, and assess licensure examinations;
  • 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 conferences and other activities relating to professional training, licensure, or practice;
  • Prepare responses to numerous requests from the field for information regarding licensure or practice;
  • Develop reports on professional matters and participate in the Department’s implementation of the Board of Regents strategic plan;
  • Respond to inquiries from other agencies or individuals and manage the Board Office;  
  • Work collaboratively with other OP staff to develop application materials, consumer information, plain language information for licensees, and materials for the OP web site.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  By the date of appointment, the incumbent must be licensed to practice as a Certified Public Accountant in New York State.  Qualified candidates must have a Master’s degree and seven years of progressively responsible administrative experience.  At least three of the seven years of experience must 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 creating effective/efficient communications and processes is desirable. Candidates should demonstrate public speaking skills, knowledge of current practice and research in the professions.  Although not required, experience dealing with governmental, educational, or regulatory boards would be a real advantage.  Above all, 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 major management position with the State Education Department’s Office of the Professions.  This position is in the exempt class and serves at the pleasure of the Commissioner of Education.

*Salary leads to $114,961 through annual performance reviews.

APPLICATION: Review will begin immediately and continue until a successful candidate is selected.  Qualified candidates should send a letter of interest and resume to:


Office of Human Resources Management
Box OPE-683/20601
NYS Education Department
89 Washington Avenue, Room 528 EB
Albany, NY 12234
Fax (518) 486-5631
E-mail: hrcareer@mail.nysed.gov

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Last Updated: May 9, 2012