NYS Education Department Building

Executive Director of Professional Discipline, NS (Management/Confidential)

LOCATION: To Be Determined (Albany or New York City**)
SALARY: $121,224

The Office of Professional Discipline (OPD) investigates and prosecutes misconduct by licensees in over 54 professions and investigates unlawful practice of the licensed professions and refers appropriate cases to the Department of Law for criminal prosecution. The office also investigates and brings to hearing moral character questions concerning applicants for licensure and petitions for restoration of previously revoked licenses.
Reporting to the  Deputy Commissioner, the Executive Director supervises all investigative, prosecutorial, legal, administrative and public awareness activities in OPD in connection with the Board of Regents' responsibilities to discipline licensed professionals for professional misconduct. The Executive Director manages a staff of more than 100; including attorneys, investigators and support personnel; maintains effective working relationships with professional, consumer, law enforcement and other groups and agencies; and coordinates activities relevant to the investigation and prosecution of professional misconduct complaints with the Division of Professional Licensing services and the 30+ State Boards for the Professions.
The incumbent will lead efforts to improve and reform the discipline process, with emphasis on substantially strengthening the Office of the Professions capacity to speedily investigate and prosecute the over 6,500 complaints of professional misconduct received annually by OPD. Duties of this position will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide legal advice to the Deputy Commissioner, Office of the Professions staff and members of the various State Boards for the Professions;
  • Supervise all aspects of the investigation and prosecution of reports of professional misconduct lodged against licensed professionals;
  • Develop investigative and prosecutorial protocols for the effective management of a large, multi-site professional misconduct adjudicative workforce;
  • Oversee the operation of regional offices that investigate and prosecute cases throughout the state;
  • Work with the Office of Counsel, other program areas within the State Education Department, and other State agencies on a variety of matters relating to the professions;
  • Respond to practice and discipline questions from professionals, attorneys and members of the public;
  • Assist in the legal review and response to Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests and other public information documents;
  • Draft and review legal decisions and legislative proposals;
  • Research and preparing well-written briefs, memoranda of law, specifications of professional misconduct, internal memoranda and correspondence;
  • Draft and review Regents’ rules and Commissioner’s regulations, along with supporting materials;
  • Oversee requests for the reconsideration of disciplinary matters previously decided by the Board of Regents, and;
  • Direct, prepare or oversee, as necessary, the preparation of materials necessary for consideration by the Board of Regents for the final adjudication of disciplinary matters.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a law degree and be currently admitted to the bar and registered to practice within the State of New York and have relevant senior level leadership and management experience with professional regulatory, investigative, and/or prosecutorial functions for a major complex organization.  Continued employment as the Executive Director is dependent upon maintaining registration to practice law within the State of New York.  Failure to maintain this will result in removal from employment. 
PREFERRED QUALIFICAITONS: Special consideration will be given to candidates who have familiarity with the licensed professions.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: This position is in the exempt jurisdictional class, and the incumbent will serve at the discretion of the Commissioner of Education.

**Plus $3,026 annual downstate location adjustment.

APPLICATION: Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to opjobs@nysed.gov  (Email applications are preferred).  You must include the Box number (OP-1071/21201) of the position in the subject line of your email to ensure receipt of your application.

Office of Human Resources Management
Box OP-1071/21201
NYS Education Department
89 Washington Avenue, Room 528 EB
Albany, NY 12234
Fax (518) 486-5631
E-mail: opjobs@nysed.gov

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Last Updated: March 29, 2017