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Investigative Specialist 1, Grade 18 (PEF)

The New York State Education Department’s Office of Education Policy is seeking candidates for an Investigative Specialist 1 position within the Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability (OSPRA).  This Office is responsible for investigating complaints concerning allegations about the moral character of individuals who hold or are applicants for NYS teaching certificates.  In addition, this Office provides administrative support for due process hearings for tenured teachers pursuant to Education Law, Section 3020.  This Office is also responsible for determining whether employment clearances for school district officials should be issued based upon fingerprint supported criminal history background checks. Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:  

  • Review and evaluate moral character complaints and interview complainants, school officials, subjects and witnesses;
  • Correspond with applicants, school districts, members of the public, courts, police departments and other law enforcement entities regarding fingerprinting and case investigations;
  • Maintain a working relationship with all law enforcement agencies and secure court records relating to fingerprinting and case investigations;
  • Collect, review and evaluate evidence, including criminal history records;
  • Participate in case and witness preparation and testify at administrative hearings;
  • Review, interpret and summarize New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background records;
  • Review criminal history responses in relation to clearance determinations for fingerprinting and case investigations;
  • Complete clearance and/or denial recommendations in accordance with NYS Correction Law standards; and
  • Write investigative reports and maintain and update TEACH and database records.
Minimum Qualifications: 

Reassignment: Candidates must have one year of permanent non-competitive or 55b/c service as an Investigative Specialist 1.

Non-Competitive Appointment: Candidates must have six years of experience in a field investigative position, which must include:

  • Conducting interviews of witnesses and others;
  • Taking written statements and affidavits;
  • Collecting and analyzing physical and documentary evidence; and
  • Preparing detailed written reports of investigative findings.

SUBSTITUTION: An associate’s degree in criminal justice or related field may be substituted for two years of qualifying experience.  A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field may substitute for four years of qualifying experience.  Related fields include: law enforcement, police science, criminology, criminal investigation, criminal justice administration, public justice, police studies, forensic accounting, forensic psychology, forensic science, and economic crime management.

Conditions of Employment: 

This will be a permanent non-competitive appointment. Promotions and transfers may change appointees’ negotiating unit. Applicants should be aware that changes in negotiating units may affect their salary, insurance, and other benefits. Verification of degree will be required for all candidates at the time of interview.

*Leads to a maximum salary of $71,980 based on annual performance advances.


Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest by February 4, 2020 to (email submissions preferred).  You must include the Box number (OHE-749/14703) of the position in the subject line of your email and/or cover letter to ensure receipt of your application.

Grade Level: 
Grade 18
Negotiating Unit: 
Box #: 
Deadline Date: 
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Email Address: 
Office of Education Policy

Office Information

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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