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Investigative Specialist 1, Grade 18 (PEF)

The New York State Education Department’s (SED’s) Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services (ACCES) is seeking candidates for an Investigative Specialist 1 position in the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision (BPSS). BPSS provides oversight to approximately 400 postsecondary, licensed private career-schools and English as a Second Language schools in New York State. The incumbent of this position will conduct investigations of these schools for compliance with Education Law and the Commissioners Regulations, as well as conduct investigations of student complaints. The duties of this position include but are not limited to the following:

Mediate student complaints between the school and complainant;
Interview students, directors, and school personnel;
Prepare detailed investigative reports of the activities undertaken pursuant to investigative assignments;
Conduct covert inspections of licensed and unlicensed schools;
Supervise and train operatives;
Testify in administrative hearings;
Conduct educational, tuition, fiscal, and placement audits of schools;
Process payment claims for the tuition reimbursement account (TRA);
On behalf of the Commissioner, respond to tuition audits of the TRA by the Office of the State Comptroller;
Prepare report findings, make recommendations for corrective actions and the improvement of schools and programs;
Coordinate and participate in the procedures for school closings, advising students of their rights under the Law, ensuring that staff licenses and students records are returned to SED;
Provide administrative and program support to units within SED regarding educational programs and administrative policy;
Arrange and conduct meetings and workshops for SED; and
Act as liaison and represent SED at meetings with other educational entities.


Minimum Qualifications: 

Reassignment: Candidates must have one year of permanent non-competitive 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 substitute 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, criminal justice administration, criminology, criminal investigation, police studies, public justice, forensic accounting, forensic pathology, forensic science, and economic crime management.

Employees of ACCES-VR who are currently in an Investigative Specialist 1 position and are interested in transferring to the location listed on this flyer MUST apply for the position as outlined in the Application section of this flyer.

Conditions of Employment: 

This will be a permanent, non-competitive appointment. Promotions and transfers may change appointees’ negotiating units. Candidates should be aware that changes in negotiating units may affect their salary, insurance, and other benefits. Verification of degree and work experience will be required for all candidates at the time of interview. This position will require 30% travel.

*Leads to a maximum salary of $77,912 based on annual performance advances.

**In addition to the listed base salary, this position receives a $3,026 Annual Downstate Adjustment.


Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest by August 19, 2022 to (email submissions are preferred). Your resume must clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. You must include the Box number (ACS-2615/14627) of the position in the subject line of your email and cover letter to ensure receipt of your application. Your social security number may be required to confirm your eligibility.

Grade Level: 
Grade 18
Negotiating Unit: 
Box #: 
Deadline Date: 
Friday, August 19, 2022
Email Address: 
Adult Career and Continuing Education Services

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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