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Investigative Specialist 1, Grade 18 (PEF)

(Two Positions)

The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of the Professions is seeking candidates for two Investigative Specialist 1 positions in the Office of Professional Discipline-Investigations’ (OPD) Harlem and Manhattan district offices. Under the supervision of an Investigative Specialist 2 (Professional Conduct), the Investigative Specialist 1 will investigate allegations of professional misconduct by professionals licensed by NYSED pursuant to applicable statutes, rules and/or regulations. Additional duties of these positions include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Investigate unlawful practice of a profession by an unlicensed person, the moral character of an individual seeking licensure, or the background of former licensed professionals who are seeking reinstatement of their professional licenses;
  • Prepare detailed investigative reports of the activities undertaken pursuant to his or her assignments and maintain the chain of custody with respect to evidentiary items;
  • Conduct pharmacy inspections; and
  • Assist other program areas within OPD.

The Harlem and Manhattan Regional Offices are located at:

  • Harlem: 163 West 125th Street, New York, NY 10027
  • Manhattan: 1411 Broadway, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10018
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;
  • 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: 

These will be contingent permanent, non-competitive appointments. 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 and/or experience will be required for all candidates at the time of interview. This position will require 10% in-state travel.

These positions lead to a maximum salary of $77,912 based on annual performance advances.

In addition to the listed base salary, these positions also receive a $3,026 Downstate Adjustment.


Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest by February 7, 2023 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 (OP-1591/21450 or OP-1592/21434) of the position in the subject line of your email and cover letter to ensure receipt of your application. Links to application materials will not be accepted (i.e., Google Docs). Your social security number may be required to confirm your eligibility.

Grade Level: 
Grade 18
Negotiating Unit: 
Box #: 
OP-1591/21450 (Manhattan), OP-1592/21434 (Harlem)
Deadline Date: 
Tuesday, February 7, 2023
Email Address: 
Office of the Professions

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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