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THE NEW YORK STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
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Senior Attorney, Grade 25 (PEF)

The New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) is seeking candidates for a Senior Attorney position in the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer (CPO). The CPO works with internal (NYSED) and external (New York’s educational agencies) stakeholders, implementing data privacy programs and, in conjunction with the Department’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), cybersecurity protocols.  Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Review contracts and procurement documents to ensure agency compliance with applicable state and federal data privacy and security laws and regulations such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and NYS Education Law §2-d;
  • Determine contractor compliance with data privacy and security requirements including data retention and destruction;
  • Create and implement an agency-wide data minimization policy, including implementing a training protocol;
  • Support NYSED’s programs and processes to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal data privacy and security laws and regulations such as its data privacy governance program;
  • Maintain the Privacy Office’s website;
  • Assist with the processing of data requests through NYSED’s Data Governance Board and prepare data use and protection agreements;
  • Support the CPO’s outreach to school districts and other educational agencies related to compliance with applicable state and federal data privacy and security laws and regulations;
  • Prepare and maintain internal and external training on data privacy and security;
  • Assist the Privacy Office with Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests;
  • Support the CPO’s process for handling privacy complaints submitted by parents and students aged 18 and older, and data incident reports filed by educational agencies related to alleged breaches or unauthorized releases of personally identifiable information; and
  • Conduct legal, policy and legislative research and analysis, develop policy recommendations related to statutory and regulatory requirements, and provide input on related legislative matters.
Minimum Qualifications: 

Reassignment: Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service as a Senior Attorney.

Eligible List Appointment:  Candidates must be reachable on the Legal Specialties Civil Service eligible list. If you are on the Civil Service eligible list for this title, you may receive a canvass letter.  You must complete and return it as instructed on the letter.

Section 70.1 Transfer: Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service as a Senior Attorney (Realty). Candidates must also possess a Juris Doctorate degree AND be admitted to the Bar to practice law in New York State or in a state with Bar reciprocity to qualify for transfer.

Section 52.6 Transfer: Candidates must have one year of permanent competitive or 55b/c service in a title allocated SG-23 or higher eligible to transfer under Section 52.6 of the Civil Service Law. Candidates must also possess a Juris Doctorate degree AND be admitted to the Bar to practice law in New York State or in a state with Bar reciprocity to qualify for transfer.

For information regarding the transfer options of your current title, please visit the Civil Service Career Mobility Office Website. https://careermobilityoffice.cs.ny.gov/cmo/gotit/title-search/index.cfm

55b/c Appointment: This position is eligible for 55b/c designation and is subject to verification of applicant eligibility. Candidates must possess the minimum qualifications and a current 55b/c eligibility letter.

Conditions of Employment: 

This will be a contingent permanent, appointment. For 55b/c appointment, candidates must possess the minimum qualifications, a current 55b/c eligibility letter and is subject to verification of applicant eligibility. Promotions and transfers may change appointees’ negotiating unit. Candidates should be aware that changes in negotiating units may affect their salary, insurance, and other benefits. Verification of degree, Bar admission and work experience will be required for all candidates at the time of interview. Candidates are required to possess and maintain admission to the New York State Bar. Failure to maintain an active registration to the New York State Bar will result in removal from employment. 

This position leads to a maximum salary of $111,111 based on annual performance advances.

Application: 

Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest by January 31, 2023 to omsjobs@nysed.gov (email submissions are preferred). Your resume must clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position. You must include the Box number (EXEC-135/21135) 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.

Location: 
Albany
Grade Level: 
Grade 25
Negotiating Unit: 
PEF
Salary: 
$88,161
Box #: 
EXEC-135/21135
Deadline Date: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
Email Address: 
Office: 
Executive

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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