Professional Career Opportunities - Job Title Details

Temporary Assistance Specialist 1, G-18

Occupation Group

Health and Human Services

General Information

Starting Salary

$53,339

Job Rate

$67,827

Job Description

Temporary Assistance Specialists develop, define, and interpret State policy and procedures for various temporary assistance and work support programs; ensure local districts' compliance with program policies and procedures; and provide program and technical assistance to local social services districts.  Employees will make field visits to identify local agency needs, review program activities and provide technical assistance and program advice.  These positions are located in the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

Who has this title?

Minimum Qualifications

You must meet the requirements below to qualify for this title.

Bachelor's or higher degree and two years of experience performing one or more of the following:

  • Administering temporary assistance programs and initiatives to assess applicant/recipient needs, determine eligibility and/or provide services or benefits to low income individuals or families. Such initiatives may include, but are not limited to, the development of systems applications for determining eligibility and benefit levels for temporary assistance programs;
  • Planning, implementing, assessing, monitoring and/or evaluating programs to deliver effective temporary assistance and/or workforce development/training programs to unemployed, underemployed, low income or disabled individuals;
  • Managing contracts and related budgets for workforce development/training and/or temporary assistance programs, including contract development, negotiation and execution, and fiscal management, monitoring or program review;
  • Planning, developing, managing, or administering programs that provide care and service to adults, children, and/or families in need of assistance, including child care, foster care, medical assistance and adult residential care, aid to the refugee and/or immigrant population, or child and adult protective care.

Note: experience limited to clerical screening of applications, data entry, distribution of forms/brochures to prospective social services applicants, administrative duties in support of temporary assistance programs and any function in which the major responsibility of the position does NOT entail the direct planning, oversight, or provision of assistance is not considered qualifying. In addition, experience in staff development activities internal to an organization or auditing of employment and training programs, is NOT qualifying experience for this examination.

Temporary Assistance Programs are:

  • Family Assistance (FA)
  • Jobs Program
  • Safety Net Assistance
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • SSI State Supplement Program (SSP)
  • Emergency Assistance to Families or Adults (EAF,EAA)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps)
  • Employment Services for Recipients of Public Assistance or SNAP
  • Energy Assistance

Appointment Information

Appointment Information

Candidates may also be appointed to a traineeship to this job title from the PCO eligible list. See the Generalist Job Titles description for more information. For further appointment information, see the Appointments tab in the PCO Overview.

To Apply

To apply for the examination for this PCO Select Job Title you must apply for the PCO examination by February 22, 2017, fill out and submit the PCO Questionnaire by April 5, 2017, and take the PCO written test in April of 2017. The application for and information about the PCO examination is at: https://www.cs.ny.gov/pco/.