Occ. Code 1771100

 

POLICY ANALYST 1 PUBLIC AUTHORITY, GRADE 18

1771100

POLICY ANALYST 2 PUBLIC AUTHORITY, GRADE 23

1771200

POLICY ANALYST 3 PUBLIC AUTHORITY, GRADE 27

1771300

POLICY ANALYST 4 PUBLIC AUTHORITY, M-4

1771400

 

 

 

New York State Department of Civil Service 

 

Classification Standard

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

 

            Policy Analysts Public Authority review, analyze and recommend the development and implementation of policies pertaining to State and local public authorities.  They train, advise and assist the staff of public authorities concerning accountability and compliance with State law, financial transparency, and operating and management best practices to improve governance; participate in developing risk-based compliance review plans; and conduct policy analysis, research, reporting or compliance reviews associated with the oversight of public authorities. 

These positions are classified only in the Authorities Budget Office (ABO).

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

            POLICY ANALYST 1 PUBLIC AUTHORITY: full performance level; reviews public authorities practices and operations and makes appropriate recommendations.          

            POLICY ANALYST 2 PUBLIC AUTHORITY:  first supervisory level; functions as working supervisor of a team of policy analysts.

            POLICY ANALYST 3 PUBLIC AUTHORITY: second supervisory level; supervises a team assigned to a major organizational unit; independently performs the more difficult reviews.   

 

            POLICY ANALYST 4 PUBLIC AUTHORITY:  managerial level; serves as deputy director; manages the activities of a major organizational unit; acts on behalf of the Director in his or her absence.

 


ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

            POLICY ANALYST 1 PUBLIC AUTHORITY

·         Collect, review, analyze and evaluate data on public authorities and ensure that documentation is adequate, accurate, and complete.

 

·         Inspect the records of public authorities to determine compliance with established laws, rules, or policies.

 

·         Evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of public authority operations and make recommendations for improvement.

 

·         Prepare statistical and tabular material to evaluate or identify factors associated with public authority finances or performance.

 

·         Develop recommendations on the methods to be used for evaluating and analyzing any given public authority operation or identified issue.

 

·         Identify problems or factors that inhibit the ability of public authorities to conform to reporting requirements, State and local law, or good governance principles.

 

·         Present findings and recommendations to higher level staff regarding public authority improvement of operating practices, accountability, or transparency.

 

·         Discuss findings with public authority officials and recommend changes to improve identified deficiencies. 

 

·         Participate in the development of policy guidance and best practices that provides clarification and interprets statutory compliance and reporting requirements.

 

·         Provide technical assistance, training, and advice to public authority personnel.

 

·         Assist in preparing various reports.

 

            POLICY ANALYST 2 PUBLIC AUTHORITY

 

·         Prepare work plans and establish time lines for the completion of work.

 

·         Provide guidance and direction on various aspects of an assignment to subordinate staff.

 

·         Review the work of staff to ensure accuracy, completeness and adequacy of supporting documentation.

 

·         Approve or revise the recommendations and conclusions of staff, given the evidence and specific facts presented.

 

·         Conduct or supervise the analysis of financial and operating practices of public authorities.

 

·         Participate in the development of risk-based compliance review plans, including the development of protocols and procedures for conducting financial, management, and performance reviews.

 

·         Supervise or independently perform reviews and analysis of authority operating practices and reports, including formulation of the methods to be used to analyze complex issues.

 

·         Discuss findings identified through analysis or compliance review with public authority personnel and State and local officials; and assist in resolving identified problems.

 

·         Identify suspected improprieties by pubic authorities that may warrant formal investigation.

 

·         Provide guidance and advice to authorities to achieve compliance, improve performance, or implement good governance practices.

 

·         Assist in the development of training of public authorities employees and officials.

 

·         Participate in the development of policy guidance or best practices to provide clarification on the statutory compliance and reporting requirements of public authorities.

 

·         As directed, conduct or supervise studies and reviews to respond to requests by the Governor, the Legislature, or the State Comptroller.

 

·         Prepare correspondence in response to questions, inquiries, or complaints.

            POLICY ANALYST 3 PUBLIC AUTHORITY

 

·         Supervise the activities of Policy Analysts 1 and 2 Public Authority.

 

·         Discuss findings and problems identified through analysis or compliance review with subordinates.  May suggest solutions which take into account the unique operating factors associated with any given public authority.

 

·         Direct the development of risk-based compliance review plans, including the development of protocols and procedures for conducting financial, management, and performance reviews.

 

·         Supervise the analysis of the financial and operating practices of public authorities.

 

·         Evaluate risks relating to the selection of public authorities for review.

 

·         Oversee reviews and analysis of authority operating practices and reports.

 

·         Discuss findings identified through analysis or compliance review with public authority personnel and State and local officials; and assist in resolving identified problems.

 

·         May determine if suspected improprieties by pubic authorities warrant formal investigation; and direct the investigation of suspected misconduct.

 

·         Oversee the training and technical assistance to authorities to achieve compliance, improve performance, and implement good governance practices.

 

·         Develop policy guidance to provide clarification on the statutory compliance and reporting requirements of public authorities and to provide a basis for implementing model governance principles.

 

·         As directed, conduct or supervise studies and reviews and respond to requests by the Governor, the Legislature, or the State Comptroller.

 

·         Identify opportunities to strengthen or clarify the role, powers, and responsibilities of the ABO through legislative changes.

 

            POLICY ANALYST 4 PUBLIC AUTHORITY

 

·         Supervise the activities of a major unit by setting priorities, undertaking staff development and training, and providing guidance and direction to staff.

 

·         Interpret State law and assist in the development of regulations pertaining to public authorities.

 

·         Evaluate public authorities to determine the feasibility of consolidation, reorganization, or privatization.

 

·         Oversee the development and implementation of minimum performance standards for authorities.

·         Direct the development of guidelines to assist public authorities to understand and adhere to the requirements of State law, given distinct and varying factors such as authority, size, mission and capacity.

 

·         Consider and approve staff recommendations to tailor standards to the unique capacities of an authority.

 

·         Respond to inquiries from and participate in the development of recommendations to the Governor, the Legislature, and other State officials with oversight responsibilities for public authorities.

 

·         Oversee the development of policy guidance and recommend best practices that will serve as model governance principles by public authorities.

 

·         Oversee, review, and approve the development and implementation of standard reporting formats.

 

·         Evaluate public authority acquisition or disposal of property to ensure compliance with State law.

 

·         Develop and promulgate guidelines to publicly warn or censure public authorities for non-compliance with law, rule, or policy and to suspend or dismiss their officers or directors; and review and advise on any recommendations concerning such actions.

 

·         Recommend matters or situations which may warrant formal investigation.

 

·         Recommend legislative changes to strengthen or clarify the role, powers, and responsibilities of the ABO.

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

            POLICY ANALYST 1 PUBLIC AUTHORITY

Either 1 or 2

  1. Open Competitive:  Bachelors degree in accounting, auditing, business administration, financial policy analysis, public policy analysis, public administration or a similar field; and two years of experience involving:  the analysis of financial statements, budget and program information, and the management practices of public organizations; and the development and evaluation of recommendations consistent with the functions and decisions of a centralized oversight or control agency or budget office.  A masters degree in one of the above disciplines may substitute for one year of experience.
  2. Completion of a two-year traineeship.

            POLICY ANALYST 2 PUBLIC AUTHORITY

Promotion:  one year of permanent service as a Policy Analyst 1 Public Authority .

            POLICY ANALYST 3 PUBLIC AUTHORITY

Promotion:  one year of permanent service as a Policy Analyst 2 Public Authority.

            POLICY ANALYST 4 PUBLIC AUTHORITY

Promotion:  one year of permanent service as a Policy Analyst 3 Public Authority.

 

 

 

 

Date:  2/12

 

 

NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.