Occ. Code 1774100











New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard





Revitalization Specialists assist communities across the State with planning, managing and accessing resources to support revitalization of Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) projects. The positions provide outreach, education, technical assistance and advice to communities seeking to develop areas for reclamation because of ecological deterioration or pollution.


These positions are only classified at the Department of State.




          REVITALIZATION SPECIALIST 1: full performance level; under the general direction of the Revitalization Specialist 2, serves as consultant and project manager with local governments and public and private organizations for assigned BOA projects.


          REVITALIZATION SPECIALIST 2: supervisory level; under the general direction of the Coastal Program Manager directs and oversees a staff that provides services to communities with BOA projects.




          Coastal Resources Specialists 1-4 manage planning and construction projects undertaken by waterfront communities and local organizations to advance economic development and protect natural resources. They provide technical assistance to local governments, State and federal agencies, and review projects and activities by federal and State agencies for consistency with the States Coastal Management Program.


          Land Use Training Specialists provide education, training and technical advice on planning, zoning and land use issues to local governments. They analyze land use plans submitted by local and regional officials for technical review.







Perform outreach activities with officials of local governments and communities to assist with cleanup and revitalization of BOA projects; assess the communitys ability to carry out a BOA project and determine the project step at which the community should enter the program; assist community and organization leaders in developing a BOA proposal.


Lead local governments, community-based organizations and other eligible entities to form regional partnerships to develop complex (large acreage and multi-community) projects.


Assist communities in preparing State, federal and private grant applications related to BOA projects.


Develop and implement BOA plans by creating local stakeholder organizations for community revitalization; develop and facilitate statewide partnership between DOS and private philanthropic institutions to expand financial resources.


Participate in public hearings and represent DOS on regional boards and commissions having responsibility for brownfield redevelopment, community revitalization and economic development; assist in formulating or modifying policies and program priorities.


Interact with local governments to establish policy advisory committees fully representative of the diverse interests in the community including, but not limited to, business, non-profit, academic, cultural and environmental organizations; assist local governments in preparing inter-municipal agreements to cooperatively address shared issues and project purposes.


Manage diverse State construction, design and planning grant contracts for projects identified in BOA implementation studies.


Oversee executed contracts for BOAs to ensure that all stipulations are met, including administrative requirements and performance measures; interact with control agencies to answer questions raised during the approval process.




Represents and advocates for DOS in joint strategy sessions with DEC executive staff to advance and improve the BOA program.


Represents DOS at meetings with State and federal agencies, local governments, consultants, non-governmental organizations and the public to resolve highly contentious issues and problems, and those involving precedent setting matters.


Assists the Coastal Program Manager in developing policy, legislative, and programmatic initiatives related to brownfield redevelopment.


Analyzes proposed State and federal legislation, regulations and programs related to community revitalization and brownfield redevelopment.


Plans, organizes and manages the work and staff in the BOA program including setting policy, establishing goals, choosing projects, determining program initiatives and priorities, and establishing policies and procedures; develops annual workforce plans and budgets.


Coordinates efforts between State, federal agencies, local governments, consultants, and non-governmental organizations in order to achieve consistency and uniformity in the application of the BOA program.


Develops and implements performance measurement programs and monitors performance on projects to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of the BOA program.


Directs the public outreach programs for the BOA.







Open-Competitive: bachelors degree in environmental studies, urban or regional planning, land use planning, economic/community development, real estate development, economics, public finance and four years of experience as described below.


a.     Two years of experience in preparing: community revitalization plans or strategies containing brownfields; reuse plans or urban renewal plans; and redevelopment planning for areas affected by brownfields, vacant land, abandoned sites or urban areas. The completed plans must have served as the basis for or led to implementation of public or private economic development projects; and,


b.     two years of experience in two or more of the following general areas: assisting communities in securing financing for capital projects, including requests for proposals, negotiating, managing, monitoring and reviewing contracts; developing various public involvement programs that build consensus among conflicting groups; coordinating the acquisition of in-kind, financial, technical assistance or training resources; or developing comprehensive land use plans or economic development programs.






Open-Competitive: bachelors degree in environmental studies, urban or regional planning, land use planning, economic/community development, real estate development, economics, public finance and four years of the experience described under a (above), and four years of the experience under b (above).


In addition, two years of the required experience must have included supervision of professional staff and the management of regional or statewide revitalization projects.


Promotion:  one year of permanent competitive service as a Revitalization Specialist 1.



Revised:  1/16



NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibility 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.