Occ. Code 6510400

 

 

HEARING OFFICER, GRADE 25

6510400

SUPERVISING HEARING OFFICER, GRADE 27

6510600

PRINCIPAL HEARING OFFICER, M-3

6510700

CHIEF HEARING OFFICER, M-4

6510800

 

 

New York State Department of Civil Service 

 

Classification Standard  

 

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

 

          Hearing Officers preside at quasi-judicial or administrative hearings of an adversarial or investigative nature concerning the resolution of issues of fact, law and/or regulatory practice; make findings of fact and conclusions of law; and render or recommend decisions. These positions are classified in various State agencies.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

          HEARING OFFICER:  full performance level; independently perform the full range of administrative hearings.

 

          SUPERVISING HEARING OFFICER: first supervisory level; oversee Hearing Officers; and conduct the most difficult and precedent setting hearings.

 

          PRINCIPAL HEARING OFFICER: second supervisory level; direct the day-to-day operation of an agencys administrative hearing program or a major portion of it through multiple Supervising Hearing Officers.

 

          CHIEF HEARING OFFICER:  function as second-in-command of a large administrative hearing office; and manage a large staff of attorneys and administrative employees.

 

RELATED CLASSES

 

          Attorneys provide legal assistance and support to agency program administrators by analyzing legal opinions, briefs and other material, preparing memoranda of law and conferring with administrators or parties to legal action to mediate, negotiate or settle legal issues directly related to an agency's program.  They function either as specialists in a single program governed by law or as generalists as evidenced by their concern with laws governing numerous programs.

 ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

 

          HEARING OFFICER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

          SUPERVISING HEARING OFFICER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRINCIPAL HEARING OFFICER

 

 

 

 

·       Review hearing decisions to ensure that law, policies and procedures are being correctly applied.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHIEF HEARING OFFICER

 

·       Provide legal expertise to the Director of the Hearings Office and high level agency management.

 

·       Assure that hearings are timely and effectively scheduled and that Hearing Officers receive essential daily support.

 

·       Personally review recommended fair hearing decisions that raise an issue of policy or legal interpretation or is otherwise highly sensitive.

 

·       Review recent court decisions related to fair hearings, determine the effects these   decisions have on existing fair hearings policy and procedures; and, upon consultation with agency staff, develop recommendations for changes in fair hearings policies and procedures.

 

·       Implement approved changes in policies and procedures.

 

·       Participate in administrative activities such as preparation of annual budget requests, including projected staffing requirements based upon work load, case backlog and the effects of new, proposed and revised legislation, and recent court decisions on fair hearings.

 

·       Represent the office in meetings with agency counsel, interested parties, legal advocacy groups, and NYS Bar Association.

 

·       Participate in public speaking engagements; and represent the hearing office at agency labor management meetings.

 

·       Perform other duties to ensure the proper functioning of the administrative hearing process; and maintain appropriate communications.

 


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

 

          HEARING OFFICER

Open Competitive:  Admission to the New York State Bar and two years of post-Bar legal experience in the trial of issues in courts of records or trials of adversarial proceedings, quasi-judicial in nature, before a government agency.

 

          SUPERVISING HEARING OFFICER

 

Promotion:  one year of service as a Hearing Officer.  

         

          PRINCIPAL HEARING OFFICER

 

Promotion:  one year of service as a Supervising Hearing Officer.  

 

          CHIEF HEARING OFFICER

 

Promotion: one year of service as a Principal Hearing Officer.

 

Open Competitive: Member in good standing of the New York State Bar and seven years of management experience in a large administrative legal division operation or as a managing partner in a large law firm, with a substantial part of that experience devoted to addressing New York Citys Human Resources Administration issues.  This experience must include the administration of hearings.

 

Revised:  3/17 

 

 

 

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 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.