Occ. Code 8418100

                                                                       

 

IMMIGRANT WORKERS SPECIALIST 1, GRADE 18

8418100

IMMIGRANT WORKERS SPECIALIST 2, GRADE 23

8418200

DIRECTOR IMMIGRANT WORKERS SERVICES, M-3

8418300

 

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

 

Positions in this class conduct outreach to identify and address the needs and concerns of immigrant workers; evaluate the services provided by the Department of Labor (DOL) to determine their effectiveness, and develop and oversee the implementation of plans to improve agency services to immigrant workers; and ensure that immigrant workers and related advocacy groups have access to agency programs, services and facilities.  They educate agricultural employers about New York State labor laws and regulations and provide information to employers on DOL services. 

 

The positions are classified in the non-competitive class and are found only at DOL.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

 

 

            IMMIGRANT WORKERS SPECIALIST 1: full performance level; independently conduct outreach, inspection and investigation activities.

 

                        IMMIGRANT WORKERS SPECIALIST 2:  supervisory level; oversee outreach, and rural programs and services for a geographic area.

 

            DIRECTOR IMMIGRANT WORKERS SERVICES: one-position class; oversee the activities and staff of the Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs.

 

RELATED CLASSES

 

         Immigrant Community Specialists provide language appropriate information to assist eligible immigrants to apply for citizenship and access public or private non-profit services. 

 

Community Interpretation Program Specialists provide information about temporary assistance programs and services and ensure that language translation and culturally sensitive programs are available to immigrant and non-English speaking individuals and groups. 

 

ILLUSTRATIVE DUTIES

           

 

IMMIGRANT WORKERS SPECIALIST 1

 

Conduct community outreach activities to ensure that DOL programs and services are accessible, and responsive to the needs and concerns of immigrant workers.

 

Assess the services provided by DOL programs to identify areas in need of improved outreach to and access for immigrant communities.

 

 

Serve as DOL liaison with immigrant workers and related advocacy groups to identify and address their needs, priorities, and concerns; and ensure equitable access to Department programs, services and facilities.

 

 

 

 

 

Promote the use of DOL programs and services in the rural sector with an emphasis on protecting the rights, safety and dignity of immigrant farm workers.

 

 

 

 

Follow up with workers to ensure resolution of their complaints and determine whether satisfactory progress is being made and needed services are being provided.

Analyze reports, census data, and other statistical information regarding immigrant population trends, issues and concerns.

Respond to correspondence and prepare letters and issue papers regarding immigration issues. Prepare reports and memoranda outlining immigrant workers needs and concerns, describing the Departments outreach activities and their outcomes.

 

In collaboration with various antitrafficking coalitions, educate the public about labor trafficking, also known as modern slavery, and how to identify trafficking victims and their families. Advocate for appropriate services for trafficking victims and their families.

 

Educate the public about the U visa program, which provides legal status to victims of certain serious crimes who have suffered substantial physical or mental harm and have cooperated with law enforcement.

 

Reviews U visa applications to ensure compliance with certification protocol; and submit certifications on behalf of qualified U visa applicants.

IMMIGRANT WORKERS SPECIALIST 2

 

Oversee the conduct of community outreach and the oversight of rural programs and services for a geographic area.

 

Develop and implement information awareness campaigns targeted at existing and emerging immigrant populations.

                 

Supervise flow of materials relating to approval of H2A applications in DOLs Foreign Labor  Certification Unit, including but not limited to clearing and posting of job orders.

 

Respond effectively to concerns raised by community organizations which work directly with trafficking victims.

 

Supervise investigation of complaints filed by immigrant workers against employers suspected of violating the States labor laws.

Maintain involvement with Department programs in the investigation of allegations of Labor Law violations related to immigrant workers in and the resolution of inquiries by immigrant workers.

 

Analyze reports, census data, and other statistical data regarding immigrant population trends, issues and concerns.  Respond to constituent calls and correspondence, and prepare letters and reports regarding immigration issues.

 

Participate in meetings and community events to give and obtain information relating to immigrant workers issues and concerns.

 

In collaboration with Office of Special Investigations, may work on potential criminal cases with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

 

Supervise and train Immigrant Workers Specialists 1.

 

 

DIRECTOR IMMIGRANT WORKERS SERVICES

 

Direct and administer the affairs of the Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs.

 

Plan, organize, develop and expand the outreach and enforcement mission and functions of the Division.

 

Oversee the development of methods and procedures for implementing the outreach and enforcement functions of the Division.

 

Direct the control of expenditures in accordance with operating needs and budget allotments.

 

Perform continuous evaluation of Division policies, procedures, and programs; and recommend or initiate changes and improvements.

 

Represent the Department at meetings and community events relating to immigrant workers rights, issues and concerns.  Serve on departmental and interdepartmental workgroups to define program requirements and identify best practices.

 

Represent the Commissioner of Labor in state, regional, national and international conventions, and with other professional groups as spokesperson on immigrant issues in New York State.

 

Oversee the processing of the foreign labor certification program, which includes both H-2A and H-2B temporary visas, and the U visa certification process.

 

Prepare and submit to the Commissioner of Labor the annual report on the review and evaluation of the Departments services and programs for immigrant workers.

 

Coordinate activities on potential criminal cases with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

 

Oversee the Divisions efforts relating to labor trafficking, including involvement with various anti-trafficking coalitions and services for trafficking victims and their families.

 

Assist in recommending legislation regarding immigrant workers; and provide information regarding current or proposed projects, policies, and programs to officials and other interested parties.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS*

 

            IMMIGRANT WORKERS SPECIALIST 1

 

Bachelors degree and two years of experience in providing assistance, direction or support to improve, protect, and preserve the rights of workers and/or immigrants, or assisting clients in understanding and participating in public or private programs.  The experience must include involvement in public education, communications, or community outreach activities. 

 

            IMMIGRANT WORKERS SPECIALIST 2

 

Bachelors degree and four years of experience in providing assistance, direction or support to improve, protect, and preserve the rights of workers and/or immigrants, or assisting clients in understanding and participating in public or private programs.  The experience must include involvement in public education, communications, or community outreach activities. 

 

            DIRECTOR IMMIGRANT WORKERS SERVICES

 

Bachelors degree and eight years of experience in providing assistance, direction or support to improve, protect, and preserve the rights of workers and/or immigrants, or assisting clients in understanding and participating in public or private programs.  At least two years of the experience must include working on immigrant issues and some involvement in public education, communications, or community outreach activities. Two years of the experience must have involved supervision of professional staff.

 

* A masters degree may substitute for one year of experience and a law degree may substitute for two years of experience.

 

 

 

Date:  3/13

 

 

NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of the duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications 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 requirements for appointment or examination.