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Albany, New York
United States
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Director, Mental Health Safety & Environmental (HSE) Services

Duties Description:
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) is recruiting to fill a Director, Mental Health Safety & Environmental Services, M-2, position in the Administrative Support Services Group (ASSG), Environmental Health and Safety Unit.  This position serves as the ASSG liaison for the statewide safety departments in the Office of Mental Health.  This position addresses the day-to-day operational requirements and needs of the entire Safety and Security organization within the Office of Mental Health’s 24 psychiatric centers. 

Specific duties to be performed may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Reviews and updates training curriculum for safety and security officer trainees and annual refresher training to ensures that all safety staff are properly trained.
  • Plans, administers and arranges for or conducts Statewide mandated Peace Officer training and Defensive Tactics training and training required for the duties assigned. Determines needs for new academy dates and locations.
  • Interact on a periodic basis with the Chief of Safety at each OMH Psychiatric Center to assure consistent and effective Safety Department operations. 
  • Assist in evaluating and recommending resources to be provided.
  • Evaluates the instructors providing training, selects safety staff to attend instructor training and to ensure academies are fully staffed. 
  • Oversight of protocols and education programs to ensue safe, secure and therapeutic environment in all psychiatric centers.
  • Oversee the statewide multi-year ADT Security and Simplex fire alarm contracts.  Supervise two staff positions in the day to day contract assignment processing, implementation progress tracking, and invoice payment reviews.
  • Develops statewide safety protocols and policies regarding enforcement of safety and security services.
  • Participate in the design of the fire Safety and Security standards and operational procedures, which are implemented at all psychiatric centers. 
  • Participate in project design reviews to assure consistency with standards. 
  • Issue assignments to Life Safety code consultants, review and assist in implementation of findings and recommendations.
  • Coordinate Life Safety and Security initiatives with Capital Operations Facilities Planners, Joint Commission Compliance Project Managers, and Facility Joint Commission Quality Managers.
  • Oversees building site inspection and compliance program with applicable codes and regulations.
  • Reviews recommendations or reports from Chief Safety and Security Officers.
  • Oversight of budget, purchasing expenditures, materials, equipment and outside contracts regarding statewide safety and security services.
  • Prepares oral and written communications concerning Department-wide policies and procedures on the delivery of safety and security services.
  • Represent ASSG on Agency and combined Agency/Union committees related to Security, and Health and Safety initiatives. Participate in the Agency’s Incident Command structure for emergency response.
  • Attend statewide OMH Labor-Management meetings as needed to address agenda items pertaining to the Safety and Security organization.
  • It is anticipated that travel to all Psychiatric Center locations will be required, and will average two days per week.

Minimum Qualifications:
Candidates do not need to be employed by New York State in order to be eligible for provisional appointment to this position. In order to be eligible for appointment, candidates must have either:

A.) A bachelor’s degree and five years of progressively responsible experience in the administration of or the superving or directing of a comprehensive police, fire, safety, security or life-safety training program in a hospital or state operated residential treatment and care setting, of which two (2) years must have been in a
supervisory/managerial capacity with responsibility for directing the program.


B.) Nine years of experience as outlined in “A.”, of which two (2) years must have been in a supervisory/managerial capacity.  

Candidates appointed provisionally must take the next Civil Service examination for this title and their score must be reachable on the resulting eligible list before they can be permanently appointed. Candidates who do not pass the examination or do not achieve a reachable score may not be retained in the title. At this time, a date for the Director, Mental Health Safety & Environmental Services has not been announced. 

Additional Comments:
The Administrative Support Services Group is conveniently located on the grounds of the Capital District PC at 75 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, New York.  We offer a comfortable working environment with covered parking available on site for a nominal monthly fee.  A comprehensive compensation and benefits package, including paid leave (vacation, sick and personal), individual and family health care coverage (medical, dental and vision), and membership in the NYS Employees’ Retirement System is available. 

Notes on Applying:
To be considered for this position, interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format by clicking the "Apply for this job" link above.  Please include the title of the position and Vacancy ID #03287 in the subject line of your email when applying.   

You are advised that, should you accept a job offer with the Office of Mental Health, you may be required to be fingerprinted and pay a fingerprint fee.

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