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Supervising Environmental Impact Examiner

Applications are being accepted from current state employees, those eligible for reinstatement based on prior permanent competitive service, and candidates on an eligible list for the position. Candidates on the eligible list for the position MUST include the list title and score received in a cover letter.

Supervising Environmental Impact Examiner
Category of
Information
Posting Specific Information
Control Number 21-628
Application Due By 12/24/2021
Title Supervising Environmental Impact Examiner
Location: City
DEC Region
Division/Bureau
Albany
Central Office
Office of Hearings & Mediation Services
Salary:
Grade:
$112,155 - $141,538 Effective 04/2021
M-4
Work Hours Days
Work Days Mon. - Fri.
Employment Type Permanent Budgeted Item
Appointment Type Permanent
Jurisdictional Class Non-Competitive
Bargaining Unit/MC M/C (Management Confidential)
Duties/Responsibilities The incumbent will serve as the Chief Administrative Law Judge (CALJ) (Civil Service title: Supervising Environmental Impact Examiner) for the Office of Hearings and Mediation Services (OHMS) in DEC's Central Office in Albany, New York. The CALJ supervises the administrative law judges (ALJs) and support staff within OHMS, and is responsible for oversight and supervision of all hearings to which DEC ALJs are assigned.

The duties of the CALJ fall into four broad categories - administrative duties, duties associated with administrative hearings, FOIL requests, and matters relating to the Department of Public Service (DPS) Article 10 process and the Office of Renewable Energy Siting (ORES) siting process.

Administrative Duties
The CALJ will be responsible, together with the Deputy Commissioner for Hearings and Mediation Services (Deputy Commissioner), in the hiring of personnel for OHMS. The CALJ is responsible for arranging and approving the initial training for new ALJs as well as ensuring that ALJs continue to stay current on environmental law issues.

The CALJ is responsible for the distribution of workload among the ALJs and the assignment to ALJs of matters that are referred to OHMS.

In addition, the CALJ performs a range of managerial functions including but not limited to: the signing of time cards; completing employee evaluations (including probationary evaluations); approving leave time and telecommuting schedules; attending meetings with ORES and DPS; preparing monthly summaries of matters referred to OHMS; updating charts relating to calendar calls and expedited hearings, the commissioner docket, and MWBE certification denial appeals; preparing the OHMS quarterly report; reviewing vehicle chargebacks, Attachment As, and publication subscription needs; assisting in the hiring of office interns; verifying LATS submissions and mandatory training obligations; opening and closing of hearing matters (including completion of related paperwork); maintaining the OHMS internal docket; issuing case assignment letters; and attending Regional Director/Division Director and other departmental meetings.

Duties Associated with Administrative Hearings
The CALJ will review all notices relating to hearings for their legal sufficiency and timeliness, ensure that the manner of holding the hearing (whether in-person or virtually) comports with the applicable requirements, and otherwise ensure that DEC administrative hearings are conducted in a fair and efficient manner.

Prior to the assignment of an ALJ to a matter referred to OHMS, the CALJ will be responsible for handling procedural matters that may arise on that matter.

The CALJ will review hearing and other final reports prepared by administrative law judges prior to their submission to the Deputy Commissioner. The CALJ will provide legal advice and support to the Deputy Commissioner in the review of such reports. The CALJ will work directly with the Deputy Commissioner in the drafting of decisions and orders for the Commissioner's consideration. The CALJ will also undertake such special projects as assigned by the Deputy Commissioner.

Following the Commissioner's signing of a decision, the CALJ will be responsible for the dissemination of the decision or order to the parties in the proceeding, and the closure of the file record.

Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) Requests
The CALJ serves as the FOIL officer for all FOIL requests for records within the custody of OHMS.

DPS and ORES
The CALJ is responsible in coordinating with the DPS Office of Hearings and ORES on all DPS and ORES matters where a DEC ALJ has been assigned.
Minimum Qualifications

Strictly adhered to based on
Civil Service requirements
Admittance to the New York State Bar and six years of post-bar legal experience in administrative or environmental law.

Preferred Qualifications: Eight years post-bar admission legal experience in New York or federal administrative and environmental law, and/or experience advising a New York State court, or a New York State board or agency acting in a quasi-judicial capacity. Writing samples and references may be requested.

The position is currently a non-competitive phi designated M-4 position; however, it is possible that this position may be classified as an exempt position equated to an M-5 in the future.
Additional Comments Must have valid driver's license or demonstrate the ability to meet the transportation needs of the position. Travel may be required. Weekends and holidays may be required.
To Apply Qualified candidates should forward a resume and/or Employment Application which clearly indicates how the minimum qualifications are met and includes the Control Number. If you are applying for more than one posting, you must submit a separate resume or Employment Application for each control number. Send to:

Department of Environmental Conservation
625 Broadway
Albany, New York 12233-5060

Fax: (518) 402-9038

E-Mail: PostingResponses@dec.ny.gov

Additional Notes:

If you are on an eligible list for this title, please state that information and your score in a cover letter.

State Employees: If you wish to receive an acknowledgement that your application for this posting was received by the Bureau of Personnel and then receive information on the disposition of the position, please attach two self-addressed stamped envelopes (preferably inter-office or inter-agency) to the application. If you are applying for more than one position, you must include two envelopes for each position.

Some vacancies may be anticipated and may not result in an appointment. Application for any position listed may not result in an interview.