Local Government Specialist 2, Grade 23

The Department of State’s Division of Local Government Services is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Local Government Specialist 2.

SALARY:              $84,156


LOCATION:         99 Washington Avenue

Albany, New York

VACANCY ID:     158765

DUTIES, Local Government Specialist 2:

The core responsibility of Local Government Specialists in the Department of State’s Division of Local Government Services is to function as a direct resource for local government officials, through training and technical assistance in land use planning and regulation, local government finance and administration processes, and community development planning and implementation.

The Local Government Specialist 2 in the Department of State’s Division of Local Government Services is a senior position with similar duties as the Local Government Specialist 1 but with additional responsibility. Ideal candidates are comfortable with public speaking, passionate about sound land use planning principles, and knowledgeable of the legal mechanisms to implement them.

Local Government Training Program: The Local Government Specialist 2 prepares and conducts training in land use planning, regulation, procedure, and general local governance for county, municipal, regional, and statewide organizations across New York state and mentors and supervises junior staff in the core work of training and providing technical assistance to local officials.

Technical Assistance: The LGS 2 responds to requests for technical assistance from municipal officials and staff and supports the work of the other training staff in their responses.

Publications/Presentations: The LGS 2 oversees and participates in the drafting and revision of support materials and publications for training local officials and staff on statutes and best practices, law and regulatory administration pertaining to land use planning and general local governance.

Intra and Inter-Agency Cooperation: The LGS 2 maintains and oversees effective working relationships and communication channels for the staff of the Training program and other Division of Local Government programs with other divisions within the Department; among state, regional and local officials; and with municipal membership associations and professional organizations involved in economic development and land use planning and regulation.

Grant Review and Administration: The LGS 2 assists review of grant applications, along with other Training staff, as needed.


A master’s degree or juris doctorate and two years of experience drafting and analyzing policy and implementing programs pertaining to local governments, such as comprehensive planning, land use regulation, service delivery, economic development, or finance at a state or local level.

A bachelor’s degree and three years of the above relevant experience.


Please submit a cover letter along with a clear and concise resume detailing how you meet the minimum qualifications for this position by May 29, 2024 to:

NYS Department of State

Bureau of Human Resources Management

One Commerce Plaza

99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1150

Albany, NY 12231-0001

Fax (518) 402-3656
Email: HRM.recruitment@dos.ny.gov
Please include Title, Location and Vacancy ID # you are applying for in the subject line of your email.

In compliance with Public Law 99-603, candidates selected for appointment must provide original copy of documentation proving citizenship and/or legal right to work within 3 days of effective date of employment.

The Department of State is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. We celebrate diversity and do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, age, veteran status, disability status, arrest record or criminal conviction history, or any other category protected by law.

We are happy to provide reasonable and religious accommodations during the hiring process for those in need. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please send a request to HRM.Recruitment@dos.ny.gov.

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