New York State Police

Civilian Employment

Position Information

Application Due By: October 3, 2017
Title:Program Research Specialist 3
Location:Division Headquarters - Traffic Services
Albany, NY 12226
Albany County
Employment Type:Full Time
Union Representation:PS&T
Duties & Responsibilities:The Program Research Specialist 3 in the New York State Police Traffic Services Section at State Police Headquarters in Albany, New York assists State Police Commanders in the planning, development, oversight and reporting of all statewide highway safety programs. The highway safety programs of the New York State Police include those involving impaired driving, speeding, aggressive driving, safety restraints, collision reconstruction and commercial vehicle enforcement, which are critical to the agency's ability to fulfill its mission.

The Program Research Specialist 3 works under the direction of the Lieutenant-Traffic Services, who oversees grant funded programs, but is expected to work with a high level of independence. The Program Research Specialist 3 must synthesize statistical, administrative and fiscal oversight functions to provide an accurate analysis of the state of the Division's comprehensive highway safety function.


Statistical Analysis and Applied Research
Maintain program files and independently analyze data concerning traffic arrests and other Enforcement activities, and issue reports to program coordinators and Troop Traffic Supervisors, for use in directing statewide highway safety programs. Analyze traffic enforcement statistics for each troop and prepare concise reports for the Director of Traffic Services and State Police Field Command.

Evaluate Program Efficiency and Effectiveness
Provide technical oversight of the 10 regional Troop Traffic Supervisors to ensure timely and accurate highway safety program reporting during special enforcement periods and grant-funded programs. Resolve problems concerning adherence to program guidelines for use of overtime, and when appropriate, suggest ways to improve program efficiency and effectiveness. Compile program data from each troop and prepare reports concerning statewide program activity for program managers, section heads, and agency administrators, to guide agency-wide highway safety programs, and for use in justifying grant budget proposals in successive years.

Monitor Grant Program Expenditures
Record all expenditures for federal highway safety grant programs and continually compare grant expenditures with the approved budgets, and issue reports to facilitate optimal use of available resources. Make recommendations to program managers, the grants administrator, and the Division of Traffic Services for budget modifications to avert budget shortfalls, and to make optimal use of the grant appropriations to achieve program goals. Maintain fiscal records concerning all grant expenditures to expedite audit and control functions of the Office of the State Comptroller or the grantor agencies.

Fiscal Accounting and Control
Supervise the financial operations of all traffic grants and act as the grant liaison with the Fiscal Management Section to ensure that purchase orders and vouchers are charged to the proper accounts. Review and check the accuracy of monthly financial statements from the Fiscal Management Section before they are submitted to the grantor agencies.

Develop Data Collection Methods & Direct Reporting
Design reporting forms and procedures necessary for program data collection and program expense monitoring. Direct program reporting by the Troop Traffic Supervisors through written orders, telephonically and at supervisory conferences, and resolve reporting problems throughout the program period. This function is especially important during special enforcement programs such as Buckle Up New York, which involve activity by more than 400 police agencies statewide.

Program Planning and Development
Provide technical assistance to the Director of Traffic Services and the Traffic Services Section staff concerning procedures and protocols necessary to meet specific agency and program goals. Assist the grants administrator with preparation of grant proposals by comparing past and current expenditure patterns with anticipated program changes and objectives, and forecasting workload and cost expenditures.

Collect and Maintain Statistical Records
Maintain files concerning national highway safety trends, and prepare periodic comparison studies of New York State safety statistics to the national averages based upon independent analyses of those trends. Maintain a database of all Division Pursuits and prepare quarterly reports for review by command staff.
Minimum and/or Preferred Qualifications:Master's Degree in finance, accounting, business administration or public administration;


Bachelor's Degree with 9 semester (undergraduate or graduate) credit hours in statistics, economics, econometrics, or research methods, data analysis or data modeling and at least three (3) years relevant experience in the above fields and/or professional development in planning, financial operations, program development, grants administration or administrative analysis.

Preference will be given to candidates who display the following:


High level of analytical ability, and judgment.
Experienced user of database and spreadsheet software.
Familiarity with planning and financial forecasting tools.
Ability to design data collection methods for program monitoring.
Ability to collect, organize and analyze data for preparation of reports.
Knowledgeable of the agency's programs, goals and objectives.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with others.
Ability to supervise personnel to execute plans and achieve program goals.


High level of organization.
Problem solving skills.
Ability to work independently.
Effective oral and written communication skills.
Ability to keep reporting schedules and meet deadlines.
Ability to establish priorities and apply essential guidelines, procedures and policies.
Effective interpersonal skills.
Computer skills, especially spreadsheet and database applications.

Additional Comments:Salary: $71,847.00.

Resumes will be evaluated to determine whether candidates will proceed to the interview phase of the process.

This position does not require that the candidate have taken and passed a NYS Civil Service examination, or currently hold a qualifying position within the NYS Civil Service System.

Please be advised that authorization to fill this position is pending Division of Budget approval.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Contact Information

Contact Name:MaryEllen Tedesco, Director of Personnel
Contact Address:New York State Police
Building 22
1220 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12226
Contact Phone:518/457-3840
Contact Fax:518/485-2293
Additional Instructions:Kindly submit via U.S. Mail or FAX a letter of intent, transcripts and a complete resume.

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