Part 679 - SPECIFICATIONS FOR LOCAL SOCIAL SERVICES COMMISSIONER AND DEPUTY SOCIAL SERVICES COMMISSIONER

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Constitution, art. XVII, Section 2; Social Services Law, SectionSection 17, 20, 34, 65, 116

Section 679.1 - Definitions.

Section 679.1 Definitions. When used in the following sections relating to minimum qualifications, local social services commissioner includes any title by which the chief executive officer of the social services department of a social services district is referred to, who is charged with the responsibility of administering public assistance and care as defined in the Social Services law.

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Section 679.2 - Groups of social services districts.

679.2 Groups of social services districts. (a) For the purpose of prescribing minimum qualifications for appointment of local social services commissioners, differentiated on the basis of their relative responsibilities, the social services districts of the State are hereby divided into four groups as follows:

(1) Group I. Social services districts having a caseload of less than 1,000 cases;

(2) Group II. Social services districts having a caseload of 1,000 but less than 5,000 cases;

(3) Group III. Social services districts having a caseload of 5,000 but less than 50,000 cases; and

(4) Group IV. Social services districts having a caseload of 50,000 cases and over.

(b) The caseload of each social services district on June 30th of each year, as determined by the commissioner, shall determine the group in which a social services district shall be, for the purpose of determining the minimum qualifications required by this Part for candidates to fill a vacancy occurring within one year after that date.

 

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Section 679.3 - Commissioners of districts in Group I: minimum qualifications

679.3 Commissioners of districts in Group I: minimum qualifications required for appointment. Candidates shall have the following minimum training and experience:

(a) Training. Graduation from a recognized college or university with a bachelor's degree for a four-year course of study, and

(b) Experience. (1) Four years of satisfactory full-time paid experience in a health, education, or social agency, two years of which must have been in a satisfactory administrative or supervisory capacity, or

(2) Four years of responsible full-time paid experience in an administrative or management position, where there is a responsibility for planning, directing, and coordinating the work of a substantial staff working in several units or performing several separate functions.

(c) Experience as local social services commissioner. Each year of experience as a chief executive officer of a social services district, within six years immediately preceding the date on which he is appointed, shall be the equivalent of two years of the above prescribed experience.

(d) Post-graduate training. Post-graduate training, at a recognized college or university, in social work, public administration, hospital administration, educational administration or business administration, shall be the equivalent, on a year for year basis up to two years, of the above prescribed experience. However, no such post-graduate training shall be the equivalent of the administrative or supervisory experience prescribed in paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of this section.

 

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Section 679.4 - Commissioners of districts in Group II: minimum qualifications

679.4 Commissioners of districts in Group II: minimum qualifications required for appointment. Candidates shall have the following minimum training and experience:

(a) Training. Graduation from a recognized college or university with a bachelor's degree for a four-year course of study and

(b) Experience. (1) Five years of satisfactory full-time paid experience in a health, education, or social agency, three years of which must have been in a satisfactory administrative or supervisory capacity or

(2) Five years of responsible full-time paid experience in an administrative or management position, where there is responsibility for planning, directing, and coordinating the work of a substantial staff working in several units or performing several separate functions.

(c) Experience as local social services commissioner. Each year of experience as a chief executive officer of a social services district, within six years immediately preceding the date on which he is appointed, shall be the equivalent of two years of the above prescribed experience.

(d) Post-graduate training. Post-graduate training, at a recognized college or university, in social work, public administration, hospital administration, educational administration or business administration, shall be the equivalent, on a year for year basis up to two years, of the above prescribed experience. However, no such post-graduate training shall be the equivalent of the administrative or supervisory experience prescribed in paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of this section.

 

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Section 679.5 - Commissioners of districts in Group III: minimum qualifications

679.5 Commissioners of districts in Group III: minimum qualifications required for appointment. Candidates shall have the following minimum training and experience:

(a) Training. Graduation from a recognized college or university with a bachelor's degree for a four-year course of study, and

(b) Experience. (1) Six years of satisfactory full-time paid experience in a health, education, or social agency, four years of which must have been in a satisfactory administrative or supervisory capacity, or

(2) Six years of responsible full-time paid experience in an administrative or management position, where there is responsibility for planning, directing, and coordinating the work of a substantial staff working in several units or performing several separate functions.

(c) Experience as local social services commissioner. Each year of experience as a chief executive officer of a social services district, within six years immediately preceding the date on which he is appointed, shall be the equivalent of two years of the above prescribed experience.

(d) Post-graduate training. Post-graduate at a recognized college or university, in social work, public administration, hospital administration, educational administration or business administration, shall be the equivalent, on a year for year basis up two years, of the above prescribed experience. However, no such post-graduate training shall be the equivalent of the administrative or supervisory experience prescribed in paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of this section.

 

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Section 679.6 - Commissioners of districts in Group IV: minimum qualifications

679.6 Commissioners of districts in Group IV: minimum qualifications required for appointment. Candidates shall have the following minimum training and experience:

(a) Training. Graduation from a recognized college or university with a bachelor's degree for a four-year course of study, and

(b) Experience. (1) Seven years of satisfactory full-time paid experience in a health, education, or social agency, five years of which must have been in a satisfactory administrative or supervisory capacity, or

(2) Seven years of responsible full-time paid experience in an administrative or management position, where there is responsibility for planning, directing, and of coordinating the work of a substantial staff working in several units or performing several separate functions.

(c) Experience as local social services commissioner. Each year of experience as a chief executive officer of a social services district, within six years immediately preceding the date on which he is appointed, shall be the equivalent of two years of the above prescribed experience.

(d) Post-graduate training. Post-graduate training, at a recognized college or university, in social work, public administration, hospital administration, educational administration or business administration, shall be the equivalent, on a year for year basis up to two years, of the above prescribed experience. However, no such post-graduate training shall be the equivalent of the administrative or supervisory experience prescribed in paragraph (1) of subdivision (b) of this section.

 

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Section 679.7 - Appointment of qualified persons.

679.7 Appointment of qualified persons. No person shall be appointed or serve as a local social services commissioner or deputy commissioner who does not meet the minimum qualifications required for the position by the regulations of the department, except

(a) for the person who qualifies for commissioner pursuant to section 26 of chapter 1071 of the Laws of 1965 by reason of having served in the position on December 31, 1965 and

(b) for the person nominated to serve as acting commissioner pursuant to section 65 of the Social Services Law which authorizes the appointment of any employee of a social services district as acting commissioner for a period not exceeding one year, in the absence of qualified candidates and subject to the approval of the State Commissioner of Social Services.

 

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Section 679.8 - Submission of qualifications.

679.8 Submission of qualifications. (a) Prior to the appointment of any person as a local social services commissioner, or as an acting social services commissioner pursuant to section 65 of the Social Services Law, by the appropriate county or city body or officer, such body or officer shall submit a statement of his qualifications on form DSS-800, "Personal History Summary," and a statement summarizing the conditions which necessitate the request and the efforts which have been made to find a person to fill the position of commissioner to the State Commissioner of Social Services for approval.

(b) Prior to the appointment of any person as a local social services deputy commissioner, the local commissioner shall submit a statement of his qualifications to the State Commissioner of Social Services for approval.

 

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Section 679.9 - Notice of qualification.

679.9 Notice of qualification. Within 10 days after the receipt of such statement or any additional statement, the State commissioner shall notify the body or officer or local commissioner in writing whether the prospective appointee does or does not meet the minimum qualifications. If a prospective appointee does not meet the qualifications, the written notification shall specify the particular qualification or qualifications not met. In the case of a proposed acting commissioner, the notification shall indicate approval or disapproval pursuant to section 65 of the Social Services Law.

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Section 679.10 - Deputy social services commissioner.

679.10 Deputy social services commissioner. (a) General statement of duties. Under the direction of the commissioner is responsible for the overall operation of a local social services program in one of the social services districts in the State; or directs specific local departmental functions as assigned; does related work as required.

(b) Distinguishing features of the class. This is primarily an administrative position involving responsibility for the day-to-day operation of a local social services department within the framework of the Social Services Law and department regulations, and administrative policies established by the commissioner. A deputy commissioner must effectively coordinate those local departmental functions for which he has assigned responsibility. In the absence of the commissioner a deputy may have complete charge of local department operations and direction of personnel.

(c) Examples of work (illustrative only). (1) Assists commissioner in preparation of annual budget, maintenance of fiscal controls, and submission of financial reports to local legislative body and the State Department of Social Services;

(2) Assists commissioner in recruitment and selection of personnel;

(3) Coordinates activities of the local department to meet its goals and objectives;

(4) Reviews and approves all purchase orders for the county home;

(5) Reviews and approves all travel expenses;

(6) Assists commissioner in program development and in formulation of local department policy;

(7) Oversees the administration of comprehensive staff development program for all employees in the local department;

(8) Assists the commissioner in the public relation aspects of the program and in interpreting the work of the local department to the community.

(d) Minimum qualifications. (1) For deputy commissioner in Group III districts:

(i) Training. Graduation from a recognized college or university with a bachelor's degree and four-year course of study and

(ii) Experience. (a) Five years of satisfactory full-time paid experience in health, education or social agency, three years of which must have been in a satisfactory administrative or supervisory capacity or

(b) Five years of responsible full-time paid experience in an administrative or management position, where there is responsibility for planning, directing and coordinating the work of a substantial staff working in several units or performing several separate functions.

(iii) Experience as local social services commissioner. Each year of experience as a chief executive officer of a social services district, within six years immediately preceding the date on which he is appointed, shall be the equivalent of two years of the above prescribed experience.

(iv) Post-graduate training. Post-graduate training, at a recognized college or university in social work, public administration, hospital administration, educational administration or business administration, shall be the equivalent, on a year for year basis up to two years, of the above prescribed experience. However, no such post-graduate training shall be the equivalent of the administrative or supervisory experience prescribed in clause (a) of subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (1) of this subdivision.

(2) For deputy commissioners in Group IV districts:

(i) Training. Graduation from a recognized college or university with a bachelor's degree for four-year course of study and

(ii) Experience. (a) Six years of satisfactory full-time paid experience in a health, education and social agency, four years of which must have been in a satisfactory administrative or supervisory capacity or

(b) Six years of responsible full-time paid experience in an administrative or management position where there is responsibility for planning, directing, and coordinating the work of a substantial staff working in several units or performing several separate functions.

(iii) Experience as local social services commissioner. Each year of experience as a chief executive officer of a social services district, within six years immediately preceding the date on which he is appointed, shall be the equivalent of two years of the above prescribed experience.

(iv) Post-graduate training. Post-graduate training, at a recognized college or university, in social work, public administration, hospital administration, educational administration or business administration, shall be the equivalent on a year-for-year basis up to two years, of the above prescribed experience. However, no such post-graduate training shall be the equivalent of the administrative or supervisory experience prescribed in clause (a) of subparagraph (ii) of paragraph (2) of this subdivision.

 

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