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Job Title: Director, Center for Medical and Controlled Substance Oversight (Public Health P
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Organization: New York State Dept. of Health
Posted: 4/8/2024
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Albany,  NY    USA
Compensation: 230,614
Position Description: The New York State Department of Health is seeking a Director for the Center for Medical and Controlled Substance Oversight (CMCSO) within the Office of Primary Care and Health Systems Management (OPCHSM). The position will have responsibility for oversight and administration of the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE) and Office of Professional Medical Conduct (OPMC). BNE is responsible for protecting the public health by combating the illegal use and trafficking of prescription-controlled substances. BNE issues secure Official New York State Prescriptions annually to over 95,000 prescribing practitioners across the State. BNE monitors and regulates controlled substance prescribing and dispensing through it’s Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) Registry. The PMP Registry provides practitioners with direct, secure access to view dispensed controlled substance prescription histories for their patients. This information allows practitioners to better evaluate their patients' treatment with controlled substances and determine whether there may be abuse or non-medical use. BNE also curtails the diversion of controlled substances through its issuance of licenses to manufacturers, distributors, hospitals, nursing homes, and researchers. BNE Narcotic Investigators investigate suspected drug diversion or illegal sales involving theft, forgery, and fraudulent visits to practitioners' offices, and work closely with local, state and federal law enforcement. BNE also prevents prescription drug abuse through educational materials and presentations for parents, educators, and healthcare professionals.

OPMC administers the State’s physician discipline program. OPMC’s mission is patient safety, to protect the public from medical negligence, incompetence and other kinds of professional misconduct. OPMC, investigates complaints made against physicians, physician assistants and specialist assistants, and, with the assistance of the Division of Legal Affairs’ Bureau of Professional Medical Conduct, prosecutes those charged with misconduct. OPMC also monitors licensees who have been impaired or who have been placed on probation by the Board.

Reporting to the Deputy Director for the Office of Primary Care and Health Systems Management, this position will:

Provide clinical oversight and management, direction, and supervision of the State’s regulation of physicians, physician assistants and controlled substances; provide direct supervision of the Directors of the Bureau of Controlled Substances and Office of Professional Medical Conduct; serve as DOH clinical lead on issues involving practitioner and controlled substance quality, safety, oversight, and enforcement; develop and implement clinical policy, legislative and regulatory recommendations; lead collaboration and coordination with medical, pharmacy and health care communities; plan, develop and promote clinical policy and regulatory initiatives to lower risk of opioid use disorder (OUD) as well physician and physician assistant misconduct; oversee and lead interagency data-use collaboration on controlled substances to inform policies and regulations related to medical and controlled substances; and the Director for the Center, with the Director of OPMC, will receive recommendations from the OPMC Investigative Committee for misconduct cases that warrant a hearing, additional investigation, a dismissal of the matter, or non-disciplinary warnings or consultations.

Qualifications: Non-Competitive: possession of a license to practice medicine in New York State, board- eligible or board certification in a medical specialty, and one year of experience in a clinical, hospital, or patient care setting

Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated experience with managerial and regulatory oversight of a healthcare related program and developing policy options to support and regulate prescription-controlled substances, pharmacy practice and physician disciplinary programs. Ability to make excellent judgments, and exercise critical, analytical, and problem-solving skills under pressure and in time sensitive situations. Ability to compile, evaluate and interpret information and data from a variety of information sources. Ability to independently act on priority projects and issues. Ability to prioritize and complete work assignments in a timely manner. Excellent organizational skills to manage a varied and high-volume workload. Excellent written and oral communication skills with an attention to detail are required. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to interact with colleagues and senior leadership inside and outside the agency and promote a solution-oriented culture.

To succeed in this role, the candidate will be a leader, a strong communicator and effective change manager. Be proactive, solution oriented and facilitate a collaborative environment. Be able to identify issues and risks across various units and operations. Possess excellent time management and organization skills and be able to oversee a wide range of priorities and competing tasks. Be creative, inspirational, innovative and a motivator.

Organization Description: We offer a work-life balance and a generous benefits package, worth 65% of salary, including:

• Holiday & Paid Time Off • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) • Pension from New York State Employees’ Retirement System • Shift & Geographic pay differentials • Affordable Health Care options • Family dental and vision benefits at no additional cost • NYS Deferred Compensation plan • Access to NY 529 and NY ABLE College Savings Programs, and U.S. Savings Bonds • And many more...

For new State employees appointed to graded positions, the annual salary is the hiring rate (beginning of the Salary Range) of the position. Promotion salaries are calculated by the NYS Office of the State Comptroller in accordance with NYS Civil Service Law, OSC Payroll rules and regulations and negotiated union contracts.

The NYS Department of Health is committed to making New York a safer, healthier, and more equitable place to live. Understanding health equity, social determinants of health and health disparities is critical to accomplish our goal of eliminating health disparities. For more information on the NYS Department of Health’s Mission, Vision, Values and Strategic Plan, please visit:

Closing Date: 7/8/2024
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Benjamin Lasky ,  Director, Center for Medical and Controlled Substance Oversight (Public Health P
Contact Location: Corning Tower Empire State Plaza

Albany   NY  12237
United States
Contact Location: Corning Tower Empire State Plaza
  Albany   NY  12237
  United States
Contact Phone: 15184861812 
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How to Apply: Please submit your resume and cover letter, preferably in PDF format, by email to, with Reference BL/PHP2/51127 included in the subject line or by mail to Human Resources Management Group, BL/PHP2/51127, Rm 2217, Corning Tower Building, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237-0012, or by fax to (518) 473-3395. Failure to include the required information may result in your resume not being considered for this position.

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