Secretary I #2024-161

Vacancy Number:



Secretary I


Special Education – 900 Watervliet-Shaker Road

Basic Function:

The work involves responsibility for independently performing complex clerical operations and administrative support tasks for a unit in a Division. Incumbents spend a substantial amount of time operating a personal computer and the rest of the time on routine administrative tasks to ensure the efficient workflow of the office. The work also involves responsibility for the entry and retrieval of information using software on a computer and using a computer to produce printed material such as letters, memoranda and forms. Incumbents work under general supervision receiving detailed instructions only where policies have not been determined. This class differs from that of Secretary II by the increased time spent on operating software and the more limited scope of duties and decision-making responsibilities. Does related work as required.


A. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with an Associate’s degree in secretarial science or a closely related field and one (1) year of clerical experience which involved the operation of a computer for word-processing, database or spreadsheet applications; OR,
B. Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and three (3) years of experience as defined in (a).

Twelve (12) months’ permanent competitive status as a Senior Typist or Senior Keyboard Specialist.

Vacancies are filled by certified list provided by Albany County Civil Service. Should no certified list be available, candidates appointed to this position will be serving in a provisional appointment in accordance with New York State Civil Service Law. The candidate must successfully complete a competitive examination and be eligible for appointment in accordance with Civil Service Law and the Civil Service Rules for Albany County to obtain a permanent appointment.


1. Prepares correspondence, documents, records and other written material in final or draft form using computer software from handwritten, rough drafts, marked copy, oral recordings or data from various equipment as the source material.
2. Transcribes correspondence from dictation equipment.
3. Composes and prepares correspondence on matters where policies and procedures are well defined.
4. Maintains and updates database/spreadsheet records on a personal computer.
5. Screens callers or visitors to determine the nature of the inquiry and refers to appropriate party or office and answers inquiries as appropriate.
6. Schedules conferences, meetings and makes travel arrangements.
7. Establishes and maintains confidential and general office files.
8. Explains established program policies and procedures to the general public/clients and obtains routine information for program purposes.
9. Receives, sorts and distributes incoming mail.
10. Checks, codes and processes requisitions, claims and bills.
11. Prepares and maintains financial, statistical and personnel records.
12. Monitors and tracks status of program activities.
13. Orders supplies and materials.
14. Collects and gathers information to be used as a basis for reports and memoranda and prepares summaries.
15. Transmits instructions from supervisor to staff and follows up to ensure deadlines are met.
16. Answers telephone and gives out information.
17. Good knowledge of modern office terminology, procedures, equipment and business English.
18. Good knowledge of the organization, functions, laws, policies and regulations, and terminology of the agency to which assigned.
19. Ability to handle routine administrative details independently.
20. Ability to operate a personal computer and utilize common office software programs including word processing, spreadsheet and databases at an acceptable rate of accuracy and speed.
21. Ability to prepare and maintain program records and routine reports.
22. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
23. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
24. Ability to organize and maintain office files.
25. Ability to collect information from various sources for program operations.
26. Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

Start Date:

As soon as possible

Application Deadline:

December 15, 2023 (or until position is filled)

Starting Salary:

$32,117 – $40,000 prorated to amount of service rendered.

The selected applicant will be subject to a fingerprint supported criminal history background check in accordance with SAVE Legislation effective July 1, 2001.

Apply To:

Further Information Contact:

Capital Region BOCES, 900 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Albany NY 12205
or email


November 16, 2023