Technical Assistance

Technical and Scientific Support for the New York Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program, Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) strategies, and Environmental Protection Fund Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (EPF LWRP)

Develops and maintains staff capacity for data delivery and analysis, and develops and enhances the Department’s capabilities to provide open access to data and information.

Develops and maintains expertise in oceanography, coastal processes, coastal geomorphology, and coastal engineering to undertake detailed analysis of spatial data and scientific methodologies, review and evaluate new science.  Designs, drafts and implements best practices for resiliency, climate change adaptation, and reconstruction using the best available science.

Performance measures.

Problem Solving

Assists the Deputy Secretary for Planning and Development with creating new programs and policies assigned to the Department through legislative or executive action, or projects initiated by the Secretary of State or Governor’s Office, such as the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) strategies and New York Rising Community Reconstruction (NYRCR) Program.

Assists the Deputy Secretary with ongoing special projects, such as writing the REDC Guidebook (pdf) and supporting the evaluation team in the review of REDC Progress Reports; and NYRCR program development, and Smartsheet online project management system;

Assists other divisions within the Department with special projects, such as the Address Confidentiality Program and Census Grant Program.

Publications and Public Education

Coordinates and maintains the office website.

Coordinates with other divisions within the Office of Planning and Development (OPD) to develop new publications or adapt existing materials into web-based articles or fact sheets;

Identifies and posts selective publications prepared under contract;

Manages training contracts with outside providers, such as partnering with the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) for development of LWRP and BOA training;

Develops online training programs in coordination with other units of the OPD, such as coastal consistency online interactive training;

Coordinates webinars or onsite training for special projects, such as REDC and NYRCR;

Collaborates with the SUNY-ESF Center for Community Design Research to develop and deliver the New York State Community Seminar Series. The series is designed for recipients of EPF LWRP and BOA Program grant awards and presents information, techniques and guidance to ensure a successful project - from conducting community visioning, to preparing plans and analyses, to project management.

Explores a closer relationship with training functions in the Division of Building Standards and Codes.

Professional Development

Promotes professional development opportunities within the OPD to build a more skilled professional and administrative workforce; and

Arranges for onsite professional development opportunities.