Civil Service

Examination Project Coordinator Open-Competitive Exam#65-177



                OPEN-COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION #65-177


PLACE OF EXAMINATION:      AB Davis Middle SchoolMount Vernon, New York @ 8:30 A.M.

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:    APRIL 14, 2016 at 3:00pm –no exceptions

SALARY:    $27,842.00 – $62,000.00

This eligible list will be used to fill vacancies as they occur in the City of Mount Vernon Youth Bureau.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: There are no residency requirements for this examination.                                                                                


Bachelor’s Degree in Education, communications, community organization, social work, social services of a closely related field; PLUS,

  • One year of paid or volunteer experience in recruiting, organizing and working with individuals or families of diverse backgrounds; OR                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
  • One year of paid or volunteer experience in the provision of counseling, social casework or human services to individuals or families.

NOTE: For appointment from the resulting eligible list, applicants with a foreign high school diploma must submit a course by course evaluation of their educational credentials. You must pay the required evaluation fee. Evaluations will be accepted from services such as: WORLD EDUCATION SERVICES, INC., P.O. BOX 5087, NEW YORK, NY 10274 – 212-966-6311, GLOBE LANGUAGE SERVICES, INC. 319 BROADWAY #200, NEW YORK, NY 10027, 212-227-1994, OR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION RESEARCH FOUNDATION, INC. P.O. BOX 3665, CULVER CITY, CA. 90231.

DUTIES: Under the general supervision of the Executive Director of the Youth Bureau, the Project Coordinator is responsible for the overall administration and coordination of an assigned program grant. The incumbent may have responsibility for only one program or may coordinate numerous programs under an umbrella grant. This individual is responsible for developing, implementing and directing programs for the City’s targeted youth population and must be a self-motivated individual who can work independently. Supervision may be exercised over assigned subordinates or volunteers and does related work as required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Good knowledge and understanding of the City’s youth population; good knowledge of the cultural diversity of the City; good organizational skills; ability to work independently; ability to establish and maintain community relationships; ability to work with diverse population, including at risk individuals; ability to speak in public and communicate ideas to diverse audiences; good written and verbal communication skills; self motivation; time management skills; tact; integrity; ability to plan and supervise the work of others; high degree of accuracy; procedures; above average communication skills; good command of the English language; ability to present written and oral comments and opinions clearly and concisely; thoroughness; reliability; neatness of appearance and physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

SUBJECTS OF EXAMINATION: The written test will cover knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the following areas:

1) PREPARING WRITTEN MATERIAL;                                        




  • PREPARING WRITTEN MATERIAL – These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.
  • PUBLIC CONTACT PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES – These questions test for knowledge of techniques used to interact with other people, to gather and present information, and to provide assistance, advice, and effective customer service in a courteous and professional manner. Questions will cover such topics as understanding and responding to people with diverse needs, perspectives, personalities, and levels of familiarity with agency operations, as well as acting in a way that both serves the public and reflects well on your agency.                                                              
  • UNDERSTANDING AND INTERPRETING WRITTEN MATERIAL – These questions test how well you comprehend written material. You will be provided with brief reading selections and will be asked questions about the selections. All the information required to answer the questions will be presented in the selections; you will not be required to have any special knowledge relating to the subject areas of the selections.                                                  

The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However, candidates may find information in the publication “How to take a written test” helpful in preparing for this test. This publication is available on line at:


Candidates are required to attain a final average rating of 70 in order to be eligible to have their name placed on the eligible list established as a result of this examination. Life on the list will be stated at the time the list is established.

APPLICATION FEE: A $15.00 NON-REFUNDABLE FILING FEE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EXAMINATION FOR MOUNT VERNON RESIDENTS. A $25.00 NON-REFUNDABLE FILING FEE IS REQUIRED FOR THIS EXAMINATIONFOR NON- RESIDENTS.. The applicable fee is required and must accompany your application. If your application is received without the required fee, it will be considered incomplete and you will not be admitted to the examination. Only MONEY ORDERS will be accepted for the applications fee. The money order should be made payable to the City of Mount Vernon and be sure to write the examination number on the money order. CASH OR CHECKS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Because NO REFUND will be made, you are urged to compare your qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission.

FEE WAIVER INFORMATION: A waiver of the application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and are primarily responsible for the support of a household. In addition, a waiver of the application fee will be allowed if you are determined eligible for Medicaid, receiving Supplemental Security Income payment, or Public Assistance. All claims for an application fee waiver are subject to verification. If you can verify eligibility for the application fee waiver, you must complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver” form. This form is available in the Civil Service Office. You must submit the completed fee waiver form with your completed application.

Applications are available in the Mount Vernon Municipal Civil Service Commission Office Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM or send a self-addressed, legal-sized envelope to the Civil Service Commission, Room 103 – City Hall, One Roosevelt Square, Mount Vernon, NY 10550. Applicants may also obtain applications from the City of Mount Vernon’s website at All applications must be returned to the Civil Service Commission Office on or before the application deadline date,

Applications received via mail will not be accepted if postmarked after the closing date deadline of April 14, 2016.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVERS AND DISABLED PERSONS: If special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate this on your application and submit on a separate sheet of paper and attach it to your application at time of submission. You will be notified of the alternate test date which will take place in City Hall.

ALTERNATE TEST DATE POLICY: Alternate test(s) date(s) may be arranged upon review of the circumstances according to the alternate Test Date Policy adopted April 14, 2008 by the Civil Service Commission. Under specific circumstances an alternate test date may be arranged. Your request with written documentation must be received in the Mt. Vernon Civil Service office no later than two (2) weeks preceding the examination. If an emergency prevents you from appearing for the examination, please notify the Civil Service office in writing no later than the Friday before the test date and provide verifiable documentation of the reason. A determination will be made as to if an alternate test date will be scheduled.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the Civil Service Office of any change in name or address.

No attempt will be made to locate candidates who have moved.