OPEN-COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION #61-212
DATE OF EXAMINATION: SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017
PLACE OF EXAMINATION: TO BE ANNOUNCED
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: APRIL 12, 2017 at 3:00pm –no exceptions
SALARY: $50,074.68 – $69,522.92
There is one vacancy in the Mount Vernon Department of Planning & Community Development.
RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must be a resident of the City of Mt. Vernon for not less than one year immediately preceding the date of the written examination.
REQUIREMENTS FOR TAKING THE EXAM:
Graduation from high school or possession of an equivalency diploma issued by the New York State Education Department; PLUS 1 year of experience working in a housing program, performing duties related to affordable housing.
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: This is a professional position with the responsibility for assisting with problems relating to housing issues. The incumbent counsels and interviews community residents and implements and coordinates the City’s Housing Programs. While the ability to exercise independent judgment and make independent decisions is required, direct supervision is received from the Commissioner or his/her designee. Does related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Must have a good knowledge of housing programs and housing subsidies; good knowledge of the principles, practices, procedures and legislation of housing laws; good knowledge of current issues, developments and resolutions relating to housing discrimination; good knowledge of investigative and interviewing principles, practices and techniques; ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; good knowledge of the English language; ability to establish effective working relationships; ability to plan and organize; ability to deal with persons of diverse economic, social and ethnic backgrounds; initiative; tact and courtesy; ability to effectively use computer applications; reliability; good judgment; ability to make decisions; 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:
2) PREPARING WRITTEN MATERIAL;
3) UNDERSTANDING AND INTERPRETING NUMERICAL DATA RELATED TO COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING;
4) UNDERSTANDING, INTERPRETING AND APPLYING HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS.
EXPANDED SCOPE STATEMENT:
INTERVIEWING – These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in obtaining information from individuals through structured conversations. These questions require you to apply the principles, practices, and techniques of effective interviewing to hypothetical interviewing situations. Included are questions that present a problem arising from an interviewing situation, and you must choose the most appropriate course of action to take.
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: www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm
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. 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. If a fee waiver is being requested, proof of documentation qualifying you for the waiver must accompany the application. 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 and proof of documentations qualifying you for the waiver must accompany the application. 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 along with proof of documentations qualifying you for the waiver.
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 www.cmvny.com. ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE RETURNED TO THE CIVIL SERVICE OFFICE WITH YOUR FILING FEE. Applications received via mail will not be accepted if postmarked after the closing date deadline of APRIL 12, 2017.
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.%3