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Mount Vernon West DGEIS Public Hearing Jan 27, 2016 7 pm

The Mount Vernon West Rezoning Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) is available for public review.  A public hearing is scheduled on the document in City Council Chambers on Wednesday January 27, 2016 at 7:00 pm. 

A copy of the DGEIS is available at the Office of the City Clerk and available for download at the link below:

Mount Vernon West DGEIS

If you would like to submit any comments, please forward them to:

George Brown
City Clerk
1 Roosevelt Square
Mount Vernon, NY 10701

or by email at gwbrown@cmvny.com

“What’s the Word?”….ARTS ON THIRD!

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On Sunday, September 6th, between 12 noon and 7:00 pm, Mount Vernon’s Mayor Ernest Davis with the Mount Vernon Arts Council and Montefiore Hospital present its seventh annual “Arts On Third” Arts Festival in Mount Vernon New York.  Arts on Third has established itself as Westchester County’s largest and most prestigious cultural celebration.

“Arts On Third”  attracts over 75,000 attendees and this year boasts three exciting stages: The Headliner Stage, The Power Industry Stage hosted by Power 105  FM and The Cultural Stage.

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Headlining this year  is Mount Vernon’s own Al. B. Sure, Sure, a former Mount Vernon High School QB, went on to become a three time Grammy nominated R & B singer and a major producer during the “ New Jack Swing” era.  He is credited for introducing recording artists, Jodeci , Tevin Campbell  ,Faith Evans, Dave Hollister, Case, and Usher to the music world. Doug E. Fresh, The World’s Greatest Entertainer, and crowd favorite, is a producer, business man and is known as the original “Human Beat Box” who has been a performer at the festival since its inception; and Tito Puente, Jr , son of the incomparable band leader Tito Puente is back by popular demand. He is keeping the legacy alive through performances of his father’s classic hits , as well as his original mambo compositions.

Also, on the playbill are Jazz musician, Tex Allen,  Rap Pioneer Roxanne Shante, reggae artists, Red Fox, Jahteff and Little John, Cece Peniston (Finally), Pop Dollarz, GQ of “Disco Nights” fame, singer/actress, Cheryl “Pepsi” Riley and Desi Arnaz’ and Lucille Ball’s grandson, composer Joe Luckinbill.

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The Cultural Stage captures the diverse make up and talents of the Mount Vernon community. One of the highlights of the “Cultural Stage” is Phyllis Yvonne Stickney and her brother, Timothy Stickney .  Ms. Stickney,  best known and respected for her work in film, stage, television and comedy, will perform an excerpt from “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.”. Floyd Cromwell will be holding off stage auditions for “For Colored Girls as well and excerpts from the gospel musicals “Black Nativity” and Who Side Are you On? will also be performed. VH1’s “Black Ink Crew” will make a special appearance as well.
Other artists scheduled for the cultural stage are: Venezuelan violinist, Yamileth Furchi, owner and operator of the Alamo Restaurant who has played the violin since she was 12 and grew up helping develop the renowned integrated Venezuelan orchestral system,  Ballet Folklorico Nuevo Amanecer, a traditional Mexican Dance company,The Irish Step Dancers, The Korean Fan Dancers who wowed the crowd at the Festival Kick-Off at Maggie Spillane’s and Italian Opera singer Nathan Resika who has been praised for his “sonorous” voice by critics and colleagues alike.  

The free family friendly event spans over six city blocks with various activities such as the Children’s Village featuring interactive games, arts & crafts and storytelling; Artists Row where visual artists exhibit their handcrafted art and authors are on hand for book signings and readings: the Pedestrian Mall with over 100 merchandise vendors and the “Healthy Living Pavilion” for attendees to receive free screenings and obtain holistic health and wellness information.  Sports entertainment includes 2 olympic size rings; each ring has exhibitions of : boxing, martial arts ,body building and wrestling. This year’s wrestling will include FBI (The Full Bloooded IItalians) and former WWE Champion and recognized body builder “Mr. Atlas.

This year’s health focus is “Domestic Violence Awareness”. Every minute, 20 people are victims of  intimate partner abuse.   85 percent of domestic abuse victims are women and 15 percent  are men. Mount Vernon ranks high among domestic violence incidents in Westchester County.  The “Arts on Third”  health focus is to shed light on this fact, encourage the community to break the silence and aid in ending the violence. It takes all of our voices to stop domestic violence.

So where’s the place to be on September 6th?  Mount Vernon…Third Street between 1st and 5th aves.   “What’s the Word?ARTS ON THIRD”!!!!!

“Arts on Third” was founded in 1999 as the catalyst for redevelopment, sense of community pride and promoting the arts.  For more information on “Arts on Third” call (914) 699-7230 or log on to http://www.artsonthird.com.   For sponsorship opportunities, please email jwilliams@cmvny.com or sharris@cmvny.com.

Relive the Arts on Third Experience in 2014 (Video courtesy of the Yonkers Voice)

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Arts on Third Newsletter

Arts on 3rd Newsletter

On September 22, 2013, Westchester’s premier and largest arts and entertainment festival will kick off its 12th year. The festival, which began with a humble attendance of approximately 3500 people, has grown to over 40,000 festival goers. The arts on third festival began in 1999 as a precursor to Mayor Ernest D. Davis vision to transform 3rd Street into an arts district. Mayor Davis then formed a task force to research the development of an arts district. This blue ribbon task force, called the Third Street Task Force was composed of each sector of the community and became the impetus behind the Arts On Third Festival. Art was the vehicle used to revitalized the area and as a catalyst to social change. The festival brings together hundreds of volunteers and is the largest, single community effort in Westchester, New York.

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City Council Radio Show

The next City Council radio show will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. on radio station 1460-WVOX AM.

This month’s one hour live broadcast will feature Members of the Mount Vernon City Council who will discuss local happenings and other topics of interest.

 

Examination Purchasing Agent Open-Competitive Exam #60-502

 

EXAMINATION

PURCHASING AGENT 

    OPEN-COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION #60-502

DATE OF EXAMINATION:     Saturday, APRIL 23, 2016

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

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:    MARCH 23, 2016 at 3:00pm –no exceptions

SALARY:                                              $76,381.00 – $93,350.00

The eligible list established from this examination will be used to fill appropriate vacancies in the City of Mount Vernon City School District.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: Must be a resident of Westchester County for not less than one year preceding the date of the written examination.   Successful Mt. Vernon candidates MAY be given preference in appointment.

REQUIREMENTS FOR TAKING THE EXAM:

  • Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Public Administration, Economics or closely field; AND 1 year of experience in large scale purchasing of a wide variety of commodities; OR                                                                                          
  • Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college of university with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting, Business or Public Administration, Economics or closely related field AND 3 years of experience in large scale purchasing of a variety of commodities; OR
  • Graduation from high school or possession of a GED and 5 years of experience in large scale purchasing of a variety of commodities; OR
  • An equivalent combination of training and experience to equal the limits of A, B and C above.                            

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT FOR APPOINTING IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS: In accordance with the Safe School Against Violence in Education (SAVE) legislation, Chapter 180 of the Laws of 2000, and by the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, candidates for appointment in school district must obtain clearance for employment from the State Education Department prior to employment based upon a fingerprint and criminal history background check.

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: The purchasing agent performs a variety of tasks in connection with the purchase of a wide range of material, supplies, and equipment for the Mt. Vernon School District. The purchasing agent is responsible for interviewing salesmen, and for passing upon all purchases. The position also involves responsibility for analyzing bids, making recommendations to the Clerk of the Board regarding purchases. The work is reviewed in a general manner by reviewing reports. Does related work as required.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Thorough knowledge of markets, trade conditions, business methods and purchasing practices in general, including a knowledge of a wide range of commodities; thorough knowledge of modern principles and practices of governmental purchasing; good knowledge of current practices governing the preparation of purchase specifications; good knowledge of current studies and literature in the field of government purchasing; ability to get along well with others; integrity; initiative; resourcefulness; superior buying judgment; good address; 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) ARITHMETIC COMPUTATION WITH CALCULATOR;                                  

2) PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES OF PURCHASING;                    

3) PREPARING WRITTEN MATERIAL;

4) UNDERSTANDING AND INTERPRETING WRITTEN MATERIAL.    

EXPANDED SCOPE STATEMENT:

  • ARITHMETIC COMPUTATION WITH CALCULATOR – These questions test for the ability to use a calculator to do basic computations. Questions will involve addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. You may also be asked to calculate averages, to use percents, and to round an answer to the nearest whole number. You should bring with you a hand-held battery-or-solar-powered calculator for use on this test. You will not be permitted to use the calculator function on your cell phone.                                            
  • PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES FOR PURCHASING – These questions test for candidates’ knowledge of the principles guiding governmental purchasing operations and the ability to put them into practice. These questions may deal with but are not necessarily limited to such matters as the analysis of bids, the use of specifications, the award of contracts, the analysis of market factors that can affect the cost of a purchase, and the application of a set of rules to determine how the proceed with a purchase. Some arithmetic computations may be necessary. No specific knowledge of NYS purchasing laws, rules and regulations will be required to answer these questions.
  • 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.
  • 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: www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm

Calculators are PERMITTED for this examination: DEVICES WITH TYPEWRITER KEYBOARDS, SPELL CHECKERS, PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANTS, ADDRESS BOOKS, LANGUAGE TRANSISTORS, DICTIONARIES OR ANY SIMILAR DEVICES ARE PROHIBITED.

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 AND A $25.00 NON-REFUNDABLE FILING FEE IS REQUIRED FOR 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 www.cmvny.com. 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 March 23, 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.

                        THE CITY OF MOUNT VERNON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

02/09/16

Examination Administrative Assistant Promotional Exam #71-192

EXAMINATION

       ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

            PROMOTIONAL EXAMINATION #71-192

DATE OF EXAMINATION:     Saturday, APRIL 23, 2016

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

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:   MARCH 23, 2016 at 3:00pm –no exceptions

SALARY:   $53,000.00 – $70,000.00

The eligible list established from this examination will be used to fill appropriate vacancies in the City of Mount Vernon City School District.

REQUIREMENTS FOR TAKING THE EXAM:

Must be permanently employed by the Mount Vernon City School District in a competitive class position for not less than one year and meet the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of 2 years of either Business or Community College courses in which the major emphasis was Business or Office Management, PLUS 4 years of experience where the primary function was in a staff or administrative capacity, 2 of which must have been in a school or educational setting or combination thereof, and 1 of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity; OR
  • Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma issued by the New York State Department of Education, PLUS 6 years of the above mentioned experience, 3 of which must have been in a school or educational setting or combination thereof, and 1 of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT FOR APPOINTING IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS: In accordance with the Safe School Against Violence in Education (SAVE) legislation, Chapter 180 of the Laws of 2000, and by the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, candidates for appointment in school district must obtain clearance for employment from the State Education Department prior to employment based upon a fingerprint and criminal history background check.

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 Head of the Department that they are assigned to, an incumbent of this class are responsible for assisting top level administrators with delegated complex administrative functions in support of a major department with district-wide responsibilities, in a school district. Incumbent coordinates these activities with other departments, districts, special committee and outside agencies, etc. to insure optimal delivery of student, employee and public services, and to insure the most effective and efficient implementation of standards, regulatory requirements, policies and procedures. Responsibility also involves maintaining large, detailed databases using specialized applications designed to track staff and/or student information and the ability to generate required reports as needed by district administrators. Trains support staff when necessary and does related work as required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Extensive knowledge of modern business administration practices, procedures and equipment; ability to readily acquire familiarity with the laws, regulations, policies and practices, functions and personnel of the unit to which assigned; capacity to grasp diversified administrative concepts and to translate them into modern management practices, well developed organizational skills; ability to deal effectively with the public and staff, ability to analyze reports and other data; knowledge of computer fundamentals, analysis, workflow charting; good knowledge of current computer languages and operating systems; good knowledge of data processing terminology and procedures; ability to learn new computer languages; above average communication skills; resourcefulness in handling administrative problems; 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) OFFICE MANAGEMENT;                                                      

2) OFFICE RECORD KEEPING;                                        

3) PREPARING WRITTEN MATERIAL;

4) PUBLIC CONTACT PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES;                  

5) SUPERVISION;

6) UNDERSTANDING AND INTERPRETING WRITTEN MATERIAL.

EXPANDED SCOPE STATEMENT:

  • OFFICE MANAGEMENT – These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices of planning, organizing and controlling the activities of an office and directing those performing office activities so as to achieve predetermined objectives such as accomplishing office work within reasonable limits of time, effort and cost expenditure. Typical activities may include but will not be restricted to; simplifying and improving procedures, increasing office efficiency, improving the office work environment and controlling office supplies.
  • OFFICE RECORD KEEPING – These questions test your ability to perform common office record tasks. The test consists of two or more “sets” of questions, each set concerning a different problem. Typical record keeping problems might involve the organizational or collation of data from several sources; scheduling; maintaining a record system using running balances; or completion of a table summarizing data using totals, subtotals, averages and percents. You should bring with you a hand-held battery-or-solar powered calculator for use on this test. You will not be permitted to use the calculator functions of your cell phone.
  • 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.
  • SUPERVISIONThese questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in planning, organizing and controlling the activities of a work unit toward predetermined objectives. The concepts covered, usually in a situational question format, include such topics as assigning and reviewing work; evaluating performance; maintaining work standards; motivating and developing subordinates; implementing procedural change; increasing efficiency; and dealing with problems of absenteeism, morals and discipline.
  • 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: www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm.

Calculators are pERMITTED for this examination: DEVICES WITH TYPEWRITER KEYBOARDS, SPELL CHECKERS, PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANTS, ADDRESS BOOKS, LANGUAGE TRANSISTORS, DICTIONARIES OR ANY SIMILAR DEVICES ARE PROHIBITED.

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 $25.00 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. 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 www.cmvny.com. 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 March 23, 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.

    02/09/16           THE CITY OF MOUNT VERNON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER                     

Examination-Administrative Assistant open-competitive Exam #64-443

 

 

EXAMINATION

      ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

                 PEN-COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION #64-443

 

DATE OF EXAMINATION:      Saturday, APRIL 23, 2016

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

APPLICATION CLOSING DATE:   MARCH 23, 2016 at 3:00pm –no exceptions 

SALARY:      $53,000.00 – $70,000.00

The eligible list established from this examination will be used to fill appropriate vacancies in the City of Mount Vernon City School District.

A promotional test is being administered at the same time as this open-competitive one and the promotional list will be used before this open-competitive list is used.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: Must be a resident of Westchester County for not less than one year preceding the date of the written examination.

REQUIREMENTS FOR TAKING THE EXAM: 

  • Successful completion of 2 years of either Business or Community College courses in which the major emphasis was Business or Office Management, PLUS 4 years of experience where the primary function was in a staff or administrative capacity, 2 of which must have been in a school or educational setting or combination thereof, and 1 of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity; OR
  • Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma issued by the New York State Department of Education, PLUS 6 years of the above mentioned experience, 3 of which must have been in a school or educational setting or combination thereof, and 1 of which shall have been in a supervisory capacity. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT FOR APPOINTING IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS: In accordance with the Safe School Against Violence in Education (SAVE) legislation, Chapter 180 of the Laws of 2000, and by the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, candidates for appointment in school district must obtain clearance for employment from the State Education Department prior to employment based upon a fingerprint and criminal history background check.

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 Head of the Department that they are assigned to, an incumbent of this class are responsible for assisting top level administrators with delegated complex administrative functions in support of a major department with district-wide responsibilities, in a school district. Incumbent coordinates these activities with other departments, districts, special committee and outside agencies, etc. to insure optimal delivery of student, employee and public services, and to insure the most effective and efficient implementation of standards, regulatory requirements, policies and procedures. Responsibility also involves maintaining large, detailed databases using specialized applications designed to track staff and/or student information and the ability to generate required reports as needed by district administrators. Trains support staff when necessary and does related work as required.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Extensive knowledge of modern business administration practices, procedures and equipment; ability to readily acquire familiarity with the laws, regulations, policies and practices, functions and personnel of the unit to which assigned; capacity to grasp diversified administrative concepts and to translate them into modern management practices, well developed organizational skills; ability to deal effectively with the public and staff, ability to analyze reports and other data; knowledge of computer fundamentals, analysis, workflow charting; good knowledge of current computer languages and operating systems; good knowledge of data processing terminology and procedures; ability to learn new computer languages; above average communication skills; resourcefulness in handling administrative problems; 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) OFFICE MANAGEMENT;                                                      

2) OFFICE RECORD KEEPING;                                        

3) PREPARING WRITTEN MATERIAL;

4) PUBLIC CONTACT PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES;                  

5) SUPERVISION;

6) UNDERSTANDING AND INTERPRETING WRITTEN MATERIAL.

EXPANDED SCOPE STATEMENT: 

  • OFFICE MANAGEMENT – These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices of planning, organizing and controlling the activities of an office and directing those performing office activities so as to achieve predetermined objectives such as accomplishing office work within reasonable limits of time, effort and cost expenditure. Typical activities may include but will not be restricted to; simplifying and improving procedures, increasing office efficiency, improving the office work environment and controlling office supplies.
  • OFFICE RECORD KEEPING – These questions test your ability to perform common office record tasks. The test consists of two or more “sets” of questions, each set concerning a different problem. Typical record keeping problems might involve the organizational or collation of data from several sources; scheduling; maintaining a record system using running balances; or completion of a table summarizing data using totals, subtotals, averages and percents. You should bring with you a hand-held battery-or-solar powered calculator for use on this test. You will not be permitted to use the calculator functions of your cell phone. 
  • 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. 
  • SUPERVISIONThese questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in planning, organizing and controlling the activities of a work unit toward predetermined objectives. The concepts covered, usually in a situational question format, include such topics as assigning and reviewing work; evaluating performance; maintaining work standards; motivating and developing subordinates; implementing procedural change; increasing efficiency; and dealing with problems of absenteeism, morals and discipline. 
  • 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: www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm

Calculators are pERMITTED for this examination: DEVICES WITH TYPEWRITER KEYBOARDS, SPELL CHECKERS, PERSONAL DIGITAL ASSISTANTS, ADDRESS BOOKS, LANGUAGE TRANSISTORS, DICTIONARIES OR ANY SIMILAR DEVICES ARE PROHIBITED.

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 AND A $25.00 NON-REFUNDABLE FILING FEE IS REQUIRED FOR 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 www.cmvny.com. 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 January 7, 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.

      THE CITY OF MOUNT VERNON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

02/09/16

REVISED SANITATION PICKUP SCHEDULE FOR PRESIDENTS’ DAY – HOLIDAY WEEK

The following garbage pickup schedule will be in effect for the week of February 15 – 19, 2016.  

Monday February 15th

  • NO PICKUPS

Tuesday February 16th

  • SOUTHSIDE – Garbage Pickup

Wednesday February 17th

  • NORTHSIDE – Garbage Pickup
  • SOUTHSIDE – Recyclables (Bottles, Cans, Plastic) 

Thursday February 18th

  • NORTHSIDE – Recyclables (Bottles, Cans, Plastic)
  • SOUTHSIDE – Garbage and Rubbish Pickup

Friday, February 19th

  • NORTHSIDE – Garbage and Rubbish Pickup

 

Alternate side of the street parking is suspended on both sides of the street on Monday, February 15, 2016 for President’s Day.

If you require additional information, contact the Department of Public Works at (914) 665 – 2463

 

2016 North Side Sanitation Pick-Up Schedule 2016 South Side Sanitation Pick-Up Schedule

ZONING BOARD – FEBRUARY 16, 2016 – AGENDA

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City Council Committee Meeting to Begin at 6:30 p.m.

The City Council Committee Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Committee Room- second floor- to receive comments from the public, civil service, and Mayor Thomas.

 

PLANNING BOARD – FEBRUARY 3, 2016

February 3, 2016

REVISED GARBAGE PICKUP SCHEDULE FOR LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY – HOLIDAY WEEK

The following garbage pickup schedule will be in effect for the week of February 8 – 12, 2016.  

Monday February 8th

  • SOUTHSIDE – Garbage Pickup

Tuesday February 9th

  • NORTHSIDE – Garbage Pickup

Wednesday February 10th

  • NORTHSIDE – Recyclable Pickup of Newspaper and Cardboard
  • SOUTHSIDE – Garbage and Rubbish Pickup

Thursday February 11th

  • SOUTHSIDE – Recyclable Pickup of Newspaper and Cardboard
  • NORTHSIDE – Garbage and Rubbish Pickup

Friday, February 12th

  • NO PICKUPS

Alternate side of the street parking is suspended on both sides of the street on Friday, February 12, 2016 for Lincoln’s Birthday.

If you require additional information, contact the Department of Public Works at (914) 665 – 2463

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS – FEBRUARY 16, 2016

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