OPEN-COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION #61-212
DATE OF EXAMINATION: SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017
PLACE OF EXAMINATION: TO BE ANNOUNCED
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: APRIL 20, 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 Westchester County 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.
- 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 NUMERICAL DATA RELATED TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING – These questions test for the ability to understand and interpret numerical data related to community development and housing. The data will be presented in formats such as tables and charts. All the information needed to answer the questions will be provided in the data presented. You may be required to perform basic mathematical functions such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and to calculate averages and percents. You should bring with you a hand-held battery or solar-powered calculator for use on t his test. You will not be permitted to use the calculator function of your cell phone or other electronic devices.
- UNDERSTANDING, INTERPRETING AND APPLYING HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT LAWS, RULES AND REGULATIONS – These questions test for the ability to understand, interpret, and apply a variety of federal and State housing and community development laws, rules and regulations. You will be provided with a brief reading selection based on or extracted from a passage of legal text. You must read the selection and then answer one or more questions based on that selection. All the information needed to answer the questions will be provided in the reading selection.
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 and a fee of $25.00 for non residents. 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.
VETERAN’S CREDITS: Veterans or disabled veterans who are eligible for additional credits must submit an application for veteran’s credits with the application for examination or at any time between the dates of their application for examination and the date of the establishment of the resulting eligible list. Applications for Veteran’s credit are available in the Civil Service Office. DD214 (Discharge papers must also be submitted). Veteran’s credits can only be added to a passing score on the examination.
Effective January 1, 1998, the State Constitution was amended to permit a candidate currently in the armed forces to apply for and be conditionally granted veteran’s credits in examinations. Any candidate who applies for such credit must provide proof of military status to receive the conditional credit. NO CREDIT MAY BE GRANTED AFTER THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ELIGIBLE LIST. It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate documentary proof indicating that the service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of the Civil Service Law, and that the candidate received an honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a score including veteran’s credits.
In conformance with Section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an ADDITIONAL TEN (10) POINTS in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his/her parent has served. If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty IN THIS MUNICIPALITY, PLEASE INFORM THIS OFFICE OF THIS MATTER WHEN YOU SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION FOR EXAMINATION. A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two (2) months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility. However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established.
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.
APPLYING FOR CIVIL SERVICE EXAMS IN MULTIPLE JURISDICTIONS WHEN EXAMS ARE SCHEDULED ON THE SAME DATE: If you have applied for any other Civil Service Exams for employment with New York State or any other local government jurisdiction, you must make arrangements to take all the exams at one test site. If you have applied for both State and Local government exams, you must make arrangements to take all your exams at the State exam center by calling the State to make the arrangements, no later than two weeks before the test date.
SPECIAL REQUEST FOR MAKE UP EXAM DUE TO MILITARY DUTY: A make-up test will be available for written or any other portion of the test for persons who are in the activity military. A person eligible for military make-up test does not have to wait until discharge from active duty to take the test. Applicant must submit to this office a copy of a military order, DD214, or any other military document that substantiates active military service prior to the make-up test.
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.
02/22/17 THE CITY OF MOUNT VERNON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER