SUPERINTENDENT OF BUILDINGS & GROUNDS
OPEN-COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION #65-204
DATE OF EXAMINATION: Saturday, JUNE 04, 2016
PLACE OF EXAMINATION: AB Davis Middle School – Mount Vernon, New York @ 8:30 A.M.
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE: MAY 10TH, 2016 at 3:00pm –no exceptions
VACANCY: At present, there is one vacancy in the City of Mount Vernon City School District.
RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: Must be a resident of the City of Mount Vernon for not less than one year preceding the date of the written examination.
REQUIREMENTS FOR TAKING THE EXAM:
- Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered 4 year college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Facilities Management, Engineering or a related field; PLUS 5 years of paid experience in a supervisory capacity over custodial and maintenance personnel; OR
- Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered 2 year college with an Associate’s Degree in Engineering or a related field; PLUS 7 years of paid experience in a supervisory capacity over custodial and maintenance personnel.
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 or college 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 Director of Facilities, this position directs and supervises assigned staff in the maintenance and operation of the school system. Has charge of the maintenance and custodial staff and has considerable independent responsibility for accurate and efficient management of heating, ventilation, electrical, carpentry and other construction work done by school personnel and outside contractors. It also involves responsibility for developing, scheduling and managing preventive maintenance programs designed to retain the buildings, grounds and equipment in safe operating condition. Supervision is exercised over custodian and maintenance personnel. Des related work as required.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Thorough knowledge of large-scale building construction on alteration and new work; comprehensive knowledge of building maintenance and operation activities in a multiple-struction system; knowledge of the principles and practices of coordinating maintenance and custodial staff; comprehensive knowledge of building maintenance trades and operations; knowledge of the maintenance of various types of building service equipment and facilities; ability to write specifications and draft plans for bid purposes; ability to understand, inspect and remedy defects in the maintenance and operation of buildings and equipment; ability to plan, organize, coordinate and train and supervise staff having diverse skills in heating, plumbing, electrical, air conditioning, carpentry, painting and other trades personnel, ability to prioritize work projects taking available manpower and resources into consideration; ability to delegate responsibility and exercise administrative control; ability to effectively use computer applications; ability to maintain efficiency and harmony in work relationships among staff; ability to get along well with others; ability to communicate, understand and exercise oral and written directions; mechanical aptitude; initiative; dependability; honesty 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) ADMINISTRATIVE SUPERVISION;
2) REVIEW AND INTERPRETATION OF PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS, AND THE PREPARATION OF ESTIMATES;
3) OPERATION, CONSTRUCTION, ALTERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF PHYSICAL
PLANTS, INCLUDING MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT;
4) MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT AND ENERGY CONSERVATION;
5) PREPARING WRITTEN MATERIAL.
EXPANDED SCOPE STATEMENT:
- ADMINISTRATIVE SUPERVISION – These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in directing the activities of a large subordinate staff, including subordinate supervisors. Questions relate to the personal interactions between an upper level supervisor and his/her subordinate supervisors in the accomplishment of objectives. These questions cover such areas as assigning work to and coordinating the activities of several units, establishing and guiding staff development programs, evaluating the performance of subordinate supervisors, and maintaining relationships with other organizational sections.
- REVIEW AND INTERPRETATION OF PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS, AND THE PREPARATION OF ESTIMATES – These questions test for the ability to read and understand typical buildings plans, layouts and technical specification; and for the ability to calculate accurate estimates of material and labor costs.
- OPERATION, CONSTRUCTION, ALTERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF PHYSICAL PLANTS, INCLUDING MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT – These questions test for knowledge of the methods and materials used in the construction, alteration, maintenance and repair of physical plant facilities including such areas as building foundation and framing, building hardware, insulation, and roofing; and building plumbing, electrical, sanitary and heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems.
- MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT AND ENERGY CONSERVATION – These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in managing a building maintenance and energy conservation program including such areas as determining the need for and scheduling building repairs; proper building maintenance techniques; and effective energy conservation practices for buildings, including optimal heating plant and cooling system operation.
- 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.
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. 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 May 10, 2016. Mail applications to City Hall, Civil Service Office, 1 Roosevelt Square, Mt. Vernon, NY 10550 Room 103.
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