Test Title: CORRECTION OFFICER #67-822 - OC
Salary: SEE BELOW
Exam Date: 4/13/2013
Last File Date: 3/1/2013
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Salary: $12.50/hr pt-new
$13.50/hr pt-six month rate
$15.00/hr pt-I year rate
The Montgomery County Personnel Department announces an open competitive examination for Correction Officer. At present there are part-time vacancies. The eligible list resulting from this examination will be used to fill these vacancies, and others, both fulltime and part-time, as they may occur within four years of the establishment of the eligible list unless the Montgomery County Personnel Officer deems another examination necessary.
All candidates who meet the Minimum Qualifications and wish to participate in this examination are encouraged to file an application.
DUTIES: A Correction Officer is responsible, on an assigned shift, for the enforcement of rules and regulations of government, custody, security, conduct, discipline, safety and general well being of inmates in a county correctional facility; does related work as required.
AGE REQUIREMENT: The age requirement at the time of examination is twenty (20) years of age. Proof of age is required with application submittal. Preferably a valid NYS Driverís License.
RESIDENCE: Candidates must have been legal residents of Montgomery County or a contiguous county for at least one month immediately preceding the date of the written test.
Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma.
Candidates must possess a valid New York State Driver's License, a copy will be required. United States citizenship is required.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: Applicants may be required to undergo a State and national criminal history background investigation, which will include a fingerprint check, to determine suitability for appointment. Failure to meet the standards for the background investigation may result in disqualification.
CONVICTION OF A FELONY WILL BAR, AND CONVICTION OF A MISDEMEANOR OR OTHER OFFENSE MAY BAR PARTICIPATION IN EXAMINATION AND APPOINTMENT.
CROSSFILING INFORMATION: If you have applied for both State and local government examinations, you must notify the local civil service agency of your intent to take both a State and a local government examination. When taking both a State and a local government examination you will be required to take all your examinations at a State examination center. You will be advised by letter when and where to report for your examinations.
NOTE: Information regarding candidates who have cross-filed with either a state or local agency exams on the same test date must be reported to the NYS Department of Civil Service no later than 2 weeks
prior to the test date. Requests received after this date may not be granted. Candidates will have to file a cross-filer form with this agency
SUBJECT OF EXAMINATION: A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas:
1. Applying written information in a correctional services setting
These questions are designed to evaluate the candidates' ability to read, interpret and apply rules, regulations, directives, written narratives and other related material. The candidates are required to read a set of information, and to appropriately apply the information to situations similar to those typically experienced in a correctional services setting. All the information needed to answer the questions asked concerning the situations presented is contained in the rules, regulations, etc. which are cited.
2. Observing and recalling facts and information
These questions are designed to test how well the candidates can observe and recall information presented.
The candidates will be presented with information describing or depicting prison scenes or other facts. They will have a short time to memorize the information before it is collected by the monitor. They will then be asked to recall specific details.
3. 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.
4. 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.
A Guide for the Written Test for Entry-Level Correction Officer is available at the New York State website:www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm . Candidates not having access to a computer or the internet may request a copy of the test guide from the municipal civil service office conducting this examination using the contact information found elsewhere on this announcement.
THE USE OF CALCULATORS IS PROHIBITED FOR THIS EXAMINATION.
NOTE: An application fee of $12.50 is required for each separately Ė numbered examination for which you apply. The required fee must accompany your application. Send a check or money order payable to the Montgomery County Personnel Department and write the examination number(s) on your check or money order. Do not send cash. As no refund will be made, you are urged to compare your qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission and file only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified.
An exception to the fee requirement will be made only for unemployed heads of households and for persons receiving Supplemental Social Security payments or public assistance. To receive an examination fee waiver,
the candidate must meet any one of the following criteria: 1. Individuals who are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household; or 2. Individuals who are eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments; 3.Individuals who are receiving Public Assistance in the form of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance, or are certified eligible for Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act programs through a state or local social services agency.
An Application Fee Waiver Request and Certification Form MUST be completed and submitted with the examination application and supplement. Such claims are subject to later verification and if not supported by appropriate documentation, are grounds for barring appointment.
ADDITIONAL NOTE: Applications must have the front and back completed, and the examination supplement must also be completed and signed. Resumes may be attached, but they do not take the place of the completed application. If a resume becomes removed from the application the qualification portion of the application process will be lost as well, therefore, jeopardizing the candidates chances of being approved for the examination.
ATTENTION!: If you have not received your admission notice or a letter stating you do not qualify by the second week before the examination date, please contact the Personnel/Civil Service Office at 518-853-8214 for information. Montgomery County will not be responsible for the notifications once they have been mailed. Therefore, it is your responsibility to contact this office if you have not received some form of notification as to your status in regard to taking the examination.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
All examinations are prepared and rated by the NYS Department of Civil Service in accordance with Section 23-2 of the Civil Service Law.
SATURDAY SABBATH OBSERVERS-HANDICAPPED PERSONS: If special arrangements for testing are required, indicate this on your application form.
APPLICATIONS: For further information and application, contact Montgomery County Personnel Department, Annex Building, PO Box 1500, Fonda, New York 12068.
The application is part of the examination. Unless otherwise indicated on this announcement, the candidate shall complete one Application for Examination or Employment form for EACH examination he/she wishes to take. NO COPIES WILL BE ACCEPTED. Applicants must answer every question on the application form and make sure that the application is complete in all respects. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE DISAPPROVED. All applications shall be filed with the Montgomery County Personnel Department. Applications are available by mail or in person. This office reserves the right to reject for lateness, application filed after the advertised filing period. The Montgomery County Personnel Department does not make formal acknowledgment of the receipt of an application or take responsibility for non-delivery or postal delay.
PROMOTIONAL EXAMS: Promotion exams are subject to sections 52(1) and 52(9) of the Civil Service Law.
ADMISSION NOTICE: Approved candidates will be notified when and where to appear for the examination. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE EXAMINATION WITHOUT THE OFFICIAL ADMISSION NOTICE. If an applicant is disapproved, due notice will be sent. IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED YOUR ADMISSION NOTICE 3 DAYS BEFORE THE DATE OF THE WRITTEN OR PERFORMANCE TEST, NOTIFY THIS OFFICE IMMEDIATELY. (518-853-8214).
ANTICIPATED ELIGIBILITY: If you expect to complete the educational requirement(s) within 90 calendar days following the examination date, you can be admitted to this examination. If successful on the examination, you will not be certified for appointment until you have submitted acceptable proof of completion of the requirements to the Montgomery County Personnel Officer. It is your responsibility to provide this documentation.
CROSS FILING: If you have applied for any other Civil Service examinations for employment with New York State or any other local government jurisdiction, you must make arrangements to take all the examinations at one test site. If you have applied for both State and Local government examinations, you must make arrangements to take all your examinations at the State examination center by completing a cross-filer form with the local agency no later than two weeks before the test date. If you have applied for other local government examinations, call or write to each Civil Service Agency for which you have filed for examinations to make arrangements no later than two weeks before the date of the testing date. For this examination call (518) 853-8214.
CHILDREN OF FIREFIGHTERS AND POLICE OFFICERS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY: 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 points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or 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 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.
VETERANS CREDITS: Disabled veterans and veterans establish eligibility for additional credits 10 and 5 points, respectively in open competitive examination and 5 and 2 Ĺ points in the case of promotion examinations. Points are added to earned scores provided they have not been used to secure permanent appointment or promotion previously. You are allowed the option of waiving these credits after completion of the examination if you have ranked sufficiently high without them. 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 veteranís credit 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 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 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 veteranís credits.
FILING OF EXAMINATION APPLICATIONS BY MILITARY PERSONNEL/MILITARY MEMBERS: Individuals serving on active duty in the armed forces during the filing period for a civil service examination, or individuals who have been discharged with other than a dishonorable discharge after the filing period for an examination has commenced, must be permitted to file for the examination NO LATER THAN TEN BUSINESS DAYS BEFORE the scheduled date of the examination or the last filing date, whichever is later. If qualified, the person must be provided an opportunity to compete in the examination under
terms and conditions deemed appropriate by either the State or Municipal Commission. It may be necessary to schedule the examination for a candidate whose application is approved, on a different, later test date, due to a shortage of test materials or vacancies in a testing schedule. In order for a make-up exam to be administered, the eligible list resulting from the original examination holding would still have to be in existence. Persons eligible for military make-up do not have to wait until discharge from active duty to take the test. Completing the exam at the earliest possible opportunity is advisable. The applicant must make full disclosure in writing of ALL New York State and Municipal Civil Service examinations for which a military make-up exam is being or will be requested. The applicant must be able to sign the Alternate Test Date Affirmation. The applicant must submit to this office, a copy of a military order, DD214 or other official military document that substantiates the applicantís active military service at the time of the examination and any subsequent service. Candidates must request a make-up exam no later than 60 days after release from active duty.
EMERGENCIES: If an emergency prevents you from appearing for the examination, please notify this office no later than 10:00 AM on the Monday following the test date (Tuesday, if Monday is a holiday), providing verifiable documentation of the reason.
ELIGIBLE LISTS: Appointments from an eligible list must be made from the top three candidates willing to accept appointment. The duration of an eligible list may be fixed for a minimum period of one year up to a maximum period of 4 years.
ADDRESS CHANGE: Failure to notify this office of a change of address may result in disqualification for examination or certification for appointment following examination. No attempt will be made to locate candidates who have moved.
Candidates must be medically and physically capable of performing the duties of the position and may be required to take examinations to establish this condition.
ALTERNATE TEST DATE POLICY: Because considerable planning, preparation and expense goes into each examination scheduled by the Personnel Officer, it is expected that candidates exert every effort to appear on the announced examination dates. On occasion, candidates may have to sacrifice personal commitments to pursue their career goals. On the other hand, the Personnel Officer must also be able to respond to legitimate needs when candidates find that significant personal events preclude their taking written examination when scheduled.
Listed below are reasons, which the Personnel Officer has determined, warrant granting an alternate test date. Other reasons not listed below will be considered on an individual basis.
∑ A death in the immediate family or household within the week preceding the examination.
∑ Military commitment.
∑ Being a member of a traditional, religious or civil ceremonial party, such as a wedding baptism, bar mitzvah or graduation; or a member of the immediate family or household of the individual for whom the ceremony is being held.
∑ Having a conflicting professional or educational examination. Professional examinations would include those for CPA, ACSW, and the Bar Educational examinations would include SAT, College Boards and Graduate Records.
∑ Vacations for which non-refundable down payments were made before the examination announcement was issued.
∑ Required court appearances.
∑ Medical emergencies involving a hospital confinement or certification from a physician that the candidate is unable to appear for the examination due to a specific medical problem of the candidate or member of the immediate family or household.
∑ Emergency weather condition, verified by the local public safety agency, that lead to the closing of specific roads, highways or independent transportation services which prevent a candidate from reaching the test center
PROCEDURES FOR REQUESTING ALTERNATE TEST DATE:
∑ For situations known prior to when the examination is scheduled for administration, the candidate should notify the Montgomery County Personnel office in writing as soon as possible before the test date. The request should contain a complete explanation of the reason the candidate cannot take the examination as scheduled and be supported by appropriate documents, if available.
∑ For emergency situations, the candidate must notify this office no later than Tuesday following the Saturday scheduled test date.
LIMITATIONS IN APPLYING ALTERNATE TEST DATE POLICY:
∑ Written examinations will not be administered prior to the scheduled date.
∑ Alternate test dates generally will be granted no later than the Saturday following the scheduled examination.
∑ Taking two civil service tests on the same day is not a basis for an alternate test date for one, as long as both are provided by the New York State Department of Civil Service.
∑ Alternate test date candidates must affirm in writing that they have not discussed the examination content with any individual. If the affirmation proves untrue, disqualification will follow.
FEDERAL AND STATE LAW PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION BECAUSE OF AGE, RACE, CREED, COLOR, RELIGION, NATIONAL ORIGIN, GENDER, SEXUAL ORIENTATION, DISABLIITY, OR MARITAL STATUS.
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