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New York State Department of Civil Service Announces Open-Competitive Examination Open to the Public

Laboratory Center Administrator

Written Test To Be Held
April 02, 2011
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
February 28, 2011


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Fee
25-416 Laboratory Center Administrator $61,993 G-23 $40
25-417 Laboratory Center Administrator 1 $66,914 M-1 $45

Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before April 2, 2011, you must have laboratory administrative experience as follows, in a laboratory that tests clinical specimens or environmental samples. At least 50% of your time must have been spent performing administrative duties as defined below.

Administrative duties include such activities as assessing, prioritizing and allocating fiscal staffing and operational needs and resources, developing proposals, and implementing administrative policies and procedures. Supervisory experience is not considered qualifying for this purpose.

For Number 25-416: six years.

For Number 25-417: eight years.

College study may be substituted at the rate of 30 semester credit hours equaling one year, for up to four years of administrative experience.

Important: You must clearly describe on the application form exactly how you meet the minimum qualifications. Provide the estimated percentage of time spent on each administrative activity when describing your experience.


  1. Your college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. If your college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the NYS Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. You must pay the required evaluation fee. If you are applying on the Internet, you must mail the independent verification of equivalency to the NYS Department of Civil Service, Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, Albany, New York 12239. Attention: S5BXB.
  2. If you do not receive a confirmation number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT processed.
  3. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  4. New York State residence is not required.

The Positions

These positions exist in the New York State Department of Health in Albany.

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As a Laboratory Center Administrator, you would be responsible for personnel, fiscal, budgetary, and administrative activities in support of one or more clinical or environmental testing and analysis, research, or regulatory program. For your division or program, you would plan for organizational change, participate in resource allocation, report on program status, and assist in the development of initiatives. You may have responsibility for supervising subordinate paraprofessional or support staff. As a Laboratory Center Administrator 1, in addition to the above activities, you would perform these duties in a larger or more fiscally complex program.

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Subject of Examination

There will be a written test which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The written test is designed to test for knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as: For Examination Numbers
25-416 25-417
1. Analyzing information in text, data, images, or symbols - These questions will test for the ability to analyze, interpret, and draw reasonable conclusions from information presented in text, data, images, or symbols. Analysis may involve identifying a significant problem or issue; focusing on relevant data and text; identifying trends, relationships, and significant features; assessing relevant alternatives; and suggesting or evaluating possible conclusions. Sample test material for Analyzing information in text, data, images, or symbols(pdf17KB) is available. X X
2. Logical reasoning - These questions will test for the ability to reason logically by interpreting statements in an accurate and reasonable manner; identifying the logical relationships between related statements; determining the conclusions that can correctly be drawn as a result of information presented; distinguishing between relevant and irrelevant information; and applying principles of logic to information provided. Sample test material for Logical reasoning(pdf14KB) is available. X X
3. Written expression: preparing written material - These questions test for the ability to present written information clearly, accurately, and completely. Some questions test for the ability to recognize which presentation of written material is the most clear, accurate, and complete restatement of the information given. Other questions test for the ability to organize a group of sentences into a logical and comprehensible paragraph. Sample test material for Written expression: preparing written material(pdf35KB) is available. X X
4. Educating and interacting with the public - These questions test for knowledge of techniques used to interact effectively with individual citizens and/or community groups, to educate or inform them about topics of concern, to publicize or clarify agency programs or policies, to negotiate conflicts or resolve complaints, and to represent one's agency or program in a manner in keeping with good public relations practices. Questions may also cover interacting with others in cooperative efforts of public outreach or service. Sample test material for Educating and interacting with the public(pdf14KB) is available. X X
5. Administrative management of work and resources - These questions will test for the ability to provide administrative management, involving oversight of multiple work units, sections, or a multi-level organizational component by planning, implementing, and evaluating work initiatives; researching and analyzing work demands, strategies, issues, and problems; organizing and scheduling work assignments; monitoring quality, quantity, and timeliness of work; designing and implementing action plans; identifying resources to meet demands and resolve work-related problems; utilizing resources (financial, human, technology, or other) for maximum efficiency and effectiveness; and aligning work plans with organizational mission and function. Sample test material for Administrative management of work and resources(pdf75KB) is available.   X
6. Direct supervision of staff - These questions will test for the ability to provide direct, first-line supervision of staff assigned to a single work unit or project, by influencing and developing constructive work relationships with staff, peers, supervisors, customers, and others; successfully communicating and interacting with others for the purpose of accomplishing work; evaluating personal strengths, limitations, and interests against work demands; developing and empowering others to achieve a high level of work performance; providing guidance and training on work-related topics; promoting teamwork; building coalitions; managing conflict; acknowledging and rewarding good work; and modeling professional and ethical behavior. Sample test material for Direct supervision of staff(pdf41KB) is available.   X

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.

Test Guide and Sample Test Material

A General Guide to Written Tests is now available. Sample Test Material for the subject areas described above is also available. You may request a copy of the test guide and sample test material by e-mail at examinfo@cs.state.ny.us or by calling the Exams Information Desk at the Department of Civil Service in the Albany area at 518-457-6216 or outside of the Albany area toll free at 1-877-697-5627.

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How To Apply

This announcement is for viewing purposes only.

If you do not receive a confirmation number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT processed.

Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity in employment, compensation and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

Eligibility for Employment

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Religious Accommodation

Most written tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on the announced test date, due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, check the box under “Religious Accommodation.” We will make arrangements for you to take the test on a different date (usually the following day).

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

In addition, it is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to enjoy equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their applications. Further information is available from the Special Arrangements Unit of the Department of Civil Service at 518-457-2487 [press 2, then press 2] in the Albany area, toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 2], or via TDD (telecommunications device for the deaf) at 518-457-8480.

Admission to Examination

Notice to appear for the test may be conditional as review of applications may not be made until after the test. If you have not received your notice to appear for the written test three days before the date of the test, call 518-474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 1].

Multiple Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day

With the exception of written tests announced by New York City, if you have applied to take a written test announced by a local jurisdiction (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must call 518-474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 1], no later than two weeks before the test date, to make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All tests will be held at the state examination center.

Cell Phones or Electronic/Communication Devices at the Test Site

Do not bring cell phones, beepers, headphones, or any electronic or other communication devices to the test site. The use of such devices at the test site in the test room, hallways, restrooms, building, grounds, or other areas could result in your disqualification.

Issued: 1/14/2011

This announcement is subject to amendment or cancellation without notice. Do not copy it, or post it to any other site, but link to it instead.

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