New York State Department of Civil Service Announces
Open-Competitive Examination Open to the Public
Multimedia Production Program Specialist 1/2
- Written Test To Be Held
- February 05, 2011
- Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
- January 03, 2011
|Exam Number||Exam Title||Salary||Salary Grade||Fee|
|25-418||Multimedia Production Program Specialist 1||$51,268||G-18||$35|
|25-419||Multimedia Production Program Specialist 2||$66,375||G-23||$40|
Appointees who work in Rockland County will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment.
On or before February 5, 2011, you must have:
For Number 25-418:
Either 1. SIX years experience in producing multimedia communication projects using elements of audiovisual production, or graphic design for web, or graphic design for print;
Or 2. a bachelor's degree in video and/or TV and/or film production, web interface design, graphic design, communications design, or a closely related field and TWO years of experience as listed above.
For Number 25-419:
Either 1. SEVEN years experience in producing multimedia communication projects using elements of audiovisual production, or graphic design for web, or graphic design for print;
Or 2. a bachelor's degree in video and/or TV and/or film production, web interface design, graphic design, communications design, or a closely related field and THREE years of experience as listed above.
Examples of Non-Qualifying Experience: public information or news media writing, video/audio equipment operations, web programming or transactional application coding or experience as a media management or purchasing specialist.
- Your degree 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 degree 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: S4MAS.
- A promotion examination is also being held for these positions. If you are eligible for appointment from a promotion list, you may not be appointed in your own agency from the list resulting from this examination open to the public.
- Although promotion examinations are being held, it is expected that appointments will be made as the result of these examinations open to the public.
- If you do not receive a confirmation number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT processed.
- Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
- New York State residence is not required.
There are three Multimedia Production Program Specialist 1 positions all located in Albany. There are five Multimedia Production Program Specialist 2 positions; four are located in Albany and one in West Haverstraw.
As a Multimedia Production Program Specialist 1, you would plan, develop, coordinate, and produce a broad range of multimedia services intended to communicate and support an agency's programs and initiatives. These services may include graphic design for the web, graphic design for print, graphic design for exhibits and displays, photographic services, script writing, storyboarding, copy editing, and production of audiovisual files (audiovisual recording and editing) for broadcast and the web. In addition, you might prepare and use digital files in printing, web design, broadcast, CD/DVD/Blu-ray, webcasts, and/or satellite feed.
As a Multimedia Production Program Specialist 2, you would plan, develop, coordinate, produce, and approve a broad range of multimedia services intended to communicate and support an agency's programs and initiatives. These services may include graphic design for the web, graphic design for print, graphic design for exhibits and displays, photographic services, script writing, storyboarding, copy editing, and production of audiovisual files (audiovisual recording and editing) for broadcast and the web. In addition, you might prepare and use digital files in printing, web design, broadcast, CD/DVD/Blu-ray, webcasts, and/or satellite feed. You may also train staff and supervise the work of subordinate technical personnel.
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|
|1. Computer applications in graphic design for print or web - These questions test for knowledge of basic concepts and techniques used to create and manipulate text and graphics for different types of media. Questions may cover such aspects as choosing size, format, layout, and design of text and graphics being prepared for printing or web display. Questions will be of a general nature, familiarity with a specific system or software is not required.||X||X|
|2. 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.||X||X|
|3. Grammar, usage, punctuation, and editing - These questions test for the ability to generate, prepare, and edit written documents. Some questions test for a knowledge of grammar, usage, punctuation, and sentence structure. Others test for the ability to edit sentences to produce correct, clear, concise copy.||X||X|
|4. Marketing - These questions test for knowledge of principles and practices of marketing, particularly as related to promoting a product or service. Topics may include marketing and promoting various resources through specific programs, determining targeted groups of interest through research and data analysis, planning and implementing a marketing program, and measuring the effectiveness of the marketing effort.||X|
|5. Producing multimedia materials - These questions will test familiarity with common principles, techniques, and equipment related to producing multimedia materials. Emphasis will be on the production of videotaped programs, segments, or promotional pieces for broadcast or the web. Topics may include planning programs; developing scripts; assessing a site; working with cast and crew; and considerations of lighting, sound, timing, or editing. Questions may also cover preparing or acquiring related audiovisual aids such as artwork, photographs, slides, or music.||X||X|
|6. 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.||X|
|7. Promoting and publicizing a program - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices related to promoting and publicizing a program or service in order to attract customers, clients, or participants. Questions may cover such topics as researching and setting promotion objectives, appealing to various target audiences, and producing and distributing informational materials.||X|
|8. Supervision and training - These questions test for the knowledge required by a supervisor to set goals, plan and organize work, train workers in how to do their jobs, and direct workers towards meeting established goals. The supervisory questions cover such areas as assigning and reviewing work, evaluating performance, maintaining work quality, motivating employees, increasing efficiency, and dealing with problems that may arise on the job. The training questions cover such areas as determining the necessity for training, selecting appropriate training methods, and evaluating the effectiveness of training.||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.
How To Apply
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.
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.
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