New York State of Opportunity

Facilities Planner 1

Written Test To Be Held
May 11, 2019
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
March 27, 2019


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Non−Refundable Processing Fee (Waivers available)
26-574 Facilities Planner 1 $56,604 G-18 $35

IMPORTANT: Unless waived, you must pay the non-refundable processing fee. For information on fee waivers, visit It is important that you verify that you entered the correct examination number and title on your online or paper application prior to submitting. If you apply online, you should immediately review your email confirmation notice to verify that you applied for the correct examination. If you do not receive a confirmation number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT received by the Department of Civil Service. No late applications will be accepted after the filing deadline has passed.

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Minimum Qualifications:

On or before May 11, 2019, you must have:

Either 1. six years of planning multi-trade facility construction projects or in policy development or planning of multi-trade municipal land use projects;

Or 2. an associate's degree in the field of architecture; landscape architecture; planning; engineering technology; construction management; construction technology; architectural technology; building science; or engineering and four years of the above qualifying experience;

Or 3. a bachelor's degree in the field of architecture; landscape architecture; planning; engineering technology; construction management; construction technology; architectural technology; building science; or engineering and two years of the above qualifying experience.

Qualifying Experience: Examples of acceptable experience planning multi-trade facility construction projects include: capital construction project planning, corporate construction project planning, public works construction projects, or other similar large scale construction project planning.

If you expect to meet the educational requirements by September 30, 2019, you can be admitted to the written test, but you cannot be considered for appointment until you submit proof of successful completion of the educational requirement to the Appointing Authority at the time of the employment interview. Failure to meet the educational requirements by September 30, 2019 may result in your removal from the eligible list.


1. Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education. 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. This information can also be found on the Internet at You must pay the required evaluation fee. If you are applying on the Internet, you must mail the independent verification of equivalency to the New York State Department of Civil Service, Albany, New York 12239. Attention: S1KAC.

2. Travel Requirements: Appointment to certain positions requires extensive travel within a designated area of assignment. Appointees to these positions may be required to operate a motor vehicle or otherwise demonstrate their capacity to meet the transportation needs of the job. If the position requires that you operate a motor vehicle, you must possess a driver's license valid in New York State at the time of appointment and continuously thereafter. Field work and travel expenses are reimbursed on a fixed schedule.

3. Background Investigation/Justice Center Review: The names of all prospective employees will be:

and may be:

You will be responsible for payment of all required fees.

4. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.

5. New York State residence is not required.


These positions exist in the New York State Office of Mental Health in Albany; Office for People With Developmental Disabilities in Albany; the Office of Children and Family Services in Rensselaer; the Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services in Albany.

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As a Facilities Planner 1, you would be involved in planning and coordinating a continuous program of acquisition and construction of new facilities and the rehabilitation and improvement of existing facilities. You would compile construction programs including a description of the project, scope of the work, and spatial requirements of all capital projects. You would prepare capital construction budgets, supplemental construction budgets and reappropriation requests; maintain payment and work schedules for capital construction projects; and participate in on-site inspections of construction projects. You would meet with representatives of the Division of the Budget, the Office of General Services, the Dormitory Authority, and/or the Power Authority, to discuss construction projects. You might also work with voluntary provider (not-for-profit) agencies to manage and oversee projects funded with capital grants from a State agency. You may be required to have knowledge that requires using fossil fuels, oil, gas, solar and wind, current energy standards and upcoming energy technology used in NYS. You may be required to participate in the Department's emergency on-call rotating roster for night and weekend emergency response coordination for physical plant issues. Substantial statewide travel is required.

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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:

  1. Building construction and rehabilitation - These questions test for knowledge of methods and materials used in the construction and renovation of buildings and may include such areas as structural members, walls, roofing, windows, doors, insulation, foundation preparation, and electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems.
  2. Facility space planning and analysis and energy conservation methods, including related codes - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices of building space planning and analysis, building systems energy conservation techniques and compliance with the Building and the Energy Conservation Construction Codes of New York State and the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code.
  3. Project planning, scheduling, management and inspection - These questions test for knowledge of, and the ability to apply, building project management techniques, including proper planning, scheduling, implementation, coordination and evaluation of such projects.
  4. Drawings, specifications and contract documents - These questions test for the ability to read and understand plans and for knowledge of proper preparation and interpretation of technical specifications and contract proposals. This may involve some basic mathematical computations.
  5. 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.
  6. Budgeting - These questions test for a knowledge of the principles and practices used by administrators when participating in the budget process. They cover such areas as the terminology associated with the budget process and budget cycle; program and capital budgeting; estimating the costs of budget items; assigning relative priorities to budget items; determining the consequences of funding at lower levels than requested; writing budget proposals and justifications; controlling expenditures; and implementing the budget.

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.

Important: The Department of Civil Service and other state agencies may communicate with you through email correspondence. This may include the notification of your examination results and canvassing you for interest in appointment. It will be important for you to keep your email address, phone number and mailing address current by logging into

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How To Apply

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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 employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest and/or criminal conviction record, or any other category protected by law, 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

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 provide equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their application. Further information is available from the Test Administration Unit of the Department of Civil Service. In the Albany area, call 518-457-2487. Outside of the Albany area, call toll free at 1-877-697-5627. For TDD services, call NY Relay at 711 (requires a fee) or 1-800-662-1220.

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, email us at Please provide your first and last name, address, and the last four digits of your social security number, and we will provide you with the information you need to attend your written test. If you have an issue other than not receiving your admission notice, please contact our office at (518) 474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627. Please leave a clear concise message and provide your first and last name, last four digits of your social security number and a daytime phone number.

Taking State and Local Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day

If you have applied to take a written test announced by either one or several local jurisdictions (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must notify each of the local jurisdictions 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. For your convenience, contact information for all local civil service agencies is available on our website at:

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.

S1/TC3 KAC-klr
Issued: 02/22/2019

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