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

Education Counselor

Evaluation of Training and Experience To Be Held During
September 2013
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
August 07, 2013


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Non−Refundable Processing Fee
28-304 Education Counselor $54,045 G-19 $40

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 September 30, 2013, you must have a master's degree in vocational rehabilitation, vocational counseling, rehabilitation counseling, educational guidance, school psychology, or school counseling.


  1. Important: As the processing fee is non-refundable, 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.
  2. 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, Albany, New York 12239. Attention: S2CKT.
  3. Fingerprints and Fees: Fingerprinting is sometimes required at the time of appointment. If so, you will be required to pay the processing fee.
  4. New York State residence is not required.

The Positions

These positions exist in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

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As an Education Counselor in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, you would be responsible for providing counseling services to aid offenders at the age of 21 or under, in making an effective adjustment to facility education programs, as well as other required programs. Working with offenders and staff, you would develop individualized educational and vocational plans and would ensure that these programs were directed toward the offenders' projected goals upon release. Development of transition plans related to post-secondary education and/or training will be required. You would be responsible for review of the effectiveness of the educational services that are being provided, with revisions made as necessary per individual. You may administer standardized diagnostic tests and interpret test results.

You would provide guidance to offenders by assessing needs and preparing 90-day evaluations with constructive feedback, while also preparing eligible offenders for release into the community. You would be responsible for administering assessment tools and/or instruments to determine risk and/or needs of an offender to better prepare the individual for eventual return to the community. You would interview offenders and review all relevant information in order to determine counseling needs and make program recommendations. You would provide on-going individual and group counseling relative to educational, personal, social, institutional, behavioral, and disciplinary issues. You would be responsible for the preparation of comprehensive evaluative summary release reports and the development of case-specific supervision plans that are utilized by the Board of Parole when rendering discretionary release decisions.

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Subject of Examination

There will be no written test. If you meet the Minimum Qualifications your training and experience will be evaluated against the general background/critical activities of the position. This evaluation will concentrate on the rehabilitation counseling/education counseling, vocational counseling/employment counseling, school guidance counseling or career counseling in a school setting, or other human service counseling or teaching. It is essential that you describe your training and experience as completely as possible when you apply. Ambiguity, vagueness, or omissions will not be decided in your favor. Do NOT send resumes. If you apply using the NYS-APP form and you need more space, attach additional 8��" x 11" sheets following the same format used on the application form. Additional unsolicited information will not be accepted after the last day for filing.

If you meet the Minimum Qualification you will be sent a supplemental questionnaire to complete and return. The questionnaire will be used to evaluate your training and experience against the general background/critical activities of the position. This questionnaire will be the only basis for rating your training and experience.

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.

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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 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, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier 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.

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Issued: 7/5/2013

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