New York State of Opportunity

Promotion examination open to all qualified employees of the New York State Department of Health and the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General.

Health Program Administrator 1/2

Written Test To Be Held
March 18, 2017
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
February 01, 2017


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Open to Employees of Salary Salary Grade Non−Refundable Processing Fee
37-771 Health Program Administrator 1 Health,Department of $69,057 G-23 $20
37-772 Health Program Administrator 2 Health,Department of $76,748 G-25 $25

For Promotion in State Departments, Facilities, and Agencies

  1. Within Promotion Units
  2. Within Entire Departments
  3. To Other Departments

This examination is being held to fill vacancies in the New York State Department of Health and the
Office of the Medicaid Inspector General only.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before March 18, 2017, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Department of Health or the Office of the Medicaid Inspector General and have had three months of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as follows:

For No. 37-771: in a position allocated to Grade 18 or higher OR as a Trainee 2 in an administrative traineeship.*

For No. 37-772: as a Health Program Administrator 1, or in a position allocated to Grade 22 or higher.

If you were permanently appointed to a qualifying title on or before December 18, 2016, and have served continuously in this title since that date, you are eligible to file for this examination.

Qualifying Experience For Appointment from the Eligible List

For No. 37-771: one year of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service in a position at full performance level allocated to Grade 18 or higher.

For No. 37-772: one year of permanent competitive service as a Health Program Administrator 1, or in a position allocated to a Grade 22 or higher.

NOTE: Your name will be removed from consideration for any other position filled by this examination if, as a result of this examination, you receive an appointment to a Health Program Administrator 2 position.

*Titles in an Administrative Traineeship are those covered by Section 52.6 of the NYS Civil Service Law. Administrative titles have been determined by the Department of Civil Service���s Staffing Services Division to be in one of the following categories: law, personnel, budgeting, methods and procedures, management, records analysis, or administrative research. The list of qualifying titles can be found at

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.

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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
37-771 37-772
1. Administrative techniques and practices - These questions test for a knowledge of management techniques and practices used in directing or assisting in directing a program component or an organizational segment. Questions cover such areas as interpreting policies, making decisions based on the context of the position in the organization, coordinating programs or projects, communicating with employees or the public, planning employee training, and researching and evaluating areas of concern. X X
2. Analyzing and evaluating information - 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; suggesting or evaluating possible conclusions; and applying logical principles to information provided. X X
3. Preparing reports and official documents - These questions test for the ability to prepare reports and other official documents for use within and among governmental agencies, in legal or regulatory settings, or for dissemination to the public. Some questions test for a knowledge of grammar, usage, punctuation, and sentence structure. Others test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, to use the proper tone, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. X X
4. Program planning and evaluation - These questions test for a knowledge of basic concepts and techniques in such areas as the planning function, factors involved in implementing new procedures or programs, and evaluating their results and effectiveness. The questions are conceptual In approach and fundamental in level; they do not involve the manipulation of data nor the application of quantitative methods. X X
5. Supervising a project - These questions test for the ability to conduct and supervise the activities necessary to achieve the goals and deadlines of a specific project. The questions cover such topics as setting up the project, developing the workplan for the project, assigning and reviewing work, evaluating performance and progress, coordinating phases of the project, handling problems as they arise, and meeting deadlines. X  
6. Supervision - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in planning, organizing, and controlling the activities of a work unit toward predetermined objectives. The concepts covered, usually in a situational question format, include such topics as assigning and reviewing work; evaluating performance; maintaining work standards; motivating and developing subordinates; implementing procedural change; increasing efficiency; and dealing with problems of absenteeism, morale, and discipline.   X

If you pass, your seniority credit(s), if any, will be included in the computation of your final score. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' credits to your final passing score.

Credit for Seniority

Seniority is credited at the rate of one credit for each five-year period (or fraction thereof), excluding the first year of service.

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Depending upon assignment, as a Health Program Administrator 1 or Health Program Administrator 2, you would be responsible for a broad range of functions for your program area such as: budgetary/fiscal, human resources, operations, administrative, supervisory, program integrity and other support activities. In addition you may: act as a program liaison to other programs, agencies, and organizations; provide direction to program staff involved in a wide range of field or central office activities; collect and analyze data or information and develop reports/recommendations regarding program activities or responsibilities; review, recommend, modify and/or draft new or revised program regulations, rules, policies, procedures, and standards; review workload statistics, assess program impact and develop proposed strategies for resolving identified problems; oversee or conduct procurement and manage contract deliverables and finances to meet program needs, and review contract effectiveness and fiscal appropriateness; oversee or conduct program expenditure planning and tracking, including cost allocation plan administration; perform monitoring and compliance activities; establish and maintain/oversee systems and reports to monitor activities and effectiveness, including fiscal impact and cost avoidance metrics; develop and oversee information systems required by a program and administer program functions; and manage or conduct internal and external program communications, including website content management, and development of forms and publication content, as directed by your supervisor.

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

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.

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, call 518-474 6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627.

Multiple 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:

Eligibility for Examination

To be considered a qualified employee eligible to compete in this examination, you must be employed in, or on leave from, the specified department or agency on a permanent or contingent permanent basis in the competitive class, or in the non-competitive class or labor class if specifically noted on this announcement (or be on an appropriate preferred list), and have the specified time in the specified title or salary grade. You may not compete in a test for a title if you are permanently employed in that title (unless you are still on probation) or in a higher direct line of promotion.

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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Issued: 12/30/2016

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