New York State of Opportunity

Promotion examination open to all qualified employees of the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.

Developmental Assistant 2/3

Written Test To Be Held
March 18, 2017*
You may be assigned to either Saturday or Sunday.
Please refer to the information below.
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
37-795 Developmental Assistant 2 People W Dev Disab, Off for $42,555 G-13 $15
37-796 Developmental Assistant 3 People W Dev Disab, Off for $53,130 G-17 $15

*In order to maintain adequate staffing levels, you may be assigned to take your test on either Saturday, March 18, 2017 or Sunday, March 19, 2017. Your admission notice will tell you where and when you are scheduled to appear. You cannot request a specific date in advance or change your date once it has been assigned.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before March 18, 2017, you must be a qualified employee of the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities and have had three months of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as:

For No. 37-795: a Developmental Assistant Trainee, Developmental Assistant Trainee (In Residence Model), Senior Licensed Practical Nurse 1, Developmental Assistant 1, or Developmental Assistant 1 (In Residence Model).

Non-Qualifying Experience for Examination No 37-795: Service as a Direct Support Assistant, or Developmental Disabilities Secure Care Treatment Aide are not qualifying experience for this exam.

For No. 37-796: a Developmental Assistant 1, Developmental Assistant 1 (In Residence Model), Developmental Assistant 2, Senior Licensed Practical Nurse 2, or Developmental Disabilities Secure Care Treatment Aide 2.

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.

Only the title(s) listed is qualifying for this examination(s).

Qualifying Experience For Appointment from the Eligible List

For No. 37-795: Completion of the Developmental Assistant Traineeship or Developmental Assistant Traineeship (In Residence Model) AND at least one year of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as a Developmental Assistant 1 OR Developmental Assistant 1 (In Residence Model), OR Senior Licensed Practical Nurse 1, successful candidates will be qualified for appointment from the eligible list.

For No. 37-796: After one year of the service described in the Minimum Qualifications, successful candidates will be qualified for appointment from the eligible list.

Candidates qualifying for No. 37-795, Developmental Assistant 2, based on service as a Developmental Assistant Trainee or Developmental Assistant Trainee (In Residence Model) will have their name restricted on the eligible list until they are qualified for appointment. Candidates who complete the Developmental Assistant Traineeship in less than 15 months are responsible for notifying us, in writing, of their completion date. Send this correspondence directly to: Department of Civil Service, Attention: Staffing Section 1, Albany, New York 12239. Be sure to include your name and facility of employment. Failure to notify us in a timely manner may result in a delay in your eligibility for appointment.

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.


  1. Background Investigation/Justice Center Review: The names of all prospective employees will be:
    • Checked against the Staff Exclusion List (SEL) maintained by the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Prospective employees whose names appear on the SEL as having been found responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse or neglect will be barred from appointment and may have their names removed from the eligible list(s) for the title(s);
    • Investigated through a Criminal Background Check (CBC). All convictions must be reported. Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor or any falsified or omitted information may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment. Each case will be determined on its own merits, consistent with the applicable provisions of state and federal laws;
    and may be:
    • Screened against the Statewide Central Register of Child Abuse and Maltreatment (SCR). Prospective employees whose names appear on the SCR may be barred from appointment. (NY Social Services Law, Section 424a.)
    You will be responsible for payment of all required fees.
  2. Medicaid and Medicare: In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.

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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. Coding information - These questions test for the ability to use written directions to code information accurately. You will be asked to apply one or more sets of coding rules. Complete directions are provided; no previous knowledge of, or training in, any coding system is required.
  2. Supervising services to people with developmental disabilities - These questions test for the ability to supervise and manage a program for people with developmental disabilities. Questions may cover such topics as planning and managing program operations; supervising staff; planning and coordinating services; and communicating with families, agencies, and the public.
  3. 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.
  4. Understanding and interpreting written material - These questions test how well you comprehend written material. You will be provided with brief reading selections and will be asked questions about the selections. All the information required to answer the questions will be presented in the selections; you will not be required to have any special knowledge relating to the subject areas of the selections.

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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As a Developmental Assistant 2, you would supervise and work with direct care staff to provide motivation and attend to the personal daily living needs of people with developmental disabilities to help them lead better lives.

As a Developmental Assistant 3, you would serve as a second level supervisor of multiple work sites and will supervise and work with lower level supervisors and direct care staff across a variety of shifts and work locations to ensure appropriate scheduling coverage and utilization of staff in order to provide for the personal daily living needs of people with developmental disabilities to help them lead better lives. You will also perform supervisory and administrative activities related to daily operations of multiple work sites.

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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