New York State Department of Civil Service announces Continuous Recruitment Examination Open to All Qualified Individuals
Vulnerable Persons Protection Specialist 1
- Applications Accepted
- Tests To Be Held
|Exam Number||Exam Title||Salary Grade||Beginning Salary||Job Rate|
|20-128||Vulnerable Persons Protection Specialist 1||G-16||$53,826||$68,511|
On or before the date of filing your application, you must have:
Either 1: associate's degree AND three years of experience in one of the following:
- the direct provision of services which includes the care, assessment, treatment, or case planning for persons in facilities or program covered by the Protection of People with Special Needs Act of 2012 - http://www.justicecenter.ny.gov/regulations-guidance/statute; OR
- the development, implementation, or administration of a program which provides quality assurance, conducts incidents reviews, investigates, or provides treatment in facilities or program covered by the Protection of People with Special Needs Act of 2012 - http://www.justicecenter.ny.gov/regulations-guidance/statute.
OR 2.A bachelor's degree AND one year of the experience described above.
The Protection of People with Special Needs Act of 2012 defines a "vulnerable person" as a person who, due to physical or cognitive disabilities or the need for services or placement, is receiving care from a facility or provider within the Systems of the State Oversight Agencies (SOA). A list of facilities or programs covered by the act can be found at: http://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/announcements/oc-cr/decentralized/20128list.cfm.
Experience gained in programs and facilities, including experience gained working outside of New York State, that are not covered by the Protection of People with Special Needs Act may meet the experience requirements if they are found to be equivalent or similar to the facilities or programs covered under the Protection of People with Special Needs Act.
- 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 http://www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker/degrees.cfm. You must pay the required evaluation fee. You must be prepared to provide verification of your education upon request. You may not receive an appointment without proof of your education.
- 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.
You will be responsible for payment of all required fees.
These positions exist in the New York State Justice Center and are located in the Albany area.
As a Vulnerable Persons Protection Specialist 1, you will answer calls coming into the Justice Center hotline reporting allegations of abuse and/or neglect and/or significant incidents involving vulnerable persons, elicit essential information from individuals making such reports, determine the type of response needed in order to ensure the health and safety of the vulnerable person(s) involved, write a summary of the information received, and forward the incident report to appropriate staff for follow up. Such reports may be from mandated reporters as defined in the Protection of People with Special Needs Act of 2012 or other sources and may be received via phone call or electronic web form.
Subject of Examination
There will be no written test. If you meet the Minimum Qualifications, you will be required to complete a training and experience questionnaire online. Your training and experience will be evaluated against the general background/critical activities of the position. This evaluation will concentrate on the appropriateness, breadth, variety and amount of your training and experience. Your answers to the questionnaire will be the only basis for evaluating your training and experience. It is essential that you describe your training and experience as completely as possible. Ambiguity, vagueness or omissions will not be decided in the candidate's favor. All statements concerning training and experience are subject to verification. If references fail to respond or give contradictory information, you may be required to furnish written verification of the training and experience claimed. False statements or lack of verification may result in termination of employment.
Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Your final score on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits.
Applicants are required to have a Personal NY.gov account and keep their email address up to date. The Department of Civil Service and other state agencies will communicate with you through email correspondence. This may include notification of your application status, your test arrangements, 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 https://www.cs.ny.gov/home/myaccount.
RETEST POLICY: Qualified candidates may file as frequently as once every twelve months, but a new application is required each time.
How to Apply
The NYS Department of Civil Service reserves the right to reject for lateness or to accept applications filed after the advertised filing period. All statements you make on your application are subject to investigation.
The New York State Justice Center has an ongoing need for persons qualified for appointment to these positions and will accept applications at any time and will schedule the written test whenever additional eligibles are needed. It is anticipated that the examinations will be held on a periodic basis throughout the year. For the testing schedule and other information about this examination, write to the email@example.com.
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.
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.
Individuals who apply to take an in-person Civil Service examination and who wish to request an exemption to the Department's COVID-19 vaccination/testing policy due to a medical reason or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance, must check the box on the application under "Other Accommodations" and will be required to provide appropriate documentation. Candidates granted an exemption will be offered the opportunity to take the examination via Remote Proctoring - a secure, web-based test delivery method that uses professional test proctors and technology to monitor applicants using a web camera as they complete an examination.
New York State Residence Is Not Required For Most Positions
However, you must be eligible for employment in the United States.
Continuous Recruitment/Eligible Lists
Candidates who meet the qualification and pass this examination will have their names placed on the eligible list in the order of final scores, regardless of the date on which they filed or took the test. Generally, the names of qualified candidates will remain on the eligible list for one year. Appeal of ratings will not be allowed as the opportunity for retest exists. The department of Civil Service reserves the right to terminate this special recruitment program.
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