New York State of Opportunity

Economic Development Program Specialist 2

Written Test To Be Held
November 03, 2018
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
September 19, 2018

 

Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Non−Refundable Processing Fee (Waivers available)
26-588 Economic Development Program Specialist 2 $73,284 G-23 $40
26-589 Economic Development Program Specialist 3 $90,375 G-27 $45

IMPORTANT: Unless waived, you must pay the non-refundable processing fee. For information on fee waivers, visit https://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/types/oc/appinfo.cfm##Fee. 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.

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 November 3, 2018, you must have:

For No. 26-588:

Either 1. seven years of professional economic development experience* in a subdivision of government, not for profit organization or economic development office of a public utility firm;

Or 2. seven years of professional experience** with a private business which has as its principal business activity real estate development, site selection or economic development consulting;

Or 3. a combination of the above types of experience which must total seven years;

Or 4. an associate’s degree AND five years of the above experience;

Or 5. a bachelor’s degree AND three years of the above experience.

For No. 26-589:

Either 1. nine years of professional economic development experience* in a subdivision of government, not for profit organization or economic development office of a public utility firm;

Or 2. nine years of professional experience** with a private business which has as its principal business activity real estate development, site selection or economic development consulting;

Or 3. a combination of the above types of experience which must total nine years;

Or 4. an associate’s degree AND seven years of the above experience;

Or 5. a bachelor’s degree AND five years of the above experience.

*Professional economic development experience is defined as work primarily in programs and activities intended to attract, retain or create jobs for the general public either directly, or indirectly through tourism promotion, export assistance, urban and regional planning, redevelopment of blight or counseling of minority-owned, woman-owned and/or small business enterprises.

**Professional experience where your primary responsibility must have been in one or a combination of the following areas:

Non-qualifying experience: Activities related to construction, engineering, housing development, real estate brokerage, investment brokerage, retail or personal banking, residential lending, accounting or auditing, sales, human resources management, job recruitment, general community welfare, general management of a business, board members considering and voting on business development projects or economic development strategy, clerical positions, social services, and business advocacy are all examples of non-qualifying experience. This list is not all inclusive.

Notes

  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 http://www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker/degrees.cfm. 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: S1CPG.
  2. A promotion examination is also being held for these positions. If you are eligible for appointment from a promotion list, you may not be appointed in your own agency from the list resulting from this examination open to the public.
  3. Although promotion examinations are being held, it is expected that appointments will be made as the result of these examinations open to the public.
  4. You may file for these examinations by completing one NYS-APP application form or applying on the Internet. Unless you are eligible for a fee waiver, the indicated processing fee must be submitted for each examination listed on your application.
  5. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  6. New York State residence is not required.

The Positions

The Economic Development Program Specialist 2 positions exist in: Albany, Buffalo, Elmira, Hauppauge, New Windsor, Rochester, Syracuse, Troy, and Utica at the New York State Department of Economic Development only. The Economic Development Program Specialist 3 positions exist in: Albany, Buffalo, Hauppauge, New Windsor, New York City – Manhattan, Plattsburg, Troy, Utica, and Watertown at the New York State Department of Economic Development only.

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Duties

As an Economic Development Program Specialist 2, you would be responsible for providing detailed technical and problem-solving assistance to economic development organizations and to businesses/prospective businesses in New York State. Incumbents may supervise the activities of subordinate staff and will be responsible for promoting and publicizing the services of the Department of Economic Development.

As an Economic Development Program Specialist 3, you would assist in managing a major regional office or a supporting staff unit at the division level providing high level professional advisory services to key clients. You would conduct community relations/awareness programs to promote services of the Department through workshops, seminars, and other training programs; attend meetings and conferences; conduct speaking engagements; and represent the Department at ceremonies. You would supervise subordinate staff, often on a project or team basis, to ensure effective program development, service delivery, and administrative operations.

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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
26-58826-589
1. Business principles - These questions test for basic knowledge of business and how it operates, basics of project financing, common development criteria for industrial sites, and business data sources. XX
2. Economic development practice and programs - These questions test for the principles and practices of being an economic developer. Questions may cover such areas as handling the requests and meeting the needs of companies and prospects; knowledge of business information sources and government programs related to economic development; and certain business sales and marketing techniques. XX
3. Evaluating conclusions in light of known facts - These questions will consist of a set of facts and a conclusion. You must decide if the conclusion is proved by the facts, disproved by the facts or if the facts are not sufficient to prove or disprove the conclusion. The questions will not be specific to a particular field. XX
4. Ensuring effective inter/intra agency communications - These questions test for understanding of techniques for interacting effectively with individuals and agencies, to educate and inform them about topics of concern, to clarify agency programs or policies, to negotiate conflicts or resolve complaints, and to represent one's agency or program in a manner in keeping with good public relations practices. Questions may also cover interacting with the staff of one's own agency and/or that of other agencies in cooperative efforts of public outreach or service. XX
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. XX
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

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 https://www.cs.ny.gov/home/myaccount.

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How To Apply

Apply On line

Note: The non-refundable application processing fee must be paid on line via a MasterCard or Visa credit card. If you qualify for a waiver of the application processing fee or you are a member of CSEA (Negotiating Unit 02, 03, 04, or 47) you may also apply on line.

You Can Also

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.

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 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 AdmissionNotices@cs.ny.gov. 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: https://www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker/local.cfm.

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: 08/17/2018

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