New York State of Opportunity

Disaster Preparedness Program Representative

Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 1

Written Test To Be Held
January 14, 2023
You may be assigned to either Saturday or Sunday to take your test.
You cannot request or change your scheduled day.
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
November 30, 2022

 

Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Salary Salary Grade Non−Refundable Processing Fee (Waivers available)
26-899 Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 1 $49,202 SG-14 $35
26-900 Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 2 $61,270 SG-18 $35
26-901 Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 3 $79,325 SG-23 $40

You must review important information on the New York State Department of Civil Service COVID-19 policy that applies to all candidates sitting for in-person Civil Service examinations being administered at a New York State test center. You can access our full policy on the Department of Civil Service website.

Due to current testing space limitations, candidates may need to travel to a test site to take this examination. Candidates will be notified of their test site location on their admission notice.

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.

Back To Top

Minimum Qualifications

On or before January 14, 2023, you must have:

For Exam No. 26-899:

Either 1. four years of emergency management experience as listed below;*

Or 2. a specialized associate's degree as listed below** AND two years of emergency management experience as listed below;*

Or 3. a specialized bachelor's degree or higher as listed below;**

For Exam No. 26-900:

Either 1. six years of emergency management experience as listed below;*

Or 2. a specialized associate's degree as listed below** AND four years of emergency management experience as listed below;*

Or 3. a specialized bachelor's degree or higher as listed below;** AND two years of emergency management experience as listed below;*

Or 4. a specialized master's degree as listed below;** AND one year of emergency management experience as listed below.*

For Exam No. 26-901:

Either 1. seven years of emergency management experience as listed below;*

Or 2. a specialized associate's degree as listed below** AND five years of emergency management experience as listed below;*

Or 3. a specialized bachelor's degree or higher as listed below;** AND three years of emergency management experience as listed below;*

Or 4. a specialized master's degree as listed below;** AND two years of emergency management experience as listed below.*

*Qualifying experience: For the purposes of this examination qualifying Emergency management experience must include one or more of the following areas:

  1. Coordination and implementation of emergency management and disaster preparedness programs.
  2. Preparation or modification of disaster plans.
  3. Preparation, modification, presentation of disaster educational training and/or exercises.
  4. Gather and analyze information to produce briefings or reports or to make timely and effective incident response decisions.
  5. Represent an agency or organization in an Emergency Operations Center or leadership position on the Incident Command System.
  6. Manage or supervise logistics operations during a major emergency or disaster by overseeing the distribution or staging of equipment and supplies.

**Specialized Degree Areas: Atmospheric Science, Business Continuity, Business Organizational Security Management, Criminal Intelligence Analysis, Criminal Investigations, Criminal Justice, Crisis, Critical Infrastructure, Cyber Security, Digital Forensics, Disaster or Emergency Management, Disaster Resilience, Disaster Science, Emergency Preparedness, Emergency or Public Safety Services, Emergency and/or Risk Management, Fire and Emergency Services, Geography, Homeland Security, Informatics, Meteorology, National Security, Political Science, Public Administration, Security Studies, System Safety and Security, or Urban or Regional Planning.

If verifiable, we will accept and prorate appropriate part-time and volunteer experience.

If you expect to meet the educational requirements by June 30, 2023, you can be admitted to the written test, but you cannot be considered for appointment until you submit proof of successful completion of the educational requirement to the Appointing Authority at the time of the employment interview. Failure to meet the educational requirements by June 30, 2023, may result in your removal from the eligible list.

Your required educational credentials must have been awarded by an educational institution accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the United States (U.S.) Department of Education/Secretary of Education. If awarded by an institution outside of the U.S. and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. A list of companies that provide these services (fees must be paid to the company you choose) can be found at: http://www.cs.ny.gov/jobseeker/degrees.cfm .

Back To Top

Duties

As a Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 1, you would perform a variety of lower level technical and administrative duties in support of emergency management programs. You would also provide limited technical assistance to local jurisdictions for the preparation and implementation of plans and programs, and response and recovery activities.

As a Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 2, you would assist in the preparation and implementation of plans and programs related to emergency management and disaster preparedness. Incumbents of these titles may act as primary or secondary liaison with other state agencies, federal agencies, and local government offices for various emergency management activities and initiatives including response and recovery activities.

As a Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 3, you would perform the duties described above and also may coordinate and provide logistical support for and participate in training meetings and exercises involving volunteer, state, federal and local staff; assist local jurisdictions in the preparation and timely completion of work plans and in the testing and evaluation of natural technological disaster preparedness plans. You would supervise subordinate staff.

Notes:

  1. New York State residency is not required.
  2. Although promotion examinations are being held, it is expected that appointments will be made as a result of the open competitive exam.
  3. A promotion examination will also be held for the Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 2 and Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 3.
  4. A transition examination is also being held for the Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 1 and Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 2.
  5. Although transition examinations are being held, it is expected that appointments will be made as the result of these examinations open to the public.

Back To Top

Subject of Examination

To be considered for appointment to this title, you must pass the written test. The written test evaluates your knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in the following areas: For Examination Numbers
26-89926-90026-901
1. 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. XXX
2. 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. XX
3. Evaluating conclusions based on factual information - These questions test your ability to evaluate and draw conclusions from factual information presented. Each question consists of a set of factual statements and a conclusion. You will be asked to determine whether the conclusion can be proven to be true by the facts, proven to be false by the facts, or if the facts are inadequate to prove the conclusion. 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 XXX
5. Emergency Management Terminology - These questions test for the candidate's knowledge of basic terms, definitions and concepts related to emergency management. The following websites may be helpful in preparing for this examination: https://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system(External Link), https://www.fema.gov/about/glossary(External Link), and http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/(External Link). 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 X
7. Principles and practices of staff development and training - These questions test for the knowledge and abilities used to develop and deliver training. They address topics such as the assessment of training needs; instructional design; training methods and techniques; the use of training aids, materials, and technology; motivation; learning theory; classroom management; the evaluation of learning outcomes; and the usage of training-related data. X
8. Principles and practices of emergency management - These questions test for the ability to recognize hazards and risks; the knowledge of the four phases of the emergency management process -- mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery; and knowledge of incident command management principles and how agencies interact in emergency management. The following websites may be helpful in preparing for this examination: https://www.fema.gov/national-incident-management-system(External Link), https://www.fema.gov/about/glossary(External Link), and http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/(External Link) X
9. Laws, rules, and regulations related to emergency management -These questions test for knowledge of the Stafford Disaster Relief & Emergency Assistance Act, Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act, and NYS Executive Law, Article 2B, as they pertain to emergency management agencies. The following websites may be helpful in preparing for this examination: https://www.fema.gov/robert-t-stafford-disaster-relief-and-emergency-assistance-act-public-law-93-288-amended(External Link), https://www.congress.gov/bill/109th-congress/senate-bill/3721(External Link), and https://www.dhses.ny.gov/planning(External Link) 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.

Note: The Department of Civil Service may administer tests either online or with paper booklets and answer sheets.

Admission To The Test: If approved for a written test, you will receive an admission notice which will indicate your assigned test date and the way your test will be administered. Your test may be administered with paper and pencil or online at a state test site using a state-provided Chromebook. You cannot request to change your scheduled day or request a specific type of test administration.

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 the notification of 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.

Back To Top

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 will need a personal NY.gov ID to apply for these examinations. If you do not have a personal NY.gov account, please create an account.

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.

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. Any past due application processing fees must be paid in full prior to submitting an application. Please email FeeUnitMail@cs.ny.gov regarding inquiries about any past due 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.

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

The use of cell phones, beepers, headphones, or any electronic or other communication devices at your personal testing site or in the test room, hallways, restrooms, building, grounds, or other areas, except as expressly authorized by the Department of Civil Service, could result in your disqualification.

S2/TC1 LAK-rkv
Issued: 10/28/22

This announcement is subject to amendment or cancellation without notice. Do not copy it, or post it to any other site, but link to it instead.