New York State of Opportunity

Program Research Specialist Series

Written Test To Be Held
May 16, 2020
You may be assigned to either Saturday or Sunday.
Please refer to the information below.
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
April 01, 2020

 

Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Open to Employees of Salary Salary Grade Non−Refundable Processing Fee (Waivers available)
38-522 Program Research Specialist 3 Multiple Agencies $73,284 SG-23 $20
38-735 Program Research Specialist 3 Agricultural Multiple Agencies $73,284 SG-23
38-736 Program Research Specialist 3 Criminal Justice Multiple Agencies $73,284 SG-23
38-737 Program Research Specialist 3 Economics Finance Multiple Agencies $73,284 SG-23
38-738 Program Research Specialist 3 Health Care Finance Multiple Agencies $73,284 SG-23
38-739 Program Research Specialist 3 Health Systems Analysis Multiple Agencies $73,284 SG-23
38-740 Program Research Specialist 3 Human Services Multiple Agencies $73,284 SG-23
38-741 Program Research Specialist 3 Medical Assistance Multiple Agencies $73,284 SG-23
38-742 Program Research Specialist 3 Public Health Multiple Agencies $73,284 SG-23
38-743 Program Research Specialist 3 Transportation Multiple Agencies $73,284 SG-23
You may be assigned to either Saturday or Sunday to take your test. The Department of Civil Service reserves the right to administer tests either online or with paper booklets and answer sheets. Your admission notice will tell you whether your test will be administered online. You cannot request a day in advance or change your scheduled day.

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.

Interdepartmental promotion examination open to all qualified employees of New York State

For Promotion in State Departments, Facilities, and Agencies

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

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before May 16, 2020, you must be a qualified employee of New York State and have had three months of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as follows:

For No. 38-522: Program Research Specialist 2, Program Research Specialist 2 Agricultural, Program Research Specialist 2 Criminal Justice, Program Research Specialist 2 Economics Finance, Program Research Specialist 2 Health Care Finance, Program Research Specialist 2 Health Systems Analysis, Program Research Specialist 2 Human Services, Program Research Specialist 2 Medical Assistance, Program Research Specialist 2 Public Health, Program Research Specialist 2 Transportation, Program Research Specialist Trainee 2, or Program Research Specialist Trainee 1.

For No. 38-735:

Either A. Program Research Specialist 2 Agricultural;

Or B. Program Research Specialist 2, Program Research Specialist 2 Criminal Justice, Program Research Specialist 2 Economics Finance, Program Research Specialist 2 Health Care Finance, Program Research Specialist 2 Health Systems Analysis, Program Research Specialist 2 Human Services, Program Research Specialist 2 Medical Assistance, Program Research Specialist 2 Public Health, Program Research Specialist 2 Transportation, Program Research Specialist Trainee 2, or Program Research Specialist Trainee 1.

For No. 38-736:

Either A. Program Research Specialist 2 Criminal Justice;

Or B. Criminal Justice Policy Analyst 1, Program Research Specialist 2, Program Research Specialist Trainee 2, or Program Research Specialist Trainee 1.

For No. 38-737:

Either A. Program Research Specialist 2 Economics Finance;

Or B. Program Research Specialist 2, Program Research Specialist 2 Agricultural, Program Research Specialist 2 Criminal Justice, Program Research Specialist 2 Health Care Finance, Program Research Specialist 2 Health Systems Analysis, Program Research Specialist 2 Human Services, Program Research Specialist 2 Medical Assistance, Program Research Specialist 2 Public Health, Program Research Specialist 2 Transportation, Program Research Specialist Trainee 2, or Program Research Specialist Trainee 1.

For No. 38-738:

Either A. Program Research Specialist 2 Health Systems Analysis, Program Research Specialist 2 Medical Assistance, Program Research Specialist 2 Public Health, Program Research Specialist 2 Health Care Finance.

Or B. Program Research Specialist 2, Program Research Specialist Trainee 2, or Program Research Specialist Trainee 1.

For No. 38-739:

Either A. Program Research Specialist 2 Health Care Finance, Program Research Specialist 2 Medical Assistance, Program Research Specialist 2 Public Health, Program Research Specialist 2 Health Systems Analysis.

Or B. Program Research Specialist 2, Program Research Specialist Trainee 2, or Program Research Specialist Trainee 1.

For No. 38-740:

Either A. Program Research Specialist 2 Human Services;

Or B. Program Research Specialist 2, Program Research Specialist 2 Agricultural, Program Research Specialist 2 Criminal Justice, Program Research Specialist 2 Economics Finance, Program Research Specialist 2 Health Care Finance, Program Research Specialist 2 Health Systems Analysis, Program Research Specialist 2 Medical Assistance, Program Research Specialist 2 Public Health, Program Research Specialist 2 Transportation, Program Research Specialist Trainee 2, or Program Research Specialist Trainee 1.

For No. 38-741:

Either A. Program Research Specialist 2 Health Care Finance, Program Research Specialist 2 Health System Analysis, Program Research Specialist 2 Public Health, Program Research Specialist 2 Medical Assistance.

Or B.Program Research Specialist 2, Program Research Specialist Trainee 2, or Program Research Specialist Trainee 1.

For No. 38-742:

Either A. Program Research Specialist 2 Health Care Finance, Program Research Specialist 2 Health System Analysis, Program Research Specialist 2 Medical Assistance, Program Research Specialist 2 Public Health.

Or B. Program Research Specialist 2, Program Research Specialist Trainee 2, or Program Research Specialist Trainee 1.

For No. 38-743:

Either A. Program Research Specialist 2 Transportation;

Or B. Program Research Specialist 2, Program Research Specialist 2 Agricultural, Program Research Specialist 2 Criminal Justice, Program Research Specialist 2 Economics Finance, Program Research Specialist 2 Health Care Finance, Program Research Specialist 2 Health Systems Analysis, Program Research Specialist 2 Human Services, Program Research Specialist 2 Medical Assistance, Program Research Specialist 2 Public Health, Program Research Specialist Trainee 2, or Program Research Specialist Trainee 1.

Only the title or titles listed are qualifying.

If you were permanently appointed to a qualifying title on or before February 16, 2020, 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

After one year of service at the full performance level, successful candidates will be qualified for appointment from the eligible list.

Eligibles who meet the "B" qualifications, and who are subsequently appointed to an "A" title, may request to have their name added to the "A" list, once they have completed the one year of service in the "A" title. The request should be submitted in writing to the NYS Department of Civil Service, Albany, New York 12239; Attention: S-1DAG.

Order of Certification

The order of certification of these eligible list will be:

  1. Promotion Unit "A" eligibles
  2. Promotion Unit "All" eligibles
  3. Department "A" eligibles
  4. Department "All" eligibles
  5. Interdepartmental "A" eligibles
  6. Interdepartmental "All" eligibles

Notes

  1. This examination is being held on a promotion and open-competitive basis. If you are admitted to the promotion examination under anticipated eligibility (i.e., you do not have the required one year of Qualifying Experience For Appointment From The Eligible List) and if you meet the open-competitive minimum qualifications, you may also be admitted to the open-competitive examination. To be admitted, you must apply for the open-competitive examination according to the instructions given on the open-competitive announcement. Once you meet the required one year of qualifying service for appointment from the promotion list, you will not be eligible for appointment from the open-competitive eligible list.
  2. Background Investigation/Justice Center Review: In some agencies, 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.

  3. 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. Understanding and Interpreting Tabular Material - These questions test your ability to understand, analyze, and use the internal logic of data presented in tabular form. You may be asked to perform tasks such as completing tables, drawing conclusions from them, analyzing data trends or interrelationships, and revising or combining data sets. The concepts of rate, ratio, and proportion are tested. Mathematical operations are simple, and computational speed is not a major factor in the test. You should bring with you a hand-held battery- or solar-powered calculator for use on this test. You will not be permitted to use the calculator function of your cell phone.
  2. 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.
  3. Descriptive and Inferential Statistics - These questions test for knowledge of statistical methods and techniques and their application. The questions will cover such areas as central tendency and variability, the normal distribution, hypothesis testing, statistical significance testing, probability, correlation and regression, parametric and nonparametric statistics, and analysis of variance. The questions are primarily conceptual, but you may be required to do some manipulation of data.
  4. 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.
  5. Research and experimental design - These questions test for knowledge of the concepts and techniques involved in the collection and interpretation of data, and the design and implementation of research studies. The questions cover such areas as sampling theory and methods, survey methods, and research and experimental design concepts. You will not be required to do any substantial manipulation of data.

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

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.

SELECTIVE CERTIFICATION: Approved applicants will have an opportunity to complete an online education and experience questionnaire that will be used for all titles on this announcement. Information provided on the questionnaire is subject to verification and may be used to qualify candidates for positions requiring specific education and experience beyond the minimum qualifications. Approved applicants will receive, via email, information about the process of completing the online questionnaire and when it will be available. It is very important that you provide an up-to-date email address on your application as you will receive important communication via email. All approved candidates are encouraged to complete the questionnaire to maximize opportunities for appointment; only candidates who complete the questionnaire and receive a passing score on the written examination will be considered for positions being filled using selective certification. This questionnaire will NOT be scored and must be completed within the required time period specified in the email. Your final score for the Program Research Specialist examination is based only on the written test. Names of candidates who pass the examination, but do not complete this questionnaire, will appear on the general eligible list only.

CERTIFICATION OF ELIGIBLE LISTS: When filling vacancies, agencies will have two options. One option is to request a general certification of the eligible list which will include all candidates, by score, in the order of certification: (1) within promotion units, (2) within entire Departments, or (3) to other Departments. Or, if it is determined that specific education and experience, beyond the minimum qualifications, are required for a position; agencies have the option to request a selective certification of the eligible list (see above). The selective certification will filter the results of the written test based on the responses to the online questionnaire. The selective certification will contain only the names of candidates who meet the specialized requirements, ranked by score, in the same order of certification described above. Final scores are based on the results of the written test only.

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Duties

As ab, including parenthetics, you would independently perform research projects under minimal supervision, or be responsible for managing and directing research analysis and evaluation teams in support of complex program activities of an agency or major division of an agency.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

S1/TB1 DAG-rkv
Issued: 02/28/2020

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