New York State of Opportunity

Disaster Preparedness Program Representative

Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 2

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 Open to Employees of Salary Salary Grade Non−Refundable Processing Fee (Waivers available)
38-853 Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 2 Multiple Agencies $61,270 SG-18 $15
38-854 Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 3 Multiple Agencies * SG-23 $20
38-855 Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 4 Multiple Agencies * SG-25/SG-61 $25
Salary Grade*Salary
SG-23$79,325/$77,853 (Canal Corp)
SG-25/SG-61$88,161/$85,715

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.

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 January 14, 2023, you must be a qualified employee of New York State and have had three months of permanent competitive, noncompetitive, or 55-b/55-c service as:

For Exam No. 38-853:

Either A. a Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 1;

Or B. a DHSES Logistics Specialist, DHSES Program Administrator 1, Homeland Security Program Analyst 1.

For Exam No. 38-854:

Either A. a Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 2;

Or B. an Agency Emergency Management Coordinator, DHSES Logistics Specialist, DHSES Logistics Supervisor, DHSES Program Administrator 1, DHSES Program Administrator 2, Homeland Security Program Analyst 1, Homeland Security Program Analyst 2.

For Exam No. 38-855: a Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 3.

Only the title or titles listed are qualifying.

If you were permanently appointed to a qualifying title on or before October 14, 2022, 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 the service described in the Minimum Qualifications, 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 time in title year(s) 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-2LAK3.

Order of Certification

The order of certification of this eligible list will be:

1. Promotion Unit "A" eligibles 4. Department "All" eligibles

2. Promotion Unit "All" eligibles 5. Interdepartmental "A" eligibles

3. Department "A" eligibles 6. Interdepartmental "All" eligibles

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Duties

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. You would supervise subordinate staff.

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.

As a Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 4, under the general direction of executive level, you will staff, manage, direct, and recommend policy for one or more homeland security disaster preparedness planning, training, response, recovery, and reimbursement programs.

Notes

  1. In accordance with Section 52.11 of the Civil Service Law, individuals serving permanently in the non-competitive or labor class in a qualifying title (including those serving under Section 55b/c) who otherwise meet the requirements for taking the examination are eligible to compete in this promotion examination.
  2. 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.
  3. A transition exam is also being held for Disaster Preparedness Program Representative 2.

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Subject of Examination

To be considered for appointment, you must pass the written test. The written test evaluates your knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in the following areas:
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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. X
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. X
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). X
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. XX
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) XX
10. Administrative supervision - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices involved in directing the activities of a large subordinate staff, including subordinate supervisors. Questions relate to the personal interactions between an upper level supervisor and his/her subordinate supervisors in the accomplishment of objectives. These questions cover such areas as assigning work to and coordinating the activities of several units, establishing and guiding staff development programs, evaluating the performance of subordinate supervisors, and maintaining relationships with other organizational sections. X
11. Administrative techniques and practices - These questions test for a knowledge of management techniques and practices used in directing or assisting in directing a program component or an organizational segment. Questions cover such areas as interpreting policies, making decisions based on the context of the position in the organization, coordinating programs or projects, communicating with employees or the public, planning employee training, and researching and evaluating areas of concern. X
12. Managing emergency service training programs - These questions test for the knowledge required to manage staff training within an emergency service organization. The questions cover such areas as assessing training needs; planning, developing, coordinating, and implementing training programs; motivating trainees; monitoring trainers; and evaluating training outcomes. X

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

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.

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Issued: 10/28/22

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