Development Specialist, #68375 Open Competitive Examination

Civil Service Job: Yes

Filing Date:

Applications received by mail must be postmarked no later than Friday, April 20, 2018

Exam Date:

Examinations will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018

Salary:

$24.74 per hour - Grade 23 - General Unit

Information on the Development Specialist, #68375 Open Competitive Examination position

Vacancy: Eligible List may be used to fill vacancies which may occur within the Cattaraugus County Department of Economic Development, Planning & Tourism, Little Valley, NY.  There is currently one full time vacancy.

Fee Required: The State Civil Service Law requires our office to collect a processing fee from each applicant.  The amount of the fee is fifteen dollars ($15) per applicant for Each examination applied for, payable at the time of filing of the application form, by check (personal or certified) or money order, payable to the “Cattaraugus County Treasurer”.  Cash Will Not Be Accepted.  Applicants whose personal checks are returned for insufficient funds will not be considered as candidates for this exam or subsequent exams until such time as restitution is made.  Applicants must record the Examination Number(s) and Title(s) on their checks.  Refunds of fees will not be issued to applicants who are disqualified for not meeting the minimum qualifications for admittance to the examination, who file their application after the final filing date or who do not appear for testing on the scheduled test date.  Therefore, Do Not Apply for an examination if you are not sure that you meet the minimum qualifications.  Application fees shall be waived for candidates that are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household or are receiving public assistance.  Please contact this office for an Application Fee Waiver Request and Certification Form, or download from our website at: www.cattco.org/jobs.

Residency: Preference in appointment may be given to successful candidates who have been, at the time of examination and for at least one month prior thereto, a resident of the jurisdiction in which the vacancy exists. 

Duties: The work is in the Department of Economic Development, Planning, and Tourism, and involves providing assistance to Cattaraugus County and its communities helping to identify and meet their development needs in the areas of economic, industrial, and community development. Duties are performed under general supervision with allowance made for the use of independent judgement and critical thinking in carrying out the details of the work.  Supervision may be exercised over subordinate clerical personnel.  A Development Specialist does related work as required.

 

Minimum Qualifications: Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and either:  

A. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in planning, business or public administration, economics, accounting or finance, marketing, public relations, journalism or communications, English, or travel and tourism; OR

B. Four years of experience in planning, economic development, business or public administration, accounting or finance, marketing, public relations, journalism, or a position regularly involving narrative writing and editing responsibilities;OR

C. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).

   

NOTE: Experience as referenced above refers to fulltime paid experience.  Paid experience gained on a part-time basis will be pro-rated to determine eligibility.  Therefore, candidates must be specific when reporting number of hours worked.

 

Subject of Examination: A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas:

1. Business principles - These questions cover the following areas: basic knowledge of business and how it operates, basics of project financing, common development criteria for industrial sites, and business data sources. 

2. Economic development practice and programs - These questions cover the practice of being an economic developer: handling the requests and meeting the needs of companies and prospects. The candidate must demonstrate knowledge of business information sources and government programs related to economic development, and certain business sales and marketing techniques. 

3. 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. 

4. Evaluating conclusions in light of known facts - These questions will consist of a set of factual statements 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. 

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. 

The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However, candidates may find information in the publication "How to take a written test" helpful in preparing for this test. This publication is available on line at: www.cs.ny.gov/testing/localtestguides.cfm

Candidates are RECCOMENDED to use quiet, hand-held, solar or battery powered calculators.  Devices with typewriter keyboards, spell checkers, personal digital assistants, address books, language translators, dictionaries or any similar devices are prohibited.

 

Participation in Multiple Examinations: If you have applied for both State and local government examinations, you must notify the Cattaraugus County Civil Service Office of your intent to take both a State and a local government examination. When taking both a State and a local government examination you will be required to take all your examinations at a State examination center.  You will be advised by letter when and where to report for your examinations.

If you have applied for another local government examination with another local civil service agency, call or write each civil service agency to make arrangements.  You must notify all government civil service agencies with whom you have filed an application of the test site at which you wish to take your examinations.

 

Candidates Please Note: Your application for this test is part of the examination process.  Applications must be completely filled out with all pertinent information stated.  The Civil Service Office does not refer to other applications on file for additional information.  Applications which do not show training and/or experience to meet the minimum qualifications will be disapproved. Vagueness and ambiguity will not be resolved in your favor.

This examination is being prepared and rated by the New York State Civil Service Department in accordance with Section 23-2 of the Civil Service Law.  The provisions of the New York State Civil Service Rules and Regulations dealing with the rating of examinations will apply to this examination.

Applications will be accepted up to April 20, 2018 and may be obtained from the Civil Service web page at: www.cattco.org/jobs.

 

Cattaraugus County An Equal Opportunity Employer

 

Issued: March 21, 2018

Complete Job Description & Qualifications

Download the following file for the complete job description and qualifications for the Development Specialist, #68375 Open Competitive Examination position.

PARTICIPATION IN MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS: If you have applied for both State and Local government examinations, you must take all your examinations at the State examination center. You will be advised by letter when and where to report for your examinations.

If you have applied for another local government examination with another local civil service agency, call or write each civil service agency to make arrangements. You must notify all government civil service agencies with whom you have filed an application of the test site at which you wish to take your examination.

SATURDAY SABBATH OBSERVERS - HANDICAPPED PERSONS: If special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate this on your application(s).

CANDIDATES PLEASE NOTE: Your application for this test is part of the examination process. Applications must be completely filled out with all pertinent information stated. The Commission does not refer to other applications on file for additional information. Applications which do not show training and/or experience to meet the minimum qualifications will be disapproved. Vagueness and ambiguity will not be resolved in your favor.

VETERANS: Disabled and non-disabled war veterans who are eligible for additional credits must submit an application for veterans' credits. Candidates who wish to claim veterans' credits on an examination should request an application and information sheet from the Cattaraugus County Civil Service Commission. Veterans' application forms will also be available upon request at the examination center. The completed forms must be received before the eligible list for the examination is established in order to utilize additional credits.

Effective January 1, 2014, War-time Veterans who previously used non-disabled veterans credits for appointment or promotion and are subsequently certified by the Veteran's Administration as a disabled veteran may again be eligible for additional exam credits. To apply for subsequent disabled veteran credits, complete the Veteran Credit application and check the applicable box, additionally you are required to follow the directions below regarding Disabled Veterans credits.

Effective January 1, 1998, the State Constitution was amended to permit a candidate currently in the armed forces to apply for and be conditionally granted veteran's credit in examinations. Any candidate who applies for such credit must provide proof of military status to receive the conditional credit. No credit may be granted after the establishment of the list. It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate documentary proof indicating that the service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of Civil Service Law, and that the candidate received an honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a score including veteran's credits.

In conformance with Section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served. If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination. A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility. However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established.

Applications

Applications for Development Specialist, #68375 Open Competitive Examination will be accepted up to Friday, April 20, 2018, and may be obtained by downloading from the following links.

Application Forms

Cattaraugus County an Equal Opportunity Employer