Family Support Worker, #61914 Open Competitive Examination

Civil Service Job: Yes

Filing Date:

Applications received by mail must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Exam Date:

Examinations will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018

Salary:

Varies by School District

Information on the Family Support Worker, #61914 Open Competitive Examination position

Vacancy:                         Eligible List may be used to fill vacancies, as appropriate, in school districts which are under the jurisdiction of the Cattaraugus County Civil Service. 

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

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: Responsible for the intervention in strengthening the parent child relationship, improving parenting skills to optimize the home environment, and to increase the family’s ability to problem solve and assume the role of advocate for themselves and their children.  Assist in building trusting relationships in the family unit.  The incumbent will assist the family in establishing goals and a plan for development of the child. Responsible for initiating and maintaining regular contact/support with families.  The work is performed under general supervision of the School Principal in conjunction with Cattaraugus County Community Services staff.  Supervision over the work of others is not a function of this position.  A Family Support Worker does related work as required. 

Minimum Qualifications:  

A).       Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with an Associates Degree in Human Services or a related field; OR 

B)              Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and two (2) years of experience working with children who have emotional/behavioral issues.

NOTE: Experience as referenced above refers to full time 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. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT FOR APPOINTMENT: Possess and maintain a New York State Driver’s License. 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT FOR APPOINTMENT IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS / BOCES:  Per regulations of the Commissioner of Education, to be employed in a position designated by a school district or BOCES as involving direct contact with students, a clearance for employment from the State Education Department is required.

 

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

1. Interviewing - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices employed in obtaining information from individuals through structured conversations. These questions require you to apply the principles, practices, and techniques of effective interviewing to hypothetical interviewing situations. Included are questions that present a problem arising from an interviewing situation, and you must choose the most appropriate course of action to take.

2. 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.

3. Principles and practices of social casework - These questions test for knowledge of the principles and practices used to provide casework services to individuals and/or families of all ages, backgrounds, and circumstances. Questions will test for application of this knowledge in various settings and will include such topics as assessment, monitoring and evaluating services, counseling, referrals, and advocacy.

4. Working with individuals to promote mental health - These questions test for knowledge of characteristics, causes and treatment methods associated with working with individuals who may have mental, developmental, physical, social and substance abuse disorders and/or disabilities. Questions cover such topics as establishing, maintaining and terminating client relationships; recognizing, interpreting, and responding to individual and group behaviors, as well as crisis situations; and facilitating access to essential services such as financial, housing, medical, educational, legal, vocational, and recreational.

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: https://www.cs.ny.gov/testing/testguides.cfm

Candidates are allowed 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.

 

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.  Civil Service 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 October 31, 2018, and may be obtained from the Cattaraugus County Civil Service website at: www.cattco.org/jobs.

  

Cattaraugus County- An Equal Opportunity Employer

 

Issued: October 3, 2018

Complete Job Description & Qualifications

Download the following file for the complete job description and qualifications for the Family Support Worker, #61914 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 Family Support Worker, #61914 Open Competitive Examination will be accepted up to Wednesday, October 31, 2018, and may be obtained by downloading from the following links.

Application Forms

Cattaraugus County an Equal Opportunity Employer