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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26TH 10:30A.M.
LOCATION: CITY HALL - 2ND FLOOR
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- Uniformed Services Examination: $100
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PROGRAMMER ANALYST DESKTOP APPLICATIONS I - CONTINUOUS EXAM
- Type:Full Time
- Posted Date:04/30/2014
THIS IS NOT AN OFFER OF EMPLOYMENT
MUNICIPAL CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
1 Larkin Center
Yonkers, N.Y. 10701
A NON-REFUNDABLE $40.00 APPLICATION FEE IS REQUIRED FOR EACH SEPARATELY NUMBERED EXAMINATION FOR WHICH YOU APPLY
CONTINUOUS EXAMINATION PROGRAM FOR PROGRAMMER ANALYST
DESKTOP APPLICATIONS I
APPOINTING AUTHORITY VACANCIES SALARY RANGE (per annum)
City of Yonkers As they occur $63,562-103,483
RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT WAIVED
This is a technical position that is responsible for the preparation, development, monitoring and modification of technical computer programs and computer operator instructions. The work includes analyzing and defining system requirements, preparing detailed specifications and gathering, analyzing and evaluating information. General supervision may be exercised over assigned personnel. Does related work as required.
Reviews and rectifies problems submitted by users;
Reviews log and corrects problems as they occur in daily processing;
Performs updates to applications as requested through end users;
Tests programs to ensure that they are functioning properly;
Writes programs for application development in order to support organizational needs;
Interface with system users in order to trouble shoot problems;
Designs documentation forms, flow charts and diagrams to adapt business or statistical operations to electronic data processing;
Develops backup and restore procedures in order to maintain system integrity;
Request job runs in response to user departments;
Maintains documentation related to applications;
Reviews daily reports in order to ensure accuracy;
Communicates with Help Desk to confirm that systems are up and running;
Performs periodic maintenance of systems as required by outside vendors and authorities;
Leads the actions of other data processing staff;
Interfaces with users to ascertain the nature of projects, the form of source information and form of results required;
Interviews employees, supervisory and administrative staff to collect information for Analysis;
Analyzes and evaluates procedures for computer application against such factors as computer capability and requirements, facility of results, efficiency, cost and management control;
Prepares detailed program specifications of input and output processing.
Candidates must meet the following requirements on or before the date of the written test.
a) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree and two (2) years of computer programming/analysis experience with Visual Basic and/or Java language which must have included MS Access, SQL and Oracle 8i or higher database using Oracle Discover, Oracle Developer or SQL plus; or
b) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two year college or university with an Associate’s Degree and four (4) years of experience as described in (A); or
c) An equivalent combination of education/training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).
The examination will consist of two parts: a rated evaluation of training and experience and a qualifying pc-administered test. You must pass the evaluation of training and experience in order to take the qualifying pc-administered test. You must pass both tests in order to be considered for appointment. Only your rating on the evaluation of training and experience will be considered when computing final scores.
RATED EVALUATION OF TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
You will complete a questionnaire that asks for specific information on your information technology education (formal degrees, IT-related training courses, certifications) and experience. You will also be asked to briefly describe a significant achievement in each of the job’s areas and to provide the name and contact information for someone who can verify your information. The information you provide about your experience will be rated against the following areas:
Qualifying pc-administered written test will be designed to test for knowledge, skills and/or abilities in such areas as:
Logical Reasoning and Interpreting Instructions for Computer-Related Positions
These multiple-choice questions test for ability to reason logically and interpret instructions in a computer-related context. They cover verbal and quantitative reasoning, flowchart interpretation and applying written directions. The verbal and quantitative reasoning questions include logical implications (e.g., if A and B, then C) and relations (e.g., greater than). Knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division is necessary, but neither mathematical sophistication nor computational speed is needed. The interpreting instructions questions provide the instructions and specific rules for applying them. All the information needed to answer the questions is presented with the questions.
User Support and Training
This simulation exercise requires candidates to assume the role of a staff member in a Help Desk support unit. Candidates will be presented with a user’s problem. During the course of handling the problem, candidates will be required to: demonstrate communication skills, apply troubleshooting practices and tools, determine the appropriate level of training needed by the user, and educate the user on the proper use of computers.
Working Effectively with Others to Solve Job-Related Problems
This simulation exercise requires candidates to assume the role of a staff member in an Information Technology work group who is working with colleagues during a time of change in policy or procedure, in a particular agency. During the exercise, candidates will be required to deal with obstacles within the working environment, which includes peer relations and the demands of handling multiple tasks. Candidates will be required to demonstrate the ability to be flexible, creative and persistent as a team player. They will also need to demonstrate the ability to cooperate, show initiative, and establish positive working relationships with peers and administrators.
Qualifying test scores may be banked and applied to future examinations for titles that require the same test plan.
APPLICATIONS: APPLICATION FORMS AND INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED AT THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION, ROOM 120, CITY HALL, YONKERS, NEW YORK. APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE DELIVERED PERSONALLY OR BE POSTMARKED NO LATER THAN THE LAST DATE FOR FILING SHOWN IN HEADING. A separate application must be filed for each examination. OMISSIONS OR VAGUENESS IN ANSWERS WILL NOT BE INTERPRETED IN CANDIDATE'S FAVOR AND MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION. Approved candidates will be sent notice when and where to appear for examination. Due notice will be sent to DISAPPROVED candidates. IF NOTICE IS NOT RECEIVED WITHIN TWO (2) DAYS OF THE DATE OF THE EXAMINATION, CALL THIS OFFICE (377-6092, 377-6093).
NOTE: DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST DAY TO FILE FOR YOUR APPLICATION. COMPLETED APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE FILED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE AFTER PUBLICATION OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR EXAMINATION. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER WILL BE USED AS IDENTIFICATION NUMBER AT TIME OF EXAMINATION.
APPLICATION FILING FEE: For all examinations held on or after November 15, 1997 a non-refundable application fee of $25.00 is required for each separately numbered examination for which you apply. The required fee must accompany your application(s). If you are applying for a Promotional and an Open-Competitive Examination for the same title, only one application fee is required. Submit check or money order payable to the "City of Yonkers". Write the examination number(s) and your name and Social Security number on your check or money order. DO NOT SEND CASH. Application fees are not refundable. If you are disqualified from or fail to appear for the examination, your fee is not refunded. Therefore, you are urged to compare your qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission and file only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified.
IF YOUR APPLICATION IS RECEIVED WITHOUT THE REQUIRED FEE IT WILL BE CONSIDERED INCOMPLETE AND YOU WILL NOT BE ADMITTED TO THE EXAMINATION. YOUR APPLICATION WITH THE REQUIRED FEE MUST BE RECEIVED PRIOR TO OR POSTMARKED NOT LATER THAN THE LAST FILING DATE.
THE FEE MAY BE SUBJECT TO INCREASE.
APPLICATION FILING FEE WAIVER: A waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household. In addition, a waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are determined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security Income payments, or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Family Assistance or Safety net Assistance) or are certified Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through a State or local social service agency. All Claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification. If you can verify eligibility for application fee waiver, complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification” form and submit it with your application by the close of business on the Application Deadline as Listed on the Examination Announcement.
IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CANDIDATE TO NOTIFY THE CIVIL SERVICE OFFICE OF ANY CHANGE IN NAME OR ADDRESS. NO ATTEMPT WILL BE MADE TO LOCATE CANDIDATES WHO HAVE MOVED.
AGE LIMITS: There may be statutory restrictions on employment if under 18. Certain examinations may have age restrictions, in which case creditable military service, not exceeding 6 years total, may be subtracted from age of an applicant over the maximum age limit. Credit for age reduction must be claimed at time of filing application, by completing Veteran's Credits form and presenting separation papers.
INVESTIGATION OF CANDIDATES: All Statements are subject to verification. Inquiries may be made as to character and qualifications.
MULTIPLE TEST APPLICANTS: If you have cross filed for any other civil service tests with New York State or any other local government jurisdiction, you must make arrangements to take all the examinations at one test site. You must notify this office in writing at least two weeks before the test date indicating the site where you wish to take the test.
TRANSCRIPTS OR DIPLOMAS: When high school diplomas or college transcripts or diplomas are required, they must be submitted prior to appointment.
SABBATH OBSERVER: Candidates, who for religious reasons, cannot be tested on Saturday must indicate this information on their application.
ALTERNATE TEST DATE: Under specific circumstances an alternate test date may be arranged in accordance with established guidelines. This includes special test arrangements for active military members. Your request and verifiable documentation must be submitted to the Civil Service Office prior to the test date or in the case of an emergency not later than 4:30 p.m. on the next business day following the test. The requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for compliance with our alternate test date guidelines. A copy of these guidelines is available upon request in the Civil Service Office.
DISABLED APPLICANTS: If special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate this on your application.
ELIGIBLE LIST: The eligible list established as a result of this test will remain in force for at least one year but not more than four years. Changing conditions may make it advisable to certify to future vacancies at higher or lower salaries than those announced.
PERSONS ON PREFERRED LISTS: Any person, otherwise meeting the requirements for this exam whose name is presently on a preferred list is eligible to compete in this examination.
VETERANS: Disabled and non-disabled veterans (military service) are eligible for additional credits may have 5 and 2 1/2 points (on Promotional exams), respectively or 10 and 5 (on Open-Competitive exams), respectively, added to their earned scores if successful in exam. CREDITS MUST BE CLAIMED AT THE TIME OF FILING APPLICATION FOR EXAM ON AN APPLICATION FOR VETERANS CREDITS. A SEPARATE APPLICATION FOR EACH EXAMINATION MUST BE COMPLETED. WHETHER OR NOT IT IS NECESSARY TO USE THESE CREDITS WILL BE DETERMINED AT TIME OF APPOINTMENT.
On promotional exams candidates who have attained a passing grade in the written exam will have points added to an eligible score up to and including the day of the exam as follows:
Less than 1 yr 0 pts Over 26 yrs up to 31 yrs 6 pts
1 yr up to 6 yrs 1 pt Over 31 yrs up to 36 yrs 7 pts
Over 6 yrs up to 11 yrs 2 pts Over 36 yrs up to 41 yrs 8 pts
Over 11 yrs up to 16 yrs 3 pts Over 41 yrs up to 46 yrs 9 pts
Over 16 yrs up to 21 yrs 4 pts Over 46 yrs up to 51 yrs 10 pts
Over 21 yrs up to 26 yrs 5 pts
PROMOTIONAL EXAMS: (Departmental only) - At time of application, must be a current employee of the hiring authority where vacancy occurs.
CITY OF YONKERS, NEW YORK
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
HIRING AND APPOINTMENTS SHALL BE BASED ON INDIVIDUAL CAPABILITY AND MERIT AND ARE MADE IN OBSERVANCE OF CIVIL SERVICE LAW. FEDERAL, STATE AND CITY LAWS PROHIBIT DISCRIMINATION IN APPOINTMENTS BASED ON RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, AGE, GENDER, NATIONAL ORIGIN, MARITAL STATUS, DISABILITY, OR POLITICAL ORIENTATION, EX-OFFENDER STATUS AND STATUS AS A VIETNAM ERA VETERAN, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED BY LAW.