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GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS SPECIALIST - CONT EXAM
- Posted Date:10/22/2013
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
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS SPECIALIST
APPOINTING AUTHORITY VACANCIES SALARY RANGE (per annum)
City of Yonkers As they occur $46,869-85,354
RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT WAIVED
This position is responsible for assisting in the production and maintenance of enterprise geospatial datasets and related cartographic and mapping functions. The work includes maintaining and updating the central database using GIS and related software packages, collecting and reviewing source data and manuscripts from government agencies, and assembling and preparing data for distribution. This position also requires the general application of technical and cartographic skills associated with the design, layout and production of maps, (hardcopy and digital) publications and graphics. General supervision is received from administrative personnel. Does related work as required.
Performs geographic information systems (GIS) database development, entry-level programming functions and basic map-making functions associated with the central GIS database;
Performs maintenance of enterprise database layers including street centerline files and associated address ranges;
Provides GIS support to departments by extracting information from databases to produce maps and other materials denoting information such as tax parcels, watersheds, census geography and other features;
Performs basic technical programming and database management functions in support of special projects;
Converts geographic data from hardcopy and electronic maps;
Performs traditional cartographic and mapping functions as needed;
Assists in providing GIS support for planning feasibility studies and presentiation, and to prepare reports and provide statistical documentation;
Reviews with supervisor the priority and feasibility of assigned projects;
Attends meetings and conferences as assigned;
Attends staff meetings to discuss unit and departmental activities;
Uses computer applications or other automated systems such as spreadsheets, word processing, calendar, e-mail and database software in performing work assignments.
Candidates must meet the requirements of one of the following groups 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 in Graphic Information Systems or a related field; or
b) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two year college or university with an Associate’s Degree in Graphic Information Systems or a related field and two (2) years of experience in utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) or related mapping; or
c) An equivalent combination of education/training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B).
RATED EVALUATION OF TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE:
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.
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:
Web Site Development
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.