|Exam Number||Exam Title||Salary Grade||Salary|
|20-943||Direct Support Assistant Trainee||Equated to G-7*||$29,864|
|20-944||Direct Support Assistant Trainee (Spanish Language||Equated to G-7*||$29,864|
Appointees in the New York City area (Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Queens, Richmond [Staten Island], Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties) will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange, or Putnam Counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid Hudson adjustment.
* As a Direct Support Assistant Trainee, you would participate in a traineeship ranging from 6 to 15 months depending on your qualifications and your ability to demonstrate competency in certain critical areas of consumer care. The traineeship includes a wide range of learning experiences in the provision of care for individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities. You will be required to successfully complete and be certified in Medication Administration and Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention (SCIP). At the successful conclusion of your traineeship, you would advance without further examination to Salary Grade 9 (Beginning Salary $33,306). An appointee not meeting required standards can be terminated at any time after the initial four (4) weeks and before completion of the traineeship.
You must have graduated from high school or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (such as a GED) or higher. You must include the name and location of the high school or governmental authority that granted the diploma in the “Education” section of your application. Your high school diploma or equivalency diploma must have been awarded by a high school or educational institution recognized by the New York State Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. There will be a written test administered in English only, which you must pass. If you pass the written test, you must meet the QUALIFICATIONS FOR APPOINTMENT.
As a Direct Support Assistant Trainee, you would help individuals with developmental disabilities lead richer lives. Under supervision, you would provide supports and services which involve advocating for, encouraging, guiding and teaching individuals in expressing personal choice, assuring community integration, assisting individuals with personal hygiene care, toileting, lifts and transfers, dining, dressing, and meal preparation. You would help individuals to participate in games and recreational programs; coach and encourage individuals to develop daily living skills; and provide a clean, safe, and comfortable environment. You would work with other staff to carry out and record care plans and, in accordance with special instructions, you may administer medication. These positions are physically demanding. You would need to be prepared to act to ensure the health and safety of individuals in emergency situations. You must be able to do such things as stand, bend, stretch, and lift bedridden and/or incapacitated individuals. To learn more about what direct support professionals do on the job everyday, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnK4z3KAqtE.
These positions are located throughout the state in facilities and community-based programs operated by New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD). Refer to "How & Where To Apply" below.
There will be a written test which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The written test will be administered in English and is designed to test for knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:
Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans’ and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.
There is no fee to take this examination. On application form, NYS-APP#4, 20-943 & 20-944(), specify the number(s) and title(s) of the examination(s) you wish to take. All statements made on the application are subject to investigation. You may be asked to provide additional information and/or documentation to support statements made on the application. MAIL THE APPLICATION TO THE FACILITY WHERE YOU WISH TO BE TESTED. Please note, if you are a current OPWDD employee, you should file the application for transition examination No. 10-018 or No. 10-019.
Form NYS-APP#4, 20-943 & 20-944() is an examination application; it is not a job application. You will not receive any notice of the receipt of your application. When a test has been scheduled by the facility, an admission notice, detailing where and when the exam will be held, will be mailed to you approximately two weeks prior to the exam date.
New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities
Bernard Fineson Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
P.O. Box 280507
Queens Village, NY 11428-0507
Brooklyn Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
888 Fountain Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11208-5997
|Broome Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
249 Glenwood Road
Binghamton, NY 13905-1695
|Capital District Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
500 Balltown Road
Schenectady, NY 12304
|Central New York Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
P.O. Box 470
Rome, NY 13442-0470
(315) 336-2300, Ext. 578
|Central New York Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
187 Northern Concourse
N. Syracuse, NY 13212
|Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
620 Westfall Road
Rochester, New York 14620
|Hudson Valley Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
P.O. Box 470, 7 Wilbur Road
Thiells, NY 10984
|Long Island Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
45 Mall Drive, Suite 1
Commack, NY 11725
|Metro New York Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
2400 Halsey Street
Bronx, NY 10461
|Staten Island Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
1150 Forest Hill Road
Staten Island, NY 10314 6316
(718) 983 5433
|Sunmount Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
2445 State Route 30
Tupper Lake, NY 12986
(518) 359 4150
|Taconic Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
26 Center Circle
Wassaic, New York 12592
(845) 877-6821 x3488
|Western New York Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
1200 East & West Road
West Seneca, NY 14224
RETEST POLICY: Candidates may file as frequently as once a year, but a new application is required each time.
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 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, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.
Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.
You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.
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 [press 2, then press 2]. Outside of the Albany area, call toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 2]. For TDD services, call NY Relay at 711 (requires a fee) or 1-800-662-1220.
However, you must be eligible for employment in the United States.
Do not bring cell phones, beepers, headphones, or any electronic or other communication devices to the test site. The use of such devices at the test site in the test room, hallways, restrooms, building, grounds, or other areas could result in your disqualification.
Candidates who meet the qualification and pass this examination will have their names placed on the eligible list in the order of final scores, regardless of the date on which they filed or took the test. Generally, the names of qualified candidates will remain on the eligible list for two years. Appeal of ratings will not be allowed as the opportunity for retest exists. The department of Civil Service reserves the right to terminate this special recruitment program.
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