Opportunities at Work

New York State Department of Civil Service announces Continuous Recruitment Examination Open to All Qualified Individuals

Direct Support Assistant Trainee

Applications Accepted
Continuously
Tests To Be Held
Periodically

 

Exams Included on This Announcement
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.

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Minimum Qualifications

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.

Qualifications for Appointment

  1. License Requirement: You must possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State at the time of appointment and continuously thereafter.
  2. Physical/Medical Requirements: Your physical and medical condition will be evaluated to ensure that you are able to satisfactorily perform the duties of this position with or without reasonable accommodation. A complete statement of the physical and medical standards is now available. A medical examination will be required prior to appointment, and you are responsible for payment of the clinical laboratory test fee. Please note that the medical examination includes psychological and drug screening. Appointees to this position may be required to undergo periodic medical examinations to reassess their ability to perform the essential duties of the position.
  3. Background Investigation/Justice Center Review: The names of all prospective employees will be:
  4. and may be: You will be responsible for payment of all required fees.
  5. Medicaid and Medicare: In order to be eligible for appointment and to maintain employment, you cannot be listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of the Federal and/or State Medicaid and Medicare exclusion lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program). If you are appointed and subsequently listed as an excluded individual or entity on any of these lists (or excluded from any other Federal or Federally assisted program), you may be terminated from your employment.

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Duties

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(External Link).

The Positions

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.

Notes

  1. Fingerprinting is required at the time of appointment. You will be required to pay the processing fee.
  2. Your high school diploma or equivalency diploma must have been awarded by a high school or educational institution or one recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. If your high school diploma was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the NYS Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. You must pay the required evaluation fee.
  3. Facilities of the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This includes all holidays. These positions may require working on various shifts during the week and on weekends. Candidates' preferences would be considered, but shifts will be assigned at management's discretion.
  4. This examination uses the same test as the Developmental Disabilities Secure Care Treatment Aide Trainee examination. A candidate cannot be tested more than once during the same test form period. Each test form period runs from September 1st through August 15th of the following year. If you take the test more than once during the same test form period, you will not receive a score for the second test.
  5. Transition examinations No. 10-018 and 10-019, Direct Support Assistant Trainee, are also offered for employees of OPWDD. Contact your personnel office for the appropriate application form.
  6. Language Proficiency: If you are considered for appointment to a language parenthetic position, you will be required to pass a performance test to demonstrate your proficiency in the language. Proficiency must be at a level that will ensure your ability to properly perform the duties of the position. If other language parenthetic positions are established, the examination for Nos. 20-943 and 10-018, Direct Support Assistant Trainee will be used to fill those positions.
  7. If you are successful on this examination, your name will be placed on the open-competitive list for the facility where you applied for the exam. You may also request that your score be transferred to the open-competitive lists for Direct Support Assistant Trainee and Developmental Disabilities Secure Care Treatment Aide Trainee at other OPWDD facilities. Instructions on how to have your score transferred will appear on your written test score notice.

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Subject of Examination

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:

  1. Dealing with daily situations in an OPWDD setting - These questions test for the ability to apply common sense in dealing with daily situations encountered by direct care staff in OPWDD settings. No specific knowledge or training is needed to answer these questions.
  2. Observing and recording situations of daily living - These questions test for the ability to accurately observe and record situations of daily living. Candidates will be given a brief description of a situation of daily living, followed by a number of sentences. Candidates must indicate whether or not the sentences factually and accurately describe the situation presented.
  3. Understanding and applying written instructional material - These questions test for the ability to understand and apply written instructional material. Each question has two parts. The first part presents a short piece of instructional information. The second part describes a related situation. For each question, candidates must pick the one best answer, based on the instructional material and the situation presented.
  4. Arithmetic for daily living - These questions test for the ability to use basic arithmetic in daily living situations encountered by direct care staff in OPWDD settings. The situations involve the application of simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division, as well as interpreting information from simple tables, to answer the problems presented.

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.

How and Where to Apply

There is no fee to take this examination. On application form, NYS-APP#4, 20-943 & 20-944(pdf), 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(pdf) 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
(718) 217-5110
Brooklyn Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
888 Fountain Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11208-5997
(718) 642-6310
Broome Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
249 Glenwood Road
Binghamton, NY 13905-1695
(607) 770-0241
Capital District Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
500 Balltown Road
Schenectady, NY 12304
(518) 370-7386
Central New York Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
Rome Office
P.O. Box 470
Rome, NY 13442-0470
(315) 336-2300, Ext. 578
Central New York Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
Syracuse Office
187 Northern Concourse
N. Syracuse, NY 13212
(315) 473-6980
Finger Lakes Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
620 Westfall Road
Rochester, New York 14620
(585) 461-8800
Hudson Valley Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
P.O. Box 470, 7 Wilbur Road
Thiells, NY 10984
(845) 947-6300
Long Island Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
45 Mall Drive, Suite 1
Commack, NY 11725
(631) 493-1830
Metro New York Developmental Disabilities State Operations Office
Personnel Office
2400 Halsey Street
Bronx, NY 10461
(718) 430-0710
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
(716) 517-2057

RETEST POLICY: Candidates may file as frequently as once a year, but a new application is required each time.

Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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.

Eligibility for Employment

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.

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

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.

New York State Residence Is Not Required For Most Positions

However, you must be eligible for employment in the United States.

Cell Phones or Electronic/Communication Devices at the Test Site

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.

Continuous Recruitment/Eligible Lists

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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Reissued: 6/14

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