TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER 2011-080

ISSUED  NOVEMBER 2, 2011

REVISED JUNE 12, 2013

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examination

 

for

 

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT COUNSELOR

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Title

Job

Code

Pay Schedule

and Range

1.

Youth Development Counselor

41810

ST07

 

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

VETERANS:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. ß7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs.  To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit the Commissionís website, Job Seekers page, for Veterans; visit one of our offices; or call our veterans information line, (717) 787-6039.

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

You will perform professional counseling work in the rehabilitation and social development of adjudicated delinquent youth in a state facility.  You will also develop, implement, and monitor individual treatment program plans for each assigned delinquent youth.  This involves obtaining social and behavioral histories; completing intake documents; providing case management services; and conducting individual, group, and family counseling, and crisis intervention services.  You will also maintain constructive discipline and security; record individualsí progress in meeting treatment program goals; and implement discharge plans.  You will provide guidance to facility staff and delinquent youth on group living, rehabilitative program goals, personal hygiene, and social, physical, and emotional development programs.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

You will be tested before your qualifications are reviewed.  Your test results will count only if you meet all job requirements.

 

You are subject to Pennsylvania residency requirements and must be able to perform the essential functions of the job.  Visit the Commissionís website, Job Seekers page, for PA Residency Information.

 

If you are a final candidate for a position covered by the Child Protective Services Law, you will have to provide reports on your background, from such sources as the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. 

 

After you receive a conditional offer of employment, you must undergo a medical examination.

 

Conditions of Employment

The working conditions are physically strenuous and emotionally demanding.  You must accept the following 4 conditions.  By submitting your application, you are indicating your willingness to 1.) work in a confined and/or secure facility; 2.) work directly with hostile, aggressive, defiant, combative and/or withdrawn delinquent adolescents who have committed criminal offenses; 3.) provide a therapeutic living and working atmosphere conducive to achieving the goals of rehabilitating delinquent adolescents; and 4.) work different shifts and holidays.

 

Minimum Requirements

Five years of experience as a Youth Development Aide; OR 4 years of experience as a Youth Development Aide Supervisor; OR 1 year of experience in the care, custody, supervision, activities, leadership or personal guidance of delinquent, pre-delinquent or socially maladjusted youth in an organized program; and a bachelorís degree in the behavioral sciences, special education, juvenile delinquency or criminal justice; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training which included 1 year of experience in the care, custody, supervision, activities, leadership or personal guidance of delinquent, pre-delinquent or socially maladjusted youth in an organized program.

 

Clarification of Requirements

Please make sure you meet all requirements.  If you are not sure you qualify, contact one of the Commission's offices listed at the end of this announcement for guidance.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

Positions are in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare in Carbon, Franklin, Huntingdon, Montour, and Perry counties.

 

Approximately 7 appointments and promotions from lists are made annually to this job title.

 

Additional opportunities may occur due to normal turnover from retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities contact the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Bureau of Human Resources, Health and Welfare Building Ė Room 106, P. O. Box 2675, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania  17105-2675; Telephone:  (717) 787-5068, Internetwww.dpw.state.pa.us, Emailra-pwhdqpostings@pa.gov

 

TESTING

 

The test will be administered on a computer.  Information about computerized testing is available online at www.scsc.state.pa.us OR in paper form at any State Civil Service Commission office.

 

You will have a maximum of 2 1/2 hours to complete the test which will cover the following subject areas:

 

 

Subject Area

Number of Questions

 

 

 

Effective Expression

25

 

 

Casework Principles

25

 

 

Juvenile Delinquency

20

 

 

Individual and Group Behavior

20

 

 

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

_10_

 

 

Total

100

 

 

The test will be administered in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh State Civil Service Commission offices, Monday through Friday.

 

The test also will be held approximately 10 days a month at additional test centers located in Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton.  For further details on test dates, contact the Commissionís Information Services Unit; Telephone (Voice) (717) 787-7811, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only)

(717) 783-8896.

 

If you take the test and want to take it again, you may be retested after 6 months from the date of your test.  You must submit a new application to be retested.

 

If your name is on an eligible list for this job title and you take this test, your most recent examination result will be the only one counted.

 

TEST RESULTS

 

Employment and promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Complete your application on the Commissionís website, Job Seekers page, by selecting Online Application, or submit your completed paper application to:

 

 

State Civil Service Commission

ATTN:  Applications

P.O. Box 569

Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569

 

Applications and further information can be obtained from:

 

1.

State Civil Service Commission:

 

 

 

Harrisburg:  2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O.

 

Box 569, Hbg., 17108-0569; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text

 

Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 772-2685

 

 

 

Philadelphia:  110 North 8th St., Suite 503, Phila., 19107; Telephone

 

(Voice) (215) 560-2253, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

 

callers only) (215) 560-4367

 

 

 

Pittsburgh:  411 Seventh Ave., Room 410, Pgh., 15219; Telephone

 

(Voice) (412) 565-7666, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

 

callers only) (412) 565-2484

 

 

 

Internetwww.scsc.state.pa.us

 

 

2.

PA CareerLink offices

 

 

3.

The Human Resources office listed under the "JOB OPPORTUNITIES" section of this announcement

 

For further information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans' preference and other items, refer to the instructions provided with the "Application for Employment/Promotion."