You must submit Application Supplement No. 2010-187-1 with your online or paper application.

TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER 2010-187

ISSUED  DECEMBER 29, 2010

REVISED APRIL 3, 2013

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examination

 

for

 

THERAPEUTIC ACTIVITIES AIDE

(Local Government)

 

COMPLETING THE APPLICATION SUPPLEMENT IS THE TEST.

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Title

Job

Code

Starting

Salary

1.

Therapeutic Activities Aide (Local Government)

L0865

*

 

*Local government salaries vary.  Contact the Human Resources Office of the local government agency where you are interested in working for specific information.

 

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

VETERANS:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. §7103) 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 Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, for Veterans; visit one of our offices; or call out veterans information line, (717) 787-6039.

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

You will work in a Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program helping individuals with mental, developmental or physical disabilities perform activities such as arts and crafts, self-care training, daily living training, socialization, and vocational adjustment.  The work involves instructing and assisting individuals in activities, observing behavior and providing opportunities for socialization.  In some cases, a large amount of personal care is required which may include toileting, feeding and assisting individuals with their daily needs.  This work may involve overtime, weekend or evening work hours and a risk of physical injury.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

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

 

For some jobs, offers of employment will be made only if you are willing to travel.  Travel expenses will be paid.

 

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

 

Some of the positions in this job title come under the provisions of the Child Protective Services Law.  If you are a final candidate for one of these positions, you will have to provide reports on your background from such sources as the Pennsylvania State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.  If your background is unacceptable, you will be disqualified for employment in such positions.  You will receive information about these requirements and how to obtain the required reports at the time you are being considered for employment.

 

Some of the positions in this job title come under the provisions of the Older Adults Protective Services Act.  If you are a final candidate for one of these positions, you will have to obtain a report of criminal record information from the Pennsylvania State Police or a statement that the State Police Central Repository contains no information relating to you.  If your background is unacceptable, you will be disqualified for employment in such positions.  You will receive information about this requirement and how to obtain the required reports at the time you are being considered for employment.

 

Minimum Requirements

Six months as an Aide Trainee; OR one year of experience working with persons with mental or physical disabilities; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training.

 

Clarification of Requirements

You may substitute related education for the required experience.  Unrelated experience or education will not be accepted.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

There are positions located in the Bedford/Somerset County and Forrest/Warren County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Programs.

  

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

 

Employment preference may be given to residents of the counties where the jobs are located.

 

Promotion preference may be given to employees who work in the counties where job openings occur.

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities, contact:

 

Bedford/Somerset County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program

1243 Shed Road

 

245 West Race Street

Bedford, PA  15522

OR

Somerset, PA  15501

(814) 623-5166

 

(814) 443-4891

(877) 814-5166

 

(877) 814-4891

 

 

 

Forrest/Warren County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Program

27 Hospital Drive

 

623 Elm Street

North Warren, PA  16365

OR

Tionesta, PA 16353

(814) 726-2100

 

(814) 755-7995

 

Refer to your local telephone directory under “Government/County” for telephone numbers.

 

Do not apply for these jobs unless you are available for employment in one or more of the counties listed above.

 

TESTING

 

You will be rated on your experience and training.  Your score will be based on information you report on your application and application supplement.

 

You must provide complete and accurate information.  Failure to do so may delay the processing of your application, or result in a lower-than-deserved score or disqualification.

 

If you take the test and want to take it again, you may be retested after 6 months from the date of your application.  A new application and application supplement are required for a retest.

 

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

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

You may complete your application (and Application Supplement No. 2010-187-1) on the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, by selecting Online Application, or submit your completed paper application (and paper application supplement) to:

 

State Civil Service Commission

ATTN:  Applications

P.O. Box 569

Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569

 

Applications, Application Supplement No. 2010-187-1, 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 Offices 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."