TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER 1995-574

REVISED MARCH 27, 2013

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examinations

 

for

 

COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES AIDES

 

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Titles

Job

Codes

Starting

Salary

 

 

1.

County Social Services Aide 1

L0620

*

 

 

2.

County Social Services Aide 2

L0621

*

 

 

3.

County Social Services Aide 3

L0622

*

 

 

*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. 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 out veterans information line, (717) 787-6039.

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

Employees work primarily with children who are abused or neglected, and persons with mental disabilities or who are economically disadvantaged.  They provide information on financial aid, home management, training and work programs, housing, mental health services, and other social services required to meet the needs of these clients.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

You will be tested before your qualifications are reviewed.  Your test results will count only if you meet all job 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 Commissionís website, Job Seekers page, for PA Residency Information.

 

Some of the positions in these job titles 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.

 

Minimum Requirements

 

County Social Services Aide 1

You must pass the written test.

 

County Social Services Aide 2

One year as a County Social Services Aide 1; OR 2 years of experience in public contact work in a human services agency which included 1 year of experience in interviewing and obtaining information; 0R an associateís degree in sociology, social welfare, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice, or other related social sciences; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training.

 

County Social Services Aide 3

One year as a County Social Services Aide 2; OR 3 years of experience in public contact work in a human services agency which included 1 year of experience in interviewing and obtaining information; OR an associateís degree in sociology, social welfare, psychology, gerontology, criminal justice, or other related social sciences, and one year of experience in a human services agency; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training.

 

Clarification of Requirements

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

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

Positions are located throughout the state in county mental health/mental retardation program offices, children and youth program offices, and city or county housing authority offices.

 

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

 

There are no current positions or expected future job openings in Philadelphia.

 

Employment preference for positions with county mental health/mental retardation program offices and children and youth program offices may be given to residents of the counties where job openings are located. Employment preference for positions with city or county housing authorities may be given to residents of the cities or counties where job openings are located.

 

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

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities contact the Human Resources Office of the county mental health/mental retardation program office, children and youth program office, or the city or county housing authority where you are interested in working. Phone numbers for these offices can be found in your local telephone directory.

 

TESTING

 

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

 

 

Number of Questions

Subject Area

CSSA1

CSSA2

CSSA3

Physical Care

20

20

20

Working with People

20

20

20

Case Management

15

15

15

First Aid

10

10

10

Community Resources

-

-

15

General Interviewing Concepts

_-_

_20_

_20_

Total

65

100

100

 

The test will be given as soon as possible after applications are received. The test will be held in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Civil Service offices, Monday through Friday. To make an appointment for one of these locations, submit your completed paper application to the office where you wish to be tested or apply online at www.scsc.state.pa.us.

 

The test will also be held on selected Saturdays at a variety of Statewide locations. See the "Test Information" section of your application for details.

 

If you take the test and want to take it again, you may be retested after six 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 these jobs 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 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."