TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER  2008-182

ISSUED   SEPTEMBER 24, 2008

REVISED NOVEMBER 6, 2013

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examination

 

for

 

INSTITUTIONAL PAROLE ASSISTANT

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Title

Job

Code

Pay Schedule

and Range

 

1.

Institutional Parole Assistant

46230

ST05

 

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED OR POSTMARKED BY APRIL 12, 2014, AFTER WHICH THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE SUSPENDED.

 

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 our veterans information line, (717) 787-6039.

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

You will work for the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole in a parole office located within a State Correctional Institution.  You will provide inmate background information to the Parole Board and to Hearing Officers, and guide inmates through parole hearing procedures.  The work involves preparing documents such as summarization reports and pre-parole investigations, and using a computer to control dockets.  You will meet with inmates, obtain information and explain Parole Board requirements and actions.

 

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 Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, for PA Residency Information.

 

Conditions of Employment

Employees work in prisons with a substantial amount of direct contact with inmates.

 

The following are employment conditions which you must be willing and able to accept in order to be successful in this job.  If you are not willing and able to accept all of these conditions, please do not apply.

 

By submitting your application, you are indicating your willingness and ability to

 

Work unarmed inside a locked correctional facility, potentially being exposed to the danger of

 

physical harm

Be subjected to searches of your person and possessions

Interact, unescorted, with the inmate population

Undergo a background investigation

Consent to “probable cause” drug testing

Successfully complete orientation at the Central Office in Harrisburg

 

Minimum Requirements

Two years of clerical work in a parole office, an institutional parole office, or an agency in the criminal justice, law enforcement, or corrections field.

 

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 located in parole offices within Pennsylvania State Correctional Institutions throughout the state.

 

Lists created by this (these) test(s) will be used to fill future vacancies as they occur due to retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.

 

Lists created by this test will be used to fill future vacancies as they occur due to retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities contact the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole, Bureau of Human Resources, 1101 South Front Street, Suite 5600, Harrisburg, PA 17104-2522; Telephone: (717) 787-8148, Internetwww.pbpp.state.pa.us, Email: ra-pbpprec@pa.gov

 

TESTING

 

The test will consist of a multiple-choice test weighted two-thirds and a typing speed test weighted one-third.  Either part of the test may be cancelled by the Commission, and the weight added to the remaining part.

 

You must pass both parts of the test.

 

The typing test consists of a 5-minute practice exercise, followed by the actual typing test, which is also 5-minutes in length.  You must achieve a rate of 40 words per minute, after deductions for errors, in order to pass.  If you do not pass, you will not be permitted to take the written multiple-choice portion of the examination.

 

Both parts of 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 multiple-choice test which will cover the following subject areas:

 

 

Subject Area

Number of Questions

 

 

 

Effective Working Relationships

25

 

 

Individual and Group Behavior

25

 

 

Effective Expression

20

 

 

Analyzing Written Information

_35_

 

 

Total

105

 

 

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

 

The test will also 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 Commission’s Information Services; 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 Commission’s 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."