TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER 2005-568

ISSUED  APRIL 15, 2005

REVISED MARCH 27, 2013

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examinations

 

for

 

CLERK TYPIST POSITIONS IN

STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Titles

 

Job Codes

Pay Schedule

and Range

1.

Clerk Typist 1 (State Government)

00210

ST02

2.

Clerk Typist 2 (State Government)

00220

ST03

 

5.

Clerk Typist 1 (Local Government)

L0031

*

6.

Clerk Typist 2 (Local Government)

L0032

*

 

* Local Government salaries vary.  Contact 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 our veterans information line, (717) 787-6039.

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

Clerk Typists compose and type letters, memorandums, and other documents.  They also sort, file and check material and provide information.  Duties vary in complexity from limited (Clerk Typist 1) to moderate (Clerk Typist 2).

 

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.

 

Minimum Requirements 

You must pass the multiple choice and typing tests.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

STATE GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:  These positions are located throughout Pennsylvania.  The majority of jobs are in the metropolitan areas of Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.  It will be to your advantage to make yourself available for locations where clerical positions are concentrated.  You may choose as many as 10 counties or as few as one.  PLEASE DO NOT MAKE YOURSELF AVAILABLE FOR LOCATIONS IN WHICH YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO WORK.  ENTRY HIRES ARE MADE AT BOTH THE CLERK TYPIST 1 AND CLERK TYPIST 2 LEVELS.  THEREFORE, YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR BOTH JOB TITLES. 

 

There is a continuing need for bilingual (English and Spanish) typists.  Individuals hired for these positions provide information and assistance to Spanish-speaking clients.  Individuals possessing the required bilingual skills are encouraged to apply.

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities in state government, contact either the Human Resources Office of the state facility in your area or state agency Human Resources Office located in Harrisburg.

 

SUMMER POSITIONS:  The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has a limited number of Clerk Typist 1 and 2 positions available at State Parks throughout Pennsylvania.  These jobs last from the beginning of either April or June to Labor Day or the beginning of October.  Individuals hired for these jobs will be placed on leave without pay status during the winter months and have the right to return to the job the following year without retaking the clerical test.  They also will have the opportunity to be considered for permanent employment if it becomes available.  If you are interested in these positions check the fourth block (seasonal) in Section A of the "Employment Questionnaire" where employment preference may be indicated. Applicants interested in full-time employment should check the first block (career appointment).

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT POSITIONS:  Agencies using these job titles include:  City and County Housing Authorities, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Offices, Area Agency on Aging Offices, County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Offices, County Children and Youth Offices, and County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Centers. 

 

There are no local government or Housing Authority positions in Philadelphia.  There are no Housing Authority positions in Pittsburgh.

 

Employment preference for local government or Housing Authority positions may be given to residents of the city or county in which the job is located.

 

Promotion preference for local government or Housing Authority positions may be given to employees who work in the city or county where job openings occur.

 

Employment preference will be granted to individuals aged 60 and over for jobs with the Department of Aging and Area Agency on Aging Offices.

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities contact the Human Resources Office of the local government agency where you are willing to work.  Telephone numbers can be found in local telephone directories under “Government-County.”

 

TESTING

 

The test will consist of a multiple choice test weighted 50% and a typing test weighted 50%.  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 tests 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 ½ hours to complete the test which will cover the following subject areas:

 

     Subject Area

Number of Questions

Interpersonal Skills

15

Filing

15

Following Directions

15

Name and Number Comparison

30

Grammar

15

Spelling

15

Office Practices

15

Arithmetic Operations

15

                         Total

135

 

Typing Test – You do not need any previous computer experience to take the test.  There is a 5-minute practice exercise followed by the 5-minute typing test.  The passing score is 40 wpm (after deduction for errors).  If your score is less than 40 wpm, you will immediately be given a second chance to take and pass the test.  If you do not pass the test on the second try, you may return after 75 days to retake the test.  If you return on a later date, you must submit another Civil Service Application.  You must pass the typing test in order to take the multiple choice test for all of the job titles on this announcement.

 

Multiple Choice Test – If you fail the multiple choice test and want to take it again, you may be retested 75 days after the date of your last test.  When you retake the multiple choice test, you must also retake the typing test.  You must submit a new Civil Service Application to be retested.

 

The test will be administered in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh 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 your name is on an eligible list for these job titles 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 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."