TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER 2007-037

ISSUED  NOVEMBER 9, 2007

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examinations

 

for

 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT WATCH OFFICER

AND

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Titles

Job

Codes

Pay Schedule

and Range

1.

Emergency Management Watch Officer

76197

S7

2.

Emergency Management Specialist

76198

S7

 

When completing your application, please make sure you apply for all job titles for which you want to be tested.  You will NOT be permitted to add job titles after you test.

 

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

As an Emergency Management Watch Officer you will work in the Pennsylvania Emergency Operations Center monitoring statewide emergency incidents using various telecommunication, satellite and electronic equipment.  You will coordinate time critical emergency information with various government entities and Commonwealth emergency organizations to provide early warning, response, and recovery information and guidance. You will also provide training sessions and exercise drills to adequately prepare Commonwealth agencies, local governments and organizations for emergency situations.

 

As an Emergency Management Specialist you will work closely with Commonwealth agencies, local governments and organizations to develop, coordinate, facilitate, deliver and evaluate emergency management plans, programs and services.  You will provide training and technical assistance in emergency preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation as well as monitor the progress toward meeting goals and objectives related to emergency preparedness and response.

 

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.

 

You must be willing to travel.  Travel expenses will be paid.

 

You must be a Pennsylvania resident, of good moral character and able to perform the essential functions of the job.

 

Minimum Requirements

Emergency Management Watch Officer – Three years of emergency coordination experience within the operation of a large municipal, county, statewide or national emergency center; and an associate’s degree in emergency management or other closely related field; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training.

 

Emergency Management Specialist – Two years of experience in the development, coordination, or promotion of emergency-related programs such as disaster relief, public safety, and emergency management in government, industry, education, or the military; and a bachelor’s degree; 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

 

Emergency Management Watch Officer and Specialist positions exist solely with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.  Currently there are 9 Watch Officer positions located in the Harrisburg Central Office, Dauphin County.  There are 48 Specialist positions located in Indiana, Indiana County; Harrisburg, Dauphin County; and Hamburg, Berks County.  The majority of Specialist positions are located in Harrisburg, Dauphin County.

 

Lists created by these tests will be used to fill current and 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 Emergency Management Agency, 2605 Interstate Drive, Harrisburg, PA  17110; Telephone:  (717) 651-2019; Internet:  www.pema.state.pa.us.

 

TESTING

 

The multiple choice 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.

 

The 2 1/2 hour test will cover the following subject areas:

 

Subject Matter Areas

Number of Questions

Watch Officer and Specialist

Emergency Management Principles

 

20

 

Interpreting Regulations and Policies

 

15

 

Emergency Planning Principles

 

15

 

Training Principles

 

15

 

Effective Working Relationships

 

20

 

Effective Communication

 

15

 

Computer Operations

 

15

 

Total

 

115

 

 

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 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 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.

 

This test is different from previous tests for these job titles.  If you have taken the test before, you may get a different score on this test.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Apply online at www.scsc.state.pa.us 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."