TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER  2008-134

ISSUED   JULY 1, 2009

REVISED  NOVEMBER 6, 2013

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examinations

 

for

 

CORRECTIONS ACTIVITIES SPECIALISTS AND MANAGERS

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Titles

Job

Codes

Pay Schedule

and Range

1.

 

Corrections Activities Specialist

42800

EDOA*

2.

 

Corrections Activities Manager 1

42810

MA07*

3.

 

Corrections Activities Manager 2

42820

  MA08**

 

  * Salary is based on a 40 hour work week.

** Salary is based on a 37.5 hour week.

(Contact Department of Corrections Human Resources at (717) 975-4901 for most recent salary information.)

 

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.

 

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

 

As a Corrections Activities Specialist, you will develop, schedule, coordinate, and conduct structured leisure-time activities for inmates in State Correctional Institutions.  You may also participate in planning, organizing, and evaluating recreational programs, supervising inmate work crews, developing and presenting information to inmates in group settings on such topics as wellness and life skills, and working with volunteer sponsored recreational activities.

 

As a Corrections Activities Manager 1 or 2, you will plan, organize, direct and coordinate leisure time activities for inmates in State Correctional Institutions.  You will also assess inmate activities programs, and participate in the development of leisure-time policy to ensure it complies with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections’ security regulations.  Supervision is exercised over Specialists, other professional staff, inmates and volunteer workers.

 

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.

 

You must pass a background investigation.  After you receive a conditional offer of employment, you must undergo a medical examination.

 

After being hired, you must attend and complete a 3-week basic training program at the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections’ Central Training Academy in Elizabethtown, Lancaster County.

 

If you currently are an employee of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, you do not need to repeat training that you already have completed successfully.

 

Minimum Requirements

Corrections Activities Specialist – A bachelor’s degree with major course work in recreation and physical education; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training.

 

Corrections Activities Manager 1 – One year of experience as a Corrections Activities Specialist; OR two years of experience in developing and conducting a variety of recreational activities, including one year in corrections and one year of supervisory or lead work experience, and a bachelor’s degree with major course work in recreation and physical education; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training.

 

Corrections Activities Manager 2 – Two years of experience as a Corrections Activities Specialist OR one year as a Corrections Activities Manager 1; OR three years of experience in developing and conducting a variety of recreational activities, including one year in corrections and one year of supervisory or lead work experience, and a bachelor’s degree, with major course work in recreation and physical education; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training.

 

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 State Correctional Institutions and facilities throughout the Commonwealth.  For a complete listing of institutions, refer to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections website at www.cor.state.pa.us and choose “Institutions” from the menu.

 

Approximately 10 appointments and promotions from lists are made annually.

 

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

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities contact the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Bureau of Human Resources, 1920 Technology Parkway, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 17050; Telephone:  (717) 728-5357; Internetwww.cor.state.pa.us; E-mailra-docjobs@pa.gov OR the Human Resources office of the State Correctional Institution/facility where you are interested in working.

 

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

 

TESTING

 

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 Pennsylvania State Civil Service Commission office. 

 

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

 

Subject Area

Number of Questions

 

Specialists 42800

Mgrs. 42810 & 42820

Recreation

25

25

Therapeutic Services

10

10

Effective Working Relationships

10

10

Effective Writing

15

15

Interpersonal Communication

20

20

Supervising Staff  (Mgr. only)

 - -

35

TOTAL

80

115

 

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

 

The test also will 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.

 

TEST RESULTS

 

Employment and promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.  These lists will replace any previous lists.

 

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."