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The Amsterdam Civil Service commission announces the Open-Competitive Exam for: Key Board Specialist

March 11, 2021

The Amsterdam Civil Servicecommission announces the Open-Competitive Exam for:

Key BoardSpecialist

Open-CompetitiveExam #20211                               Greater Amsterdam School District

                                                                                   Cityof Amsterdam



                       Date of Examination:                         May 15, 2021


                       Last Filing Date:                                 April 19, 2021

Since refunds are not given,please read this announcement entirely before filling your application.  Please take note of the minimumqualifications to qualify.

Employment Opportunities:   Thelist will be used for any future vacancies in the Greater Amsterdam SchoolDistrict and the City of Amsterdam.

Salary:                        GreaterAmsterdam School District  

                                   10 months       $21,398

                                   12 months       $25,558


                       Cityof Amsterdam     $36,410                                              

Residence Requirements:      

Greater Amsterdam School District: Nonebut preference may be given to city of Amsterdam Residents.  To meet the preference, a candidate must havebeen a legal resident of the City of Amsterdam for a period of at least one (1)month immediately preceding the date of the written test.

City ofAmsterdam: None but preference may be given to city of AmsterdamResidents.  To meet the preference, acandidate must have been a legal resident of the City of Amsterdam for a periodof at least one (1) month immediately preceding the date of the written test.


DistinguishingFeatures of the Class:            Thework involves responsibility for the performance of standardized clerical tasksand the full-time or substantial part-time operation of a computer for theentry and retrieval of information using software to produce printed materialsuch as letters, memoranda and forms. Specific duties vary with the needs of the department.  Procedures are usually fixed but detailedinstructions are given for new or difficult assignments.  Work is reviewed by direct observation,checking completed work, periodic or spot checks, cross-checking or other stepsin the clerical process.   Does relatedwork as required.


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Minimum Qualifications:

Graduationfrom high school or possession equivalency diploma.


Subject of Examination:

1.     Alphabetizing:            Thesequestions test your ability to file material in alphabetical order.

2       Clerical Operations with Lettersand Numbers:       These questions test your skillsand abilities in clerical operations involving, comparing, checking andcounting.  The questions require you tofollow the specific directions given for each question which may involvealphabetizing, comparing, checking and counting given groups of letters and/ornumbers.


Calculators are recommended for this exam:           Quiet,hand-held, solar or battery-powered calculators are permitted.  Devices with typewriter keyboards areprohibited.


Thiswritten examination is being prepared and rated by the NYS Department of CivilService in accordance with Section 23-2 of the Civil Service Law.  The provisions of the New York Civil Servicerules and regulations dealing with the rating of examinations will apply tothis written examination.

“A guideto taking the written test for “Key Board Specialist” is available on the NewYork State Department of Civil Service website at under jobseekers then localgovernments or in the Office of Civil Service Department 61 Church StreetAmsterdam.

Performance Test:      Candidateswho receive a passing score on the written test must also qualify on theperformance test in Keyboarding.  TheKeyboarding test will consist of a test in accuracy and speed of keyboarding ata minimum acceptance of 30 words per minute. The qualifying performance test will be given at a later date and thecandidates will be notified as to the time and place.

Keyboarding Performance TestWaiver:                  If a candidate has alreadypassed a 30 word per minute or higher Keyboarding performance or Typist testadministered by either any Civil Service Agency in New York State within 2 yearof the date of the written test waiver of the performance exam may be made. Itis the candidate responsibility to submit proof.




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Applicationforms may be obtained at the Civil Service Office in Amsterdam City Hallbetween the hours of 8:00 A.M – 12:00 P.M or by sending a stampedself-addressed legal envelope to:

           Amsterdam Civil ServiceCommission, City Hall, 61 Church St. Amsterdam, NY  12010

Applicationsreceived post-marked after the filing date deadline will not beaccepted.  The applicant should make sureevery question on the application is answered and that the application iscomplete in all respects.  All statementsmade by candidates in their application are subject to verification.  This department does not acknowledge receiptof the applications.  Candidates will benotified of the disposition of their application.  Candidates will be notified by letter, of whenand where to appear to take the written test. If candidates have not received a notice to appear for the written testthree (3) days prior to the exam date, they should call our office at(518)841-4341.

Application Fees:

A $10.00non-refundable application fee is required for each separately numberedexamination for which you apply.  Therequired fee must accompany your application. Send certified check or money-order payable to CITY OF AMSTERDAM andwrite the examination number(s) and your Social Security Number on your checkor money order.  Do not send cash.  As no refund will be made, you are urged tocompare your qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission andfile only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified.  

SabbathObservers/Disabled Candidates/Military Members:

Applicantswhose religious beliefs or military service prevent their taking examinationson the scheduled date and disabled candidates who require specialaccommodations to take the test should indicate the need for specialarrangements on their application. Candidates who are called to military service after filing anapplication should send requests for an alternate test date to the AmsterdamCivil Service Commission as soon as possible before the test date.


Veteransor disabled veterans who are eligible for additional credit must submit anapplication for veteran’s credit with their application for examination or bythe date of the establishment of the resulting Eligible List.  Applications for veteran’s credit areavailable from this office.  Anycandidate who applies for such credit must provide proof of military status toreceive the conditional credit.  Nocredit may be granted after the establishment of the eligible list.  It is the responsibility of the candidate toprovide appropriate documentary proof indicating that the service was in timeof war, as defined in Section 86 of Civil Service Law, and that the candidatereceived an honor discharge or was released under honorable conditions in orderto be certified at a score including veterans credit.

AlternateTest Date:

Alternativetest dates may be arranged upon review of the circumstances according to theAlternate Test Date policy established by this department.  Under specific circumstances an alternatetest date may be arranged.  Your requestwith written documentation must be received in this office no later than two(2) weeks preceding the examination.

If anyemergency prevents you from appearing for the examination, please notify thisoffice (841-4362) no later than 9:00 A.M on the Monday following the test date,(Tuesday if Monday is a legal holiday) providing verifiable documentation ofthe reason.  A determination will be madeas to if you will be scheduled for an alternate test date.

Multiple Exam Takers:          Ifyou have applied for both State and local government examinations, you mustnotify Amsterdam Civil Service of your intent to take both a State and a localgovernment examination.  When taking botha State and a local government examination you will be required to take allyour examinations at a State examination center.  You will be advised by letter when and whereto report for your examination.

Ifyou have applied for other local examinations examination, call or write toeach Civil Service Agency to make arrangements no later than two weeks beforethe date of examination, as to which test site you will be taking theexamination.

Changeof Address:

It isthe responsibility of the candidate to notify the Amsterdam Civil Service ofany change in name or address.  Noattempt will be made to locate candidates who have moved.

Application Fee Waiver:

A waiverof application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarilyresponsible for the support of a household. In addition, a waiver of application fee will be allowed if you aredetermined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security IncomePayments, or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/FamilyAssistance or Safety Net Assistance) or are certified Job Training PartnershipAct/Workforce Investment Act eligible through a State or Local Social ServiceAgency.  All claims for application feewaiver are subject to verification.  Ifyou can verify eligibility for application fee waiver, complete a “Request forApplication Fee Waiver and Certification: form and submit it with yourapplication by the close of business on the application deadline as listed onthe examination announcement.

City of Amsterdam/An Equal OpportunityEmployer


GaryMcNeil, Chairman                                                           CommissionersJohn Mancini & Lynn Kot