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NOTICE OF EXAMINATION The Amsterdam Civil Service Commission announces the Open- Competitive exam for: HEAD CUSTODIAN

Posted On: 
January 21, 2020

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    Education - G.A.S.D.



The Amsterdam Civil Service Commissionannounces the Open- Competitive exam for:




Open-Competitive # 65-041                                                   GreaterAmsterdam School District

                                                                                               Amsterdam, New  York


                                   Date of Examination:            March 14, 2020


                                   Last FilingDate:                    February 5, 2020



This list will be used for any openings at the GreaterAmsterdam School District.


Salaries:          $35,353



Four Years of experience in building cleaning andmaintenance work, or four years of experience in any of the standard mechanicalor construction trades; or any equivalent combination of experience andtraining.


General Statementof Duties:

Has charge of building cleaning, operation and minormaintenance activities in a school building; does related work as required.


Subject ofExamination:


A written test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the following areas:

1. Ability to read and follow written instructions

These questions test for the ability to read, understand and apply writteninstructions for performing tasks similar to those encountered on the job. Allthe information needed to answer these questions will be provided in the testbooklet.

2. Building cleaning

These questions test for knowledge of basic principles and practices ofbuilding cleaning. They cover such areas as equipment, tools, supplies, methodsand procedures for cleaning different types of surfaces and materials undervarious, commonly occurring circumstances.

3. Building operation and maintenance I

These questions test for knowledge of the basic principles, practices andtechniques essential to the correct operation and maintenance of publicbuildings. They cover such areas as building maintenance; preventivemaintenance, and minor repair of electrical and plumbing systems; methods andequipment for snow removal; building safety and equipment storage.

4. Operation and routine maintenance of heating, ventilating and airconditioning systems

These questions test for knowledge of basic principles, practices andtechniques essential to the correct operation and maintenance of heating,ventilating and air conditioning systems, including such areas as minorcleaning; room temperature and building ventilation control; steam, hot waterand hot air heating systems; boiler operation; troubleshooting air conditioningsystem problems, and proper maintenance of air conditioning systems.

5. Supervision and training

These questions test for the knowledge required by a supervisor to setgoals, plan and organize work, train workers in how to do their jobs, anddirect workers towards meeting established goals. The supervisory questionscover such areas as assigning and reviewing work, evaluating performance,maintaining work quality, motivating employees, increasing efficiency, anddealing with problems that may arise on the job. The training questions coversuch areas as determining the necessity for training, selecting appropriatetraining methods, and evaluating the effectiveness of training.

A Guide for the Written Test for High-level Custodians/Janitors is availableat the New York State Candidates not having access to a computer or the internet may request copyof the test guide from the municipal civil service office conducting thisexamination using the contact information found elsewhere on this announcement.

Seniority Credits:      Points will be added to the scores ofevery passing candidate as follows:

           1 year upto 6 years……………………………………..       1 point

           Over 6years up to 11 years…………………………….       2points

           Over 11years up to 16 years……………………………      3points

           Over 16years up to 21 years……………………………      4points

           Over 21years up to 26 years……………………………      5points



Application:   Applications may be obtained atthe Civil Service Office in Amsterdam City Hall or by sending a stampedself-addressed legal envelope to:

           Amsterdam Civil Service Commission, City Hall 61 ChurchSt. Amsterdam NY  12010

Applications receivedpost-marked after the filing date deadline willnot be accepted.  The applicantshould make sure every question on the application is answered and that theapplication is complete in all respects. All statements made by candidates in their application are subject toverification.  This department does notacknowledge receipt of the applications. Candidates will be notified of the disposition of their application.  Candidates will be notified by letter, ofwhen and where to appear to take the written test.  If candidates have not received a notice toappear for the written test three (3) days prior to the exam date, they shouldcall our office at (518)841-4341.


Application Fees:       A $15.00non-refundable application fee is required for each separately numberedexamination for which you apply.  Therequired fee must accompany your application. Send a check or money order payable to City of Amsterdam.  Write the examination number(s) and theapplicant’s name on the check or money order. DO NOT SEND CASH.  If your application is disapproved, the feewill not be refunded.  You shouldcarefully review the announced minimum qualifications and any residencerequirements and apply only for those examinations for which you clearlyqualify.


Religious Observer/Disabled Candidates/MilitaryMembers:       Applicants whose religious beliefs or military service preventtheir taking examinations on the scheduled date and disabled candidates whorequire special accommodations to take the test should indicate the need forspecial arrangements.  Military ServiceMembers: If you apply for an examination during the filing period but are onactive military duty on the date of examination is scheduled, you may request amilitary makeup examination.  ContactAmsterdam Civil Service for more information. If you are on active duty or discharged after the filing period hasbegun, you may apply for the examination up to ten days before the test date.


Section 23.2 Statement:       Thisexamination will be prepared and rated in accordance with Section 23.2 of theCivil Service Law.  The provisions of NewYork State Civil Service Law, rules and regulations dealing with thepreparation and rating of examinations will apply to this examination.


Multiple Exam Takers:           If youhave applied for both State and local government examinations, you must notifyAmsterdam 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.

If you have applied forother local examinations examination, call or write to each Civil ServiceAgency to make arrangements no later than two weeks before the date ofexamination, as to which test site you will be taking the examination.


Veteran’s Credit:                   Veteransor disabled veterans who are eligible for additional credit must submit anapplication for veteran’s credit with their application for examination or atany time between the dates of their application for examination and the date ofestablishment of the resulting eligible list. Applications for veteran’s creditare available from this office.  Veteran’s credits can only be added to apassing score on the examination.


Effective January 1, 1998,the State Constitution was amended to permit a candidate currently in the armedforces to apply for and be conditionally granted veteran’s credit inexaminations.  Any candidate who appliesfor such credit must provide proof of military status to receive theconditional credit.  No credit may be granted after the establishment of the list.  It is the responsibility of the candidateto provide appropriate documentary proof indicating the service was in time ofwar, as defined in Section 85 of Civil Service Law, and that the candidatereceived an honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions inorder to be certified at a score including veteran’s credits.


Change of Address:   It is theresponsibility of the candidate to notify the Amsterdam Civil Service of anychange in name or address for the duration of the eligible list.  No attempt will be made to locate candidateswho have moved.


If any emergency preventsyou from appearing for the examination, please notify this office (518)841-4341no later than 9:00AM on the Monday following the test date, (Tuesday if Mondayis a legal holiday) providing verifiable documentation of the reason.  A determination will be made as to if youwill be scheduled for an alternate test date.


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 youdetermined 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 Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through aState or Local Social Service Agency. All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification.  If you can verify eligibility for applicationfee waiver, complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification”form and submit it with your application by the close of business on theapplication deadline as listed on the examination announcement.


Children of Firefighters and Police Officers killed inthe line of duty:     In conformance with section 85-a of theCivil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in theline of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in acompetitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality inwhich his or her parent has served.  Ifyou are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of afirefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality,please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application forexamination.  A candidate claiming suchcredit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline to provide thenecessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility.  However, no credit may be added after theeligible list has been established.


City ofAmsterdam/An Equal Opportunity Employer


Civil Service Commission:                             Gary McNeil, Chairman

                                                                       JohnMancini, Commissioner

                                                                       LynnKot, Commissioner

How do I apply?

You can apply for this job by either contacting the person below or downloading the application (if available).

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    Jen Iannotti
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