Community Initiatives Specialist @ City of Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA

Job Overview

4 months ago

Community Initiatives Specialist

City of Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA

Announced in Anticipation of Approval by the Administrative Board

This is community liaison and technical work assisting in the development, coordination, and management of departmental initiatives that utilize volunteer services programs and community groups. Employees in this class participate in recruiting, training and evaluating volunteers for a variety of departmental functions, or city programs and communicate the department’s vision and goals to volunteers. Employees perform work in the Parks and Recreation, Department of Planning and Development’s Division of Housing and Community Development, Water Environmental, Free Library or Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities assignments. Employees in the Parks and Recreation assignment perform stewardship capacity-building work with volunteer groups engaged in sustaining and restoring neighborhood parks, Fairmount Park and natural environmental areas within the city. Employees in the Water Environmental assignment perform community liaison work explaining the impact and projections of various environmental initiatives on resident homes and neighborhoods. Employees in the Department of Planning and Development’s Division of Housing and Community Development assignment monitor and coordinate housing programs in assigned neighborhood improvement areas, serving as a liaison for community participation in housing and community development programs. Employees in the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disabilities assignment coordinate, plan, direct and manage the activities and operations of the Faith and Spiritual Affairs Unit. All positions monitor the operation of volunteer or community programs to assure that volunteers and volunteer organizations or non-profit community groups are in compliance with departmental regulations and operational standards. All positions work closely with community groups, volunteer agencies, and individual volunteers to implement volunteer programs as a significant aspect of the work. Work is performed under the direction of an administrative superior.

Union Code
J. AFSCME D.C.47 Local 2187

FLSA Code
Exempt

Minimum Training, Education & Experience
The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests. Candidates must meet requirements within 30 days after the last date for filing applications.
1. EDUCATION: Completion of a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited college or university.

AND

2. EXPERIENCE: One year of paid experience engaging community organizations in implementing a behavioral health program through community outreach initiatives.

OR

One year of paid experience implementing a volunteer services program or engaging community organizations and individuals in public programs and initiatives through community outreach.

OR

One year of volunteer services experience in sustaining and restoring environmental areas within a large municipal park system.

OR

One year of experience performing community liaison work that includes community meetings explaining environmental projects to city residents in affected Philadelphia neighborhoods.

OR

One year of experience for a municipal government housing development agency performing community liaison work to build capacity among community groups and monitor housing development contracts and programs.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR THE BILINGUAL SPECIALTY: Sufficient training and/or experience to converse effectively in the designated non-English language.

Physical & Medical Requirements
Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.

Required Licenses & Certifications
Possession of a valid proper class motor vehicle operator’s license as issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to appointment and during tenure of employment, if required by work assignment.

Other Requirements
TRANSCRIPT, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS, AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Candidates MUST submit a copy of their official college or university transcript(s) indicating completion of the educational requirement and all required licenses, registrations, or certifications at the time of application. Transcripts MUST indicate a conference of the appropriate degree. Candidates with a degree from foreign colleges or universities must submit proof of degree as certified by a professional evaluation service.
Candidates MUST submit a copy of their license, registration, or certification.
If you have ever submitted a paper transcript, license, registration, or certification for any City of Philadelphia civil service examination, you have to submit another document
Option 1 – Upload a paperless transcript, license, registration, or certification – One time only!
You may upload documents into your account and attach a document with this application. Once the document is uploaded to your account, it may be attached to all future applications. Attaching your document will save you time and money if you apply for an examination in the future, and you will be assured that your transcript cannot be misplaced.
Your documents should be uploaded and attached to your application before it is submitted. They cannot be uploaded or added to your application electronically after your application has been submitted.
Option 2 – Submit a paper transcript, license, registration or certification – Separate document required for each application
If you submit a paper copy of a transcript, license, registration or certification, the document will be used for this application only. You will have to submit documents again whenever you apply for an examination in the future. Paper documents will not be retained and will not be returned to applicants.
Mailing address for paper transcript and other required materials:
Cornell Q. Weaver
Office of Human Resources
City of Philadelphia
Health, Human Services, and Management Team
1401 JFK Boulevard, Room 1530
Philadelphia, PA 19102
[f] 215-686-0861

Equivalency Statement(s)
Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources which has included the completion of two years of study in an accredited college or university as the educational minimum.

Application Procedures

Notes to Applicants
The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to [email protected] For more information, go to: www.phila.gov/humanrelations

The City of Philadelphia is committed to ensuring access to Civil Service examinations by providing appropriate accommodations for candidates with documented medical or religious reasons. Candidates may request an accommodation for a Civil Service examination by contacting the Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Unit of the Mayor’s Office of Labor Relations at 215-683-5085. The accommodation process is interactive and requires cooperation and communication between the applicant requesting a test accommodation and the EEO Unit. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis using the required documentation that is submitted. Requests are to be made in a timely manner prior to the scheduled date of the Civil Service examination.

New employees hired after September 1, 2021 must be vaccinated. New employees must either be fully vaccinated or have received one dose (if receiving a two-dose vaccine) by their start date with the City and will have a 30-day grace period to become fully vaccinated. During this grace period, these employees will be required to double-mask in City offices. To find a vaccination clinic near you, please visit phila.gov/vaccine.

As a condition of employment with the City, any person offered employment shall be required to certify that such person either is fully current on any and all debts, taxes, fees, judgments, claims, and other accounts and obligations due and owing to the City; or has voluntarily entered into a payment agreement with the City. For so long as the person is employed by the City, the amount of the payment as set forth in the payment agreement (not to exceed, for any pay period, twenty percent (20%) of the person’s gross pay for such period, without the person’s consent) shall be withheld from each paycheck until such payment agreement is fully satisfied. Such person shall also be required to certify as a condition of employment that he or she is fully current on any and all debts, taxes, fees, judgments, claims, and other accounts and obligations due and owing to the Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW) or has voluntarily entered into a payment agreement with PGW. Failure to enter into a payment agreement shall result in the cancellation of the appointment and removal from the certification. The name of the eligible candidate will be returned to the eligible list.

Only an online application will be accepted for this exam. Paper applications will not be accepted.
Computers are available in the 3-1-1 Walk-In Center located in Room 167 of City Hall (Weekdays from 9 AM to 5 PM) and at your local Philadelphia Free Library branch.
For inquiries regarding City employment, contact the Office of Human Resources Monday through Friday between 8 AM and 4 PM by telephone at 215-686-0880 or by email at [email protected]
ALL Applications must be received by the end of business on February 4, 2022.
Your application will be rejected, and you will be disqualified from competing in this examination if you:
1) Do not provide your complete and accurate social security number.
2) Attempt to practice fraud or deception in the preparation of this application
All correspondence and notifications will be sent to your e-mail address or postal address listed in the contact information (address, phone #, e-mail) of your account profile. Your contact information will be automatically updated each time you submit an application for employment. It is your responsibility to change your contact information and to ensure that it is correct
If you provide an e-mail address, all correspondence regarding this examination will be sent to you by e-mail. You should add [email protected] to your address book or list of trusted contacts to prevent notices from being marked as spam by your e-mail provider.
Please call the Office of Human Resources at 215-686-0880 or email [email protected] if you have any questions.
Information concerning employment with the City of Philadelphia may be found at:
http://www.phila.gov/personnel
http://www.phila.gov/personnel/ExamsFAQ.html
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ELIGIBLE LIST
OPEN-COMPETITIVE – Only an open competitive eligible list will be established as a result of this examination. Permanent City employees will receive no promotional preference in this examination.

Candidates who pass the exam and are placed on the civil service list will be retained on the list for a minimum of one year and a maximum of two years after the establishment of the Eligible List.

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT – Applicants must have established bona fide residency in the city of Philadelphia for one year prior to appointment for this civil service opportunity.

PREFERENCE FOR PHILADELPHIA RESIDENTSCandidates who have maintained a bona fide residence in Philadelphia for at least one year prior to the date of the civil service examination shall have priority over all other persons receiving an identical test score. If you have maintained a bona fide residence in Philadelphia for at least one year immediately preceding March 2, 2022, you are eligible to claim residency preference.
Your response to the residency question will be used to determine eligibility for residency preference. Documentation of residence may be required if there is any question as to whether you meet the residency preference requirements.

U.S. VETERAN’S PREFERENCE - Ten (10) points for veteran’s preference will be added to the scores of eligible veterans who apply for open competitive tests and pass the examination. To be eligible, the veteran must be honorably discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces by the first date of the examination. Candidates must submit a DD214 Member-4 to the staff member listed on the announcement if they wish for their eligibility to be reviewed. Spouses of disabled or deceased veterans may also be considered and will be required to submit additional documentation.

LEGACY PREFERENCE - The children or grandchildren of Philadelphia Firefighters or Police Officers who were killed or died in the line of duty shall be accorded a preference in open competitive civil service entrance examinations. Candidates who qualify for this preference and who take and pass open competitive civil service examinations shall have ten points added to their final score. The candidate must successfully pass all parts of the examination before points are awarded.

NATIONAL VOLUNTEER SERVICE PREFERENCE - Up to five (5) points will be added to the scores of eligible national volunteers who apply for open competitive tests and pass the examination. Candidates must submit a copy of their service letter to the staff member listed on the announcement if they wish for their eligibility to be reviewed. To be eligible, candidates must have:

A. Successfully completed a term of volunteer service with Peace Corps, AmeriCorps NCCC (including FEMA Corps), or AmeriCorps VISTA Such candidates will be awarded five (5) points for the completion of a two-year term of service or three (3) points for the completion of a one-year term of service.

B. Successfully completed at least 450 hours of service with AmeriCorps State and National (including Teach for America). Such candidates will have:
  • 1 point added to their final score if they have completed 450 Hours of the above service.
  • 2 points added to their final score if they have completed 675 Hours of the above service.
  • 3 points added to their final score if they have completed 900 Hours of the above service.
  • 5 points added to their final score if they have completed 1700 Hours of the above service. Candidates must successfully pass all parts of the examination before veteran’s preference, legacy preference or national volunteer service preference points are awarded.


Candidates for Bilingual Specialty
When a single examination is announced to fill positions both in the bilingual specialty of a class and in another specialty of the same class, all candidates must take and pass all weighted parts of the same examination. All candidates who pass the weighted parts of the examination will be placed on the combined eligible list and will be eligible to fill positions in the specialty that does not require fluency in a non-English language or in American Sign Language.
Candidates who applied for the bilingual specialty who have passed all weighted parts of the examination will be required to pass a qualifying examination as verification of their ability to communicate fluently in a non-English language or in American Sign Language. Candidates who pass the qualifying examination will be identified on the eligible list as bilingual – fluency verified in a specified language or languages. Such candidates will be eligible to fill positions for the bilingual specialty.
Candidates who fail the bilingual qualifying examination will not be eligible to fill positions in the bilingual specialty but will remain on the eligible list and will be eligible to fill positions in the specialty that does not require fluency in a non-English language or in American Sign Language.

ADDITIONAL CREDITS ON EXAMINATIONS
Candidates who have successfully passed all other parts of the open competitive examination for this class who have verified ability to communicate fluently in any non-English language or in American Sign Language will have 3 points added to their final score
Only those competitors who have a passing grade in an examination shall receive additional credits to which they may be entitled. A maximum of three points may be awarded for each examination.
To receive the additional points, the candidate must respond affirmatively that he or she is fluent in a non-English language or in American Sign Language while preparing the application for each examination or submit a written request for the additional points for each examination at any time prior to the administration of the first part of the examination.
The Office of Human Resources will verify the candidates’ ability to communicate fluently in the non-English language or languages or in American Sign Language.

Projected Exam Date
This computer-based examination is scheduled for March 2, 2022. Please note that this examination date is subject to change.

Candidates will need access to a desktop computer or laptop with internet access to take this examination. If you do not have access to a smart device with internet access, please contact the analyst listed on this announcement and alternative arrangements will be made for you to take this examination.

Qualifying Oral Bilingual Examination
Candidates who pass the multiple choice examination shall be notified to appear for the qualifying part of the examination in such numbers and at such times as determined to be necessary.

Virtual Testing May Be Utilized for this Examination
Candidates taking an oral examination may have their responses rated in person by a panel of Subject Matter Experts on the date of the examination, or have their responses recorded on the date of the examination and rated by Subject Matter Experts at a later date. Please refer all questions regarding this examination to the analyst listed below on the announcement.

An Eligible List is planned for the week of March 14, 2022. Please note that this date may change.

Test Review
In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 9.091B, candidates will have 30 days after the results have been mailed to review their test and to file appeals to the key answers. Call 215-686-0880 if you wish to schedule a Test Review.

For Qualifying Bilingual oral:
In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 9.091B, candidates will have 30 days after the results have been mailed to review their test and to file appeals. In accordance with Civil Service Regulation 9.11, only candidates who have failed the oral examination may appeal to the Civil Service Commission upon the grounds of irregularity, bias, or fraud in the conduct of the oral test. Issues related to the suitability or adequacy of point scores awarded to passers are not appealable to the Commission. Call 215-686-0880 if you wish to schedule a Test Review.

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Cornell Q. Weaver

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