Please mention you learned of this employment opportunity on the Careers In Government website.
Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure you have time to resolve any technical issues you may encounter.
Applications must be received by THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2013
Written Test . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Qualifying Essay . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Advisory Interview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100%
The examination will consist of a qualifying written test, an advisory essay exercise, and weighted interview. In the qualifying written test, which will consist of multiple-choice questions, the following competencies may be evaluated: judgment and decision making; attention to detail; self-management; job knowledge; customer service; and written communication.
At the time of the qualifying written test, candidates will also be required to prepare a narrative response to an advisory essay exercise related to the duties and responsibilities of a City Planning Associate. This material will not be separately scored, but will be presented to the interview board for discussion with the candidate and for consideration in the overall evaluation of the candidate’s written communication skills and qualifications.
Candidates must complete the advisory essay exercise. Those who do not pass the multiple choice test and/or do not complete the advisory essay exercise will not be invited to the interview, and will be considered to have failed the entire examination.
Candidates will be notified later by mail of the time and location of the written test and advisory essay exercise, which will be held in a single half-day session in Los Angeles, on SATURDAY, AUGUST 3, 2013.
Passing Score for the Qualifying Written Test
The passing score for the qualifying written test will be determined by Personnel Department staff after the written test is administered. Consideration will be given to the number of candidates taking the test and the existing and anticipated number of vacancies, such that there are a sufficient number of eligibles on the list to satisfy current and future vacancies for the next two years. Therefore, the passing score for the qualifying written test may be set either above or below 70%.
The examination score will be based entirely on the interview. Candidates will be notified later of the date, time, and place of their interview, which will be held in Los Angeles.
In the interview, the following competencies may be evaluated: judgment and decision making; attention to detail; self-management; job knowledge; customer service; emotional maturity; written communication; and oral communication.
Additional information can be obtained by going to http://per.lacity.org/eeo/jobanalyses.htm and clicking on Competencies under City Planning Associate.
1. This examination is based on a content validation study, and as provided by Civil Service Commission Rule 4.20, the written test will not be subject to candidate inspection.
2. In some City departments, employees’ work schedules may vary from a five-day, forty-hour work week, and may include regularly-scheduled night meetings.
3. Some positions may require a valid California driver’s license prior to appointment. Applicants will be disqualified and not eligible for hire if within the past 36 months they were convicted of a major moving violation, such as driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and may be disqualified if there are three or more moving violations and/or at-fault accidents within the past 36 months.
4. Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met. Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.
5. As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. To request a disability accommodation, please complete the Disability Accommodation Form within 14 calendar days of the submittal of the City application. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained at http://per.lacity.org/exams/verify_disability.pdf.
6. A final average score of 70% is required in the interview to be placed on the eligible list.
7. You must have received a regular appointment to a City position or be on a reserve list to file on a promotional basis.
8. The promotional list will ordinarily be used ahead of the open competitive list. However, if open competitive candidates receive a higher score, without military credits, than the highest available promotional candidate, after adding seniority credit at the rate of 0.25 of a point for each year of continuous classified City service, the Civil Service Commission, upon request of the appointing authority, may approve certification of such open competitive candidates ahead of the promotional candidates.
9. In conjunction with Civil Service rules, applicants who have received a regular appointment to a City position or are on a reserve list will be considered promotional candidates while all other applicants will be considered open candidates.
If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefit coverage (including health and dental coverage as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original regular appointment. Not all positions in the City receive benefit coverage; you should inquire regarding the availability of employee benefits prior to accepting a position.
THIS EXAMINATION IS TO BE GIVEN BOTH ON AN
INTERDEPARTMENTAL PROMOTIONAL AND OPEN COMPETITIVE BASIS
The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
An Equal Opportunity Employer