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Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Corrections Activities Specialist in Somerset, Pennsylvania

Corrections Activities Specialist

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Corrections Activities Specialist

Salary

$48,738.00 - $74,380.00 Annually

Location

Somerset County, PA

Job Type

Civil Service Permanent Full-Time

Department

Department of Corrections

Job Number

CS-20202364-42800

Closing

9/24/2020 11:59 PM Eastern

Job Code

42800

Position Number

50367856

Union

CIVEA/PSEA/NEA

Bargaining Unit

E4

Pay Group

ED0A

Bureau/Division Code

4600

Bureau/Division

State Correctional Institute at Laurel Highlands

Worksite Address

5706 Glades Pike Road

City

Somerset

Zip Code

15501

Contact Name

Sharon Fochtman

Contact Phone

814.443.8100 ext 8310

Contact Email

sfochtman@pa.gov

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  • Benefits

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THE POSITION

The State Correctional Institution at Laurel Highlands is seeking an enthusiastic, self-motivated, creative person with the required experience to work as a Corrections Activities Specialist.

IMPORTANT: YOU MUST APPLY TO THIS VACANCY POSTING, MEET ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS, COMPLETE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS AND RECEIVE A SCORE. YOUR SCORE IS ONLY VALID FOR THIS SPECIFIC VACANCY. ONCE THIS POSITION IS FILLED, YOUR SCORE IS NO LONGER VALID.

  • Full-time employment

  • 40 hour work week

  • Work Hours – Tuesday through Saturday, 12:00 PM to 8:30 PM, with a 30 minute lunch period

  • This position is eligible for full retirement benefits at age 50 or 55

DESCRIPTION OF WORK

As a Corrections Activities Specialist for the Department of Corrections, you will be responsible for organizing, instructing, and supervising inmate programs, leisure time activities, inmate work crews, and sports within your assigned institution.

Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Scheduling, coordinating, and teaching programs at all levels of interest and ability in the areas of sports, games, creative and performing arts, and social recreation

  • Coaching or assisting in the coaching of various sports (basketball, soccer, power lifting, etc.)

  • Supervising inmate organizations and self help groups

  • Demonstrating basic sports techniques and fitness equipment

If you have the required experience and are looking to start an exciting public service career, the Department of Corrections wants to hear from you!

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE, TRAINING & ELIGIBILITY

Qualifications:

  • Must meetPA residency requirement– For more information on ways to meet PA residency requirements, follow thelinkand click on Residency

  • Minimum Experience and Training: A bachelor's degree with major coursework in recreation and physical education;ORAn equivalent combination of experience and training

  • If you are claiming education in your answers to the supplemental application questions, you must attach a copy of your college transcripts for your claim to be accepted toward meeting the minimum requirements. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

  • Must be able to perform essential job functions

Legal Requirements:

  • You must pass a background investigation

  • A conditional offer of employment will require submission of criminal history reports

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 for veterans, go towww.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspxand click the Veterans' Preference tab or contact us at ra-cs-vetpreference@pa.gov.

Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS): 711 (hearing and speech disabilities or other individuals)

The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply.

EXAMINATION INFORMATION

  • Score valid for this specific posting only

  • Score based on information reported on application and supplemental questions

  • Provide complete and accurate information or:

  • score may be lower than deserved

  • application processing may be delayed

  • disqualification may result

  • May only testonceunder this announcement

  • Email notice of test results provided

Health & Wellness

We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including health coverage, vision, dental, and wellness programs.*

Work/Life Balance

We understand that there is more to life than work – and we want you to enjoy it!

For most positions, we offer paid vacation days, paid sick days, military leave, as well as paid time off for most major U.S. holidays. Alternate work schedules and telecommuting arrangements are available for certain positions.

Career Development

We want to help you grow and see your goals become a reality! Supervisors and human resource staff are available to help employees create a plan to develop skills for their current jobs or prepare for the next step in their careers. Employees can easily transfer between positions or agencies to expand knowledge and pursue new challenges while retaining leave and benefits. Additionally, there are a variety of programs available to help get you where you need to be.

Other Rewards

Commonwealth employees enjoy many other rewards, including opportunities for recognition, workplace charitable giving, and even special employee-only discounts.

For more information about benefits, health and wellness, work-life balance, career development, and other rewards go towww.employment.pa.govand click on the benefits box.

*Eligibility rules apply.

01

Do you possess a conferred Bachelor's degree or higher with major coursework in recreation and physical education, or are you within 3 months of completing the degree?

If you are claiming credits/degree, you must upload a copy of your college transcript(s) for this education to be considered in the eligibility decision. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. You must attach your transcript(s) prior to the submission of your application by using the "Attachments" tab on the left. You will not be able to add transcript(s) to the application after it has been submitted.

If you answer "yes" to this question based on education acquired outside of the United States, you must also upload a copy of your foreign credential evaluation. For more information on foreign education credentials, please visithttps://www.employment.pa.gov/Additional%20Info/Pages/default.aspx#q3and click on Other Information.

  • Yes

  • No

02

If you do not have a conferred Bachelor's degree or higher, on what date do you expect to receive your degree? Type N/A in the text box below if this does not apply.

03

How many years of full-time experience do you possess planning, organizing, coordinating, scheduling, and implementing structured games, sports, exercises, arts/crafts, and other social recreation activities for groups of children or adults?

  • A. 4 years or more

  • B. 3 to less than 4 years

  • C. 2 to less than 3 years

  • D. 1 to less than 2 years

  • E. 6 months to less than 1 year

  • F. Less than 6 months

04

If you are claiming experience in the above question, please list the employer(s) where you gained this experience in the text box below. This employer and a description of the experiencemustalso be included in the appropriate sections of your application if you would like it to be considered in the eligibility decision. (This includes qualifying volunteer experience. Part-time experience will be pro-rated to meet full-time experience requirements.).

If you claimed you do not have experience, type N/A in the text box below.

05

You must complete the supplemental questions below. These supplemental questions are the exam and will be scored. They are designed to give you the opportunity to relate your experience and training background to the major activities (Work Behaviors) performed in this position. Failure to provide complete and accurate information may delay the processing of your application, or result in a lower-than-deserved score or disqualification. Youmustcomplete the applicationandanswer the supplemental questions. Resumes, cover letters, and similar documents willnotbe reviewed for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position or to determine your score.

All information you provide on your application and supplemental questions is subject to verification. Any misrepresentation, falsification or omission of material facts is subject to penalty. If requested, you must provide documentation, including names, addresses, and telephone numbers of individuals who can verify the validity of the information you provide in the application and supplemental questions.

Read each work behavior carefully. Determine and select which "Level of Performance" most closely represents your highest level of experience/training. List the employer(s)/training source(s) from your Work or Education sections of the application where you gained this experience/training.The "Level of Performance" you choose for each work behavior must be clearly supported within the description of the experience and training information entered in your application or your score may be lowered.In order to receive credit for experience, you must have worked in a job for at least six months in which the experience claimed was a major function.If you have read and understand these instructions, please click on the "Yes" button and proceed to the exam questions.

  • Yes

06

WORK BEHAVIOR 1 – RECREATIONAL PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

Plans, coordinates and organizes a recreational program for individuals confined to correctional facilities. This includes surveying interests; scheduling and planning a variety of activities such as games (i.e. board games, video games, shuffleboard, Bingo), arts and crafts, music, team sports and special events; reviewing inmate records to determine eligibility for recreational activities; recruiting/coordinating volunteers or paid instructors to play with, compete with, or instruct inmates; maintaining an inventory of recreational tools and equipment; evaluating the effectiveness of the program, and making improvements.

Levels of Performance

  • I have work experience INDEPENDENTLY PLANNING, COORDINATING, AND ORGANIZING a recreational program that included a variety of leisure time activities such as games (i.e. board games, video games, shuffleboard, Bingo) arts and crafts, music, team sports, and special events for a group of individuals OR I have completed a Bachelor's Degree with major coursework in recreation and physical education.

  • B. I have work experience COORDINATING AND ORGANIZING a recreational program that included a variety of leisure time activities such as games (i.e. board games, video games, shuffleboard, Bingo), arts and crafts, music, team sports, and special events for a group of individuals. I was NOT responsible for the planning of the program.

  • C. I have completed college coursework in Recreation and Parks Management, Community Recreation, Recreation and Leisure Studies, or Therapeutic Recreation.

  • D. I have no education or experience related to this work behavior.

07

In the text box below, please describe your experience as it relates to the level of performance you claimed on this work behavior. Please be sure your response addresses the items listed below. If you indicated you have no work experience related to this work behavior, type N/A in the box below.

  • The name of the employer where you gained this experience

  • Your experience planning, coordinating, or organizing a recreational program that included a variety of leisure time activities for a group of people, including type(s) of activities you planned, coordinated, and organized

  • Your level of responsibility

08

If you have selected a level of performance pertaining to college coursework, please provide your responses to the items listed below. If you indicated you have no education/training related to this work behavior, type N/A in the text box below.

  • College/University

  • Course Title

  • Credits/Clock Hours

09

WORK BEHAVIOR 2 – FITNESS INSTRUCTION/COACHING

Provides individual and group instruction in a variety of fitness-related recreational activities such as weight-lifting, aerobics, yoga, and team sports.

Levels of Performance

  • A. I have work experience providing individual and group instruction in a VARIETY of fitness-related recreational activities such as weight-lifting, aerobics, yoga, AND team sports (i.e. Physical Education teacher, Summer Sports Camp Instructor, Special Olympics Coach) OR I have completed a Bachelor's Degree with major coursework in recreation and physical education.

  • B. I have work experience providing individual and group instruction in ONE fitness-related recreational activity such as weight-lifting, aerobics, yoga, OR a team sport (i.e. Baseball Coach, Aerobics Instructor, etc.)

  • C. I have completed college coursework related to this work behavior (i.e. Physical Education, Athletic Training, Coaching of Team Sports, Adapted Physical Education, Health and Physical Education, etc.)

  • D. I have no education or experience related to this work behavior.

10

In the text box below, please describe your experience as it relates to the level of performance you claimed on this work behavior. Please be sure your response addresses the items listed below. If you indicated you have no work experience related to this work behavior, type N/A in the box below.

  • The name of the employer where you gained this experience

  • The fitness-related recreational activities for which you provided instruction

  • The actual duties you performed

  • Your level of responsibility

11

If you have selected a level of performance pertaining to college coursework, please provide your responses to the items listed below. If you indicated you have no education/training related to this work behavior, type N/A in the text box below.

  • College/University

  • Course Title

  • Credits/Clock Hours

12

WORK BEHAVIOR 3 – SUPERVISES WORKERS

Supervises inmate workers employed within the recreation program. This includes providing training in the maintenance of equipment and facilities, training and testing inmates to officiate intramural sporting events, maintaining attendance records, preparing reports on inmate work performance and recommending changes in inmate pay.

Levels of Performance

  • A. I have work experience supervising staff which included conducting training, maintaining attendance records, preparing performance evaluations, and recommending changes in pay.

  • B. I have work experience serving as a LEAD WORKER or team leader which included ASSISTING with training, maintaining attendance records, and PROVIDING INPUT into performance ratings.

  • C. I have completed college-level coursework or other training related to this work behavior such as human resource management, business management, effective supervision, or employee training.

  • D. I have no education or experience related to this work behavior.

13

In the text box below, please describe your experience as it relates to the level of performance you claimed on this work behavior. Please be sure your response addresses the items listed below. If you indicated you have no work experience related to this work behavior, type N/A in the box below.

  • The name of the employer where you gained this experience

  • The specific supervisory duties you performed

  • Your level of responsibility

14

If you have selected a level of performance pertaining to training or coursework, please provide your responses to the items listed below. If you indicated you have no education/training related to this work behavior, type N/A in the text box below.

  • Training Source

  • Course Title

  • Credits/Clock Hours

15

WORK BEHAVIOR 4 – WRITTEN COMMUNICATION

Composes narrative incident and misconduct reports, memorandums, and bulletins describing and justifying activities/events, scheduled or planned security needs, time and place of activity/events and program effectiveness.

Levels of Performance

  • A. I have completed a Bachelor's Degree that included coursework related to this work behavior (i.e. Professional Writing, Report Writing, Technical Writing, or Non-fiction Writing).

  • B. I have work experience composing detailed narrative reports, professional letters, memos, e-mails, and responses to inquiries.

  • C. I have completed college coursework related to this work behavior, such as Professional Writing, Report Writing, Technical Writing, or Non-fiction Writing. I have NOT completed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • D. I have no experience or training related to this work behavior.

16

In the text box below, please describe your experience as it relates to the level of performance you claimed on this work behavior. Please be sure your response addresses the items listed below. If you indicated you have no work experience related to this work behavior, type N/A in the box below.

  • The name of the employer where you gained this experience

  • The types of narrative communication you composed

  • The actual duties you performed

  • Your level of responsibility

17

If you have selected a level of performance pertaining to college coursework, please provide your responses to the items listed below. If you indicated you have no education/training related to this work behavior, type N/A in the text box below.

  • College/University

  • Course Title

  • Credits/Clock Hours

Required Question

Agency

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Address

613 North StreetHarrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120

Website

http://www.employment.pa.gov

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