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Civil Service Exam Process - Part 1

Types of Examinations

The following types of examinations are used to establish lists of qualified candidates from which hires may be made. The examination type indicates who may apply for the examination.

Open Examinations
Competition is open to all interested applicants. You do not have to be a state employee to apply.

Open/Non-Promotional Examinations
Competition is open to all interested applicants. You do not have to be a state employee to apply.  Anyone who meets the minium requirements may compete in the examination.  Career credits (three points) are applied to the final score of State employees with permanent civil service status.

Continuous Testing
Testing is done at various intervals throughout the year as needed.  However, all candidates may only test once during an examination period.

Departmental Promotional Examinations
Departmental employees who meet minimum qualifications may compete in the examination.  You must have a permanent civil service appointment with the state department indicated on the examination bulletin as of the final filing date. Under certain circumstances, former employees of the State department may be allowed to compete under the provisions of State Personnel Board Rule 235

Statewide Promotional Examinations
Competition is limited to state employees who have a permanent civil service appointment with any state department as of the final filing date.

Multi-Departmental Examinations
Competition is limited to state employees who have a permanent civil service appointment with one of the participating departments listed on the examination bulletin as of the final filing date.

Open, Spot Examinations
Competition is open to all interested applicants.  

Departmental Promotional, Spot Examinations
Competition is limited to state employees who have permanent civil service appointment with the state department indicated on the examination bulletin as of the final filing date.  Geographic location(s) which the examination is being given are specified.  Candidates must take the examination in the location indicated on the examination bulletin regardless of place of residence.

Limited Examination and Appointment Program (LEAP)
Competition is limited to all interested applicants who have been certified as LEAP eligible by the Department of Rehabilitation.  This testing program allows alternate entry into state service for persons with disabilities. Candidates must be certified by Department of Rehabilitation to qualify.


Examination Announcement

The State of California uses several methods to notify prospective candidates of upcoming examinations. Among these methods are:

  • Distribution of examination bulletins to various state departments, State Personnel Board offices, and local Employment Development Department (EDD) offices.
  • College recruitment. Job fairs may be conducted in colleges/universities to inform college students of upcoming civil service examinations.
  • Presentations at job fairs and meetings of community organizations, as well as in educational facilities.
  • On-line. The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) maintains examination information via the Internet. California State Civil Service Jobs and Employment Information

     

Examination Bulletin

Examination bulletin is an announcement that provides applicants with important details and helpful information concerning a specific examination.

Anyone who meets the minimum requirements for open examinations may apply. You do not have to be a state employee to qualify. Promotional examinations may only be taken by stateand certain legislative or exempt employees who meet the entrance requirements.

 

STAFF ADMINISTRATIVE ANALYST (ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS)
 PROMOTIONAL EXAMINATION
undefined CALIFORNIA STATE DEPARTMENT OF
Insurance
SALARY RANGE $3,958 - $4,775

AN EMPLOYER OFFERING EQUAL OPPORTUNITY TO ALL REGARDLESS OF RACE, COLOR, CREED, NATIONAL ORIGIN, ANCESTRY, SEX, MARITAL STATUS, DISABILITY, RELIGIOUS OR POLITICAL AFFILIATION, AGE OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION.


How to Apply FINAL FILING DATE: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12, 1998

DO NOT SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO THE STATE PERSONNEL BOARD
Send application to:
Department of Insurance
300 Capitol Mall, 13th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attention: Examination Technician

Application (form STD 678) must be POSTMARKED no later than the final filing date. Applications postmarked, personally delivered or received via interoffice mail after the final filing date will not be accepted for any reason. If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, mark the
appropriate box on the application. You will be contacted to make specific
arrangements.


Requirements for Admittance to the Examination All applicants must meet the education and/or experience requirements for this examination by the final filing date.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Either I

One year of experience in California state service performing duties of an Associate Administrative Analyst (Accounting Systems).

Or II

Experience: Four years of increasingly responsible technical experience in governmental, commercial, or public accounting performing any one or a combination of the following types of work:

  1. Development and installation of varied accounting systems. OR
  2. Preparation of comprehensive and complex financial statements and tax returns. OR
  3. Analytical and critical examination of financial records and books of accounts of business concerns or governmental agencies. (At least one year of the qualifying experience shall have been in the full-time development and installation of varied and complex accounting systems.) Experience in the California state service applied toward this requirement must include at least one year performing duties of a class with a level of responsibility equivalent to that of Associate Administrative Analyst (Accounting Systems). AND

Education:

  1. Equivalent to graduation from college, with specialization in accounting. OR
  2. Completion of EITHER:
    a. A prescribed professional accounting curriculum given by a residence or correspondence school of accountancy, auditing, cost accounting, and business law. OR
    b. The equivalent of sixteen semester hours of professional accounting courses given by a collegiate grade residence institution, including courses in elementary and advanced accounting, auditing, and cost accounting, and three semester hours of business law.

Position Description Under general direction, the Staff Administrative Analyst (Accounting Systems) plans, develops, coordinates and consults with administrative managers and staff on new financial system development projects and modifications to existing financial systems; and leads on the development and technical support maintenance of specialized financial systems and reporting functions for the California Department of Insurance.

Positions are located in Sacramento only.


Examination Information This examination will consist of a supplemental application and a Qualifications Appraisal Interview. In order to obtain a position on the eligible list, a minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the interview.

CANDIDATES WHO DO NOT APPEAR FOR THE INTERVIEW WILL BE ELIMINATED FROM THE EXAMINATION.

QUALIFICATIONS APPRAISAL - WEIGHTED 100.00%

The examination interview will consist of a number of predetermined job-related questions. During the interview, candidates should be prepared to answer questions relating to areas shown under "Examination Scope".

It is anticipated that the mandatory interviews will be held during September 1998.


Examination Scope In addition to evaluating the competitor's relative abilities as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, emphasis in the examining interview will be on measuring competitively, relative to job demands, each competitor's:
Knowledge of:
  1. Accounting principles and practices.
  2. Governmental accounting, budgeting, and fiscal management.
  3. Uniform accounting systems and the financial organization and procedures of the State of California.
  4. Principles and techniques of personnel management and supervision.
  5. Statistical methods.
  6. Principles and procedures of automatic data processing systems.
  7. Department's Equal Employment Office Compliance objective (EEO).
  8. A manager's role in the EEO Compliance program and the processes available to meet the EEO Compliance program objectives.
Ability to:
  1. Direct effectively the work of technical, professional and clerical assistants.
  2. Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with representatives of public and private agencies.
  3. Apply administrative survey and statistical techniques to the development of accounting and financial organization studies.
  4. Prepare comprehensive reports and compile manuals of accounting procedures.
  5. Communicate effectively.
  6. Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
  7. Analyze data and draw sound conclusions.
  8. Effectively contribute to the department's EEO Compliance program objectives.

Eligible List Information A departmental Promotional eligible list will be established for the Department of Insurance. The list will be abolished 12 months after it is established unless the needs of the service and conditions of the list warrant a change in this period.

Career Credits will not be granted in this examination.
Veterans preference points will not be granted in this examination.


GENERAL INFORMATION


It is the candidate's responsibility to contact the Department of Insurance, Human Resources Management, Sacramento (916) 492-3393 three days prior to the written test date if he/she has not received his/her notice.

For an examination without a written feature it is the candidate's responsibility to contact the Department of Insurance, Human Resources Management, Sacramento (916) 492-3393 three weeks after the final filing date if he/she has not received a progress notice.

If a candidate's notice of oral interview or performance test fails to reach him/her prior to the day of the interview due to a verified postal error, he/she will be rescheduled upon written request.

Applications are available at the Department of Insurance offices, State Personnel Board offices, and local offices of the Employment Development Department.

If you meet the requirements stated on above, you may take this examination, which is competitive. Possession of the entrance requirement does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination described on this bulletin will be compared with the performance of the others who take this test, and all candidates who pass will be ranked according to their scores.

The Department of Insurance reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service laws and rules and all competitors will be notified.

Examination Locations: When a written test is part of the examination, it will be given in such places in California as the number of candidates and conditions warrant. Ordinarily, oral interviews are scheduled in Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. However, locations of interviews may be limited or extended as conditions warrant.

Eligibility List: Eligible lists established by competitive examination, regardless of date, must be used in the following order: 1) subdivisional promotional, 2) departmental promotional, 3) multidepartmental promotional, 4) servicewide promotional, 5) departmental open, 6) open. When there are two lists of the same kind, the older must be used first. Eligible lists will expire in from one to four years unless otherwise stated on this bulletin.

Promotional Examinations only: Competition is limited to employees who have a permanent civil service appointment. Under certain circumstances other employee may be allowed to compete under provisions of Rules 234, 235, and 235.2. State Personnel Board Rules 233, 234, 235, 235.2 and 237 contain provisions regarding civil service status and eligibility for promotional examinations. These rules may be reviewed at departmental personnel offices or at the Informational Counter of State Personnel Board offices.

General Qualifications: Candidates must possess essential personal qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others; and state of health consistent with the ability to perform the assigned duties of the class. A medical examination may be required. In open examinations, investigation may be made of employment records and personal history and fingerprinting may be required.

Interview Scope: If an interview is conducted, in addition to the scope described in this bulletin, the panel will consider education, experience, personal development, personal traits, and fitness. In appraising experience, more weight will be given to the breadth and recency of pertinent experience and evidence of the candidate's ability to accept and fulfill increasing responsibilities than to the length of his/her experience. Evaluation of a candidate's personal development will include consideration of his/her recognition of his/her own training needs; his/her plans for self-development; and the progress he/she has made in his/her efforts toward self-development.

High School Equivalence: Equivalence to completion of the 12th grade may be demonstrated in any one of the following ways: 1) passing the General Education Development (GED) Test; 2) completion of 12 semester units of college-level work; 3) certification from the State Department of Education, a local school board, or high school authorities that the candidate is considered to have education equivalent to graduation from high school; or 4)for clerical and accounting classes, substitution of business college work in place of high school on a year-for-year basis.

California Relay (Telephone) Service for the Deaf or Hearing impaired:
From
TDD phones: 1-800-735-2929, from voice phones: 1-800-735-2922

Department of Insurance
Human Resources Management
300 Capitol Mall,
13th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814-4338 Release Date: 7/15/98
SAC: (916) 492-3393 Bulletin: BR/GM

IT IS AN OBJECTIVE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA TO ACHIEVE A DRUG-FREE STATE WORK PLACE. ANY APPLICANT FOR STATE EMPLOYMENT WILL BE EXPECTED TO BEHAVE IN ACCORDANCE WITH THIS OBJECTIVE BECAUSE THE USE OF ILLEGAL DRUGS IS INCONSISTENT WITH THE LAW OF THE STATE, THE RULES GOVERNING CIVIL SERVICE AND THE SPECIAL TRUST PLACED IN PUBLIC SERVANTS.


STAFF ADMINISTRATIVE ANALYST (ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS) - JM34-5303 - EXAM CODE: 8IN20 -
-- FINAL FILING DATE: AUGUST 12, 1998 --


The following information is contained in the examination bulletin. However, not all items are included in every bulletin.

Item Content

Examination Title
The name of the classification for which the examination is being given.

Examination Base

  1. The type of examination being given.
  2. The location (spot) for which the examination is being given.

Salary Range
The minimum and maximum salary rates for the classification being tested.

Final Filing Date
The last day on which applications will be accepted for the examination.

How and Where to apply
Address where applications for the examination must be received.

Instructions for Persons with Disabilities

Requirements for Admittance to the Examination
Minimum qualifications may include education and experience as well as any certificate or license requirements, "special personal characteristics," or "additional desirable qualifications".

Position Statement
Describes the major responsibilities and duties of the classification.

Position Location
The location of current or anticipated vacancies and/or positions.

Examination Information
Descriptions of the various examination components. The total of all components will be weighted 100%. (Type of interview and anticipated interview month and year.)

Scope of the Examination
Listing of knowledge and abilities required for the classification.

Eligible List Information
The intended use and/or proposed duration of the list.

Career Credit
Career Credit is not granted in promotional examinations. They are applied to the final score of state employees taking the open/nonpromotional examinations.

Veterans' Preference Points
Veterans' Preference Points are granted in entry-level open and open/nonpromotional examinations.

General Information
Contains general information about state civil service laws and rules pertaining to examinations. It also contains importantinformation pertaining to candidates' responsibilities.

California Relay Service Number
This service relays calls between a person using a telecommunication device for the deaf (TDD) and any other telephone user within the state.

Name, Address and Telephone Number of Testing Agency

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