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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS Work involves performance of a variety of paraprofessional tasks in an Employment and Training Agency, such as information gathering, conducting initial interviews, verifying eligibility of participants and, under supervision, counseling, job development and monitoring of sub‑grantees. Work differs from clerical work in that the incumbent is required to apply acquired knowledge of Employment and Training regulations and principles to individual situations and has an independence of judgment not permitted in clerical disciplines. Work is performed under direct supervision of a professional Employment and Training employee. Supervision may be exercised over clerical personnel. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)

  • Assists in the development of realistic jobs and/or training opportunities for agency clients;
  • Reviews client applications and makes eligibility determinations;
  • Assists in matching job ready participants with positions available in the public or private sector;
  • Under supervision assists in the financial and non‑financial monitoring of sub‑agents;
  • May assist in the implementation, operation and maintenance of an occupational assessment system;
  • Interviews clients and identifies clients' skills or job readiness problems as well as assists in the formulation of participant employability plans;
  • Disseminates information to clients regarding job opportunities, training or other agency programs;
  • Participates in formal training courses as needed;
  • Attends on‑the‑job and special training sessions and studies appropriate materials related to the conduct of local Employment and Training Programs;
  • Prepares a variety of records and reports;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS  Working knowledge of the operation of an Employment and Training Program; working knowledge of social science concepts related to poverty and unemployment; ability to collect, organize and interpret data and information relating to Employment and Training programs and projects; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, private and governmental agencies and labor groups; ability to develop jobs and provide services to clients; ability to express oneself both orally and in writing; ability to understand oral and written directions.


  1. Completion of a minimum of 60 college credit hours; or
  2. Two (2) years experience in job development, personnel counseling or placement in an Employment and Training, community action, personnel placement or similar agency preferably dealing with the employment and training of economically disadvantaged, minority, disabled or low income persons; or
  3. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of a) and b).

PLEASE NOTE: Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education.

SUBSTITUTION NOTE: Post-secondary level education may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience indicated above on the basis of thirty (30) college credits per year of experience.


Access to transportation may be required to complete possible field work assignments in a timely and efficient manner.


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Mission Statement

Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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