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File #: 21-1212    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Public Hearing/General Business Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 9/1/2021 In control: Civil Service Commission
On agenda: 10/14/2021 Final action: 10/14/2021
Title: Action to Adjust the Examination Weighting Plan for Office Specialist IV (Job Code 939) to 100% Oral and a Qualifying Supplemental on a One-time Basis
REPORT TO CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
SUBJECT
Title
Action to Adjust the Examination Weighting Plan for Office Specialist IV (Job Code 939) to 100% Oral and a Qualifying Supplemental on a One-time Basis

Report

BACKGROUND
The Human Resources Department requests Commission approval of a modification to the examination weighting plan for Office Specialist IV (Job Code 939). This request is based on the authority of Civil Service Rule 3.1, "The Commission shall determine whether the examination shall consist of a written, oral, or performance, or psychological, investigative, physical test, or any combination thereof, and shall indicate the procedure in the announcement."

DISCUSSION
The Human Resources Department is recommending modifications to the examination weighting plan for Office Specialist IV (Job Code 939) on a one-time basis. Currently, the examination weighting plan consists of a Qualifying Performance Examination, 50% Oral, and 50% Written Examination. Given the recent increase in the COVID-19 Delta variant, the City has made the determination to limit (to the extent it can) in-person activities, which include testing and in person practical's and interviews. This decision has been made for the safety of the candidates and City staff and will be evaluated as COVID case updates become available.

The proposed modification is to make the examination weighting a 100% Oral and a Qualifying Supplemental to expedite the recruitment and not to delay the recruitment until such time the City has made the determination to resume in person testing. In order to address the technical abilities normally assessed at the written exam, the department will ask technical questions on the job application and oral examination which will be evaluated to determine the most competitive applicants to move forward to the next phase of the recruitment process. Additionally, the Department will also have the probationary period to assess the technical knowledge and abilities...

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