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City of Rochester, New York Project Assistant - Open Competitive Exam in Rochester, New York

Project Assistant - Open Competitive Exam

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Project Assistant - Open Competitive Exam


$42,218.00 - $54,115.00 Annually


Rochester, NY

Job Type


Job Number



Various Departments

Opening Date


Closing Date

5/1/2024 11:59 PM Eastern

Civil Service Exam Date


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General Description

The eligible list resulting from this exam may be used to fill vacancies at the City of Rochester or at the Rochester Housing Authority.

City of Rochester Salary Range: $42,218 - $54,115

Rochester Housing Authority Salary Range: $33,200 - $46,559

This is an entry-level administrative position providing data collection and analysis support to managers and project leaders for defined research or other seasonal projects. Employees in this title may be assigned to any department. The employee may be required to observe field operations or collect data at a variety of locations. Hours worked will generally not extend beyond those for a normal work week, but assignment of the hours may be flexible, depending on the needs of the project. The Project Assistant works under the general supervision of a higher level employee. Related work is performed as required.

Typical Work Activities

  • Compiles program productivity or other data through records analysis and direct observation of work activities;

  • Performs basic statistical data analysis, using calculator or personal computer;

  • Writes and compiles narrative and numeric reports;

  • Assists in the administration of projects by maintaining records, locating resource persons, implementing mailings, drafting memoranda and other written material;

  • Monitors contracts for compliance with project specifications;

  • Recommends adjustments to contract or program changes;

  • Attends internal and public meetings, making presentations, answering questions, and gathering information;

  • Responds to questions and complaints from the public concerning the project.

Minimum Qualifications

High School Diploma or Equivalent, PLUS :

  • Associate's degree in Business, Public Administration, or Social Sciences, and one (1) year of full-time experience, or its part-time equivalent, monitoring programs, procedures, regulations, or contracts; OR

  • Successful completion of twenty-one (21) semester hours in Business, Public Administration, or Social Sciences, AND eighteen (18) months of experience as described in 1. OR

  • Two (2) years of experience as described in 1.

NOTE: For some positions, a New York State Class D driver’s license will be required at time of appointment. Employee must have a vehicle available for daily use.

  • Employees must have permanent competitive status or 55a status.

    ** Candidates who expect to receive this degree or diploma by August 1, 2024, may participate in the examination. If successful on the examination, you will not be certified for appointment until you have submitted proof of completion of the requirements to the City of Rochester Examination Administration unit. Proof must be submitted no later than 2 (two) months after the completion of your degree or diploma; failure to do so will result in removal of your name from this list.

Exam Information

Scopes/Subjects of Examination: A test designed to evaluate knowledge, skills and /or abilities in the following areas.

Preparing Written Material: These questions test for the ability to present information clearly and accurately, and to organize paragraphs logically and comprehensibly. For some questions, you will be given information in two or three sentences followed by four restatements of the information. You must then choose the best version. For other questions, you will be given paragraphs with their sentences out of order. You must then choose, from four suggestions, the best order for the sentences.

Understanding and Interpreting Written Material: These questions test for the ability to understand and interpret written material. You will be presented with brief reading passages and will be asked questions about the passages. You should base your answers to the questions only on what is presented in the passages and not on what you may happen to know about the topic.

Understanding and Interpreting Tabular Material: These questions test your ability to understand, analyze, and use the internal logic of data presented in tabular form. You may be asked to perform tasks such as completing tables, drawing conclusions from them, analyzing data trends or interrelationships, and revising or combining data sets. The concepts of rate, ratio, and proportion are tested. Mathematical operations are simple, and computational speed is not a major factor in the test. You should bring with you a hand-held battery- or solar-powered calculator for use on this test. You will not be permitted to use the calculator function of your cell phone.

Evaluating Conclusions in Light of Known Facts: These questions will consist of a set of facts and a conclusion. You must decide if the conclusion is proved by the facts, disproved by the facts or if the facts are not sufficient to prove or disprove the conclusion. The questions will not be specific to a particular field.

Test Guide:

  • The New York State Department of Civil Service has not prepared a test guide for this examination. However, candidates may find information in the publication 'General Guide to Written Tests' helpful in preparing for this test. This publication is available on line at:

  • The Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County may have exam-related material, as well as, other branches.

For full-time employees:

The City of Rochester offers a complete benefits package to full-time employees including health care, dental, vision, retirement, deferred compensation plans, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, long-term disability, holidays, vacation, and sick leave.

For less-than full-time employees:

The City of Rochester offers numerous growth opportunities to include the potential to transition into full-time, permanent employment.


City of Rochester (NY)


30 Church St. Room 103A Rochester, New York, 14614





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