How to understand Jurisdictional Classification
Navigating Civil Service: Jurisdictional Classification
The classified service is subdivided into four groups: competitive, non-competitive, exempt and labor classes. (PEF does not have members in the labor class).
Over the past ten years, the composition of all the jurisdictional classes has remained relatively constant. According to the 2016 New York State Workforce Management Report, the competitive class remained the largest, with 81 percent of positions. Positions, when created, are generally in the competitive class unless the State Civil Service Commission approves otherwise. The chart shown here outlines the differences between the competitive, non-competitive, and exempt jurisdictional classes.
It is important to note that non-competitive or exempt jurisdictional classification does not necessarily indicate that the position is Management Confidential; PEF also represents some non-competitive and exempt employees.
In addition, some titles can have positions in both the competitive and non-competitive or exempt jurisdictional classes. State agencies are required to submit to the Civil Service Commission reasons for removing a position from the competitive class. If the Commission approves the request, it forwards a resolution to the Governor. The Governor can either approve or disapprove the resolution.
Approved positions can be found in the Civil Service Commission Jurisdictional Class Appendices: Appendix 1 for exempt positions and Appendix 2 for non-competitive positions.
Understanding the ‘Rule of Three’
Rule of Three: Candidates are selected off of an eligible list using the “rule of three”. This means that agencies count down the first three people on the list and these three people, PLUS anyone else at the third person’s score, are the eligibles the agency may consider to fill a position.