City of Binghamton, New York

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Assistant Supervisor of Building, Construction and Code Enforcement

Date Posted: 11/06/2019
Location: Building, Construction and Code Enforcement
Salary: $50,000.00 per year
Last Date To File: Open
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

Responsible for planning, directing and supervising the activities and operations of the Building Construction and Code Enforcement Department, in addition to related work performed by a New York State Code Enforcement Official. Pursuant to the duties and responsibilities of a Code Enforcement Official, under authority of the New York State Code and the City of Binghamton, the employee in this position will perform building inspections for compliance with applicable codes and enforce all laws, ordinances, rules, regulations, codes, and orders applicable.  The incumbent will provide support to the Supervisor of Building Construction and Code Enforcement.  The incumbent will supervise and audit the work of Building and Code Enforcement Inspectors and to ensure the integrity, consistency and accuracy of property inspections.  Does related work as required.

Typical Work Activities:

Directly supervises and monitors the work of the inspection staff and promotes improved performance.  Assigns work, inspects new and existing buildings and reviews staff inspection reports as related to construction, alterations, renovations and property maintenance inspections to ensure compliance with approved plans, permits and applicable codes and ordinances.  Implements and coordinates departmental policies and procedures as well as training programs for current and new inspectors. Investigates complaints, performs inspections, and assists inspectors in assessing code compliance. Issues notices to owners, builders, tenants or other responsible parties and requests or issues tickets when necessary.  Attends meetings and provides interpretation and explanation of codes, policies, and procedures as well as technical support to municipal departments, community organizations and special committees.  Maintains accurate, detailed records and prepares or issues reports of inspections and related activities.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICSThorough knowledge of New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code, New York State Multiple Residency Law, National Electric Code, National Fire Protection Association Codes and Standards and City of Binghamton Property Maintenance and Zoning Code; Working knowledge of managerial and supervisory practices consistent with municipal policies and procedures; Working knowledge about modern practices, principals and materials used in building construction; Ability read and interpret building plans and specifications; Ability to identify code violations in existing buildings from visual inspection; Ability to identify discrepancies between construction in progress and approved plans and code requirements; Ability to read and understand complex materials such as laws and codes; Ability to  supervise and direct the work of others; Ability to establish and maintain working relationships other members of departmental staff, public officials, contractors, design professionals, attorneys and the general public; Ability to delegate effectively, evaluate work and provide appropriate feedback; Ability to operate a personal computer and utilize common software including word processing, spreadsheet and databases; Ability to communicate effectively, receive and transmit detailed instructions and maintain confidentiality; Present and maintain physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

High School diploma or GED, PLUS:

I.

  1. Graduation from an accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree such as, but not limited to: engineering, architecture, business administration, public administration, social science or related field; or
  1. Graduation from an accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Associate Degree in a field listed in (A) and two [2] years of military or work experience in a field listed in (A); or
  1. Four [4] years of military or work experience in a field listed in (A);

AND

II.

  1. Two [2] or more years of supervisory experience, which included oversight of an average of five [5] or more employees, in the building design or construction industry, building or housing maintenance, property management, code enforcement or closely related field.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Obtain a Department of State certification as a NYS Code Enforcement Official within one [1] year of employment.
  1. Possess and maintain a valid NYS Driver’s License.
  1. Be available and responsive to emergencies and related events during scheduled and off hours.

*Military duty is defined as the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and the National Guard when in service for the United States.  Proof of an honorable discharge (DD-214) must be provided before the candidate’s name can be certified for appointment.

Real Property Tax Aide

Date Posted: 10/23/2019
Location: Department of Assessment
Salary: $23,858.00 - $29,638.00 per year
Last Date To File: 11/04/2019
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

This is clerical work involving the receipt and processing of documents and records on the assessment of properties.  The work is performed under the general supervision of the Assessor and his assistants and the incumbent may on occasion provide new employees on-the-job training for the position of Real Property Tax Aide.  Does related work as required.

Typical Work Activities:

Maintains records of real property transfer deeds and maintains the changes on tax maps; Identifies errors on tax rolls and makes corrections as directed; Records deeds, wills and changes that involve property title transfers on owners cards, deed sheets and in-field book, and prepares copies for water, sewer, code enforcement and real property tax office; Receives, checks and processes old age exemption applications and brings office records and field books up to date on exemptions;  receives, checks and processes requests for veterans as well as tax exemptions of property owned by religious and not-for-profit organizations; Types correspondence, maintains and files documents, letters and memoranda;  Answers telephone inquiries on real property taxes and exemptions;  Performs a variety of work and research in support of the Assessor and technical employees within the office;  Process information and documents in the County Clerk’s Office as well as with banks on the status of property deeds, mortgages and related material.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Working knowledge of real property valuation and assessment;  Working knowledge of the New York State Real Property Tax law and local policy; Working knowledge of modern office terminology, procedures, equipment and business English; Ability to read and understand property deeds, maps and other documents of a legal nature relating to property valuation and assessment.; Ability to deal effectively with the public; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with others; Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; Ability to operate a personal computer or other data entry device and utilize common office software programs including word processing, spreadsheet and databases as an acceptable rate of accuracy and speed; Good knowledge of the practices and procedures in processing and maintaining assessment records including the receipt and recording of applications for property exemptions;  working knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations governing the exemption of properties from taxes;  skill in the operation of office equipment; Ability to operate a personal computer and utilize common office software programs including word processing, spreadsheet, and database at an acceptable rate of accuracy and speed; Ability to understand and interpret written information; ability to make arithmetic computations accurately; clerical aptitude; thoroughness;  physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

Minimum Qualifications:
  1. Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma, and one year of full-time clerical experience, involving the maintaining, processing and recording of documents on real property assessments, requiring the operation of a personal computer or other data entry device;  or
  2. Two years of clerical experience involving entering and retrieving data using a personal computer or other data entry device.

Real Property Data Maintenance Assistant

Date Posted: 10/23/2019
Location: Department of Assessment
Salary: $27,524.00 - $31,960.00 per year
Last Date To File: 11/04/2019
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

This position involves the receipt and processing of documents as well as the collection of basic data used in the assessment of properties and inputting this data into the real property service data base. The work is performed under the general supervision of the Assessor. New employees receive on-the-job training for the position as well as class room instruction at the discretion of the Assessor. Does related work that may be required by the Assessor.

Typical Work Activities:

Interact with the public on a daily basis in the City Assessor’s office and at the locations of Residential and Commercial property inspections; Learns and assists in making field inspections and creating a working document from information collected in the field; Conduct the variety of clerical duties necessary throughout the year. These include Mailing receiving, processing, inputting and filing all exemption applications during the appointed times of year; Maintain and update records of real property transfers and ownership information;  Identifies errors on assessment rolls and makes corrections as directed; Creates correspondence, maintains and files documents, as directed by the Assessor; Answers telephone inquiries on real property assessments and exemptions; Perform a variety of research in support of the Assessor.

Operates a City owned vehicle to conduct on site inspections within the city limits; Process information and documents in Co-operation with the Broome County office of Real Property Services as well as other agencies that work closely with the Assessor’s office

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL

CHARACTERISTICS:

Working knowledge of office practices, procedures, terminology, software and equipment used in a professional office environment; Working knowledge of building construction practices and costs; Working knowledge in the principles and practices of inspecting properties; Ability to learn to read and understand property record cards, deeds, maps and other documents of a legal nature relating to property valuation and assessment; Ability to use the necessary measuring equipment required to conduct on site inspections; Ability to meet and deal with people with a tactful and efficient manner; Ability to comprehend written and verbal instructions and use good judgment and thoroughness to see them thru to conclusion; Ability to operate a personal computer and utilize common office software programs including word processing, spreadsheet, and database at an acceptable rate of accuracy and speed; Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

Minimum Qualifications:
  1. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two year college or university with an Associate Degree in civil engineering, building construction, architectural technology or a closely related field or;
  1. Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma, and two years of full-time experience, or its part-time equivalent, involving property inspections and the processing and recording of real property documents in a professional office setting, requiring the operation of a personal computer.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTSPossession of an appropriate level motor vehicle operator license issued by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles at time of appointment and maintain the license during the entire length of appointment. 

Note:  60 college credits in civil engineering, building construction, architectural technology or a closely related field is equivalent to an Associate’s Degree.         

WasteWater Treatment Plant Superintendent

Date Posted: 10/16/2019
Location: Joint Sewage Treatment Plant
Salary: $76,653.00 - $90,181.00 per year
Last Date To File: Open
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

This is a responsible technical and administrative position in charge of the complete operation of a Wastewater Treatment Plant with a point score of 76 or greater.  The work is performed under the general direction of the Binghamton-Johnson City Joint Sewage Board and involves the supervision over the plant personnel.  Does related work as required.

Typical Work Activities:

Supervises the operation of the plant to assure the most efficient and economical use of equipment, supplies and personnel; Makes daily inspection of plant and plant machinery; Makes or supervises necessary tests for control of plant operation; Supervises the maintenance and repair of machinery; Assigns plant personnel to shifts; Instructs and supervises operators, trainees and other subordinate employees; Maintains inventory of supplies, chemicals and equipment; Requisitions materials; Maintains records and prepares periodic reports on the operation of the plant.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES & PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Through knowledge of the practices used and equipment required in the operation and maintenance of a Wastewater Treatment Plant with a point score of 76 or greater; good knowledge of the operations of a modern Wastewater Treatment Plant; good knowledge of the principles and applications of physics, chemistry and bacteriology as applied to wastewater treatment and disposal; ability to supervise the operation and repair of pumps, valves and related mechanical and electrical equipment; ability to make routine laboratory and field tests for control of plant operation; ability to plan and supervise the work of subordinates; mechanical aptitude; ability to operate a personal computer and utilize common office software programs including word processing, spreadsheet, and database at an acceptable rate of accuracy and speed; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Graduation from an accredited university or school with a bachelor of science degree with thirty credit hours of math and/or science or graduation from an accredited university or school with a bachelor of arts degree with thirty credit hours of math and/or science; and

2. Satisfactory completion of an appropriate course of instruction by the Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation and not less than two years of satisfactory experience in the actual operation of a wastewater treatment plant with a point score of 76 or greater, and facilities of the appropriate type; and

3. The ability to conduct the routine laboratory and field tests required for the control of the operation of a wastewater treatment plant with such facilities.

Grade 4 can use one of the following options to meet the minimum education requirements:

The operating experience discussed under these options is required in addition to the approved operating experience.

QUALIFYING OPTIONS FOR GRADE 4 OPERATORS:

(Must also have required duration of approved experience-two (2) years):           

a)         BS degree with thirty credit hours of math and/or science from duly accredited university or school, or

b)         BA degree with thirty credit hours of math and/or science from a duly accredited university or school, or

c)         AAS degree from a duly accredited university or school in NYSDEC approved curriculum, plus eighteen months operating experience at a wastewater treatment plant, or

d)         AAS degree from a duly accredited university or school plus three years operating experience at a wastewater treatment plant, or

e)         AA degree with thirty credit hours of math and/or science from a duly accredited university or school, plus three years of operating experience at a wastewater treatment plant, or

f)         High school or equivalence diploma and 6 years operating experience at a wastewater treatment plant.

SPECIAL REQUIRMENTS:

Must obtain and maintain operator license or certificate during the entire length of appointment.

Wastewater Treatment Plant with a point score of 76 or greater.

The candidate must possess a Grade 4 Certification issued under the provisions of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. 

Carpenter

Date Posted: 10/09/2019
Location: City of Binghamton
Salary: $16.43-23.08 per hour
Last Date To File: 10/20/2019
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

 

This position is responsible for the performance of skilled carpentry work involved in the construction, alteration and repair of existing and new facilities. The work is performed under the general supervision of a higher level technical supervisor. Supervision may be exercised over semi-skilled or unskilled workers assigned for specific projects. Does related work as required. 

Typical Work Activities:

Builds, repairs and installs items such as partitions, floors, counters, cabinets, doors, windows, concrete forms; Reads and interprets rough sketches and working plans; Draws up list of materials for the work to be done; Assembles materials, tools, and equipment required to accomplish the work; Lays out and cuts materials for the job using rulers, tape measures, hand and electrical tools; Draws rough sketches and working drawings; Works with materials integral to the carpentry trade, including wood, plastics, aluminum, concrete; Oversees and inspects the work of assistants or helpers assigned for specific projects; May recommend to supervisor, and order the kind, quantity and quality of materials to be used; May oversee and inspect the work of outside contractors.

Full Performance Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Personal Characteristics:

Good knowledge of the practices, procedures, materials, tools, and safety precautions of the carpentry trade;  good  knowledge of building and safety codes and practices applicable to the carpentry trade; ability to read, interpret and work from blueprints, working drawings and rough sketches; ability to plan and layout carpentry work, ability to understand written and verbal instructions; ability to plan and supervise the work of subordinates assigned for specific projects; thoroughness; Ability to operate a personal computer and utilize common office software programs including word processing, spreadsheet, and database at an acceptable rate of accuracy and speed; and physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Either:

  1. Two years of full-time experience as a Carpenter at the journey level;  or
  2. Four years of full-time experience in assisting a Carpenter or as a Carpenter’s Helper.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT

Eligibility for appropriate N.Y. State Driver’s License at time of application; possession at time of appointment.  Must maintain NYS Driver’s License during the entire length of appointment.

Spring Internship

Date Posted: 9/24/2019
Location: City Hall
Salary: N/A
Last Date To File: 11/29/2019
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

Students who intern with the City of Binghamton will accompany their supervisor to various community/governmental meetings; will gain local government experience; and will be given a research project that incorporates their interests within their field of study.

Supervision Received: Students will be under the direction and general supervision of a Department Head. They will also work closely with City employees and have opportunities to shadow those whose work relates to the students field of study.

Typical Work Activities:

Interns will be involved with various programs and events offered by the department; If there is a specific area with more interest, potential additional time can be spent being involved in that area; Research within the intern’s division of choice as it fits the department’s needs and budget.

Objectives: Develop public understanding and participation within local government through public relations activities; Establish and maintain cooperative planning and working relationships with other public and volunteer community agencies; Work alongside City employees in conducting research or day-to-day activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

Currently enrolled in an academic program. Once an application is received, you will be contacted for an interview. If offered the internship, you will be able to set a schedule, of 10-20 hours per week, with your direct supervisor. 

Finance Clerk

Date Posted: 9/19/2019
Location: Department of Finance
Salary: $31,038
Last Date To File: 9/30/2019
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

This position involves responsibility for tasks requiring a high degree of accuracy in performance of a variety of data entry and clerical tasks.  Incumbents usually work under general supervision on routine assignments in accordance with defined procedures.  Detailed instructions are provided for new or unusual assignments.  The activities of employees in this class require knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices and procedures within the accounting field.  Work is performed under the direct supervision of immediate supervisor. Does related work as required.  

Typical Work Activities:

Performs all activities listed below within Finance, Information Management & Technology, Assessment, Treasurer and Purchasing departments as needed.

  • Reviews financial source documents for accuracy / completeness prior to data entry.
  • Performs data entry from a wide variety of source documents including, but not limited to claims for payment, purchase orders, journal entries, invoicing, budget requests, payroll time sheets, deduction requests, and various data collection forms into enterprise software database(s).
  • Visually compares edit sheets with source documents to identify and correct errors.
  • Works on special projects including implementation of software by performing data collection and input of information from a wide variety of sources.
  • Assists in training end users on appropriate data entry procedures for a variety of software modules.
  • Provide support for a variety of end users doing data entry
  • Generates financial reports/notices/billings pursuant to specifications
  • Use of desktop software including, but not limited to word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Receiving and distribution of City equipment and supplies
  • Physically moves materials and supplies in and out of the storeroom
  • Assists in maintaining inventory of City equipment and supplies
  • Operates a variety of office machines including copier, scanner, printer, folding machine and postage machine.
  • Answers telephone, makes appointments and provides routine information.
  • Performs office tasks /data entry / filing
  • Waits on customers and processes payments

 

Full Performance Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics:

  • Working knowledge of office terminology, procedure and equipment; good knowledge of commonly-used concepts , practices and procedures within the accounting field;
  • working knowledge of the practices of data entry operation;
  • ability to operate a data entry device at an acceptable rate of speed and accuracy;
  • ability to operate a personal computer and utilize common desktop software including word processing, spreadsheet and database at an acceptable rate of accuracy and speed;
  • ability to follow written and oral instructions
  • ability to work independently;
  • ability to get along well with others;
  • tact and courtesy;
  • physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position
Minimum Qualifications:
  1. Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and 2 years of full time clerical experience primarily involving data entry on a personal computer and the maintenance of financial accounts and records;  or:
  2. Graduation from a New York State registered or regionally accredited 2 (two) year college or university with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting, Finance or Business Administration.

Crossing Guard

Date Posted: 11/21/2017
Location: City of Binghamton
Salary: $34.50 per day
Last Date To File: Open
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

A person in this position must exercise considerable vigilance in directing traffic for the protection of children going to and from school.  Work is performed independently with only occasional directions from a superior

Typical Work Activities:

Directs traffic at crosswalks near school; Assists children crossing streets; Slows down traffic in school zone; Instructs younger children concerning proper place and precautions to be taken when crossing street.  

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES & PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Ability to be firm yet courteous with the public; ability to get along well with children; Ability to operate a personal computer and utilize common office software programs including word processing, spreadsheet, and database at an acceptable rate of accuracy and speed; Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

None