City of Binghamton, New York

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Water Treatment Plant Operator Trainee

Date Posted: 1/24/2020
Location: Water & Sewer Department
Salary: $15.30 per hour
Last Date To File: 2/04/2020
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

This class involves the participation in on-the-job training to become qualified as a Water Treatment Plant Operator in a water treatment plant. The Trainees that successfully complete the one year traineeship may be appointed Water Treatment Plant Operators without further examination if they receive the appropriate certification if required, by the completion of the twelve month training period. Trainees will perform a variety of duties and responsibilities associated with the operation and maintenance of the water treatment plant. Does related work as required. Shift work might be required.

Typical Work Activities:

Performs study and reading assignments, observes demonstrations and otherwise learns the techniques of operation and maintenance of a water treatment plant;  Learns and assists in the operation of pumps, electric and manual valves and related mechanical equipment;  Learns and assists in the maintenance and repair of machinery and equipment;  Learns and assists in recording readings of meters, gauges and scales;  Learns and assists in the making of residual chlorine tests of water;  Learns and assists in regulating and adjusting chemical feed systems, both manually and through a windows based SCADA software program;  Learns proper NELAC certified laboratory techniques. Learns and assists in the preparation and maintenance of daily treatment plant activity records and monthly DOH reports;  Performs custodial duties of pumping stations, treatment plant and grounds; Performs increasingly responsible duties as assigned in the operation and maintenance of a water treatment plant.

FULL  PERFORMANCE  KNOWLEDGES   SKILLS.  ABILITIES  &  PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Working knowledge of the elementary principles of chemistry and general science; good observation; basic computer skills; mechanical aptitude; ability to learn principles and procedures relating to operation and maintenance of a water treatment plant; ability to develop skill in the operation and maintenance of pumps, valves and related mechanical equipment; ability to get along well with others; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; 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:

Graduation from High School or possession of a High School Equivalency Diploma.

NOTE:  For appointment to Water Treatment Plant Operator Trainee position that requires Grade II-A certification for permanent appointment as Water Treatment Plant Operator, Certification must be completed during 12 month training period.

 

Legal Typist

Date Posted: 1/21/2020
Location: Office of Corporation Counsel
Salary: $30,231.00 per year
Last Date To File: Open
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

This position involves the performance of difficult, confidential typing work requiring a knowledge of legal terms used in the preparation of briefs and other legal instruments.  Recording/entering (keying) and retrieving data and/or information in accordance with prescribed procedures.  In addition to legal typing duties, other routine clerical and typing tasks such as receptionist and operation of various office equipment are performed in this position.  Work is performed under general supervision.

Typical Work Activities:

Types legal briefs, petitions, motions, orders, personnel records, opinions, notices, collective bargaining agreements, proposals used in labor negotiations with city unions, grievance responses, confidential position papers and other legal documents;  Handles, reviews and processes confidential medical and worker’s compensation materials;  Proof reads such documents, including the checking of citations in original reference for accuracy and completeness;  Answers telephones, records messages and schedules appointments;  Sorts confidential correspondence, various legal documents, personnel and medical records regarding city employees and other documents addressed to the Corporation Counsel’s office:  Distributes the materials to the appropriate office staff for further action;  Collects, compiles and types statistics;  Operates word processing equipment using a standard input keyboard;  Operates photocopier and fax duplicating machines as well as other office equipment;  Establishes and maintains a computerized filing and index card system for legal documents, pending actions and such other filing systems as are needed;  Performs other clerical and typing duties as required.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:   Ability to learn law office methods, procedures, forms and legal terminology; working knowledge of Data Entry including Windows, Works, Excel, Access Software or equivalent knowledge and experience that demonstrates the ability to adjust and learn these systems;  good knowledge of business arithmetic and English;  The ability to recognize, spell and properly use legal terms and expressions;  ability to type at a reasonable speed (i.e. not less than 40 wpm.) with good accuracy; good clerical aptitude;  good judgment;  neat appearance;  tact and courtesy;  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;  good physical condition.

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from High School or possession of a High School equivalency diploma and at least one year of clerical experience which will have included typing.

2020 Summer Internship

Date Posted: 1/17/2020
Location: City Hall
Last Date To File: 3/31/2020
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

General Purpose

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.

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.

Typical Work Activities:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

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.

Minimum Qualifications:

Must be enrolled in an academic program with an accredited College or University.

All interested students must submit an internship application and resume.

Program Assistant

Date Posted: 1/15/2020
Location: Bureau of Police
Salary: $28,481.00 - $34,310.00 per year
Last Date To File: 1/27/2020
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

The work involves responsibility for assisting in the planning, implementation, organization, and conduct of agency programs.  The incumbent performs a variety of tasks, both paraprofessional and clerical in nature, in assisting in the administration and coordination of agency programs.  Additionally, the incumbent performs duties which require substantial time operating an alpha-numeric keyboard such as a typewriter, word processor, or personal computer.  The work is performed in accordance with accepted policies and procedures under general supervision.  Will supervise subordinate clerical staff.  Does related work as required.

Typical Work Activities:

Performs routine administrative duties required for the implementation and coordination of agency programs;  Organizes and maintains central filing systems and procedures;  Assists in planning and administering in-service training programs;  Expedites and participates in the preparation of various reports and the maintenance of records;  Compiles payroll data and submits for payroll preparation and payment;  Participates in the collection, tabulation, and analysis of statistical and financial data relevant to the various programs undertaken;  May author routine correspondence required for the daily operation and implementation of the program undertaken;  Supervises the daily work assignments of clerical workers assigned to the office. 

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:  Good knowledge of the policies and objectives of department programs;  Good knowledge of office terminology, procedures, and equipment;  Working knowledge of administrative principles and practices;  Ability to plan, implement and coordinate activities typically required in the administration of programs such as record keeping, report preparation and clerical supervision;  Ability to operate an alpha-numeric keyboard at an acceptable rate of speed;  Ability to understand oral and written instructions;  Ability to establish and maintain effective interpersonal relationships;  Ability to clearly and effectively express oneself both orally and in written form;  Good judgment; 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 as necessary to perform the essential functions of the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Either:

  1. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college with an associate’s degree in business administration, secretarial sciences, or a related field including or supplemented by a course in the operation of an alpha-numeric keyboard;  or
  2. Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and two years of experience in public administration, business administration, or a related field including the operation of an alpha-numeric keyboard;  or
  3. An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (a) and (b) above.

Real Property Tax Aide

Date Posted: 1/14/2020
Location: Assessment
Salary: $23,858.00 - $33,333.00 per year
Last Date To File: 1/24/2020
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:

A.  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

B.   Two years of clerical experience involving entering and retrieving data using a personal computer or other data entry device.

Economic Development Director

Date Posted: 12/09/2019
Location: Department of Economic Development
Salary: $69,005.00 per year
Last Date To File: Open
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

The Economic Development Director in consultation with the Mayor develops all policy related to the formation and implementation of a comprehensive economic and industrial development plan for the City of Binghamton.  This includes formulating specific loan programs, establishing overall development plans and specific programs for downtown and neighborhood commercial areas, and providing overall director and technical assistance for all economic development activities.  The Director directly supervises all technical and clerical staff.  Does related work as required. 

Typical Work Activities:

Serves as Executive Director of, and provides technical assistance to, the Binghamton Local Development Corporation (BLDC); Initiates and directs all commercial and industrial development and contracts execution projects; Initiates and supervises other economic development programs, such as the Minority Loan Programs; Establishes work program for and oversees general administrative activities of departmental staff; Supervises technical and clerical support staff; Confers and negotiates with prospective commercial and industrial representatives in planning new site locations and development projects and negotiating tax concessions; Develops and administers specific promotions projects designed to attract new businesses and industries; Meets with various City departments and committees, State and regional agencies, and civic groups about economic development programs; Meets with State and Federal officials to coordinate use of governmental programs vis-à-vis economic development projects; Directs the grants/ funding application process for all economic development projects and may provide technical assistance to developers in assembling financial packages involving grants and other Federal funds; Administers budget and programs set-up to complement economic development efforts; Reviews legislative proposals and statutes concerning economic development; Coordinates environmental review process of grant proposals; Prepares and maintains a variety of records and reports pertaining to economic development activities. 

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, & PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Thorough knowledge of Federal, State, and Local laws and programs relating to economic development activity; thorough knowledge of economic development theory and practices; thorough knowledge of industrial and community business development techniques; thorough knowledge of current literature and sources of information on industrial development; good knowledge of methods or promotional activities relating to the recruitment and retention of business and industry; good knowledge of real estate field, property appraisal, and planning factors related to economic development; ability to plan, organize, and supervise staff and work of the department; ability to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships with developers, financial community, public officials, and general public; ability to work independently and act as a liaison between government and local business and industry; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; initiative; sound professional judgment; tact; resourcefulness; 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:

Either:

  1. Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in Public or Business Administration Management, Industrial Relations, Economics, Planning, Real Estate, or a closely related field and five years of professional experience in banking, public or business administration, urban planning, economic, or industrial development, real estate, public relations or a field related to the development and implementation of economic growth, two years of which was in an administrative or supervisory position; or
  1. Possession of a Master’s Degree in one of the fields listed in (A); plus four years of professional and administrative supervisory experience described in (A) above; or
  1. Nine years of the professional and administrative supervisory experience as described in (A) above; or
  1. An equivalent combination of education and experience as defined by the limits of (A), (B), and (C).

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. 

Crossing Guard

Date Posted: 11/21/2017
Location: City of Binghamton
Salary: $36.50 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

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