City of Binghamton, New York

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Vacant Property Officer

Date Posted: 11/15/2017
Location: PHCD
Salary: $38,000
Last Date To File: 11/25/2017
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

This position develops procedures for and coordinates the Vacant Property Registration program to include identification of abandoned properties and properties in the process of foreclosure; Property ownership and occupancy status; and codes applicable to abandoned, vacant, zombie and blighted properties. Performs investigations and identifies properties for prosecution of violations involving abandoned, vacant, zombie and problem blighted properties by collecting and analyzing physical data regarding ownership status, vacancy status, property condition, and building conditions under Planning, Housing and Community Development. Exercises independent judgment as required to develop methods and procedures for vacant property data collection, code violation identification, marketing of available city owned properties, and related programming involving financial management of Vacant Property Registration fees and Geographic Information Systems. The position reports directly to the Planning, Housing and Community Development Director.

Typical Work Activities:

Ensures compliance with Vacant Property Registration and Absentee Landlord Registration ordinances by soliciting, compiling and maintaining application, registration, and enforcement recordsworks with NY-DFS and NGO Regional  Housing Counselor on Foreclosed and Zombie Properties, Coordinates interdepartmental communication  between Code, Corporation Counsel, Police, Fire, BEDO and Building Construction, and Parks Departments. Promoting property registration, code compliance, nuisance abatement, related civil judicial action, property receivership/acquisition, as well as investment in repair or revitalization under new or established property reclamation and redevelopment programs;  researches, develops, and promotes legal or administrative methodologies, including grant administration, associated with blight prevention and abatement, neighborhood safety, property acquisition & redevelopment and adaptive re-use of vacant, unoccupied, or abandoned properties and structures as a function of community-based planning;  Identifies trends within housing and commercial stocks; identifies needed policy modifications;  Prepares and presents periodic reports that demonstrate program performance;Oversees development of community education regarding programs and services available for Vacant, Abandoned and Foreclosed properties.

Minimum Qualifications:

(a)   Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four year college or  university with a Bachelors Degree in Finance, Property Management, Urban Planning, Civil Engineering  or related field with one (1) year experience/internship in either city planning, property management, mortgage financing, public policy, code enforcement or related field; or

 

(b)   Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two year college with an Associates Degree in one of the fields in (a) above and two years of experience/internship in either city planning, property management, mortgage financing, public policy, code enforcement or similarly related field.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:  Must possess and maintain a valid NYS Drivers License  throughout appointment.

MOTOR EQUIPMENT OPERATOR - SEASONAL ON CALL

Date Posted: 11/15/2017
Location: DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
Salary: $14.17/PER HOUR
Last Date To File: 11/25/2017
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:
Typical Work Activities:

DRIVERS NEEDED DURING WINTER SEASON

 

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Possession of a CDL-B motor vehicle operator license issued by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles at time of appointment which must be maintained during the entire length of appointment.
  • Preemployment drug test required.
  • Applications being accepted Binghamton City Hall. Office of Civil Service 4th Floor, 38 Hawley Street, Binghamton, NY 13901 or via email at alrutherford@cityofbinghamton.com 

 

Administrative Assistant

Date Posted: 11/15/2017
Location: Office of Economic Development
Salary: $29,982.00 - $32,130.00 per year
Last Date To File: 11/25/2017
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

This is an administrative and public contact position involving responsibility for conserving the time of an administrator for planning, policy-making and coordinating the activities of a major department or agency.  The work involves independently handling correspondence and public contacts, collecting, analyzing and processing information and data and coordinating special assigned projects as directed.  Work is performed in accordance with policies and objectives outlined by the department head with wide leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment in applying policy to specific cases.  Supervision may be exercised over other staff members in carrying out special project assignments.  Does related work as required.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICSGood knowledge of general office administration, procedures and practices;  good knowledge of business arithmetic and English;  working knowledge of modern practices and principles of office management, budget control and public relations;  working knowledge of the basic functions of municipal government;  ability to become readily familiar with specific laws, rules, regulations and policies;  ability to handle administrative details, correspondence and public contacts;  ability to collect, analyze and summarize organizational data and information;  ability to present data, reports and recommendations clearly and concisely in written and oral form;  ability to work effectively with others;  good judgment in solving administrative and clerical problems;  initiative and resourcefulness;  dependability;  courtesy;  ability to operate a personal computer and utilize common office software programs including word processing, spreadsheet and databases at an acceptable rate of accuracy and speed; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position; 

Typical Work Activities:
  • Assists the department head or administrator in matters related to administration, budget and office procedures;

  • Plans and coordinates and oversees special projects and explains and provides information on project to staff;

  • Assists in the preparation of required reports and collecting a variety of financial and statistical data;

  • Conducts surveys to obtain information on citizen needs and opinions;

  • Responds to complaints from various sources and follows up on their resolution;

  • Answers information requests from other agencies and the general public;

  • Explains department and agency functions and activities at meetings with civic groups and community organizations;

  • Acts as agency’s liaison with citizen groups and attends various citizen committee meetings;

  • Coordinates use of public facilities for community functions and meetings.

Minimum Qualifications:

 

(a)    Graduation from a New York State registered or regionally accredited four year college or university, with a Bachelor Degree, with one year experience in public contact work;  or

(b)   Graduation from a New York State registered or regionally accredited two year college or university with an Associate’s Degree in Secretarial Sciences, and three years of experience in public contact work;  or

(c)    Graduation from high school and six years of responsible experience in public contact work;  or

(d)   An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined in (a), (b) and (c) above.

 

Water/Sewer Systems Maintainer

Date Posted: 9/08/2017
Location: Water/Sewer Department
Salary: $14.49 per hour
Last Date To File: 9/18/2017
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

This position involves the performance of skilled work in the maintenance and repair of water systems, sewer systems, and roads. Operates equipment required in the process of snow removal.  The incumbent performs work requiring specialized technical skills and may direct a small work force in activities concerned with the continued use and effective operation of the water and sewer systems.  Work is performed under general supervision of the Senior Water and Sewer System Maintainer and or Assistant Supervisor/Supervisor of the bureau. Does related work as required.

Typical Work Activities:

Performs maintenance and repair on sewer mains and laterals and sewer system entries involving concrete and brick work; Lays storm and sanitary sewer lines; Lays water mains and makes taps on mains for services to consumers; Turns off and renews consumers’ services; Repairs and installs hydrants and meters; Tests for and repairs leaks in mains and services;  Caulks joints; Operates dump trucks in connection with the work; Rebuilds and repairs catch basins, sewer mains laterals and head stones; Makes minor repairs on small pumps; Operates a variety of equipment and uses power tools required to repair and maintain the city water and sewer systems; including water pumps, compressors,  black topping and cement mixing, vacuum  truck, bucket loaders, backhoes; Plows and Salts city streets as required for snow removal; Cares for tools, supplies and equipment; Performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled maintenance tasks. Does related work as required.

FULL PERFORMANCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Good knowledge of the principles, practices, tools, equipment, terminology and safety precautions involved in the maintenance of  water distribution systems and sanitary sewer collection systems;  working knowledge of the operation and repair of pumps and compressors;  ability to operate equipment in the repair and maintenance of the water and sewer systems;  ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions;  ability to work with others and to lead in small work projects;  ability to keep minor records in the use of materials, supplies and equipment;  ability to operate a personal computer and utilize common office software programs including word processing, excel spreadsheets, and Cartegraph database, at an acceptable rate of accuracy and speed;   physical condition as necessary to perform the essential functions of the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

MINIMUM QUALIFICIATIONS:

(a) Five years of progressively increasing experience in the construction, repair and maintenance  of either the City of Binghamton’s water distribution and/or sewer systems; or

(b) Six years of external experience in the construction, repair and maintenance of water distribution and/or sanitary sewer collection systems. Candidates should be willing to demonstrate capability and proficiency in the use of all equipment.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Possession of a CDL-B New York State driver’s license at time of appointment is required and maintain the license during the entire length of appointment.

Hardware/Software Technician

Date Posted: 8/24/2017
Location: City of Binghamton
Salary: $40,000.00 to $43,169.00 per year
Last Date To File: 9/04/2017
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

An employee in this class is responsible for the installation, maintenance and problem resolution for personal computers.  The position requires frequent contact with computer users in identification of needs and resolution of hardware and software problems.  Additionally, an employee in this class is responsible for providing help-desk support to employees by evaluating, diagnosing and troubleshooting computer problems related to software packages and hardware issues.  The work is performed under the general supervision of a higher level supervisor.  Does related work as required.  

Typical Work Activities:

Provides employees with first-level diagnosis and troubleshooting of computer problems relating to software packages, hardware issues, work processing, spreadsheets, accounting systems and specific applications.  Installs and tests computer hardware;  Maintains and repairs computer and peripheral equipment;  Coordinates with service providers to ensure the timely completion of repairs; Coordinates the cabling  necessary to establish networks;  Participates in the development and enforcement of standards and policies regarding hardware and software systems;  Maintains inventory of computer hardware and software, including maintenance and repair records;  Follows-up with employees to ensure problems are resolved and updates them regarding actions taken or planned;  Creates or assists other employees in creating forms, reports or databases;  Enters data into various databases;  Performs a variety of clerical tasks including answering phones and taking messages.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICSExcellent knowledge of typical personal computer hardware and software applications;  Excellent knowledge of modern office terminology, procedures, equipment and business English;  Good knowledge of information technology help desk procedures, processes and practices;  Skill in the use of tools and equipment used in the installation and repair of computer and networking hardware;  Ability to establish effective working relationships with employees in other departments at all levels;  Ability to understand and follow complex oral and written instructions;  Ability to express oneself clearly and effectively both orally and in writing;  Ability to maintain inventory and operational records;  Ability to perform close detail work;  Ability to lift up to 40 pounds;  Initiative, tact;  patience;  good judgment;  Resourcefulness;  Courtesy.

Minimum Qualifications:

A)    Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with an Associate’s Degree in computer science, computer technology, computer repair or a closely related field and one year experience installing software and troubleshooting both hardware and software;  or

B)    Three years experience as indicated above;  or

C)     An equivalent combination of training and experience as indicated within the limits of A) and B)

Lead Agency Assistant Project Manager

Date Posted: 8/17/2017
Location: City of Binghamton
Salary: $50 per hour - up to 20 hours per wewek
Last Date To File: 8/28/2017
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

This is a professional engineering position assisting in the management of the BJCJSTP BAF Restoration and Rehabilitation Project, Flood Wall FEMA Mitigation Project, Terminal Pump Station FEMA Flood Mitigation Project and Water Quality Project.  This position reports to the Project Manager and the Mayor of the City of Binghamton.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:   Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of Civil Engineering; knowledge of engineering research and economics; knowledge of operations of sewage treatment plant; knowledge of methods and procedures involved in the initiation, planning and design and development of sewage treatment plant; high degree of professional 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.

Typical Work Activities:

·         Assists in providing lead agency oversight and coordination from a global prospective of all projects at the BJCJSTP;

·         May review pay requests, invoices and purchase orders;

·         Reports to the Project Manager on the progress of the project;

·         Tracks project costs and schedules as it relates to budget, finances and the NYSDEC consent order;

·         May provide representation on matters dealing with NYSDEC, EFC, and FEMA;

·         Interacts with other City departments (Corporation Counsel and Comptroller) for legal and financial matters associated with the project;

·         Coordination with the contract construction manager and design manager;

·         Coordination with all parties involved with the FEMA components of each project;

·         Assures the project is meeting all City, NYSDEC, EFC, FEMA, and EPA requirements;

·         Other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Possession of a New York State Professional Engineer License and either:

(A)   Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with major work in Civil Engineering and               five (5) years of Civil Engineering experience, three (3) of which relate to WWTPS; or

(B)   Graduation from a regionally accredited New York State registered two year college with major work in Engineering Science or Civil Engineering Technology and seven (7) years of Civil Engineering experience, three (3) of which relate to WWTPS.

Deputy Commissioner of Public Works

Date Posted: 8/15/2017
Location: City of Binghamton
Salary: $55,000-$65,000
Last Date To File: Open
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

This is a key leadership position within the Department of Public Works. The Department of Public Works has an operating budget of approximately $14 million and a workforce of 161 employees. The work performed by this position involves a high degree of independence and solid judgment. Policy development, implementation and enforcement are a key component of the duties performed by the position. Providing project management and support/direction to first line field Supervisors and handling day-to-day personnel, safety/health and labor relations issues are also essential tasks assigned to this position. Frequent contact with the public regarding operational issues and complaints is required. This position reports directly to the Commissioner of Public Works. 

Typical Work Activities:
Minimum Qualifications:

A)    Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent; with a bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, engineering, construction management, or a related field and five (5) years of field experience in a DPW or similar work setting; or

B)     Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or equivalent; with a associate’s degree in  public administration,  engineering or a related field and seven (7) years of  field experience in a DPW or similar work setting; or

C)     Graduation from high school and ten (10) years of field experience in DPW, construction, with 5 years in management and supervision.

 

We offer an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, deferred compensation, paid leave and membership in the NYS Retirement System.  If you are interested in becoming an integral part of the City’s dynamic future, please send your cover letter and resume, with salary requirements to alrutherford@cityofbinghamton.com

Plumbing Inspector

Date Posted: 8/03/2017
Location: Building Inspection & Code Enforcement
Salary: $33,994 - $38,687 per year
Last Date To File: 8/16/2017
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

This is work in the inspection and enforcement of the Municipal Plumbing and New York State Uniform and Fire Prevention and Building Code.  The work is performed under the direct supervision of the Supervisor of Building Inspection and Construction within the general policies and objectives of the Department and as specifically outlined in the Plumbing Code.  Does related work as required

Typical Work Activities:

Reviews plans for plumbing alterations and additions to determine compliance with regulations; Makes inspections of individual water supplies, sanitary sewer and other plumbing fixtures in order to determine compliance with New York State and City plumbing regulations; Issues permits for plumbing construction; Gives information to plumbers, architects and the general public regarding plumbing and drainage codes; Inspects piping, traps and fixtures and sees that work is performed in accordance with permits; Sees that installations are air and water tight; Inspects pipes, fittings, and other materials to determine quality of materials used; Condemns jobs not in accordance with laws and regulations; Investigates complaints and issues violation notices and Court appearance tickets, when necessary; Keeps records and makes reports of inspections; Performs other Building & Construction Division inspections as required; Assist other city departments as required with respect to plumbing; Provides office coverage, as required; Conducts and makes recommendations to the supervisor of Building Inspection and Construction; Keeps up-to-date on latest plumbing technology, and provides information on such to other Building and Construction Division staff.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITITES & PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Thorough knowledge of modern methods, tools and materials used in plumbing installations and general construction; thorough knowledge of the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and the City Plumbing Code;  ability to read and interpret plans and specifications, including plumbing plans and specifications, ability to investigate and correct unsanitary conditions;  ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with the general public;  firmness;  courtesy and tact;  initiative and resourcefulness;  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 commensurate with the demands of the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Six (6) years experience in the plumbing trade with a minimum of one (1) year as a Journeyman plumber. Be qualified to take the competency test for the City of Binghamton Master Plumber or be in possession of a Master Plumber’s License.

Electrical Inspector

Date Posted: 8/02/2017
Location: Building Construction & Code Enforement
Salary: $33,921 - $36,379 per year
Last Date To File: 8/16/2017
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

The work of this position involves code compliance inspection and enforcement for electrical components, equipment and systems in buildings and structures that are governed or regulated by the adopted International Code and National Electric Code; New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, the National Electric Code, as well as the municipal ordinance, codes, and regulations of the City of Binghamton.

The general duties of this position include: field investigation and assessment; plan review; permit administration, documentation, and record keeping; compliance inspections; technical advisement and support; and code enforcement.

The work is performed under the general supervision of the Supervisor of Building, Inspection and Construction, with allowance for independent judgment as needed to complete work; in conformance with the policies and objectives of the Department of Public Works; and as specifically defined by local municipal code. Related work is performed as required.

Typical Work Activities:

Addresses and investigates complaints. Conducts field investigations and surveys of new or existing structures and installations to assess, material defects, deficiencies, or violations subject to regulatory compliance, citation and corrective action under laws, codes, or regulations promulgated or accepted by New York State and the City of Binghamton;

Conducts inspections and reviews all rough wiring installations for concealment if such wiring in accordance with the performance specifications in New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code; Conducts final electrical inspections and fixture count on all electrical work requiring a permit; Certifies and approves that electrical work is in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations for the issuance of certificate of occupancy or compliance;

Reviews applications for repair, alterations and additions to the existing electrical wiring and electrical systems in any building and any electrical wiring for new construction; Formally and informally reviews plans, specifications, shop drawings, and technical submittals; Provides technical information and counsel to support and coordinate code enforcement and related departmental activities;

Performs administrative documentation, record keeping, and related tasks, as needed to comply with State law and local practice; Issues and administers permits for electrical work;  Issues and administers violation notices and court appearance tickets for deficient, incorrect, unsafe, illegal or dangerous conditions identified or found within new or existing electrical components, equipment, and systems;

Prepares and administers general correspondence, forms, and reports as needed to support code enforcement and administration activities; Enumerates, calculates, and collects fees associated with electrical inspection services; Prepares inspections reports, documents violations and maintains records;  Explains and enforces the requirements to contractors, building owners and the public of National Electric Code, the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, and other codes, laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to electrical requirements;

Participates in required training for code enforcement activities; Obtains and keeps current certifications and licensure, including professional development and continuing education requirements, as required to perform duties and maintain current technical knowledge of the specialized field.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:   Thorough knowledge of the practices, techniques and methods used in residential and commercial electrical construction work; Good knowledge of the National Electric Code, the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, the New York State Multiple Residence Law, and other codes, laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to electrical requirements; Good knowledge of the principles and methods of field inspection; Working knowledge of the geography of the municipality; Ability to read and interpret blueprints, surveys, maps, plans and specifications; Ability to enforce codes, ordinances and regulations with firmness and tact; Ability to understand and interpret complex oral instructions and/or written directions; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; Ability to analyze and organize data and prepare records and reports; Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; 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 perform close, detail work involving considerable visual effort and concentration; Ability to deal effectively with the public.

Minimum Qualifications:

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

a)                  Graduation from an regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in electrical construction, electrical technology, electrical engineering, or related technical field or;

b)                  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Associates degree in engineering, or a related technical field AND successful completion of an recognized apprenticeship training program for Electrician

c)                  Ten (10) years of experience as a Journeyman Electrician, including a minimum five (5) years experience as an inspector or as a supervisor responsible for the inspection or installation of residential and commercial electrical work, preferably with life safety fire alarm and automatic fire detection systems

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

a)                  Possession of Master’s License, Class A, from the City of Binghamton or verified possession of recognized licensure from another New York State municipality

b)                  Possession of certification as a code official as required by Title 19, New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, of the Official Compilation of Codes Rules and Regulations of the State of New York (NYCRR) within twelve (12) months of permanent appointment.

c)                  Possession of a valid New York State driver’s license appropriate to the vehicles operated or otherwise demonstrate their ability to meet the transportation needs of the job.

Commisioner of Public Works

Date Posted: 8/02/2017
Location: City of Binghamotn
Salary: $75,000-$95,000
Last Date To File: 8/02/2017
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

The City of Binghamton, New York is currently searching for an individual to lead the City’s Department of Public Works.  The location is ideal, at the confluence of the Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers, in beautiful upstate New York, just 45 minutes from the Finger Lakes and 3 hours from New York City.  Binghamton is a small city, but offers many of the social, cultural and recreational opportunities of a larger city.

 

The City of Binghamton Government provides a wide array of services, including roadway and building maintenance, engineering, water and wastewater, refuse collection, street lighting and signals. The Department of Public Works maintains approximately 150 center line miles of roadway for 48,000 residents, plus a growing student population from Binghamton University, consistently rated as one of the best public colleges in the nation.

 

Typical Work Activities:

 

The Commissioner of Public Works is a management position, appointed by the Mayor and reporting directly to the Mayor.

Duties include:

-          Managing a workforce of 161 employees.

-          Providing daily leadership for all aspects of the department.

-          Managing an annual operating budget of $14 million

-          Managing an annual capital budget of $10 million

-          Employee/union relations

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate will be dynamic, innovative and possess proven leadership skills and a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Engineering, Construction or a closely related field, along with a minimum of ten years of experience in the leadership role in public works, some of which was in a union environment.

The City offers an excellent benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, deferred compensation, paid leave and membership in the NYS Retirement System.

If you are interested in becoming an integral part of the City’s dynamic future, please send your cover letter and resume, with salary requirements to alrutherford@cityofbinghamton.com

The City of Binghamton is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to workforce diversification.  All new hires are required to pass a pre-employment drug test as a condition of employment. 

 

 

Internships

Date Posted: 3/26/2010
Location: City Hall
Salary: None
Last Date To File: Open
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

The City of Binghamton internships offers students an opportunity to work with one of New York's most progressive administrations, to experience local, municipal administration across a wide spectrum of constituent services, and to partner with residents and community leaders in restoring community vitality through focused, comprehensive neighborhood development. Internships may be available in the following departments: Clerk's Office, BEDO, Public Works, Planning, Parks and Recreation and the Mayor's office.   To apply: Send resume and cover letter stating interests and expectations to pakeppler@cityofbinghamton.com.

Typical Work Activities:
Minimum Qualifications:

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