City of Binghamton, New York

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Assistant Director of Personnel and Safety

Date Posted: 10/27/2016
Location: Personnel & Civil Service Office
Salary: $42,000.00 to $45,000.00 per year
Last Date To File: Open
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

This is a professional public personnel administration position with responsibility for many of the human resource activities of the City of Binghamton. The work is complex, integrating Civil Service Law, labor contracts and personnel policies in the decision-making process and applications of the same. Specific responsibilities include assisting the Director with the administration of Civil Service Law and Rules for the City of Binghamton, Binghamton City School District, Joint Sewage Plant and Binghamton Housing Authority. The incumbent is also responsible for performing generalist human resource and safety activities and labor relations issues as assigned. The Deputy Director acts for and in place of the Director of Personnel & Safety in the Director’s absence. Supervision may be exercised over support staff. Does related work as required.

Typical Work Activities:
Oversees the daily administration of Civil Service Law and Rules for the City of Binghamton, Binghamton City School District, Joint Sewage Plant and Binghamton Housing Authority;
 Writes and revises job descriptions of classified and unclassified positions;
 Reviews job classification questionnaires, conducts position audits, reviews New Position Duties Statements and makes classification recommendations;
 Manages and administers the Civil Service examination process for all positions under the jurisdiction of the Civil Service Commission;
 Consults with managers on all hiring processes to ensure compliance with Civil Service Law and Rules;
 Participates in the recruitment of job candidates by preparing advertisements and announcements, contacting recruitment sources and networks, reviewing candidate qualifications and referring candidates to appointment officer;
 Reviews appointments, promotions, removals, transfers and other personnel actions for conformity and compliance with policy and legal requirements;
 Certifies agency payrolls for the City of Binghamton, Binghamton Housing Authority, Joint Sewage Plant and Binghamton City School District;
 Recommends changes to the local Rules and coordinates the rules amendment process;
 Provides support and information to City employees;
 Coordinates training programs for City staff;
 Supervises office records and oversees the automation of the same;
 Serves as the Director of Personnel & Safety in the absence of the Director;
 May provide assistance to persons with disabilities in reaching less accessible areas of City facilities;
 Responds to questions from the public on employment and Civil Service issues;
 Handles FMLA, ADA requests;
 Conducts investigations as a result of employee complaints;
 Assists the Director with labor negotiations
Minimum Qualifications:
A. Graduation from a NYS registered or regionally accredited university with a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Industrial or Labor Relations, Human Resource Management or a closely related field with similar course curriculum and two (2) years of full-time paid professional human resources experience. Such experience must have included experience in job classification, job evaluation, salary administration, labor relations, or public sector human resources or Civil Service administration; or
B. Graduation from a New York State registered or regionally accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree and four (4) years of full-time paid professional human resources experience. Such experience must have included experience in job classification, job evaluation, salary administration, labor relations, or public sector human resources or Civil Service administration; or
C. An equivalent combination of education and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above.

Legal Typist

Date Posted: 10/20/2016
Location: Corporation Counsel - Law Department
Salary: $24,524.00 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.

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.

Mechanic's Assistant

Date Posted: 9/26/2016
Location: Joint Sewage Plant
Salary: $19.41 per hour to $23.41 per hour
Last Date To File: 10/11/2016
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

 The work involves assisting in the performance of semi skilled and skilled tasks related to the repair, maintenance and construction of wastewater treatment plant equipment, vehicles, facilities, and grounds.  The work is performed in accordance with the practices involved in the preventive maintenance, repair and fabrication of wastewater treatment plant equipment including pumps, manual and electronic valves, digester units, gas and diesel engine, compressors, injection systems and motors. The class differs from that of Waste Water Treatment Plant Maintainer by virtue of the skilled repair and fabrication of plant mechanical equipment.  The class differs from the Waste Water Treatment Plant Instrument Technician, because the Technician has responsibility for the skilled repair of complex electronic, electrical, pneumatic and related mechanical equipment.  The work is performed under the general supervision of the Head Mechanic, Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent or Mechanic.  Does related work as required. 

Typical Work Activities:

Assists in a wide variety of job repairs and preventive maintenance to pumps, valves, mechanical screens, degritting equipment, sludge and grit conveyors, gear drives, manual and electronic valves, digester units, chemical injection systems, blowers, compressors, gas and diesel engines, plumbing and piping and HVAC;  Assists in the Design and fabrication of equipment modifications to increase performance and / or decrease equipment failure; designs and fabricates supports, pump bases, railings, grating covers, weirs, guards, some concrete repair and construction. Assists in the Evaluation of equipment failures and determines corrective courses of actions and performs preventive maintenance of pumping machinery, conveyors, motors, and other plant equipment;  Assists in  a variety of machine shop activities such as welding, brazing, steam fitting, tool fabrication;  Operates lathe, drill press, grinder, power saw, welding and other shop equipment;  Assists in the  Installation of new mechanical equipment;  Assists in Rebuilding pump sleeves, pump pistons and other equipment;  Tightens chains, installs pipes, lubricates and repairs motors;  performs preventive maintenance and repairs on trucks and other moving equipment and buildings; Inspects equipment and specifications to determine maintenance needs and schedules; Repacks pumps; prepares time and equipment reports; assists in locating parts for repair and maintenance; performs skilled carpentry and plumbing tasks as needed; performs gas and arc welding; demonstrates a good understanding of applicable policies, procedures and safe work methods associated with working in confined spaces, handling biohazards, and working with hazardous chemicals; general housekeeping of plant facilities; performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation from High School or possession of a High School equivalency diploma and;

 

(a)        One year of experience as Waste Water Treatment Plant Maintainer or                           Operator Trainee; or

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(b)      One year hands on experience with industrial mechanical maintenance, including             but not           limited to industrial pumps, engines, motors, conveyance equipment or plumbing.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  Possession of an appropriate level motor vehicle operator license issued by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles with the ability to be covered under plant insurance policy at time of appointment, and maintain the license during the entire length of appointment.

Assistant Engineer

Date Posted: 9/09/2016
Location: Engineering Department
Salary: $38,127.00 to $42,738.00 per year
Last Date To File: Open
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

This position involves the performance of beginning level professional civil engineering work. The work is primarily concerned with the design of civil engineering projects for the Public Works Department or in preparing specifications for private contractors. The incumbent also facilitates the implementation of special City projects such as a sidewalk rebate program. The work is performed under the general supervision of a senior level Engineer with wide leeway in exercising judgment in when and how work assignments will be completed. Supervision is exercised over a small number of sub-professional and technical employees. Does related work as required.

Typical Work Activities:

Supervises the design, drafting and standard detailing work in the planning, designing and inspection of street construction and public building renovation work: Upon request, assists public officials in the planning and design of public construction or reconstruction projects including feasibility studies and alternative action; Designs plans for the construction or repair of facilities and systems such as street curbs, sidewalks, sewer and water lines, culverts, bridges, Parks and Recreation buildings and fire houses; Designs, develops sketches and specifications for construction contracts for various City projects in Parks and Recreation, Water, Sewer, Maintenance and Streets: Inspects, reviews and investigates specified engineering problems and complaints during the construction or extension of water or sewer distribution systems; Supervises construction and assists Construction Inspectors on the more difficult or complex engineering problems; Assists in planning and policy formulation for future public construction projects.

Minimum Qualifications:
Either:
(a) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four year college or university with a Bachelor's Degree in civil engineering; or
(b) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two year college with an Associate's Degree in engineering, architecture or related technologies and four years of technical engineering experience; or
(c) Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and six years of technical civil engineering experience; or
(d) An equivalent combination of training and experience within the limits of (a), (b), and (c).

Engineering Technician

Date Posted: 9/09/2016
Location: Department of Engineering
Salary: $35,000.00 to $38,400.00 per year
Last Date To File: Open
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

This is a sub-professional civil engineering position with focus on routine civil engineering tasks such as design, survey and construction inspection. The incumbent may be assigned tasks related to design for public works projects such as the construction of streets, sewers and water systems. The incumbent may be assigned to computer-aided drafting and design work on various projects. The work is performed under the general supervision of an Assistant Engineer or higher lever Engineer with selective leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment on routine tasks that require moderate use of engineering theory. The incumbent may supervise sub-professional and technical assistants on specific assignments. Does related work as required.

Typical Work Activities:

Prepares plans and designs of engineering projects from notes and sketches; develops plans and designs for routine projects, develops costs estimates of public works projects such as street reconstruction, water and sewer works, may act as a member of the survey party; may supervise subordinate technical staff on specific tasks; and may be assigned work in the inspection of construction projects. Upon assignment from higher level engineers, conducts research on former project costs; responds to requests for information from the public and municipal officials on status of existing or proposed public works projects; and investigates complaints regarding construction and public works projects and operations.

Minimum Qualifications:
Either:
(a) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college with an Associate’s Degree in engineering technology, plus two years of experience in sub-professional civil engineering work involving field survey, computer aided drafting and design, designing and inspection of construction, or
(b) Graduation from high school or passion of a high school equivalency diploma and eight years of experience in sub-professional engineering work which will have involved field survey, computer aided drafting & design, designing and inspection of construction; or
(c) An equivalent combination of training and experience within the limits of (a) and (b).

Staff Accountant

Date Posted: 9/07/2016
Location: Finance Department
Salary: $41,000.00 to $46,857.00 per year
Last Date To File: Open
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

This position involves responsibility for maintaining the accounting records of a governmental agency according to established accounting procedures and practices. The incumbent oversees financial transaction, installation and maintenance of accounting systems, payroll procedures and preparation of reports and fiscal analyses. Work is performed under general direction of the Comptroller and Deputy Comptroller with leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment in planning and carrying out assignments. Supervision may be exercised over clerical support staff. Does related work as required.

Typical Work Activities:

Establishes and oversees accounting procedures and internal controls for asset and liability accounts, revenue and expense accounts, and quality accounts to ensure compliance with accounting standards and operating procedures; Applied accounting theory to account for revenues, expenditures, transfers, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and inventory in accordance with GAAP/GASB to accurately report the results of agency operations; Verifies source documents for accuracy, completeness, authorization, and coding as well as proper application of fees, refunds, collections and discounts in order to verify general ledger balances, reconcile subsystems to the general ledger and identify accounting system problems or weaknesses; Reviews financial transactions and applies accounting theory and principles to ensure compliance with GAAP/GASB and applicable laws, rules, policies, and procedures; Reconciles accounts, initiates corrective actions and formulates and recommends system and process changes through evaluation, analysis of problems and application of accounting theory; Monitors budget balances, identifies issues and assists Comptroller/Deputy Comptroller in corrective actions in order to inform and support program and departmental managers; Confers with financial and data processing staff in order to maintain effective accounting policy and processes and resolve accounting discrepancies or disputes associated with account balances and reconciliations, reporting clarifications, payment authorizations, expenditures and budget balances; Serves as a backup to Payroll Clerk in the event of absence or illness in preparing and processing semi-monthly and bi-weekly payrolls; Reviews ordinance database and Estimate and Apportionment meeting minutes for required accounting responses to transfers, allocation changes or ledger and budget modifications; Monitors and records grant activity to assure cash and expense transactions as directed properly.

Minimum Qualifications:
A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in accounting, business or public administration, economics or related field including or supplemented by 18 semester credit hours in accounting; OR
B) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two year college with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting and three years of practical work experience providing complex technical support to professional accounting staff; OR
C) Six years of practical work experience providing complex technical support to professional accounting staff.
NOTE: Accounting coursework must include successful completion of Principles of Accounting I and II, Intermediate Accounting 1 & 11, plus two other accounting related courses. Experience must demonstrate comprehension and application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) guidelines and must demonstrate the ability to (1) classify and analyze financial data and records for the purpose of business financial planning; (2) design, recommend, and implement modifications of accounting methods, procedures, forms and records; (3) prepare financial statements and reports such as balance sheets and other operating statements; and (4) analyze accounts and accounting relationships that result in complex accounting entries.
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. City of Binghamton residency is required at time of appointment.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator Grade 3

Date Posted: 3/11/2016
Location: Bing-JC Joint Sewage Plant
Salary: $27.01 to $28.59 per hour
Last Date To File: Open
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

This routine, but important work, involves shared responsibility during an assigned shift for the actual operation of a wastewater treatment plant. The work is carried out in accordance with procedures established to promote the efficient operation and maintenance of a Wastewater Treatment Plant with a point score of 76 or greater. The class differs from that of Wastewater Plant Operator Grade 2 by virtue of the responsibility of the incumbent for the assistance in shift operations, and by its increased supervisory duties. Work is performed under the general supervision of a higher-level Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. Supervision is exercised over subordinate employees. Does related work as require.

Typical Work Activities:
Is responsible for the operation, adjustment, maintenance and replacement of pumps, motors, air compressors, valves, screens, centrifuges and other related equipment; Operates computer controlled equipment; Is responsible for recording readings from meters and gauges; Is responsible for making necessary tests for the control of plant operations Assists in the inspection, monitoring, maintenance and repair of pumps, valves, screens, and related mechanical equipment; Cleans channels, screens, tanks, and other equipment; Assists in the preparation and maintenance of activity records and reports;
Performs increasingly responsible duties as assigned in the operation and maintenance of a wastewater treatment plant; Demonstrates proper safety protocol while performing duties at a wastewater treatment plant; Performs a variety custodial duties and building repairs and maintenance duties in and around plant; Records readings from meters and gauges; Treats and disposes of wastewater; Adds chlorine to wastewater; Takes samples for testing; Makes necessary tests for control of plant operation and makes adjustments to processes based on these results; Assists in the instruction of trainees;
Supervises the work of subordinate employees; Keeps logs of plant operations and related records;
Performs some custodial duties related to the maintenance of buildings and grounds.
Makes minor repairs to machinery and equipment.
Minimum Qualifications:
1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation approved curriculum; and
2. Completion of an appropriate course of instruction approved by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation; and Not less than eighteen months of satisfactory experience in the actual operation of a wastewater treatment plant with a point score of 56 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 3 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 3 OPERATIONS: (Must also have required duration of approved operating experience- 18 months).
a) AAS degree from a duly accredited university or school in a NYSDEC approved curriculum, or
b) AAS degree from a duly accredited university or school, plus eighteen months operating experience at a wastewater treatment plant, or
c) AA degree with thirty credit hours of math and/or science from a duly accredited university or school, plus eighteen months operating experience at a wastewater treatment plant, or
d) High school or equivalency diploma and three years of operating experience at a wastewater treatment plant.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
(1) Wastewater treatment plant with a point score of 56 or greater. The candidate must possess a Grade 3 certification issued under the provisions of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
(2) Possession of a New York State Driver’s License is required at time of appointment.
DEFINITIONS:
Operating Experience:
Is defined as work experience at a wastewater plant with a SPDES permit. A minimum of fifty (50) percent of the work experience must include hands-on operation of all unit processes at the WWTP.
Approved Operating Experience:
Is defined as work experience at a wastewater treatment plant with a SPDES permit having the same or higher point score for which certification is being sought. A minimum of fifty (50) percent of the experience must include hands-on operation of all unit processes at the WWTP.

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.

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Civil Service Examinations

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