City of Binghamton, New York

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Code Inspector

Date Posted: 12/04/2018
Location: Building Inspection & Code Enforcement
Salary: $29,661.00 TO $33,973.00 PER YEAR
Last Date To File: 12/14/2018
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

This is an entry level position that performs technical, compliance inspections on structures and properties, with emphasis on property maintenance and as required to achieve compliance with the New York State Code and related municipal codes. The work is performed under the general supervision of the supervisor of Building Construction who reviews inspection reports and the recommendations for correcting violations. Does related work as required. New York Department of State Code Enforcement certification required within one year of employment. 

Typical Work Activities:

Performs investigations and inspections to ascertain compliance with New York State Code and related municipal codes; Addresses complaints and permitting issues involving fire safety; installation and operation of heating, plumbing and electrical systems; unsafe or hazardous walls, floors, ceilings, windows, doors, roofs, chimneys, yards, porches, structural foundations, and sidewalks; Writes detailed and accurate inspection reports on findings of violations to City codes and issues certificates of compliance where corrective measures were taken on reported violations; Issues appearance tickets and testifies at legal hearings involving code violations.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES & PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Good knowledge of the provisions of New York State Code change to and related municipal codes; working knowledge of life safety, fire safety, and building construction systems and methodologies; working knowledge in the principles and practices of inspecting properties; ability to prepare precise and accurate reports on code violations which will be used in legal proceedings against violators; tact and courtesy; initiative and resourcefulness; keen observations; 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. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered four year college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in: engineering, construction technology, architecture, urban planning, human services, public administration, economic development, social science or related field ; or
  2. Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered two year college or university with an Associate Degree in any field as listed in (a) and two years of military and/or work experience in any area listed in (a) or in building trades and construction, property maintenance, environmental testing; or
  3. Graduation from high school or possession of high school equivalency diploma with a total of 4 years of military and/or work experience in a field listed in (a) or (b).

*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

City Treasurer

Date Posted: 11/16/2018
Location: City of Binghamton
Salary: $55,459
Last Date To File: Open
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

The incumbent of this class is responsible for the City’s Treasury. Work involves the independent maintaining of record and accounts in accordance with prescribed procedures and methods, the balancing of accounts, the preparation and issue of financial statements and the disbursement of City funds.  Supervision is exercised over a staff of accounting and/or clerical employees. 

 

Typical Work Activities:
  • Supervises and trains accounting staff of six
  • Reconciles bank statements
  • Oversees Parking Ticket Violations Bureau and Water/Sewer Billing Department
  • Oversees collections and billings for water and sewer, parking tickets, property maintenance, garbage bag violations, avoidable alarms, NSFs, garbage bag sales, and miscellaneous deposits from departments
  • Prepares and/or approves daily Treasurer’s Reports
  • Oversees Treasurer’s Office cashiers
  • Oversees preparation and distribution of citywide payroll and general disbursement checks
  • Prepares deposits
  • Oversees and balances petty cash drawer
  • Tracks and receives PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) agreement income
  • Approves credit and prepares contracts for garbage bag vendors
  • Works with Corporation Counsel and other departments as needed to make changes to city ordinances
  • Develops departmental policies and procedures as needed
  • Oversees record maintenance and filing systems
  • Answers correspondence and inquiries
  • Prepares annual department budget

 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND ATTRIBUTES

Thorough knowledge of government accounting practices and principles; thorough knowledge of data processing techniques and office terminology, procedures and policies; ability to prepare, maintain and analyze accounting records and reports; ability to organize and administer a variety of financial activities; ability to revise and develop cash and related accounting policies and procedures; ability to communicate complex issues effectively both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; ability to supervise the work of others; integrity; initiative; independence; 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 duties of the position. 

 

Minimum Qualifications:

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONSEither:

(a) graduation from a recognized college with an Associate’s Degree in Accounting, Public or Business Administration or allied field and five years of accounting experience; or

(b) seven years of such equivalent combination of training and experience sufficient to indicate ability to do the work. 

Assistant Corporation Counsel

Date Posted: 11/06/2018
Location: City Hall
Salary: up to $45,000 per year
Last Date To File: Open
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

The duties of this class are highly professional in nature consisting of assisting the Corporation Counsel in rendering legal counsel to the Mayor and to the City Council. The work calls for a great deal of legal expertise as well as independent judgment and discretion and is under the general supervision of the Corporation Counsel. The incumbent may give direct supervision to the Research Aide and clerical staff of the Department if needed. Does related work as required. 

 

Typical Work Activities:

Acts as legal interpreter for the City Council in regard to City code, charter and ordinances; Prepares resolutions, ordinances and local laws for final drafting and approval; Provides legal counsel for the City of Binghamton in labor relations matters, civil service proceedings, personnel, human rights and EEOC matters and workers compensation; Represents the City of Binghamton as defendant in claims and suits regarding unemployment insurance, water and sewer bills, any damage claims not covered by  insurance; Represents City in its prosecution of City code violations and as plaintiff in collection and small claims procedures; may be appointed to serve as a hearing officer for a variety of issues, including condemnation, billing disputes and union matters.

 

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

Familiarity with the principles and practices of common law and of City, State and Federal laws, especially in fields of Criminal and Municipal Corporation Law; familiarity with of civil court procedures and of the rules of evidence; familiarity with  the general workings and activities of municipal government; skill in preparing drafts of legal instructions; ability to analyze and apply legal principles, facts and precedents to legal problems; ability to plan and supervise work of subordinates; ability to speak clearly and effectively; initiative; good independent and professional judgment in carrying out duties; diplomacy; tact; 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:

Possession of a law degree from a regionally accredited law school

  1. Admission to the Bar in New York State or,
  2. Admission to the Bar in New York State within one year from the time of appointment.

 

Wastewater Treatment Plant Mechanic

Date Posted: 10/05/2018
Location: Binghamton Johnson City Joint Sewage Treatment Plant
Salary: $23.37 - $27.37 per hour
Last Date To File: Open
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

The work involves 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 responsibility for 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 or Assistant Superintendent.  May, upon assignment, supervise the work of subordinate plant personnel.  Does related work as required.

Typical Work Activities:

Performs 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;  Designs and fabricates 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. Evaluates equipment failures and determines corrective courses of actions and performs preventive maintenance of pumping machinery, conveyors, motors, and other plant equipment;  Performs 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;  Inspects plant for maintenance and repair needs;  Installs new mechanical equipment;  Rebuilds 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 need; performs gas and arc welding; demonstrates a full 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.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES & PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICSGood knowledge of practices, tools, terminology and safety procedures established for the maintenance and repair of a Wastewater Treatment Plant;  Good knowledge of the operation, maintenance and repair of large pumps and auxiliary equipment;  Knowledge of plumbing, preventive maintenance programs, gas and diesel engine repair, working knowledge of the functions and practices used in the maintenance of a Wastewater Treatment Plant, occupational hazards and standard safety practices including handling of toxic chemicals and biohazards;  skill in the use of tools and equipment used for mechanical repair and fabrication;  skill in repair of mechanical equipment;  ability to work from plans, specifications, and rough sketches;  ability to follow oral and written instructions;  good eye/hand coordination;  mechanical aptitude;  manual dexterity;  knowledge of proper English, reading, spelling and grammar, methods and techniques for record keeping, basic principles of mathematics, willingness to work out of doors under adverse weather conditions;  physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position; Ability to work as a team member; Ability to work with computer interfaces and programs; must be physically capable of sustained climbing, walking, and lifting; 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;  Must be willing to work any day or shift.

Minimum Qualifications:

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

(a)        Three years of experience as a Wastewater Treatment Plant Mechanic’s Assistant; or

(b)        Three years 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 must maintain the license during the entire length of appointment. 

CANDIDATES MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN NEW YORK STATE; BROOME, TIOGA, TOMPKINS, CORTLAND, CHENANGO, OTSEGO, OR DELAWARE, OR SUSQUEHANNA, PENNSYLVANIA.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Instrument Technician

Date Posted: 10/05/2018
Location: Binghamton Johnson City Sewage Treatment Plant
Salary: $23.37 - $27.37 per hour
Last Date To File: Open
Distinguishing Features Of The Class:

Under general supervision, performs skilled electronic and electrical work involving the troubleshooting, installation, and repair of the sophisticated and elementary, instrumentation power and control systems in the wastewater treatment facility, or sewer systems.  The work involves responsibility for the installation, calibration, maintenance and repair of electronic instruments and devices used to operate, measure and monitor wastewater treatment processes. The work is performed under the general supervision of the Wastewater Treatment Plant Head Electrician with leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment in planning and carrying out the details of the work.  Does related work as required.

Typical Work Activities:

Assist in the installation and repair of assigned instrumentation and electrical systems. Install, troubleshoot, and repair instrument and electrical equipment associate with controllers, transmitters, samplers, low elements, gas detection systems, level and temperature devices, pH analyzers, density probes and analyzers, variable frequency motor drives, programmable controllers, electrical distribution systems, automatic transfer switches, and on site power generation system. Isolate and correct end elements, such as transmitters and analyzers. Assists in maintaining and calibrating computer based telemetry equipment. Assist in troubleshooting, repair and calibration of complex control loops containing many elements such as: motor starters, pressure to current converters, pulse to current converters, voltage to current converters, level and/or flow devices, networks, and work stations. Solve interface problems between and elements and the computer control system, and maintain a daily log. Modify, replace, or rebuild old equipment to facilitate maintenance and/or upgrade instrument systems. Assist in preventive maintenance, calibration and testing program to carry out a continuous program of instrument inspection and maintenance in an effort to preclude equipment failure and related process control problems. 

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:

Good knowledge of the principles and practices involved in maintaining, repairing and installing electronic instruments and equipment necessary to the operation of a wastewater treatment processes; Good knowledge of the practices, methods, tools, materials, and equipment used in the maintenance and repair of electronic equipment, including
- Electrical circuits and wiring systems including the advanced principles of electrical and electronic theory.
- The theory, principles, and applications of solid state circuitry as used in computers and programmable controllers.
- Occupational hazards and standard safety precautions necessary in the work                                                                                                                          Knowledge of network linked computer systems and computer based real time control systems; Knowledge in installing and repairing and installing computers and computer related equipment such as controls, work-stations, networks, personal computers, etc. Skill in operation of hand and power tools; Ability to analyze and organize data and prepare records and reports; Ability to understand and interpret complex oral instructions and written directions; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing;             

Minimum Qualifications:

Either:

(a)       Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with an Associate’s degree in electrical technology or electronics or closely related field and two (2) years of experience maintaining, repairing and installing electronic equipment; or                                                                                                                                                                                           

(b)       Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma and four (4) years of experience as defined by the limits of (a); or (c)  An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (a) and (b) or

(c)        An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (a) and (b)

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Possession of a New York State Driver’s License is required at time of appointment and must maintain the license during the entire length of appointment.

 

CANDIDATES MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF ONE OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES IN NEW YORK STATE; BROOME, TIOGA, TOMPKINS, CORTLAND, CHENANGO, OTSEGO, OR DELAWARE, OR SUSQUEHANNA, PENNSYLVANIA.

 

 

Crossing Guard

Date Posted: 11/21/2017
Location: City of Binghamton
Salary: $32.50 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

Commissioner of Public Works

Date Posted: 8/02/2017
Location: City of Binghamton
Salary: $75,000-$110,000
Last Date To File: Open
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 lptestani@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. 

 

 

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