Customer Service Specialist 3 - Richland, WA

Employer: Columbia Basin College

Job Description:
Columbia Basin College ("CBC" or the "College") seeks a Customer Service Specialist 3 (the "Specialist") to provide high quality services and support to prospective and enrolled students in a friendly, fast paced, customer-focused environment called Hawk Central. The Specialist will work in an environment of teamwork and serve as a central point of contact for face-to-­face, e-mail, and web-based student services, handling general to complex inquiries, transactions and customer service problems. This position will interpret and apply knowledge of applicable policies and procedures in providing courteous and professional customer service. This position reports to the Assistant Director for Hawk Central.
This position is open until filled. Priority consideration will be given to applicants whose complete application has been received by June 9, 2019.

Primary Responsibilities
Provide customer service via face-to-face, email/SARS e-Chat, other web-based methods and outbound service calls as able given the complexity of the issues;
Provide professional, courteous and empathetic student assistance in Hawk Central; assist students in navigating through admissions and registration; understand financial aid processes and/or eligibility decisions; explain account charges, set up payment plans and/or receive student payments;
Communicate admission policies and processes to prospective students, staff and community members and assist with application processes as appropriate;
Assist with basic registration and financial aid processes and procedures using both online and in-person systems;
Provide information on funding resources, deadlines and financial aid eligibility; assist students in resolving problems, evaluating alternatives and determining other options;
Accurately process incoming student forms, documents and other information necessary to complete transactions and processes;
Assist students in understanding account balances, tuition payment obligations, options and deadlines; receive payment vouchers and waivers on behalf of the Business Office;
Inform students of collection policies and procedures and work with the Business Office within established guidelines toward account resolution;
Handle complex, cross-departmental student issues and work to facilitate resolution for students and departments within established guidelines; recognize when an issue should be referred outside of Hawk Central and make an appropriate referral to facilitate continued problem-solving or assistance of student and department; and
Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
Associate's degree or equivalent education from a regionally accredited college or university;
Three (3) years' experience providing assistance to customers regarding inquiries, complaints or problems; and
Advance proficiency in Microsoft Office;
Preferred Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
Two (2) or more years experience working in higher education; and
Bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish.

Skills & Abilities:
Analytical Skills:
Synthesize complex or diverse information; collect and research data; use intuition and experience to complement data; design work flows and procedures;
Computer Skills:
High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Windows file management, and information databases, such as Student/Financial Aid/Financial Management Systems and National Student Loan Date System and EdExpress; operate personal computer with general understanding of application software; ability to learn office and College-specific software;
Customer Service Skills:
Manage difficult or emotional customer situations; respond promptly to customer needs; solicit customer feedback to improve service; respond to requests for service and assistance; meet commitments;
Interpersonal Skills:
Focus on solving conflict, not blaming; maintain confidentiality; listen to others without interrupting; keep emotions under control; remain open to others' ideas and try new things;
Leadership skills:
Lead work sufficient to direct the work of others including temporary hourly employees, student workers and student ambassadors, or others to ensure adherence to quality standards, deadlines, and proper procedures, while correcting errors or solving problems;
Oral Communication:
Ability to speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listen and get clarification; respond well to questions; demonstrate group presentation skills; participate in meetings;
Ability to approach others in a tactful manner; react well under pressure; treat others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accept responsibility for own actions; follow through on commitments
Demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness; look for ways to improve and promote quality; apply feedback to improve performance; monitor own work to ensure quality;
Meet productivity standards; complete work in timely manner; strive to increase productivity; work quickly;
Technical Skills:
Assess own strengths and weaknesses; pursue training and development opportunities; strive to continuously build knowledge and skills; share expertise with others;
Written Communication:
Write clearly and informatively; edit work for spelling and grammar; vary writing style to meet needs; present numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information;

This position is available immediately and is a twelve month (12) month full-time represented classified staff position. The typical work hours for this position are Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., however, working hours may vary due to work demands and some evening work as required by supervisor. This is an overtime eligible position.

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

**Please note that selected interview candidates will be subject to supplemental testing that will measure skills and abilities in the following areas: Typing, Grammar and basic skills in Word and Excel.

In the interest of providing a healthy, safe and secure educational and work environment, and in order to meet the requirements of federal legislation, it is the policy of Columbia Basin College to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace for our employees and students.

If you are hired, you will need to provide proof of identity and documentation of U.S. citizenship or appropriate authorization to work in this position as required by the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986.
Columbia Basin College operates under an approved affirmative action plan and encourages applications from persons of color, women, veterans and persons of disability. The Human Resources Office is accessible to those with disabilities. If you need accommodation in application or employment, contact the Human Resources Office at (509) 542-4740.

Frequent need for oral and auditory communication;
Frequent repetitive hand and wrist motions.
Frequent use of telephone and computer with exposure to a terminal screen while performing work assignments; and
Position requires mobility between all campus buildings and light to moderate lifting.

This is a bargaining unit position represented by the Washington Public Employees Association (WPEA).

Contact Person:
Location: Richland, WA
Application Method: Online
Base Pay: $34,692.00 - $46,188.00

Posted on June 17, 2019
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