Finance Cashier- Bellingham, WA

Employer: City of Bellingham

Job Description:
Closing Date/Time: Wed. 1/5/22 4:30 PM Pacific Time

Starting salary rate is at Step 1 ($19.45/hour) for full time positions. The full salary range for this position is $19.45/hour - $23.75/hour.

This recruitment process will create a register that will be used to fill anticipated vacancies. This register will be used to fill part-time or full-time vacancies should they occur. The Civil Service Eligibility Register will remain in effect for six months. This position is represented by a union.

There is 1 current full time vacancy position (40 hours per week) with the Finance Department.

Mayor Seth Fleetwood announced on September 21, 2021 that obtaining full COVID-19 vaccination no later than December 3, 2021 will be a condition of employment for all City employees. You can read the full announcement here.

Acts as department receptionist, answers phone calls, and processes payments within the finance department. Serves as first point of contact with the public and provides information in response to various inquiries. Performs entry level accounting duties such as receiving payments for utility accounts, business tax accounts, and various other accounts receivable that are paid in the Finance department. Completes general office work such as typing, filing, and faxing as assigned.

Assists public by answering telephone inquiries and acting as primary receptionist for public counter.
Receipts utility payments, business taxes, building permit fees, department deposits, and various other accounts receivable.
Opens parking and other payment mail and runs adding machine tapes to prepare for batch entry.
Responds to a variety of departmental and public requests for information relative to assigned functions; provides requested information or services when authorized or refers to appropriate individual for response.

Prepares checks as directed for travel advances for city employees.
Reconciles checkbook for the travel advance and other accounts, as assigned.
Performs data entry to maintain or update system and account, information as assigned.
Performs related duties as assigned within the scope of this classification.

Position is in an office environment, extensively at a computer terminal, with frequent interaction with the public, in person and by telephone, using hands-free headset.

Physical ability to perform the essential functions of the job, including:
Frequently operate a computer and read a computer screen or typewritten page;
Frequently communicate verbally;
Move between work sites;
Occasionally transport objects up to twenty-five (25) pounds.
Experience and Training
Minimum of one year clerical experience, including bookkeeping or cashiering.
Previous receptionist or customer service experience preferred.
Ability to operate a 10-key calculator by touch.
Ability to type 45 wpm.
Computer skills including experience with data entry and retrieval.
A combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the skills, knowledge, and ability required to perform the job.
*A recent typing test score is required as part of your application. Click for instructions (Download PDF reader).

Necessary Special Requirements
Employment contingent upon passing a criminal convictions and local background check (see Fair Hiring Practices below).
All City Employees are expected to follow COVID related mandates and requirements.
Selection Process
**You are encouraged to print a copy of this job announcement for your reference as the process moves along**

Please ensure your application is complete and all required information has been provided. Standard completeness means all application fields (contact information, personal information, education, work experience, references, and required supplemental questions). The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the supplemental questionnaire. Provide as much detail as you believe will fully describe your experience and training.

Cover letters and resumes are not reviewed to determine if your application meets minimum qualifications. Supplemental Questionnaire responses not supported in your application will disqualify you from consideration for this position.

Application Review process:
Minimum Qualifications: Candidates must provide specific, detailed information so an initial determination can be made regarding your level of qualifications for this position. Applicant status will be updated on or around January 6, 2022.
Supplemental Question Review: The applicants that meet minimum qualifications will go through a Supplemental Question Review. Relevancy of your experience and training, together with composition, grammar, spelling and punctuation will be considered when evaluating responses. Applicant status will be updated on or around January 14,2022.
The top six (6) scoring candidates based on the scores from the Supplemental Question Review will be invited to participate in the Oral Board Interviews, tentatively scheduled for on or around January 25, 2022.
Candidates will be notified via email of Final Scores & Ranks. The final ranking of the register will be based on total scores for the following: Supplemental Question Review (40%) and Oral Board Interview (60%).
The final candidates will be referred to the department for additional assessment.

The Civil Service Eligibility Register will remain in effect for 6 months, or longer as established by the Civil Service Commission at a later date.

Please Note: Candidates will receive updates regarding application status via email. Please be sure to check your email frequently.

Equal Opportunity:
Our environment is characterized by respect for cultural backgrounds, belief systems, and ethnic diversity. The City of Bellingham is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its work force. We do not make decisions on the basis of an individual's race, religion, creed, color, national origin, sex, marital status, age (40+), disability, retaliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, honorably discharged veteran or military status, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. All are encouraged to apply for employment.

Fair Hiring Practices
The City provides individuals who have been arrested or convicted of a criminal offense an equal and fair opportunity to obtain employment.
The City will not inquire about an applicant's criminal history until after a conditional job offer has been made.
The City will disregard the prior arrest and conviction record of an otherwise qualified individual unless the offense is directly related to the job position for which the individual has applied.
The City will notify an otherwise qualified applicant about a potentially disqualifying conviction and give the applicant an opportunity to submit information regarding the accuracy of the criminal records as well as evidence of mitigation or rehabilitation, as appropriate.

Contact Person:
Location: Bellingham, WA
Application Method: Online:
Base Pay: $19.45 - $23.75/ HR

Posted on January 05, 2022

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