Incumbents in this position provide initial customer contact for the City of St. George through personal, verbal, and written communication. Provides customer service, utility billing information, receipting of payments, and collection of past due accounts.
Essential Functions (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. The list of tasks is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.)
1. Answers telephones or meets with customers to resolve billing questions, rates, abnormal or erroneous readings, and requests for changes in services, connects, and disconnects. Assists public with questions and concerns related to billing process and procedures.
2. Receives payments from public for all utility bills. Issues receipts; and distributes to appropriate funds by accurately entering information into the cash receipting systems.
3. Determines deposit amount on new services. Balances amounts received from public or other departments daily.
4. Reviews and researches account histories to verify amounts due. Calculates balances due for customers’ partial payments or payment arrangements.
5. Calms irate and abusive customers. Responds to customer comments and complaints as rapidly as possible with correct information. May refer difficult situations to supervisors.
6. Responds to other agencies or organizations requesting credit rating information.
7. Coordinates with water and power service crews in connecting new services or terminating existing services.
8. Completes orders for changes to customer accounts and notes such changes on the computer database.
9. Calms irate and abusive customers who have had power or water services disconnected due to delinquency of payment or deposit requirements. Establishes a payment plan for such customers. Corresponds with service crews to reconnect upon receipt of payment or acceptable payment arrangements.
10. Alerts management to apparent computer system problems by noting discrepancies in utility records.
11. May be assigned lead responsibility for a particular, more detailed function relative to customer service such as new services, maintenance of filing or tracking systems for service, payment arrangements, etc.
12. May use additional computer programs to compute interest on deposit refunds, post payments to individual utility accounts, and update database programs.
13. Maintains filing system of applications, work orders, customer correspondence, and other office documents.
14. Resolves problems or discrepancies in customer’s accounts.
15. Performs other related duties as required.
Typical Physical/Mental Demands/Working Conditions
Typical office environment dealing with external customers (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise). Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and /or 10 pounds of force frequently. Sitting or standing for extended periods while assisting customers and while operating assigned office equipment. Considerable exposure to stress as a result of human behavior, including dealing with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements.
Note: The schedule for this position is Monday through Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Thursday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Hours may vary depending on need.
Education: High school diploma or equivalent.
Experience: Minimum of one (1) year full time paid customer service and one (1) year full time cashiering/cash handling experience related to the duties listed for this position.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
• City policies and procedures governing utility payments.
• Cash handling procedures.
• Principles and processes of providing customer service.
• Basic procedures of record and bookkeeping.
• Correct English usage, spelling, punctuation, and grammar.
• Standard office practices and procedures.
• Cash handling operations and procedures.
• Use 10-key calculator by touch at a speed of 112 strokes with 95% accuracy.
• Type 40 words per minute.
• Use a personal computer, calculator, cash drawer, postage meter, copy machine, FAX, and telephone.
• Effectively communicate with citizens, including ability to elicit information from upset and irate citizens.
• Exercise good judgment and make sound decisions.
• Perform math calculations accurately.
• Research data.
• Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
• Communicate effectively, clearly, and concisely, both verbally and orally.
• Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with supervisors, co-workers, and those contacted in the course of work.
• Perform duties efficiently and accurately at all times especially during pressured and stressful situations.
• Maintain confidentiality of information obtained through work.
Submit a completed City of St. George Employment Application online at careers.sgcity.org. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. This Position closes 09/16/2019 05:00 PM. Refer questions to Human Resources at 435-627-4670. Pre-employment drug screening and criminal background screen are required. EOE. We make reasonable efforts to provide reasonable accommodation to disabled candidates.