THE CITY OF WEST COLUMBIA

IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE.

The City of West Columbia appreciates your interest in our organization. The City provides a comprehensive benefits package to all full-time city employees, which includes health and life insurance, annual leave and sick leave. In addition, the City participates in the SC Retirement System.

Please download and complete the following City application, as it is required for all applicants. You may also submit a resume with your application.

City Employment Opportunities

APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

Office Coordinator

General Statement of Job

Under limited supervision, is responsible for various administrative/clerical functions in executing decisions and providing support and assistance to City Clerk/Administrative Supervisor.  Reports to the City Clerk/Administrative Supervisor.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Job Functions

Provides clerical support and assistance in a variety of areas for the city administrator and the deputy city administrator, and city clerk; prepares and types correspondence and maintains files for same.

 

Provides information and refers complaints of the general public to appropriate department head or administrative staff member.

 

Performs functions relative to Accounts Payable, including preparing check requests, processing and reconciling purchase requisitions for administrative area and provides assistance for specific departmental purchases.

 

Performs other routine clerical duties as required, including but not limited to copying and filing documents, sending and receiving faxes and emails, entering and retrieving computer data, scanning documents, processing daily mail for the administrative area, maintaining logs and lists, maintaining a file for news clippings, etc.

 

Maintains document files pertaining to administrative functions and projects; maintains a file of newspaper clippings.

 

Purchases and maintains adequate inventory of office, cleaning, and coffee supplies for City Hall area; manages service and maintenance contracts; orders promotional items; and maintains files for same.

 

Coordinates special activities as designated by the City Clerk, such as holiday gifts and cards. In addition, coordinates catering orders and room set up for city meetings as needed.

 

Prepares mass mailings and copies of flyers for holiday garbage pickup schedule, city hall closings, and city activities.

 

Functions as key operator for fax, scanner, copier machine and other office equipment for the administrative area.

 

Assists department heads with travel and accommodations for conferences and provides clerical support when needed or in the absence of City Clerk.

Additional Job Functions

Prepares coffee daily and for meetings.

Opens and delivers mail for administrative area.

Performs duties for council members when City Clerk is absent.

Orders for department heads miscellaneous items that require payment by credit card when City Clerk is absent.

Performs other related duties as required.

 

Minimum Training and Experience

Associates degree or vocational/technical training and two years experience in an administrative or management area or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.  High level knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet software, preferably Microsoft Word and Excel.  Good writing and file management skills.  Must possess a valid SC driver’s license.

 

 

Minimum Qualifications or Standards Required to Perform Essential Job Functions

Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of automated office machines including but not limited to computer, copier, typewriter, calculator and fax machine.  Must be physically able to exert up to ten (10) pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push pull or otherwise move objects.  Position involves mostly sedentary work, but may require walking, standing, reaching stooping, etc. for brief periods of time.  Must be able to lift and/or carry weights of approximately twenty (20) pounds.

 

Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare or judge the readily observable functional, structural or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.

 

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability of speaking and/or signaling people to convey or exchange information.  Includes the receiving of information and instructions from supervisor.

 

Language Ability: Requires the ability to read a variety of documents and reports.  Requires the ability to prepare documents and reports such as flyers, purchase orders, general letters of correspondence, address lists, Requests for Proposals and employee disciplinary action forms, etc., using the proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar.  Requires the ability to communicate with city administrator, deputy city administrator, city treasurer, city clerk, mayor and council and other city employees, vendors and general public, etc., with poise, voice control and confidence.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of rational systems such as secretarial science, etc., in order to solve problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral diagrammatic or schedule form.

 

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information and to follow verbal and written instructions.

 

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers; determine percentages and utilize decimals; and determine time and weight.

 

Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape.

 

Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes in utilizing automated office equipment.

 

Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, office equipment, control knobs, switches, etc.  Must have moderate levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

 

Visual Discernment: Requires the ability to differentiate colors and shades of colors.

 

Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond receiving instructions.  Must be adaptable to performing under moderate stress when confronted with an emergency.

 

Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear (talking – expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words; hearing – perceiving nature of sounds by ear.)

 

 

Performance Indicators

 

Knowledge of Job: Possesses excellent communication skills both verbal and written and is able to maintain positive relationships with all parties involved in the functions of the Department.  Possesses good organizational, technical and human relations skills.  Knows how to develop and administer plans for the expedience and effectiveness of specific duties.  Is able to use independent judgment and discretion in various routine situations.  Is able to communicate effectively with the city administrator, deputy city administrator, city treasurer, city clerk, department heads and superintendents, other city employees, vendors and the general public.  Has the ability to compile, organize prepare and maintain an assortment of records, reports and information in an effective manner.  Is able to utilize and understand computer applications and techniques as necessary in the completion of daily assignments.  Has considerable knowledge of the functions, organization, staffing and operating procedures of various city departments.  Has the ability to work under stressful conditions related to meeting deadlines, dealing with the constant interruptions and dealing with irate or upset citizens.

 

Quality of Work: Maintains high standards of accuracy in exercising duties and responsibilities.  Exercises immediate remedial action to correct any quality deficiencies that occur in areas of responsibility.  Maintains high quality communication and interaction with all city departments and divisions, co-workers and the general public.

 

Quantity of Work: Performs described “Specific Duties and Responsibilities” and related assignments efficiently and effectively in order to produce quantity of work which consistently meets standards and expectations of the city.

 

Dependability: Assumes responsibility for completing assigned work.  Competes work within deadlines in accordance with directives, city policy, standards and prescribed procedures.  Remains accountable to assigned responsibilities in the technical, human and conceptual areas.

 

Attendance: Attends and remains at work regularly and adheres to city policies and procedures regarding absences and tardiness.  Provides adequate notice to higher management with respect to vacation time and time-off requests.

 

Initiative and Enthusiasm: Maintains an enthusiastic, self-reliant and self-starting approach to meet job responsibilities and accountabilities.  Strives to anticipate work to be done and initiates proper and acceptable direction for the completion of work with a minimum of supervision and instruction.

 

Judgment: Exercises analytical judgment in areas of responsibility.  Identifies problems or situations as they occur and specifies decision objectives.  Identifies or assists in identifying alternative solutions to problems or situations.  Implements decisions in accordance with prescribed and effective policies and procedures and with a minimum of errors.  Seeks expert or experienced advice where appropriate and researches problems, situations and alternatives before exercising judgment.

 

Cooperation: Accepts supervisory instruction and direction and strives to meet the goals and objectives of same.  Questions such instructions and direction when clarification of results or consequences are justified, i.e., poor communications, variance with city policy or procedure, etc.  Offers suggestions and recommendations to encourage and improve cooperation between all staff persons and departments within the city.

 

Relationships with Others: Shares knowledge with managers, supervisors and staff for mutual and city benefit.  Contributes to maintaining high morale among all city employees.  Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with department employees, staffers and managers in other departments, representatives from organizations and the general public so as to maintain good will toward the city and to project a good city image.  Tactfully and effectively handles requests, suggestions and complaints from other departments and persons in order to maintain good will toward the city.  Emphasizes the importance of maintaining a positive image within the city.  Interacts with higher management, city council, professionals, and the general public.

 

Coordination of Work: Plans and organizes daily work routine.  Establishes priorities for the completion of work in accordance with sound time-management methodology.  Avoids duplication of effort.  Estimates expected completion time of work elements and establishes a personal schedule accordingly.  Attends required meetings, planning sessions and discussions on time.  Implements work activity in accordance with priorities and estimated schedules.

 

Safety and Housekeeping: Adheres to all safety and housekeeping standards established by the city and various regulatory agencies.  Sees that the standards are not violated.  Maintains a clean and orderly workplace.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pay info: Salary range $34,084.85 or higher DOQ.  Excellent benefits package including 13 holidays and participation in the State Retirement System, the SC Deferred Compensation Plan, and the State Health Plan with the employee’s health and basic dental insurance premiums paid by the city.

 

How to apply: Application is available online at www.westcolumbiasc.gov and at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169.  Completed applications may be mailed to Carrie Garrett, Director of Human Resources, P.O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044, faxed to (803) 939-8634, or e-mailed to employment@westcolumbiasc.gov.

 

Deadline: Open until filled.

 

DISCLAIMER:  This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.  Management has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.

 

The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The city does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the city of West Columbia will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

 

Equipment Operator I

Position hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with some overtime, weekend, and on-call hours expected.

Job Duties including, but not limited to:
• Operates dump trucks and operates and maintains heavy equipment such as high-velocity machine, rodding machine, back hoe, tractor, water machine, sewer machine, pump, jack hammer, air compressor, shovel, hammer, saw, etc.
• Cleans sewer lines and catch basins; washes streets as needed; unclogs sewer lines; and breaks up roots and various other objects which may clog sewer lines.
• Operates small gasoline motors in order to operate water pumps used in flushing sewer lines and hose reels; utilizes rods in order to clean sewer lines.
• Transports personnel, equipment and tools to job sites.
• Prepares and transmits required job completion/status reports in order to keep supervisor informed of job progress.
• May operate snow plow and sand spreaders during winter season as needed.

Qualifications: High school diplomas and six to eleven months of work experience in equipment operation of construction, or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the job duties. Must possess a valid SC driver’s license with no recent major violations. Must be able to receive certification in waste control management. Must be physically able to perform manual labor required for position.

Salary: Minimum starting salary $27,406.31 or higher depending upon experience. Excellent benefits package includes 13 holidays and participation in the State Retirement System, the SC Deferred Compensation Plan, and the State Health Plan with the employee’s health and basic dental insurance premiums paid by the city.

How to apply: Application is available on line at www.westcolumbiasc.gov and at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall, 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed applications may be mailed to Carrie Garrett, Director of Human Resources, PO Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044 or faxed to (803) 939-8634.

Position Open Until Filled.

The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The city does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.

Public Defender

Municipal Public Defender for the City of West Columbia

The City of West Columbia invites qualified attorneys to apply for a part-time position as the appointed Municipal Public Defender for the city’s municipal court. Under limited supervision, the Municipal Public Defender will provide legal services (including representation at trial) to indigent defendants charged with municipal-level criminal/traffic offenses in the city’s municipal court.

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited law school, be a member in good standing of the South Carolina Bar, and meet all requirements for practice in the Courts of this State. Experience in the practice of criminal law is preferred. Applicants must provide an active certificate of liability.

Send resumes with references to Cindy Webber, Clerk of Court, West Columbia Municipal Court, P.O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044 or email to employment@westcolumbiasc.gov.

The position will remain open until filled.

Fire Department Employment Opportunities

West Columbia Fire Department WCFD Physical Ability Test:
Description
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Firefighter/Paramedic

Category: Firefighter/Paramedic

Position hours: 24-hour rotating shifts – 24 hours on and 48 hours off

Job Duties:

• Engages in providing efficient and immediate advanced life support (ALS) care to the critically ill or injured at the scene of the incident until the patient is transferred to the care of EMS or hospital personnel.

• Engages in fire suppression and rescue, fire prevention, community service, and training activities.

• Engages in equipment operation and maintenance, and fire station maintenance.

Qualifications:

• High school or GED. Must possess a valid SC driver’s license within 90 days of employment. Must pass a criminal background check, a pre-employment drug screen, a written general aptitude test, and a physical ability test.

• Must have, or be able to obtain, specialized training covering interior firefighting up to NFPA Firefighter II, incident command, hazardous materials operations, auto extrication, and swift water rescue, or a certification accepted by the S.C. Fire Academy and or the Fire Chief as an equivalent for these certifications.

• Must have National Registry Paramedic Certification (NREMT-P), State of South Carolina Paramedic Certification, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), Basic Life Support (BLS).

Pay info: Starting salary $50,000 for candidates with less than 2 ½ years paramedic experience; starting salary $53,000 for candidates with more than 2 ½ years paramedic experience, with excellent benefits package including paid holidays and participation in SC Police Officers Retirement System (PORS), SC Deferred Compensation Plan, and the State Health Plan with the employee’s health and basic dental insurance premiums paid by the city.

How to apply: Employment application is available on line at www.westcolumbiasc.gov/employment or obtained in person at the Customer Service Counter in the West Columbia City Hall located at 200 N. 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169. Completed, signed applications (resume optional) may be mailed to the attention of Marquis Solomon, Deputy Chief, P. O. Box 4044, West Columbia, SC 29171-4044, or e-mailed to wcfd@westcolumbiasc.gov. Please note: submitted application must have an inked signature.
Deadline: Open until filled.
The city of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The city does not discriminate based on race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or disability.

Police Employment Opportunities

APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS:

Patrol Officer I (Non-Certified)/Patrol Officer II (Certified)

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

• Must be 21 years of age
• Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D.
• Must be a U.S. Citizen
• Must have basic computer skills
• Must have a valid S.C. driver’s license and be able to safely operate a motor vehicle under normal and emergency situations, sometimes at high speeds, in fair and inclement weather
• Must not have a disqualifying incident on driving record such as driving under the influence of alcohol or dangerous drugs, reckless homicide, involuntary manslaughter or leaving the scene of an accident, etc.
• Must be able to physically restrain another individual
• Must be able to physically defend oneself
• Must be able to maintain focus and mental preparedness of shifts of 12-14 hours
• Must be able to load a weapon as well as safely and accurately fire a semi-automatic weapon
• Must be able to successfully pass a medical exam to include vision, hearing, and color blindness to S.C. Criminal Justice Academy standards
• Must be able to see well in a low light environment
• Must be able to pass a drug test
• Must be able to pass a polygraph exam
• Must be able to pass a psychological test to establish suitability for the demands and stresses of law enforcement employment
• Must have a satisfactory credit history
• Must be of good moral character as determined by a background investigation
• Must be able to successfully pass a physical agility test that includes the ability to run, climb, jump, lift, and drag heavy weight (over 100 lbs.) within standards and times established by the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy.
• Must have good communication skills
• Must have no convictions for crimes of moral turpitude as defined in law
• Must be able to tolerate exposure to extreme heat, cold, humidity and inclement weather

Pay info:
Patrol Officer I (Non-Certified) – $39,964.09 – $55,950.21 salary range with budgeted merit and cost of living increases
Patrol Officer II (Certified) – $41,602.23 – $58,244.60 salary range with budgeted merit and cost of living increases.

Incentive Program

Deadline: Position open until filled.

The City of West Columbia is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Plan

The City of West Columbia, South Carolina has received numerous grants through the US Department of Justice in recent years. Because of these grants, the City is required by the US Office for Civil Rights to maintain an Equal Employment Opportunity Plan (EEOP). The plan must be updated every two (2) years. In September 2015, the City updated its EEOP through a review of its employment and personnel policies and by conducting an analysis of current employee data.

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