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Personnel Department


DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS This is office management work of a complex nature involving exercise of higher level independent judgment in the handling of non‑routine situations and information. Specific duties vary with the needs of the municipality, district, department, or division. Ability to type, and familiarity with computer applications for word-processing and data organization is essential. Work involves responsibility for coordinating work projects, clerical activities and other essential functions of a department or programs. Associate Clerk is distinguished from lower-level Clerk classifications by greater complexity of duties and high degree of responsibility. Work is performed under minimal supervision in accordance with specific department policies and objectives, with wide leeway allowed for the exercise of independent judgment in carrying out the details of the work. Supervision is exercised over the work of one or more subordinate office employees. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES  (Illustrative only)

  • Coordinates clerical processing functions involving considerable internal and external communication by letter, telephone;
  • Provides general administrative support services to insure efficient operation of the department;
  • Assists in department budget preparation, secures budget estimate data, and forecasts and conducts budget studies;
  • Provides information regarding department services and program information;
  • Receives complaints and inquiries, either by phone or in person, and makes determination as to course of action to be followed to resolve complaint;
  • Conducts necessary field work with reference to complaints, research, compliance with applicable rules, regulations, and/or laws;
  • Reviews and disseminates numerous sources of written information regarding department and program issues, policies, rules and regulations;
  • Composes correspondence independently on a variety of complex matters relating to the work of the department, agency or program;
  • Makes appointments and schedules, and establishes priorities for submission to administrator(s);
  • Collects, compiles, records and files a variety of records, reports, statistics and other related information;
  • Reviews data for completeness, accuracy and conformity with established procedure and answers difficult questions related thereto;
  • Maintains and/or coordinates the maintenance of complex related office files and records;
  • Operates a computer or other word processing related equipment to produce routine correspondence, reports, spreadsheets, databases, charts and other work documents;
  • Operates a variety of business office machines such as computers, copying machines, calculators, scanners, etc.;
  • May review and determine approval or rejection of applications, registrations, and similar;
  • May review accounts for delinquency and conduct all necessary follow-up correspondence;
  • May collect fees and accounts for monies received;
  • May instruct new employees in the routine and specialized work of the department, and assign and review work;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS Comprehensive knowledge of office terminology, procedures, methods and equipment; comprehensive knowledge of the principles and modern practices of office management; comprehensive knowledge of business arithmetic and English; comprehensive knowledge of the applicable laws, policies, rules and regulations relating to the department or agency; thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of account keeping and budget control; ability to readily acquire familiarity with departmental organization functions, policies and regulations; good judgment in solving complex clerical and administrative problems; ability to plan, lay out and supervise the work of others; ability to operate an alphanumeric keyboard at an acceptable rate of speed; ability to use computer applications such as spreadsheets, word processing, calendar, e-mail and database software; ability to set up appropriate forms, charts and other tabular listings; ability to prepare correspondence, reports and other materials; ability to understand and carry out complex oral and written directions; ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; ability to deal effectively with the public; good judgment; accuracy; resourcefulness; initiative; tact; courtesy; neat appearance; integrity.


  1. Associates degree in business administration, office administration, or management science or related field, and three(3) years of experience in office administration or high level office clerical work; or
  2. Graduation from high school or possession of a comparable diploma and five (5) years of experience in office administration or high level clerical work; or
  3. An equivalent combination of training and experience as described in a) and b) above.

NOTE: Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education.


Access to transportation may be required to complete possible field work assignments in a timely and efficient manner.


One (1) year of permanent competitive class status as a Principal Clerk.


  1. Additional experience or academic, technical or vocational training may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year‑for‑year basis.
  2. Post-secondary education may be substituted for up to two (2) years of the required experience on a year-for-year basis for business or secretarial curricula and on a two years‑for‑one year basis for any other curriculum.


9/99; 1/09; 8/21

Competitive Class

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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