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OFFICE ASSISTANT I (SPANISH SPEAKING) (SCHOOLS)

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This is routine clerical and data entry work which involves maintenance of school records and data, typing announcements, letters and similar, using basic computer applications. Work is performed according to established procedures. Responsibilities may include entering data, maintaining calendars and schedules, and assisting callers, visitors, students, and staff by providing routine information. Use of a computer is required to perform the work and accuracy is essential. Considerable contact and interaction with school administrators, teachers, school personnel, students and parents are involved, requiring confidentiality and proper handling of confidential materials. Additionally, this position requires the ability to speak, write and understand Spanish as well as English. Work is performed under general supervision. Supervision of others is not a requirement of this position. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)

  • Speaks, reads, writes and interprets Spanish language and Spanish language documents, as needed;
  • Acts as intermediary and interpreter for Spanish speaking students, parents, and members of the public, as needed;
  • Enters data and information accurately to assist with producing forms and routine correspondence, i.e., requisitions, certificates, absentee and tardy listings, accident forms, purchase orders, asset tags, and form letters involving suspensions, infractions, detention, tardiness, etc.;
  • Enters data accurately to assist with maintenance and updating of records and files, and for reporting purposes;
  • Maintains alphabetic, numeric and/or chronological files of correspondence, documents and materials as appropriate;
  • Sorts, date stamps and distributes mail and packages received by the school district;
  • Uses computer applications such as spreadsheets, word processing, calendar, e-mail and database software in performing work assignments;
  • Performs scheduling functions such as appointments for parents and/or students with school personnel and officials, or updating building use calendar, etc.;
  • Maintains and updates calendars of office, department and/or program schedules and related information;
  • Receives telephone calls, directs parents, students and visitors, and acts as receptionist;
  • Contacts parents regarding schedules, meetings, student absences and/or tardiness, or other matters, as required;
  • Assists students with phone calls, lockers, lunch charges, bus notes, passwords, etc.;
  • Operates a variety of business office machines such as computers, copying machines, calculators, scanners, etc.;
  • Maintains and balances simple account or record keeping entries;
  • May distribute applications, forms, enrollment packets, cards, etc., and answers routine questions for completing them;
  • May prepare simple statistical reports from assembled data;
  • Maintains and distributes office supplies;
  • May create meeting agendas and type meeting minutes;
  • May be assigned to provide clerical assistance to a variety of specific administrators and/or departments;
  • 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 KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:   Working knowledge of office practices, procedures, terminology and equipment; working knowledge of business arithmetic and English; working knowledge of office record keeping practices; ability to operate an alphanumeric keyboard at an acceptable rate of speed; ability to use basic computer applications for word processing, record maintenance, etc.; ability to enter data, organize and maintain records; ability to speak English and Spanish fluently and to understand, read, write and translate both in English and Spanish; ability to understand and follow oral and written instructions; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; accuracy; resourcefulness; initiative; good judgment; tact; courtesy; neat appearance.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Either

  1. Graduation from high school or possession of a comparable diploma; or
  2. Two (2) years of clerical experience which must have involved the use of computer applications to enter data, maintain records or prepare reports; or
  3. An equivalent combination of training and experience as described above.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT:     Fluency in understanding, speaking, reading, writing and translating Spanish and English.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT FOR APPOINTMENT IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS:

In accordance with the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) legislation, Chapter 180 of the Laws of 2000, and by the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, candidates for appointment in school districts must obtain clearance for employment from the State Education Department prior to employment based upon a fingerprint and criminal history background check.

 

5/07; 1/09; 4/21; 3/22

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    Donald B. Smith
    County Government Campus
    110 Old Route 6, Building 3
    Carmel, NY 10512

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