Customer Service Representative (part-time), Grade 13

Montgomery County Government - Wheaton, MD4.0

Part-time
This is a re-announcement. The status of applicants who previously applied will remain the same .

The Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center, part of Montgomery County's Office of Community Partnerships (OCP), is seeking three part-time (20 hours/week) positions.

Working together with employees of government agencies and service providers, the Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center aims to make Montgomery County one of America's most welcoming communities. The Gilchrist Center currently has four locations: Wheaton, Gaithersburg, Germantown and East County. Each of the three positions will be assigned to a specific work location, however, applicants must have the flexibility and ability to work in all locations.

These are newly-created merit positions with benefits, working as Customer Service Representatives (Information and Referral Specialist) providing customers with diverse cultural and linguistical backgrounds with information about and referral to programs and services that meet their needs. These positions will also be providing administrative and programmatic support to program managers.

Duties include:
Provide information and referrals in a culturally competent manner to immigrant residents regarding available services and programs provided by government agencies and community organizations
Identify issues via active listening, answering questions and providing suggestions to clients as to how to address issues
Research, collect, organize and disseminate referral and resource information
Use effective communication with prospective and existing volunteers, staff and partner agency staff
Prepare for, coordinate and attend outreach events to give information about the Center and other programs that would benefit immigrant residents as a representative of the Gilchrist Center
Serve as an interpreter for non-English speaking clients
Coordinate programs: creating flyers using Microsoft Word, assisting with program registration and program coordination, volunteer support, etc.
Conduct routine front desk duties, including answering phones, photocopying, organizing information
Provide administrative support including accurate data collection using Excel and SharePoint, photocopying, supply orders, facility booking, mailing, etc.
Manage facilities, including arranging facility maintenance and booking rooms for partners and Gilchrist programs
Coordinate volunteer recruitment
Compile, organize, reconcile and analyze data to maintain a variety of reports and databases on program services and activities
T rain and supervise part-time hourly staff and volunteers
Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply. Applicants speaking Amharic, French, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish languages, who pass the basic level of the certified bilingual employee program will be eligible for additional compensation.
Applicants speaking languages other than Amharic, French, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish languages are encouraged to apply, however, no additional compensation will be provided.

If the candidate selected for this position possesses multilingual skills, he/she will be required to successfully pass an examination assessing oral communication, reading comprehension, and interpreting skills.

The successful candidate will be a self-starter with excellent customer service, organizational, communication and administrative skills; be respectful of others' opinions, listen well and respond to colleagues and customers with awareness of and sensitivity to communication differences and must have a strong commitment to inclusion and respect for all cultures. Ability to work on teams AND independently is a must for the position.

This position requires the ability to work evenings and weekends.

Additional Employment Information
All applicants will respond to a series of questions related to their education, relevant experience, knowledge, skills and abilities required to minimally perform the job. The applicant's responses in conjunction with his/her resume and all other information provided in the employment application process will be evaluated to determine the minimum qualification and preferred criteria status. Based on the results, the highest qualified applicants will be placed on an Eligible List and may be considered for an interview. Employees meeting minimum qualifications who are the same grade will be placed on Eligible List as a "Lateral Transfer" candidate and may be considered for interview .

Montgomery County Government is an equal opportunity employer, committed to workforce diversity. Accordingly, as it relates to employment opportunities, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities, in accordance with the law. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Human Resources via email to special.accommodations@montgomerycountymd.gov . Individual determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made in accordance with all applicable laws.

Montgomery County Government also provides hiring preference to certain categories of veterans and veterans/persons with a disability. For more information and to claim employment preference, please refer to the Careers webpage on Hiring Preference .

Minimum Qualifications
Experience: One (1) year of responsible experience performing a wide variety of general clerical, public contact, and customer service work providing information and/or directing request over the telephone and at a public counter.

Education: Completion of high school or High School Certificate of completion recognized in the State of Maryland.

Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.

Preferred Criteria
The applications of those individuals meeting the minimum qualifications will be reviewed to determine the extent, relevancy of training, and experience in the following areas:

1. Language Proficiency

2. Customer Service to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Population

3. Computer application

4. MC Outlook experience

5. Time Management

6. Ability to work independently

If selected for consideration for this position, you may be required to provide evidence that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities indicated on your resume.

Minimum Salary 37830 Maximum Salary 61113 Currency USD