For doers and makers seeking a well-rounded community, Hickory is a bridge between Asheville and Charlotte at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains along Interstate 40, where a collective spirit of craftsmanship strengthens any endeavor with detail, artistry and quality. Hickory, North Carolina, is a three-time All-America City on the Catawba River approximately one hour east of Asheville and one hour north of Charlotte. More than 40,000 residents call Hickory their home and Hickory is the hub of a 350,000 metropolitan area. Hickory has outstanding school systems, seven recreation facilities, two libraries, several golf courses, theaters, art museums, and eighteen gorgeous parks. Beautiful Lake Hickory is over 4,000 acres and has many public access areas. Please check out Hickory at [Register to View]
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This position requires customer service skills and knowledge of the water and sewer utility services, fees and billing procedures or similar utility services. Ability to accurately operate and balance a daily cash drawer to collect all City revenue is required. Processes additional payments using bank lockbox system and online payment center on the City's website. Assists Finance and Collections Supervisor in answering utility billing complaints. Processes service work orders for utility activations and terminations. Researches all returned mail for both Billing and Collections divisions. Assists with billing reports as needed. Experience in utility and/or local government preferable. Demonstrated ability to be assertive as a customer advocate required when dealing with Finance, Water and Sewer, and other City departments as needed. Ability to learn numerous City regulations/policies/procedures quickly, and demonstrated ability to analyze procedures and suggest improvements which would benefit citizen/customers. Pleasant, outgoing personality and ability to communicate effectively in speech and writing required. Experience with personal computers including knowledge of the capabilities of database and spreadsheets. Ability to read maps and calculate fees, requires facility with math including percentages, decimals, and formulas, and may be tested in basic math. Calculates and explains fees, using rate tables for utility fees, facility fees, and other related charges. This position rotates between the Collections counter and drive-up window on a weekly schedule. SPECIAL
REQUIREMENTS: Must have good customer service skills, good data entry skills and knowledge of accounting practices. Skill in use of PC, credit card machines, typewriter, calculator, AS400, fax, copier, etc. Preferred applicant will have an Associates degree in Accounting or Business Administration; Notary Public. Must possess a high school diploma or GED. Minimum age of 18. Must possess a valid Class "C" driver's license from North Carolina.