Employment

 

 

NOVEMBER 3, 2014 - NOVEMBER 7, 2014

Applications for the following vacancies will be received at the Personnel Department, Berrien County Administration Building, 701 Main Street, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085, Between 8:30pm and 5:00pm. Applications are accepted via fax, mail, email or in person. Applications must be in the Personnel Department by close of business on the day of the deadline. All applications are reviewed by the hiring department. The hiring department will decide which candidates to interview and will contact the applicant directly if selected for an interview.

If applying for a job at the
BERRIEN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT
please read the Employment Requirements

Equal Opportunity Employer

FAX:   269-983-5788
EMAIL:  Dianne Pratt

NOTE: Applications are NOT kept on file. Each open position must be applied for separately with a new application and tracking sheet. Copies are acceptable. Download an application here

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Full-Time Patrol Officer  ($42,156)

Required:  High school graduation or GED certificate. Minimum age of 18. No prior felony convictions.

Must be MCOLES Certified

Desired:  Good moral character. Preference will be given to those with prior police experience.

NOTE: Must pass physical and psychological exams and background investigation. Must be willing to work all shifts. Must be a citizen and resident of the State of Michigan at time of appointment.

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Part-Time Patrol Officer  ($15.88/hr)

A part-time Patrol Officer will work a maximum of 1,000 hours per calendar year. There are no benefits.

Must be MCOLES Certified

Required:  High school graduation or GED certificate. Minimum age of 18. No prior felony convictions.

Desired:  Good moral character. Preference will be given to those with prior police experience.

NOTE: Must pass physical and psychological exams and background investigation. Must be willing to work all shifts. Must be a citizen and resident of the State of Michigan at time of appointment.

JUVENILE CENTER    24 hour facility – Employees work nights – weekends – holidays
Temporary Youth Specialist ($11.75/hr)

Note: This is a temporary part-time position working a maximum of 1,000 hours per calendar year. There are no benefits.

Required: Thirty semester or forty-five quarter hours of college education which includes three semester or four quarter hours of psychology.

Duties: The Temporary Youth Specialist works as an on-call employee to fill temporary vacancies in the fulltime Youth Specialist schedule.

Participates in supervising and reporting on programs, projects and tasks for youths detained in the Juvenile Center.  Assists with recreational programs and activities.

EQUALIZATION
Michigan Advanced Assessing Officer (MAAO) Appraiser ($37,183)

Required: High school diploma or GED. Michigan Advanced Assessing Officer (MAAO) certification as an Assessor by the State Tax Commission must be held and maintained for continued employment. Certified as a Michigan Personal Property Examiner by State Tax Commission. Possession of a valid, unrestricted vehicle operator’s license. Net typing speed at 40 words per minute. Maintain regular, reliable and predictable attendance. Must be able to lift up to 35 pounds, walk for extended periods of time, bend, stoop, and work in all weather conditions.

Note: Please contact Personnel to schedule a typing test if you have not taken one before with our office. Your application will not be forwarded until you have taken, and successfully passed, the typing test at the net speed.

Consideration will be given to applicants for a Michigan Certified Assessing Officer (MCAO) position.

Desired: Working experience with BSA Equalizer Software for real property appraisals and studies and familiar with the process of generating reports within. Experienced with Apex Software and familiar with GIS technology. Strong knowledge and skill in the use of modern office practices, procedures and equipment.

Duties: Under the general supervision of the Deputy Director and/or Real Property Appraisal Supervisor, performs technical work requiring extreme accuracy in the preparation of County Equalization reports. Analyzes real property deeds and sales information for completeness and accuracy. Handles confidential property related information. Formulates credible real property sales studies from raw sales information in a proper and timely manner. Prepares, by statutory deadline dates, all County Equalization reports from information gathered by the department’s property appraisal staff and by local government unit assessors. Performs field inspections of complex real estate properties and assists others with the more intricate ones. Reviews appraisals made by others and assists in the auditing of municipality assessment roll data. Confers with local officials, property appraisers and other interested parties regarding the equalization of county assessments. Establishes and maintains digital and hard copies of equalization information. Actively participates as a member of the damage assessment group for the Berrien County Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (extended work hours may be required). Other duties as assigned.

EQUALIZATION
Michigan Certified Assessing Officer (MCAO) Appraiser ($30,728)

Required: High school diploma or GED. Michigan Certified Assessing Officer (MCAO) certification as an Assessor by the State Tax Commission must be held and maintained for continued employment. Possession of a valid, unrestricted vehicle operator’s license. Net typing speed at 40 words per minute. Maintain regular, reliable and predictable attendance. Must be able to lift up to 35 pounds, walk for extended periods of time, bend, stoop, and work in all weather conditions.

Note: Please contact Personnel to schedule a typing test if you have not taken one before with our office. Your application will not be forwarded until you have taken, and successfully passed, the typing test at the net speed.

Consider will be given to applicants who are currently enrolled in the Michigan Certified Assessing Officer (MCAO) program.

Desired: Considerable knowledge of the Michigan Equalization process and assessment administration terminology. Working Experience with BSA Equalizer Software for real property appraisals and studies. Experienced with Apex Software and familiar with GIS technology.

Duties: Under the general supervision of the Deputy Director and/or Real Property Appraisal Supervisor, performs technical work requiring extreme accuracy in the preparation of County Equalization reports. Formulates credible real property sales studies from raw sales information in a proper and timely manner. Prepares, by statutory deadline dates, all County Equalization reports from information gathered by the department’s property appraisal staff and by local government unit assessors. Performs field inspections of real estate properties. Formulates credible real property sales studies from raw sales information in a proper and timely manner. Other duties as assigned.

TRIAL COURT
Deputy Register ($26,380)

Required: Associate’s Degree and/or paralegal certification; OR, high school diploma or GED and a minimum of two years of legal or government office experience and a net typing speed of 40 words per minute. Possession of a valid vehicle operator’s license. Regular, reliable, and predictable attendance is required.

Note: Please contact Personnel to schedule a typing test if you have not taken one before with our office. Your application will not be forwarded until you have taken, and successfully passed, the typing test at the net speed.

May be required to obtain and maintain SCAO Certified Electronic Operator certification.

Desired: Knowledge of applicable Michigan codes, statutes, and court rules.

Duties: Under supervision of the Intake Manager-Juvenile Register and/or Probate Register, performs clerical/administrative tasks including maintenance of an accurate record and information retention system on a variety of Family Division cases. Schedules hearings and case conferences, prepares paperwork and certified documents, answers the phone and responds to inquiries. Types material and uses a computer to maintain information. Receives petitions, orders, inventories, accountings, and other legal documents related to juvenile, child protective and probate proceedings and examines them for sufficiency, accuracy, and completeness. Responds to inquiries from citizens, attorneys and others; provides information, receives and receipts filing and other statutory fees. Attends court hearings and assists as required in creating court records of proceeding, responds to any procedural and factual questions of the judge and dockets judge’s order and follows up on any instructions beyond the order. Schedules case conferences, citation hearings or show cause hearings for those fiduciaries that are not fulfilling their responsibilities in a timely manner and arranges service on interested parties for those conferences/hearings. Processes mental commitment cases. Performs a variety of tasks, including receiving and filing wills, making certified copies of documents, maintaining case activity statistics, computing fees, processing mail. Other duties as assigned.

CIRCUIT COURT/FRIEND OF THE COURT
Accounting Supervisor ($40,867 - $54,765)

Required: Bachelor of Arts/Sciences Degree in Accounting or Finance and a minimum of two years of experience in accounting or finance which includes one year in a supervisory capacity; OR, Associate’s Degree in Accounting or Finance and a minimum of four years of experience in accounting or finance which includes two years of supervisory experience. Valid driver’s license.

Desired: Coursework and/or experience in governmental accounting or finance. Knowledge of mainframe and personal computer, computerized accounting applications and automated information systems.

Duties: Under the supervision of the Deputy Friend of the Court, supervises the account clerk division of the Friend of the Court, handles both internal and external confidential documents and information as directed. Responsible for the preparation and maintenance of accurate financial records and reports for the Berrien County Trial Court Family Division, Friend of the Court, state and federal agencies; responsible for all customer service aspects related to individual account computerized bookkeeping and data systems for the Friend of the Court office. Liaison to the Berrien County Information Systems Department in matters relating to finance. Duties performed may vary according to the requirements of the Court and are carried out in accordance with the Court’s statutory purpose, policies and procedures, Berrien County’s policies and procedures, and with State of Michigan and Federal Funding Guidelines. May be assigned to serve in any court location as needed.

CIRCUIT COURT/FRIEND OF THE COURT
Office Assistant ($21,843 - $29,273)

Required: High school diploma or GED and a net typing speed of 40 words per minute.

Note: Please contact Personnel to schedule a typing test if you have not taken one before with our office. Your application will not be forwarded until you have taken, and successfully passed, the typing test at the net speed.

Desired: Previous clerical or related experience.

Duties: Under close supervision, performs routine clerical duties to assist in the efficiency and effectiveness of departmental operations. Performs tasks such as filing, typing, answering phones and greeting visitors.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Breast Feeding Peer Counselor – 20.6hrs/week ($12,055)

Required: High school diploma or GED and significant personal breastfeeding experience (does not have to be currently breastfeeding).  Possession of a valid vehicle operator’s license and a vehicle.

Note: The following needs to be accomplished in the first year in this classification: Loving Support Peer Counseling training, attend WIC Breastfeeding Basic (two day training), attends the MSUE Peer counselor update trainings, attends the annual WIC Conference, on-site visits by State WIC Lactation Consultants, reads assigned books and materials about breastfeeding, attends other breastfeeding related conference/training as appropriate, is a paid member of the local chapter of the La Leche League.

Desired: Is committed and enthusiastic about promoting and supporting breastfeeding. Demonstrates the ability to communicate with diverse populations. If possible, has been/is a WIC participant.

Duties: Builds and maintains a caseload of WIC women (pregnant and breastfeeding mothers). Makes routine periodic contacts with all assigned mothers. Gives basic breastfeeding information and support to new mothers, including overcoming common barriers, and getting a good start with breastfeeding. She also helps mothers prevent and handle common breastfeeding concerns. Establishes an effective working relationship with local hospitals and agencies as appropriate. Teaches breastfeeding classes and/or recruits mothers at WIC clinics. Helps organize a local breastfeeding support group/mom’s club. Refers clients to other breastfeeding resources and/or health professionals when needed. Maintains strict client confidentiality. Keeps accurate records of all contacts made with WIC mothers. May assist WIC staff in promoting breastfeeding peer counseling through special projects and duties as assigned.

HEALTH DEPARTMENT
Public Health Nutritionist – ($19.07/hr)

Note: This is a temporary part-time position working a maximum of 1,000 hours per calendar year. There are no benefits.

Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition or Dietetics, or its equivalent in terms of education, experience or training.

Desired: Registration as a Dietician in the State of Michigan. Thorough knowledge of the principles of human nutrition. Considerable knowledge of dietary control of diseases. Knowledge of the principles of health education and public health administration.

Duties: Provides consultation and in-service training on nutrition to departmental employees and employees of related health organizations. Plans, develops and implements nutritional education and high risk care plans for program participants in conjunction with the Women, Infants and Children’s (WIC) program and the general health education programs of the department. Serves as an advisor on nutrition to special health projects such as Family Planning and Maternal and Child Health programs. Plans and conducts classes on nutrition and diets to groups with special nutritional needs such as heart and diabetic patients, and other participants in Health Department programs. May conduct surveys, home visits, etc. to determine nutritional needs. May conduct assessments for medical/nutritional eligibility for departmental programs.

FINANCIAL SERVICES
Financial Accountant/Analyst ($54,393)

Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or related financial area and three years related accounting experience, preferably in a governmental environment. Must possess a valid vehicle operator’s license. Required to work extended workdays as needed at busy times, such as month-ends and year-end. Must maintain regular, reliable and predictable attendance.

Demonstrable achievement towards certification as a certified public accountant (CPA), masters of business (MBS) or certified management accountant (CMA) may be substituted for experience requirements.

If a current CPA license is acquired or already possessed by the applicant, Berrien County will pay for the biennial license fee during the term of employment.

Duties: Under general supervision of the Financial Services Director, is responsible for the administration and maintenance of the General Ledger. Develops, communicates, and enforces policies and procedures to complete required financial processes and prepares records necessary to safeguard assets and provide reliable financial information. Participates in budget preparation and revision, grant administration, financial report preparation, accounts payables/receivables, third party billing and purchasing. Alerts management to non-conforming transactions, non-compliance with budget expectations, and other accounting related problems or concerns. Prepares for and assists outside auditors in the annual audit of the County's financial statements. Prepares financial data for grant applications. Monitors and assists departments with compliance to County fiscal policies and procedures. Assists departments in understanding and practicing generally accepted accounting principles as well as compliance with local, state and federal financial reporting requirements. Researches applicable law for procedural changes and notifies appropriate County employees of compliance requirements. Assists with updating and re-engineering projects for County fiscal systems to include those systems statutorily under the control of the constitutional officers and Drain Commissioner. Other duties as assigned.

BUILDING & GROUNDS
Custodian ($10.86/hr)

Note: This is a temporary part-time position working a maximum of 1,000 hours per calendar year. There are no benefits. This position works evenings and hours will be assigned by the evening supervisor.

Required: High school graduation or GED and one year experience in custodial services. Must have a valid driver’s license.

Duties: Perform a variety of custodial related tasks for all Berrien County facilities. Duties include floor care, sweeping, mopping, waxing and buffing. Other duties as assigned.

CIRCUIT COURT/FRIEND OF THE COURT
Court Investigator ($31,910 - $42,764)

Required: High school diploma or GED and a minimum of two years’ experience related to collection investigations or investigative law enforcement experience. Valid driver’s license.

Desired: Coursework or experience in business and/or public administration, finance/accounting, criminal justice or law. Some knowledge of mainframe and personal computer applications, data collection and automated information systems preferred.

Duties: Under the supervision of the Court Investigator, performs investigations concerning payment of support pursuant to a Court Order.

DISTRICT COURT
Trial Court Clerk II-Criminal Traffic ($25,375)

Required: High school diploma or GED, one year general clerical experience and a net typing speed of 40 words per minute.

Note: Please contact Personnel to schedule a typing test if you have not taken one before with our office. Your application will not be forwarded until you have taken, and successfully passed, the typing test at the net speed.

Prior to any job offer, must successfully pass a basic language and math skills test.

Desired: Some knowledge of court and legal procedures. Ability to make decisions according to established procedures, policies and court rules. Familiarity with various word processing and spreadsheet computer software programs.

Duties: Performs public, police, assignment counter duties; cashier, daily balancing, and bookkeeping duties; assignment clerk, courtroom clerk and back-up court recorder duties as directed. Prepares criminal civil and traffic case file folders. Performs computer data entry which includes opening, updating and disposition of cases and post judgment activities. Receives and receipts payments of bonds, fines, costs, fees, and other monies, including probation supervision fees and restitution payments. Accepts pleas in traffic civil infraction cases; assesses fines and costs as directed by the judges. Prepares and/or completes various templates, forms, records and reports; answers telephones and responds to inquiries regarding court fines, costs, fees, etc., court schedules and information regarding the Civil and Criminal Divisions. Takes messages and transfers callers as appropriate. Receives and processes departmental mail, including preparation of return correspondence as directed by the supervisor or magistrate.

TRIAL COURT
Court Security Officer ($30,704)

Required: High school diploma or GED and one year of civil/military security or law enforcement/corrections training. Possession of a valid vehicle operator’s license.

Note:  May be required to obtain and maintain a Michigan Permit to Carry a Concealed Weapon. In addition, the person may be required to purchase a firearm (type to be approved by the Chief Judge), successfully complete ongoing firearm qualification training, and carry a firearm during the course of employment.

Desired: Prior experience as a police officer or other security related position. Ability to deal with difficult people. Keyboarding skills and knowledge of computer mainframe and PC.

Duties: Provides protection and security for judges, jurors, witnesses, court staff and the public involved in court proceedings. Performs patrol and security checks of hallways, offices, and other areas of any court or county facility where court proceedings are occurring. Transports prisoners. May be required to make arrests and may be assigned to assist in monitoring of metal detection equipment and/or other security/emergency duties. Assists law enforcement officers and court officials in emergencies by following established procedure for the evacuation of personnel from the building, conducting searches, etc. Prepares the courtroom and oversees the jury before, during and after deliberations. Maintains continuous radio monitoring and contact using proper radio protocol policies and procedures with court and county security personnel. Responds to calls as needed at Trail Court facilities.

TREASURER’S OFFICE
Senior Treasury Clerk ($25,395)

Required: Associate’s Degree in a business related field or graduation from an accredited secretarial school and a minimum of one year clerical experience; OR, high school diploma or GED and a minimum of three years clerical experience.

Desired: Additional course work in typing, accounting or a related field. Prior experience in the County Treasurer’s Office is preferred.

Duties: Under the supervision of the Treasurer and Chief Deputy Treasurer, performs complex administrative duties and responsibilities requiring extensive knowledge of state real and personal property tax law, county and departmental operations, policies, and procedures. Serves as a lead worker for the department’s tax collection section; answers questions, provides training and resolves problems. Processes delinquent tax payments and prepares receipts. Verifies delinquent tax status for deeds on both the computer tax system and manually and certifies deeds. Prepares daily homestead payment report. Responsible for the collection of delinquent personal property taxes. Monitors payments in lieu of tax. Other duties as assigned.


 
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