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Job Title:Administrative Assistant in the Administration/Finance Department
Description:Administrative Assistant in the Administration/Finance Department General Statement of Duties Provide high-level administrative support to the Town Manager and Finance Officer.

Distinguishing Features of the Class An employee in this class is responsible for providing high-level administrative support accomplished by ensuring a broad range of complex administrative functions occur in a timely, efficient, and effective manner; organizing meetings, and maintaining meeting schedules with individuals and community partners. Other duties include developing presentations, reports, agenda items, letters and memoranda, and maintaining related records and files and significant support of budget preparation and execution processes.

Duties and Responsibilities Essential Duties and Tasks Provides reports to the Town Manager regarding significant issues pertaining to departments; reviews reports and correspondence submitted by departments to Town Manager (e.g. staff reports, monthly reports, project updates), and determines/initiates appropriate action/response. Communicates directly with department managers as necessary for the Town Manager when the Town Manager is not immediately available; receives feedback and assists departments in communicating with the Town Manager to promote department manager and Town Manager productivity and efficiency. Identifies federal, state, and local grant opportunities in support of Town operations and capital projects. Assists the departments with grant preparation, submittal and monitoring. Helps prepare responses to queries from citizens in a professional, timely manner. Reviews agenda items for Council meetings; contacts departments for clarification, revisions, or additional information as needed; assists in developing presentation material for use at Council meetings and work sessions. Promotes the Town of Blowing Rock culture to Town employees, the public, the Council, and other individuals/organizations by demonstrating a positive attitude and high level of customer service. Assists in governmental accounting and financial operations of the Town as directed; may include review and coordination of general ledger journals and assistance in funding disbursement requests from financial institutions; assists with special financial oriented projects. Monitors, coordinates, or conducts various projects as assigned; discusses projects with parties involved; gathers proposals and provides recommendations; tracks status and costs of projects. Complies or monitors administrative and/or statistical data pertaining to Town operations, projects, and programs; analyzes data and identifies trends; summarizes data and prepares reports. Prepares or completes various forms, reports, correspondence, presentation materials, spreadsheets, newsletters, or other documents as part of regular duties and as assigned by the Town Manager and Finance Officer. Receives various forms, reports, correspondence, operation reports, statistical data, proposals, laws, statutes, codes, ordinances, policies and procedures, manuals, reference materials, or other documentation; reviews, completes, processes, forwards, or retains as appropriate. Operates a personal computer, general office equipment, or other equipment as necessary to complete essential functions, to include the use of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentations, desktop publishing, e-mail, Internet, or other computer programs. Communicates with Town Manager, Finance Officer, other employees, government agencies, local businesses, community organizations, the public, outside agencies, and other individuals as needed to coordinate work activities, review status of work, exchange information, and update the Town Manager or Finance Officer to help them more efficiently resolve problems or give/receive advice/direction.

Recruitment and Selection Guidelines

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration and government organizations; Knowledge of the Town government operations, organizational structure, municipal management, elected officials, and their functions; Knowledge of research and statistical methods and techniques used in public administration; Knowledge of ordinances, codes, and policies governing Town operations; Knowledge of general theories, principles, and techniques of both oral and written communication; and local/regional affairs and issues. Knowledge of governmental accounting and financial principles and practices. Skills in performing mathematical calculations and perform multiple duties simultaneously; Skills in communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing; Skills in high-level proofreading; Skills in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships; Skills and significant experience and capability with Microsoft excel, word, and PowerPoint. Ability to work in a team environment under sometimes stressful conditions; Ability to explain complex problems and situations in an understandable manner; Ability to understand problems and conceive alternate solutions for them; Ability to present information clearly and in an interesting manner, both verbally and in writing, for various audiences; Ability to listen well and communicate effectively with citizens and employees having varied educational backgrounds and values; Ability to deal tactfully with people and resolve conflicts; Ability to exercise resourcefulness in addressing problems; Ability to form a high level of trust with members of public and Town employees; Ability to approach tasks and activities in a flexible manner; Ability to work independently and perform tasks involving numerous details; Ability to communicate with customers, and the public in face-to-face, one-on-one settings, in group settings, via email, and using a telephone; Ability to produce written documents with clearly-organized thoughts with proper sentence construction, punctuation, and grammar; Ability to comprehend and make inferences from written material; Ability to help develop creative solutions to problems; Ability to prepare and present accurate and reliable reports containing findings and recommendations; Ability to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by rapidly changing information and/or technology; Ability to perform a wide variety of duties and responsibilities with accuracy and speed under the pressure of time-sensitive deadlines; Ability to demonstrate integrity, ingenuity and inventiveness in the performance of assigned tasks; Ability to operate a personal computer using program applications appropriate to assigned duties; Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, with the public and other employees.

Performance Aptitudes Physical Requirements: Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort including but not limited to, lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling, etc. of objects and materials of light weight (generally 25 pounds or less). Tasks may involve extended periods of time in seated position and at a keyboard or workstation. Project Management: Tasks require the ability to schedule, coordinate, and manage various projects of varying degrees of difficulty, size and complexity. Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials: Tasks require the ability to operate, and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials, commensurate with duties of the position. Social and Interpersonal Communication Skills: Position requires professional social and interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to function in a major organizational unit requiring significant internal and external interaction. Reasoning: Position requires functional reasoning skills enabling the analysis of major problems that necessitate complex planning for interrelated activities that can span one or several work units. Position requires situational reasoning skills allowing for the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and innovation in situations involving broader aspects of the organization.

Desirable Minimum Qualifications, Education and Experience Applicant must be personable, organized and professional. Position requires a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, Business or related field; and four (4) to five (5) years of public sector experience, working with municipal management and/or elected officials and community groups or equivalent experience. Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job may be substituted for evaluation at the discretion of Town management. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel classified in this position. This job description is subject to change as the needs and requirements of the job change.
Deadline:July 8, 2016

Job Title:Landscape Assistant
Salary:$22,770 - $31,435


An employee in this classification performs under the general direction and supervision of the Landscape Specialist. Performs professional landscape design installations and maintenance for the Parks and Recreation Department. Performs difficult, technical and responsible work assisting the Landscape Specialist in the maintenance of mulched areas, turf areas and annual beds located within Town parks and other areas as specified.


An employee in this class is responsible for performing skilled and semi-skilled tasks in landscape maintenance of the buildings, grounds and related facilities. Work requires familiarity with and competence in basic practices of one or more of the landscaping and maintenance trades. The employee must exercise tact and courtesy in working with outside vendors and repair agents. The employee must have the ability to execute details of work according to specific instructions and be able to adapt to varying changes in the work schedule. Work may involve evening and weekend hours. Does related work as required.



 Assists Landscape Specialist in daily tasks and duties associated with care and upkeep of grounds  Ability to assist in planting, watering, mulching, pruning, fertilizing, seeding, applying pesticides, weeding, mowing and other necessary practices  Shovels snow from sidewalks and steps and applies de-icing materials  Involved with decorating of the Town park for Christmas  Assists with landscape modifications and enhancements  Assists when needed with cleaning restrooms, replaces soap, paper towels, toilet paper, etc.  Works during special events such as Easter, July 4th, Halloween and Christmas in the Park  Performs other tasks as required or assigned.


 General knowledge of the tools, materials and equipment used in parks and lawn maintenance  Ability to use common hand tools and to operate simple machinery and equipment  General knowledge of minor building maintenance and repair  Ability to follow written and oral instructions  Ability to deal courteously with the general public, volunteers and fellow employees • Ability to be a self-starter, work independently and work with others • Knowledge of safety practices and precautions applicable to duties.


• Must be able to perform basic life operations of climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, feeling, hearing, and repetitive motions. • Must be able to perform light work, exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. • Must possess the visual acuity to prepare and analyze data and figures, to operate a computer terminal, to operate machines, and to use measurement devices.


• Graduation from a technical or community college with a degree in horticulture or a related field, with extensive experience in landscaping, nursery operations, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


• Possession of a valid North Carolina Driver’s License during the time of employment. • Possession of North Carolina Pesticide license or ability to attain same within one year of employment. • Successful completion of a controlled substance screening.


Technical Competency: Ability to use the tools and concepts of the specialty area in which the employee works. Includes using the appropriate processes, procedures, resources, and work or professional standards.

Interpersonal Competency: Ability to work with people, develop and maintain work relationships, communicate, manage conflict, and perform as an effective team member.

Intellectual Competency: Ability to think, learn and process information. Ability to solve problems and gather necessary information. Includes having math and reading skills appropriate to job level.

Customer Service: Ability to identify customers, determine the valid needs of a situation, and provide service or service recovery in a manner that satisfies the customer.

Organizational and Community Sensitivity: Ability to take the larger perspective into account, recognize organizational and community priorities and balance actions appropriately.

Physical Skills: Ability to perform required jobs with adequate strength, dexterity, coordination and visual acuity (with reasonable accommodations if needed) and in a manner that does not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of the employee or others in the workplace.

Salary Grade: 4 Non-Exempt Annual Pay Range: $22,770 - $31,435
Deadline:July 1, 2016

Job Title:Firefighter/EMT Position
Description:The Town of Blowing Rock is now accepting applications for multiple part-time Firefighter/Emergency Medical Technician positions. Duties include participating in incident response such as firefighting operations, remediation activities of chemical spills, hazardous materials, responding to medical emergencies, providing Emergency Medical Technician services, technical rescue calls operating various equipment, inspecting the station and equipment, assisting in preparing reports and other manual and digital record keeping, and participating in training. Must possess North Carolina Driver’s License and the ability to obtain other required certifications.

Compensation will depend on qualifications and experience. The position is non-exempt. The Town of Blowing Rock is an equal opportunity employer. All offers of employment are subject to successful completion of a controlled substance screening and a medical examination.

Applications are available at Town Hall during regular office hours or can be accessed online at Submit applications via email to or in person at Town Hall located at 1036 Main Street or via mail to PO Box 47, Blowing Rock, NC 28605. Positions open until filled.

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