DNR Jobs and Requirements

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Office & Administrative Specialist

Description

Office and Administrative Specialist positions exist to provide a variety of clerical/administrative support such as responding to routine inquiries; typing and editing a variety of documents; and, collecting, coding and verifying data for financial and administrative reports.

This is the second of five levels of office support classes.

Types and Edits: narrative, numerical, or graphic information from copy, rough draft, or general instructions to produce a final copy of accounting and financial statements, letters, reports, and other materials. Composes and types forms, letters and other routine correspondence.

Assist Visitors or Telephone Callers: answers routine questions on departmental procedures, regulations and/or policies.

Codes and Verifies Data: gathers information; compiles and transfers data; codes, verifies, corrects data; and, formats administrative and fiscal reports.

Provides General Clerical and Office Support: performs tasks such as copying, collating and assembling materials. Operates office equipment.

Required Qualifications

Word processing, typing or keyboarding skills.
Proofreading/editing skills.
Customer service skills.

Desired Qualifications

One-year general office experience.
Communication skills.
Basic spelling and grammar skills.
Knowledge of general office equipment.
File management skills
Basic math skills.
Spreadsheet skills.

Physical Requirements

None

License Requirements

None


Office & Administrative Specialist Intermediate

Description

Office and Administrative Specialist Intermediate positions exist to provide administrative, clerical and program support services. Has knowledge of program operations and policies sufficient to support natural resources programs. Provides lead work direction to clerical staff. This is the third of five levels of office support classes.

Types and Edits: narrative, numerical, or graphic information from copy, rough draft or general instructions to produce a final copy of accounting and financial statements, letters, reports and other materials. Composes and types forms, letters and other routine correspondence. Originates and signs routine and non-routine correspondence.

Assist Visitors or Telephone Callers: answers routine and non-routine questions on department procedures, regulations or policies.

General Office: establishes and maintains extensive filing and record keeping systems.

Prepares and Compiles Reports: searches, compiles and summarizes data for statistical and narrative reports.

Program Knowledge: responds to a variety of procedural and policy questions using basic knowledge of natural resources program.

Lead Work Direction: assign and direct the work activities of co-workers.

Required Qualifications

Oral and written communication skills.
Word processing, typing or keyboarding skills.
Interpersonal skills to lead and direct others.

Desired Qualifications

Two years of general office experience.
Skill in specialized software programs.
Technical terminology (e.g., legal, scientific or medical terms).
Lead worker skills.
Basic math skills.
Basic spelling and grammar skills.
Knowledge of general office equipment.
File management skills.

Physical Requirements

None

License Requirements

None


Office & Administrative Specialist Principal

Description

An Office and Administrative Specialist Principal position exists to coordinate a large administrative support program that affects a significant number of citizens, agency employees or governmental and/or private organizations such as developing procedures and guidelines to govern the program area and may be responsible for their own budget. Incumbents in this classification serve as experts in an administrative program based on their thorough knowledge and ability to interpret policies and procedures. They may direct the work of other employees. Position may serve as an assistant to executive staff. This is the fifth of five levels of office support classes.

Administrative: develop procedures and guidelines to support a specialized program area and exercise the authority, knowledge and judgment to devise solutions which may fall outside existing policies and procedures; serve as the agency's technical expert for the specialized program area which includes interpreting guidelines and statutes; resolve specific technical and procedural problems; review technical aspects of others' work products and provide work direction and administer budget for the program area.

Budget Responsibility: determine the program's fiscal needs, develop budget requests, prepare complex fiscal and administrative reports; and, monitor budgets and expenditures.

Lead Work Direction: provides work direction (prioritizes, schedules, assigns, directs) to other employees, students, etc. as well as reports on the technical aspects of others' work activities.

Required Qualifications

Oral and written communication skills.

Word processing, typing or keyboarding skills.

Interpersonal skills to lead and direct others.

Technical terminology (e.g., legal, scientific or medical terms).

Desired Qualifications

Four years of general office experience.

Advanced skill in specialized software programs.

Advanced spelling and grammar skills.

Principles and practices of office management.

Knowledge of general office equipment.

Physical Requirements

License Requirements


Office & Administrative Specialist Senior

Description

Office and Administrative Specialist Senior positions exist to provide advanced clerical/administrative support such as developing procedures; responding to wide range of technical questions; reviewing and selecting mail to independently research and answer; preparing complex fiscal and administrative reports; and monitoring budgets and expenditures. Some positions may provide work direction to other employees. This is the fourth of five levels of office support classes.

Administrative and Clerical: administers a functional phase of a major departmental or statewide program to provide support for the overall program by independently processing and
responding to requests for information based on substantial knowledge of the program; by independently making decisions either in accordance with established general policy or by setting procedural precedents; by making final clerical review of work products; as well as by typing letters, statements, and other materials from copy or rough draft in final form without review.

Develops administrative procedures, responds orally and in writing to a wide range of technical questions and reviews and selects mail to independently research and answer.

Budget Responsibility: prepare complex fiscal and administrative reports; and, monitors budgets and expenditures.

Lead Work Direction: prioritizes, schedules, assigns, directs, guides and reports on the work activities of co-workers.

Required Qualifications

Oral and written communication skills.
Word processing, typing or keyboarding skills.
Interpersonal skills to lead and direct others.
Technical terminology (e.g., legal, scientific or medical terms).

Desired Qualifications

Three years of general office experience.
Advanced skill in specialized software programs.
Advanced spelling and grammar skills.
Knowledge of general office equipment.
File management skills.

Physical Requirements

None

License Requirements

None


Office Services Supervisor 1

Description

An Office Services Supervisor 1 position supervises clerical staff and may be responsible for independent decisions within an essential area of a department's operation.

Position requires interpretation of law and regulation and involves serious consequence of error such as loss of revenue, serious delay or disruption of operations.

Supervisory and administrative responsibilities extend to budget and office procedures development, controlling the flow of work, training employees, effectively recommending hiring and disciplinary actions and conducting performance evaluations.

Supervisory responsibility is typically either exercised in a small organizational unit which frequently has statewide impact in performing its particular function, or over a large office staff within a department.

Supervision: prioritizes, schedules, assigns, directs, guides and reports on the work activities of a group of clerical employees.

Administrative and Clerical: administers a functional phase of a major departmental or statewide program to provide support for the overall program by independently processing and responding to requests for information based on substantial knowledge of the program; by independently making decisions either in accordance with established general policy or by setting procedural precedents; by making final clerical review of work products; as well as by typing letters, statements, and other materials from copy or rough draft in final form without review.

Develops administrative procedures, responds orally and in writing to a wide range of technical questions and reviews and selects mail to independently research and answer.

Budget responsibility: compiles budget data and biennial costs projects and prepares annual spending plan for staff salaries and expenses.

Required Qualifications

Working knowledge of accounting procedures/terminology sufficient to compile, analyze and monitor fiscal operations.

Oral and written communication skills.

Desired Qualifications

Four years of general office experience.

Supervisory skills.

Advanced skill in specialized software programs (i.e. the state's accounting system.)

Advanced spelling and grammar skills.

Principles and practices of office management.

Knowledge of general office equipment.

Physical Requirements

Sedentary Work - occasionally lifting and/or carrying such articles as file folders, ledgers, and small tools. Although a sedentary job is defined as one which involves sitting, a certain amount of walking and standing is often necessary in carrying out job duties.

License Requirements

None.


Office Specialist

Description

Office Specialist positions exist to provide a variety of entry level administrative work supporting customer service, central services and office and administrative services. This is the first of five levels of office support classes.

Assist Visitors or Telephone Callers: Greet visitors and direct them to appropriate staff person, answer telephones for staff and forward calls or take messages, furnish general information to callers as appropriate.

Typing and Editing: Type letters, memos and other documents from typed or handwritten drafts.

Records Management: File forms, correspondence, travel requests, etc.

Duplication and Distribution: Assemble, duplicate, and distribute reports, correspondence, informational packets, etc.

Mail: Open, date stamp, and distribute incoming mail; weigh, calculate postage and process outgoing mail & packages.

Data Entry: Use keyboard to enter alpha/numeric data into computer.

Required Qualifications

Word processing, typing or keyboarding skills.

Desired Qualifications

Knowledge of basic math.
Ability to use basic office equipment.
Ability to order (alpha/numeric skills).
Customer service skills.

Physical Requirements

None

License Requirements

None