Customer Service Assistant

City of Sacramento, CA
May 26, 2023
Sacramento, CA
Job Type



The City of Sacramento requires all newly appointed employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Candidates seeking an accommodation from this requirement will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

To perform a variety of record keeping, general clerical, transaction processing, and public contact and customer service work over the telephone and at a public counter; and direct information requests according to established standards and procedures.

This is the entry-level class in the Customer Service series. Incumbents perform duties similar to a Customer Service Representative, but would lack a complete knowledge of unit procedures and standards, and not yet able to perform the full range of duties without immediate supervision. Incumbents have at least one year of experience performing a wide variety of general clerical, customer services, and public contact duties. This class may be used as a training class for flexibly staffed positions. This class is distinguished from the Customer Service Representative in that the latter is the journey level class in the series, and upon appointment to the higher-level class requires that the employee be performing the full range of duties for the class and meet the qualification standards for the class.

Immediate supervision is provided by a Customer Service Supervisor or higher-level staff. Lead direction may be provided by higher-level staff.
- Perform a variety of duties, including typing, proofreading, billing, checking, filing, record keeping, sorting and retrieving documents and records, mail/correspondence, maintaining alphabetical, index, and cross-reference files; folds, staples stuffs and binds a variety of materials for bulk mailings; maintain general mailing lists, registration and other information.
- Represent the City and the department to the public, callers, and visitors in a professional and effective manner over the telephone and at a public counter; take and respond to a high volume of phone calls; follow general customer service policy and procedure; may act as receptionist; provide information on department and division policies and procedures.
- Receive and respond to customer inquiries; screen calls, take messages and complaints, refer customers to appropriate persons regarding services and accounts, and department business lines, including fees, licenses, permits and billing information; provide follow-up on inquiries from the public or staff; and refer or assist in the resolution of problems.
- Utilize various systems to locate information, retrieve, research and review find out the status of accounts; create or make adjustments to service requests on property/parcels; update billing accounts to provide accurate billing information; update systems and run reports of various computer systems; research and establish correct ownership, change ownership information and deed date; generate inspections to establish ownership; correct service records and repair orders received from field crews.
- Operate 2-way radio or other telecommunication device; perform non-safety radio dispatch in order to dispatch field staff, equipment or vehicles to locations as needed; prioritize calls; and obtain and record information and keep radio contact with field personnel.
- Receive payments, make change, issue receipts and print-out account statements for permits, licenses, citation transactions, taxes and service accounts; issue, receive, type and process various applications, license, permits and other forms; input debit applications and cancellation information to customer accounts; issue refunds, notices and other related documents and information within established procedures; and update service accounts, permit, license and citation information systems.
- Receive, open and process mail containing fees for various City services, including licenses, permits, citation payments, and utility payments; process outgoing correspondence and credit card payments.
- Gather information from customers and complete appropriate property/parcel forms necessary to establish and stop services; adjust and reconcile records and billing as necessary to reflect changes in service; verify accuracy, waive penalties, and may perform collection efforts on delinquent accounts for City services, fees, licenses, permits and taxes.
- Operate standard office equipment such as a telephone, calculator, typewriter, personal computer, facsimile machine, microfiche and microfilm readers, remittance processors, money counting machines, electronic cash registers, adding machine, and other office equipment.
- Perform notary services.
- Assist in the training of other employees.
- Provide exceptional customer service to those contacted in the course of work.
- Other related duties may also be performed; not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual.
Knowledge of:

- English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
- Proper public and telephone contact practices.
- Basic financial record keeping procedures and methods.
- Methods and equipment used in processing payment and other fees.
- Modern office practices, procedures and equipment, including filing systems.
- Basic mathematical principles and procedures.
- Assessing parcel maps, as assigned.
- Computer operations, including computer software applications and other specialized business applications.
- Organization, procedures and operating details of City department to which assigned.

Skills in:
- Computer keyboard, typewriter and 10-key calculator.
- Working as part of a team.
- Phone skills and diplomacy.
- Computer and Internet searches.

Ability to:

- Exercise tact, judgment and patience in dealing with the public, staff and client departments.
- Be flexible with changes in policies and procedures
- Work under pressure.
- Operate standard office equipment, including adding machine, personal computers, 2-way radio and other office equipment.
- Interpret and apply City regulations and procedures as applicable to billing, fees and collections.
- Learn the organization, procedure and operation details of assigned department/section.
- Use a variety of business software applications in order to complete assigned duties in a timely manner.
- Use good judgment in the application of City policies, regulations and procedures relative to assigned division.
- Work any shift, including weekends and holidays is mandatory for some assignments.
- Maintain appropriate records and reports.
- Type at a speed of not less than 35 net words per minute.
- Perform mathematic calculations.
- Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
- Work with minimal supervision.
- Speak clearly and concisely.
- Work with a diverse group.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
- Learn to perform concurrently multiple customer service related duties.


Any combination of experience and education that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


One 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.


Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.


Should education be used to qualify for this position, then p roof of education such as, but not limited to, university/college transcripts and degrees should be submitted with your application and will be required at the time of appointment . Unofficial documents and/or copies are acceptable.

An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States must have education records evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. Evaluation of education records will be due at time of appointment.


Employees must complete twelve (12) months of probation at a satisfactory performance level prior to gaining permanent status.

Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. As such, please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders. All e-mail notifications can also be accessed through the applicant inbox.

1. Application: (Pass/Fail) - All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application by the final filing deadline ;

  • Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted.
  • Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified:
  • If applicants do not list current and/or past job-related experience in the duties area of the "Work Experience" section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on full-time experience (40 hours per week). Qualifying experience is calculated to the full-time equivalent (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week ).
  • If "see resume" is noted in the "Work Experience" section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the "Work Experience" section.
  • Proof of education such as, but not limited to, university/college transcripts and degrees should be submitted online with your application . Proof of education will be required at time of appointment.
  • Position/job titles will not be considered in determining eligibility for meeting the minimum qualifications for this position.
  • If you're requesting Veteran's credit, a copy of your DD214 must be submitted online with your application, or sent to the Employment Office by email/fax or mailed by the final filing deadline. Information regarding the use of Veteran's credit can be found in the Civil Service Board rules under rule 4.9C.
  • Applicants are responsible for attaching a copy of their DD214 to each position for which they apply.

2. Training and Experience Exam : (Weighted 100%) - The questions located at the end of the application are the Training and Experience (T&E) Exam. Responses to the T&E questions will be rated and scored. This exam will evaluate the relevance, level, and progression of a candidate's education, training and experience. The exam score will determine your ranking on the eligible list for this job. When completing the T&E questions, please note:

  • Responses to the T&E questions must be submitted online; paper questionnaires will not be accepted.
  • A resume will not substitute for the information required in the T&E questions.

3. Eligibility : Candidates who pass the Training and Experience Test will be placed on the eligible list. The hiring department may contact candidates for interview at any time during the life of the one-year list. Candidate's eligibility expires one year from the date of notification of a passing score for the Customer Service Assistant examination.

4. Screening Committee : (Pass/Fail)- All candidates that pass the examination and are in one of the top three ranks will have their application forwarded to the hiring department for review. The hiring department will select the most competitive applications for further consideration. Human Resources will only evaluate employment applications for the minimum qualifications, as stated on the job announcement, for applications selected by the hiring department.

5. Conditional Hire: Upon receipt of a conditional offer, the selected candidate must complete and pass LiveScan /fingerprinting; and provide proof of receiving a complete COVID-19 vaccination. If applicable, candidates may also need to pass a pre-employment medical exam, controlled substance and/or alcohol test, and possess any required licensure or certification prior to receiving a start date from the Department. Failure to meet these prerequisites will be grounds for withdrawal of your conditional offer of employment.

For questions concerning this job announcement and the application process:

  • Please visit for a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to the application process.
  • For technical support between 6 AM - 5 PM PT, contact Live Applicant Support at (855) 524-5627.
  • Visit the City of Sacramento Human Resources Department website at ;
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  • Call the Human Resources Department at (916) 808-5726

Bilingual Pay
Did you know that the City offers bilingual pay? That's right, most labor agreements offer the option of providing employees with bilingual pay if the department deems it to be operationally necessary.

Pension Reform Act
The City of Sacramento is covered by the California Public Employees' Retirement System, and as such, must adhere to the California Public Employee's Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) of 2013. Please note that the provisions within this act may affect or impact an applicant's eligibility and/or selection for open vacancies at the City of Sacramento.

Equal Opportunity Employer
The City of Sacramento is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

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Closing Date/Time: 6/7/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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