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Customer Service Specialist 2 - Counseling & Advising

Columbia Basin College
Washington, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 4, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Business & Administrative Support, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Auxiliary Services, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Admissions, Enrollment, Retention & Registrar
Employment Type
Full Time
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Columbia Basin College ('CBC' or the 'College') seeks a Customer Service Specialist 2 to provide high quality customer service and support to prospective, current and returning students in Counseling & Advising and Running Start. The Specialist will work in an environment of teamwork and serve as a central point of contact for the Counseling/Advising and Running Start departments, handling routine inquiries, scheduling appointments and customer service issues. This position will interpret and apply knowledge of applicable policies and procedures in providing courteous and professional customer service. This Specialist will collaborate with Student Services departments, and other College departments to ensure efficient and timely processes are developed and implemented. This position will report to the Associate Dean for Student Retention & Completion.
This position is open until filled. First consideration will be given to applicants whose complete application has been received by August 15, 2021 @ 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1 (Download PDF reader) , state employees and employees of educational institutions must be fully vaccinated. Please note that any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing verification of your vaccine status, having an approved medical accommodation, or having an approved religious accommodation. No start date will be approved until you have either verified your vaccine status or have an approved accommodation. Need more information? Please contact .

Primary Responsibilities
  • Provide high-level customer service and problem-solving assistance to students, staff and the public for the department;
  • Respond to department emails, answer phone calls, and meet with students listed on the SARS drop-in queue using customer service best practices to ensure our students are served in a timely and accurate manner;
  • Provide front-line assistance for the department manage applicable department queue systems and assist with department and student paperwork filing;
  • Accurately process incoming student forms, documents, and other information necessary to complete transactions and processes;
  • Review, process and maintain accurate data for Running Start program coding, admissions applications, and assist with running necessary reports;
  • Serve as the primary contact for students, staff and the public; disseminate information and communicate department policies and procedures to prospective, current and returning students, employees of the College and community members;
  • Assist Counseling/Advising department staff with the FYI Program and Academic Probation/Suspension tracking process;
  • Handle routine, cross-departmental student issues and work to facilitate resolution for students and departments within established guidelines; recognize when an issue should be referred outside of Counseling/Advising and Running Start departments and make an appropriate referral to facilitate continued problem-solving or assistance of student and department;
  • Assist with operation of the ID computer and camera to create student, staff and faculty ID cards;
  • Assist with Counseling/Advising and Running Start ordering of supplies, equipment, and printing materials; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications
  • Associate's degree or equivalent education from an institutionally accredited college or university ;
  • Clerical/secretarial work experience in a professional setting; and
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree from an institutionally accredited college or university;
  • Two (2) years of experience working in higher education; and
  • Bilingual and biliterate in English and Spanish.
Skills & Abilities

Attendance/Punctuality : Is consistently at work and on time; ensure work responsibilities are covered when absent; arrive at meetings and appointments on time;

Computer Skills : Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite; operate personal computer with general understanding of application software; ability to learn office and College-specific software;

Customer Service Skills : Manage difficult or emotional customer situations; respond promptly to customer needs; solicit customer feedback to improve service; respond to requests for service and assistance; meet commitments;

Interpersonal Skills : Focus on solving conflict, not blaming; maintain confidentiality; listen to others without interrupting; keep emotions under control; remain open to others' ideas and try new things;

Oral Communication : Ability to speak clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listen and get clarification; respond well to questions; demonstrate group presentation skills; participate in meetings;

Problem Solving Skills : Identify and resolve problems in a timely manner; gather and analyze information skillfully; develop alternative solutions; work well in group problem solving situations; use reason even when dealing with emotional topics;

Professionalism : Ability to approach others in a tactful manner; react well under pressure; treat others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; accept responsibility for own actions; follow through on commitments;

Quality : Demonstrate accuracy and thoroughness; look for ways to improve and promote quality; apply feedback to improve performance; monitor own work to ensure quality; and

Written Communication : Write clearly and informatively; edit work for spelling and grammar; vary writing style to meet needs; present numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.


This position is a full-time, overtime-eligible, represented, classified staff position. The typical work hours for this position are Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., however, must be available to work a flexible schedule when prior notice is given by the College. This position is available immediately.


Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Additionally, pursuant to RCW 28B.112.080, applicants must declare whether they are the subject of any substantiated findings of sexual misconduct in any current or former employment or are currently being investigated for, or have left a position during an investigation into, a violation of any sexual misconduct policy at the applicant’s current or past employer. By law, post-secondary education institutions cannot hire an applicant who refuses to declare the existence or non-existence of an investigation or findings subject to this statute.

**Please note that selected interview candidates will be subject to supplemental testing that will measure skills and abilities related to this position (e.g., Communication, Problem Solving, MS Office Simulation [Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Word], Customer Service, etc.).


In the interest of providing a healthy, safe and secure educational and work environment and in order to meet the requirements of federal legislation, it is the policy of Columbia Basin College to maintain an alcohol and drug-free workplace for our employees and students.

If you are hired, you will need to provide proof of identity and documentation of U.S. citizenship or appropriate authorization to work in this position as required by the Immigration Reform Control Act of 1986.

Columbia Basin College operates under an approved affirmative action plan and encourages applications from persons of color, women, veterans and persons of disability. The Human Resources Office is accessible to those with disabilities. If you need accommodation in application or employment, contact the Human Resources Office at (509) 542-4740.


The physical demands and work environment characteristics described below are representative of those that must be met and may be encountered by an incumbent when performing the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, bend, kneel, stoop, communicate, reach and manipulate objects. The position requires mobility including having the ability to move materials on a regular basis such as files, books, office equipment, etc. and travel between buildings on campus. Manual dexterity and coordination are required to operate equipment such as computer keyboard, calculator, and standard office equipment.


Usual office working conditions. The noise level in the work area is typical of most office environments with telephones, personal interruptions, and background noises.


This is a bargaining unit position represented by the Washington Public Employees Association (WPEA). Internal promotional, transfer and voluntary demotion applicants who have skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position will be considered prior to consideration of other applicants.

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