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Town Clerk

Overview: Town clerks implement and administer financial record management programs for towns as advised by accountants and controllers. They issue tax notices, collect tax monies and pay invoices. They survey business and civic needs and report results to town councils. They plan town business agendas.
Duties: They confer with municipal government executives to determine tax rates, methods of notices & invoicing for tax collections. Confer with town accountants to automate tax collection procedures.

Maintain municipal government fiscal records describing business transactions for the purchase of services and materials for the town. They issue authorized payments to vendors and contractors.

They design and conduct surveys of town residents and business establishment to identify local needs currently not being satisfied. They report results to the town council.

They schedule and plan agendas for town council meetings and send notices to parties affected by proposals for new construction and make requests for variances in town zoning or building codes.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Office Administration and Technology: Administrative Secretary 
A.A.S. Office Administration and Technology: Office Technology: Word/Information Processing 
Job Outlook: Employment of town clerks is expected to grow as fast as average throug 2018. There will be numerous job openings as a result of high turnover of clerks. Employment will be affected by expanding office automation and consolidation of administrative support tasks.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $34,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: Educational requirements vary according to city or town size, however, most municipal governments prefer applicants to have at least an associate or a bachelor degree in business administration or accounting. Courses in computer-based accounting systems, statistics and public affairs/administration are essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.