Customer Support Center Associate (A-C)

Requisition Number: 
Visitor Services
Job Status: 
Reports to: 
Manager, Customer Support Center
To answer phone calls directed to the Support Center from the Garden's main phone number and provide information to our varied customer base. Process registrations and memberships, and provide public information for Chicago Botanic Garden programs that require registration. This is a seasonal position where you can be part-time working up to 28 hours a week or option to be full-time working more than 30 hours a week for 32 weeks. Days of week and hours are varied—daytime, early morning, and evening.
Duties and Responsibilities: 

In this role, you will be responsible for the following: 

  • Process registrations and confirmation notices for all customers of programs within the Garden, which allow for public registration/purchase by an individual or group for a program (i.e., Camp CBG, Adult Education classes, event tickets) in the Galaxy ticketing software.
  • Contact potential registrants from waitlists as spaces open.
  • Process and balance daily registration payments and refunds using software program for these programs.
  • Update and maintain program information, historical files, and mailing lists for such programs using software program.
  • Respond to all inquiries regarding program registration from customers via phone and email. Assist customers with troubleshooting the web log in and password function.
  • Mail or email program information as requested to participants and agencies.
  • Participate in departmental meetings to focus on procedures for overall performance, system issues, and overall efficient use of software.
  • Assist the manager for the Customer Call Center and Visitor Services in system set up (i.e., loading in events), as well as communicating customer response (i.e. user experience, of the Galaxy system/website functionality.)
  • Create a memorable five-star visitor experience by offering accurate and relevant information in a manner focused on exceptional customer service and creating an outstanding first impression.

Key Garden competencies/behaviors desired:

  • Communicates in a manner that gains the trust and support of others at all levels.
  • Works effectively with others despite differences of opinion and style; builds alliances.
  • Has a tolerance for opposing points of view.
  • Strives for collaboration. Works cooperatively, as a positive contributor to the team.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and shows kindness in all workplace interactions.
  • Makes decisions appropriate for level of responsibility.
  • Can effectively adapt to change; can shift gears comfortably; is flexible, and embraces change with a “can-do” attitude.
  • Is self-aware; knows personal strengths and weaknesses; seeks feedback and is open to negative feedback as an opportunity for improvement.
  • Is cool under pressure; can be counted on to hold things together during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the unexpected; is a settling influence during a crisis.
  • Recognizes problems, constructively identifies and articulates solutions.
  • Picks up garbage when it is seen regardless of position.
  • Follows safety guidelines to ensure a safe working environment and consistently demonstrates safe work behaviors.
  • Is welcoming of new hires.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Ability to work efficiently in a high-demand, team-oriented, and fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work weekend day.
  • Ability to maintain customer confidentiality.
  • Solid communications skills and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Attention to detail and excellent organizational skills.
  • Experience with registration or ticketing software, database systems, and all Microsoft Office applications is a plus.
  • High school diploma or equivalent with at least three years related technical work experience.

*Chicago Botanic Garden requires all existing employees be fully COVID vaccinated by October 15, 2021; hires post this date must be fully vaccinated upon hire.*

Physical Demands: 
Office setting. Frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, listening, speaking, and keyboarding. Use of office equipment including computers, telephones, copiers, scanners, and fax machines. Some requirements for lifting, pushing, or pulling items less than 30 pounds.
Why Apply?: 

Come work in a setting that is like no other as you support our mission: We cultivate the power of plants to sustain and enrich life. Take the first step toward being one of the employees who make the Garden one of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County. Apply today. Please note that applicants who do not meet the required qualifications will not be considered.

Disclaimer: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of personnel so classified.

The Chicago Botanic Garden is a M/F, Disabled, and Vet EEO/AA Employer.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972, the Chicago Botanic Garden does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its programs or activities, including in employment or admissions. Please call (847) 835-8264 to contact our Title IX coordinator should you have questions or concerns.