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Review Vacancy

Date Posted 02/22/24

Applications Due03/07/24

Vacancy ID151806


AgencyPublic Service, Department of

TitleUtility Consumer Assistance Specialist Trainee or Utility Consumer Assistance Specialist 1(NY HELPS)

Occupational CategoryOther Professional Careers

Salary Grade14

Bargaining UnitASU - Administrative Services Unit (CSEA)

Salary RangeFrom $44957 to $64693 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 0%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? Yes

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County New York

Street Address 90 Church St

City New York


Zip Code10007

Minimum Qualifications No exam is required under the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide (NY HELPS***) Program. Applicants must meet the NON-COMPETITIVE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS listed below to qualify for this title.


All candidates for Utility Consumer Assistance Specialist Trainee, NS, must meet the following qualifications:

Either 1. Two years of experience in one or more of the following: Investigating customer inquiries and complaints as a customer service representative or responding to customer inquiries in a call center environment; developing public awareness or consumer education programs relating to utility matters including, but not limited to, presentations to consumers, consumer advocates, regulatory agency personnel, or utility industry representatives; conducting investigations involving energy, telecommunications, water, or cable service; analyzing and/or researching information or data related to energy, telecommunications, water, or cable service; designing survey instruments to measure and track customer satisfaction in utility industries, or analyzing and/or preparing reports on results of such surveys; conducting inspections or tests of energy or water meters or telecommunications devices; or analyzing utility customer education programs and/or customer service performance; OR
2. 30 semester credit hours of college level study AND one year of experience in one or more of the areas as described in #1 above; OR
3. an associate degree OR 60 semester credit hours of college level study.
In order to be appointed as a Utility Consumer Assistance Specialist 1, Grade 14, candidates must meet the qualifications listed above, but with three years of experience for number 1, two years of experience for number 2, or one year of experience for number 3:

Examples of non-qualifying experience include but are not limited to: HVAC installation and repair; face to face sales; banking; telephone/telemarketing; cable TV installers; energy service company sales; or solar panel sales.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and an unofficial copy of their transcripts to demonstrate how they meet the minimum qualifications when applying.

Candidates who are currently eligible, who meet the qualifications listed in the Non-Competitive section above are encouraged to apply. If interested in this position and applying using your 55-b/c status, please provide a copy of your current 55-b/c eligibility letter.

Civil Service List:
Individuals meeting the minimum qualifications who achieved any score for this title on the most recent holding of the examination for this title are encouraged to apply to this posting as the list will not be canvassed at this time.

Current New York State employee with one year or more of permanent, competitive, or 55-b/c service as a Utility Consumer Assistance Specialist 1, Grade 14; OR current New York State employee with one year or more of permanent competitive, or 55-b/c service in a qualifying title and eligible for transfer** under section 70.1 or 70.4 of the Civil Service Law.

*Successful completion of the one-year traineeship leads to appointment as a Utility Consumer Assistance Specialist 1, Grade 14.
**If you are a current New York State employee on the eligible list and not reachable, you may be eligible for transfer. Candidates are encouraged to access GOT-IT on the Civil Service website ( to determine transfer eligibility.
*** This title is part of the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide Program (NY HELPS).

Duties Description The Utility Consumer Assistance Specialist 1, Grade 14, under general supervision, performs tasks in the Call Center environment (both in-office and remotely) associated with receiving complaints and inquiries about regulated and competitive energy, telecommunications, cable, and water service providers. The Utility Consumer Assistance Specialist 1 provides information and answers questions; reviews and analyzes company records; inspects and/or tests the equipment of service providers; and responds to customer complaints and inquiries both verbally and in writing. The Utility Consumer Assistance Specialist 1 also records and gathers complaint and workload information and assists in preparing reports. Duties will include, but are not limited to:
• Conducting in-person and telephone interviews and reviewing written submissions from utility customers for the purpose of initiating a complaint investigation against a utility service provider or responding to a customer’s question about their utility service, Department policies and programs, or NYS laws, rules, and regulations regarding utility service.
• Gathering and recording information required to respond to a customer complaint or inquiry using a customer relationship management system; identifying errors in billing, rates, timeliness, and adequacy of service or improper practices; and instructing the service provider to produce information and records and take appropriate action.
• Advocating for customers who may need assistance paying bills and negotiating deferred payment arrangements.
• Negotiating and mediating the resolution of disputes between utility providers and customers.
• Communicating with customers to inform them of the determination of the complaint investigations and advising them of what further steps may be taken to pursue their case.
• Reviewing and evaluating information received on the Statewide emergency “Hotline” and determining the action that should be taken regarding the initiation, continuation, or restoration of residential electric and gas service pursuant to Public Service Law and Commission regulations.
• Collecting, organizing, and reporting data from the complaint tracking systems for review by higher level staff. Informing supervisor of trends in complaints that require further investigation.
• Using the Limited English Proficiency (LEP) procedures to assist customers who speak a different language with translations and interpretations.

Additional Comments The primary mission of the New York State Department of Public Service (DPS or Department) is to ensure affordable, safe, secure, and reliable access to electric, gas, steam, telecommunications, and water services for New York State’s residential and business consumers, at just and reasonable rates, while protecting the natural environment. The Department also seeks to stimulate effective competitive markets for clean, renewable, and distributed energy resources that benefit New York consumers, as well as product and service innovations.

***This title is part of the New York Hiring for Emergency Limited Placement Statewide Program (NY HELPS).

For the duration of the NY HELPS Program, this title maybe filled via a noncompetitive appointment, which means no examination is required but all candidates must meet the minimum qualifications of the title for which they apply. At this time, agencies may recruit and hire employees by making temporary appointments. In May 2024, if a temporary NY HELPS employee is satisfactorily performing in the position, the appointment will be changed from temporary pending Civil Service Commission Action to permanent non-competitive and the official probationary period will begin.

At a future date (within one year of permanent appointment), it is expected employees hired under NY HELPS will have their non-competitive employment status converted to competitive status, without having to compete in an examination. Employees will then be afforded with all of the same rights and privileges of competitive class employees of New York State. While serving permanently in a NY HELPS title, employees may take part in any promotion examination for which they are qualified.

The Department of Public Service is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know by contacting the Designee for Reasonable Accommodations (DRA) and Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator which can be found under the Accessibility Link on the Department’s webpage at

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Name Human Resources Management - CG


Fax 518-473-9990

Email Address


Street 3 Empire State Plaza

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12223


Notes on ApplyingPlease send a resume, cover letter, and proof of meeting the minimum qualifications to or fax to Human Resources Management at (518)473-9990. Please reference “Utility Consumer Assistance Specialist 1, NYHELPS posting 00516 - NYC” when applying

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