TEST ANNOUNCEMENT

NUMBER  2006-711

ISSUED   MARCH 17, 2006

REVISED OCTOBER 9, 2013

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

State Civil Service Commission

 

Examinations

 

for

 

RETIREMENT BENEFITS SPECIALIST AND SUPERVISOR

 

 

Exam

No.

 

Job Titles

 

Job

Codes

 

Pay Schedule

and Range

 

 

 

1.

 

Retirement Benefits Specialist

 

09555

 

MA06

 

 

2.

 

Retirement Benefits Specialist Supervisor

 

09556

 

MA07

 

 

When completing your application, please make sure you apply for all job titles for which you want to be tested.  You will NOT be permitted to add job titles after you test.

 

APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

 

VETERANS:  Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. §7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs.  To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, for Veterans; visit one of our offices; or call our veterans information line, (717) 787-6039.

 

NATURE OF WORK

 

You will perform highly complex non-routine and manual calculations on accounts for the payment of benefits.  Work includes interpreting the provisions of the State Employees’ or Public School Employees’ Retirement codes, rules, regulations, board policies, court orders, and legal opinions as they apply to benefit payments.  You will have responsibility for processing annuitant payments and maintenance of actuarial data and member records.  Work also involves interaction with members, annuitants, school officials, and attorneys in order to gather necessary information for benefit resolution and to provide interpretation of retirement related calculations, reviews and approvals.  This includes analyzing complex member financial and demographic data; creating or adjusting member accounts; researching member accounts; and testifying at administrative hearings for the adjudication of appeals.

 

Retirement Benefits Specialist Supervisors perform the duties listed above and supervise several Retirement Benefits Specialists.

 

JOB REQUIREMENTS

 

You will be tested before your qualifications are reviewed.  Your test results will count only if you meet all job requirements 

 

You are subject to Pennsylvania residency requirements and must be able to perform the essential functions of the job.  Visit the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, for PA Residency Information.

 

Minimum Requirements

 

Retirement Benefits Specialist (09555)

One year as a Retirement Technician; OR 1 year as a Fiscal Technician performing work within a public pension or retirement system or related area, such as a Comptroller’s Office; OR 2 years as a Human Resource Assistant 2 performing work in the areas of benefits or systems processing; OR an associate’s degree and 2 years of experience in the processing of benefit payments; OR 4 years of experience in the processing of benefit accounts or payments within a public pension or retirement system or related area, such as medical insurance or other insurance or pension benefits; OR an equivalent combination of experience or training.

 

Retirement Benefits Specialist Supervisor (09556)

One year as a Retirement Benefits Specialist; OR 1 year as a Retirement Technician Supervisor; OR a bachelor’s degree and 1 year of technical experience in the processing of benefits payments; OR an equivalent combination of experience and training, which included 1 year of technical experience in the processing of benefits payments.

 

Clarification of Requirements

Please make sure you meet all requirements.  If you are not sure you qualify, contact one of the Commission's offices listed at the end of this announcement for guidance.

 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

 

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

 

All positions are located in Harrisburg, Dauphin County.  Positions exist in the Pennsylvania Public School Employees’ Retirement System and in the Pennsylvania State Employee’ Retirement System.

 

Lists created by these tests will be used to fill future vacancies as they occur due to retirements, promotions, transfers, resignations and so forth.

 

For the most recent information on job opportunities contact the

 

Pennsylvania Public School Employees' Retirement System, Human Resources Division, 5 North 5th Street, P. O. Box 125, Harrisburg, PA  17108; Telephone:  (717) 720-4741, Internetwww.psers.state.pa.us

 

OR

 

Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System, Human Resources Division, 30 N. 3rd Street - Suite 150, Harrisburg, PA  17101; Telephone:  (717) 783-8085, Internetwww.sers.state.pa.us

 

TESTING

 

The test will be administered on a computer.  Information about computerized testing is available online at www.scsc.state.pa.us OR in paper form at any State Civil Service Commission Office.

 

You will have a maximum of 2 1/2 hours to complete the test which will cover the following subject areas:

 

 

Number of Questions by Job Title

 

 

Subject Area

Ret. Ben. Spec.

Ret. Ben. Spec. Supv.

 

 

 

Reading Comprehension

20

20

 

 

Retirement Mathematics

30

30

 

 

Interviewing Skills

15

15

 

 

Effective Communications

30

30

 

 

Supervision

_-_

_20_

 

 

Total

95

115

 

 

The test will be held in the Harrisburg, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh Civil Service Commission Offices, Monday through Friday.

 

The test will also be held approximately 10 days a month at additional test centers located in Erie, Johnstown, Lock Haven, and Scranton.  For further details on test dates, contact the Commission’s Information Services Unit; Telephone (Voice) (717) 787-7811, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 783-8896.

 

If you take the test and want to take it again, you may be retested after 6 months from the date of your test.  You must submit a new application to be retested.

 

If your name is on an eligible list for these jobs and you take the test, your most recent examination result will be the only one counted.

 

TEST RESULTS

 

Employment and promotion lists will be established.  You will be notified in writing of your test results.

 

HOW TO APPLY

 

Complete your application on the Commission’s website, Job Seekers page, by selecting Online Application, or submit your completed paper application to:

 

 

State Civil Service Commission

ATTN:  Applications

P.O. Box 569

Harrisburg, PA  17108-0569

 

Applications and further information can be obtained from:

 

1.

State Civil Service Commission:

 

 

 

Harrisburg:  2nd Level, Strawberry Sq. Complex, 320 Market St., P.O.

 

Box 569, Hbg., 17108-0569; Telephone (Voice) (717) 783-3058, Text

 

Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing callers only) (717) 772-2685

 

 

 

Philadelphia:  110 North 8th St., Suite 503, Phila., 19107; Telephone

 

(Voice) (215) 560-2253, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

 

callers only) (215) 560-4367

 

 

 

Pittsburgh:  411 Seventh Ave., Room 410, Pgh., 15219; Telephone

 

(Voice) (412) 565-7666, Text Telephone (Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing

 

callers only) (412) 565-2484

 

 

 

Internetwww.scsc.state.pa.us

 

 

2.

PA CareerLink offices

 

 

3.

The Human Resources offices listed under the "JOB OPPORTUNITIES" section of this announcement

 

For further information on testing, assistance for persons with disabilities, veterans' preference and other items, refer to the instructions provided with the "Application for Employment/Promotion.”