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New York State Civil Service Underwriter 1/Trainee 1/2 (NY HELPS) in Buffalo, New York


Agency Insurance Fund, State

Title Underwriter 1/Trainee 1/2 (NY HELPS)

Occupational Category Administrative or General Management

Salary Grade 18

Bargaining Unit PS&T - Professional, Scientific, and Technical (PEF)

Salary Range From $49363 to $82656 Annually

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Permanent

Jurisdictional Class Competitive Class

Travel Percentage 10%

Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 37.5


From 9 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? Yes

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? Yes

Telecommuting allowed? Yes

County Erie

Street Address 225 Oak Street

City Buffalo

State NY

Zip Code 14203

Minimum Qualifications For Appointment to Underwriter Trainee 1:• Reachable on current Civil Service eligible list for this title; OR• One year of permanent, competitive class service in a title eligible for transfer under Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law. Eligible titles include, but are not limited to: Investigator 1, Assistant Insurance Fund Services Representative, Program Aide; OR• A bachelor's or higher degree (in any area of study).For Appointment to Underwriter 1, SG-18:• Reachable on current Civil Service eligible list for this title; OR• One year of permanent, competitive class service in a title eligible for transfer under Section 70.1 of the Civil Service Law. Eligible titles include, but are not limited to: Administrative Specialist 1, Investigator 2 (Compensation Claims), Policyholder Services Representative 1, Claims Service Representative 1, Claims Services Representative 1 (Disability Benefits); OR• A bachelor’s or higher degree AND two years of professional experience; OR• A juris doctor, master’s or higher degree in a field related to the position being filled AND one year of professional experience.If you have questions about whether your current title is eligible for transfer, please contact the Personnel Department.Candidates with a score of 100 or higher on the current PCO eligible list who are eligible for appointment are encouraged to apply. Please note your score of this exam in your cover letter.Please be advised that the New York State Insurance Fund does not offer sponsorship for employment visas to employees or potential employees. Candidates sponsored for employment by an organization should be aware of their sponsorship status and the relevant expiration date(s) of that sponsorship before applying to this position.

Duties Description The Underwriting Department within NYSIF is seeking to fill Underwriting positions which will support all aspects of Underwriting activities for an assigned area. The department is seeking to fill positions in the following areas: Safety Groups, Mid & Large Markets Division, Statewide Services, and Small Markets Division. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: • Analyze and evaluates applications for workers’ compensation insurance policies;• Services policies with large premiums and resolves underwriting issues that are potentially difficult, sensitive, or costly to NYSIF; • Determines if the policy is properly underwritten;• Analyzes previous loss and premium data;• Experience rating data and claims material to price coverage;• Defines, restricts, or qualifies the policy coverage;• Reviews audits and renewals;• Represents NYSIF at Hearings before the Workers’ Compensation Board and testifies in depositions and trials as an expert witness; • Corresponds frequently with policyholders or their representatives, brokers, and NYSIF departments concerning other payroll and premiums, coverage, classifications, experience rating, certificate of insurance, endorsements, laws, rules, and procedures; AND• Other related duties and responsibilities as necessary as assigned.

Additional Comments For new State employees appointed to graded positions, the annual salary is the hiring rate (beginning of the Salary Range) of the position. Promotion salaries are calculated by the NYS Office of the State Comptroller in accordance with NYS Civil Service Law, OSC Payroll rules and regulations and negotiated union contracts.NYSIF has a telecommuting program.Fringe Benefits: • Competitive Compensation.• Future Career Growth Potential. • Open and Supportive Team-Based Environment.• Plentiful Vacation, Personal, and Sick Leave Accruals. • Paid State and Federal Holidays.• Full Medical, Vision, and Dental. • Retirement Options. • Possibility of Telecommuting, Flextime, and Alternative Work Schedules.HELPS Program: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 may be filled via a non-competitive 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 June 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.NYSIF Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and InclusionThe New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF) prioritizes and champions diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) throughout our agency. NYSIF provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, or any other protected category under federal, state, and local law. We believe that embracing our differences brings richness, new ideas and experiences to NYSIF, which energizes a creative and innovative work environment. We strive to foster a workplace where diverse individuals are able to participate fully in the decision-making process and have ample opportunity for advancement. We are committed to investing the necessary resources and attention to improving the engagement, retention, and promotion of the extraordinary talent we have.Executive Order 31 commits New York State government to becoming a model employer for people with disabilities, increasing the participation of people with disabilities in state service and ensuring equal access to opportunities. NYSIF is proud to utilize best practices to recruit, hire, retain, and promote career advancement of individuals with disabilities. This includes special focus on current and prospective employees with the most significant disabilities, such as the use of supported employment, individual placement with support services, customized employment, the civil service sections 55/b and 55/c programs, internships, and job shadowing. If you are a person with a disability and wish to request that a reasonable accommodation be provided for you to participate in a job interview, please send an email to NYSIF’s Reasonable Accommodations mailbox at ra@nysif.com. The New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF) was established in 1914 as part of the original enactment of the New York State Workers’ Compensation Law. NYSIF's mission is to guarantee the availability of workers’ compensation insurance at the lowest possible cost to New York employers and to provide timely, appropriate indemnity and medical payments to injured workers, while maintaining a solvent fund. Since inception, NYSIF has fulfilled the dual roles for which it was created: to compete with other carriers to ensure a fair marketplace and to be a guaranteed source of coverage for employers who cannot secure coverage elsewhere.NYSIF is the largest workers’ compensation carrier in New York State and among the top ten largest workers’ compensation carriers in the nation, insuring approximately 131,000 policyholders, with more than $1.6 billion in annual earned premium and over $22 billion in assets. A self-supporting insurance carrier, NYSIF operates without taxpayer funding. In addition to workers’ compensation insurance, NYSIF provides disability benefits coverage for off-the-job injuries to more than 57,500 New York employers. In 2018, NYSIF added paid family leave as a component of its disability benefits product, providing New Yorkers with job-protected, paid time away from work to care for their families. #NYSIF

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Name Ana Luiza Gorman


Fax (518) 437-1618

Email Address hr@nysif.com


Street PO BOX 66699

City Albany

State NY

Zip Code 12206

Notes on Applying Candidates should email resume and cover letter to hr@nysif.com. Please include the position title, Vacancy ID number, and your current Civil Service title on your cover letter.