Customer Contact Specialist I


Kearney, NE, US, 68848-2170 Norfolk, NE, US, 68701-7223 Columbus, NE, US, 68602-0499

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has an immediate opening for a Customer Contact Specialist I located at the Norfolk Customer Care Center in Norfolk, NE or the Kearney Operations Center in Kearney, NE or the Columbus General Office in Columbus, NE.  Position will be posted for a minimum of 14 days beginning January 9, 2024 and will close February 29, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time or until filled if prior to posting closing. 


The incumbent will work a 5x8 schedule from 12:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with the exception of the first two weeks schedule being 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m for training.  Rotating weekend and holiday coverage is required.  This position will report to a Customer Services Leader. 

Position Summary

This position has primary responsibility for all District customer inquiries and satisfaction of contacts made through the Centralized Customer Care Center by providing resolution to inquiries, requests, and complaints based on knowledge of the organization. This includes support of all District Retail customers and Corporate customer inquiries. Incumbent provides outsource call answering and emergency monitoring services to partner utilities. Incumbent is responsible for significant system monitoring and emergency management of information where detailed processes and procedures must be accurately followed to ensure efficient handling of situations. Detailed reporting and financial review of the customer billing system is completed daily, along with extensive collection management and account reviews.


Assignment to this position and a condition of continued employment will be the ability to arrive from your residence to the Centralized Customer Care Center within 30 minutes of notification of a call-out.

Education, Training and Experience

High school diploma/GED plus two years of experience in customer service or operational support is required. Excellent keyboarding skills (minimum of 35 words per minute) and the ability to present oneself in a professional manner is required.


Successfully pass the Specialist progression program requirements, as outlined in the program.


Prior Related Experience

Experience working with customers through operational support, retail business, sales, or a utility-specific company is desired. Excellent keyboarding skills are required (minimum of 35 words per minute). Experience in Windows-based software applications is required. Experience in public speaking is desired.

Licenses and/or Certifications

Not Applicable

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Provide excellent customer service to Retail customers by providing knowledge-based solutions through Corporate policies and procedures to ensure the customer's and the District's best interests are met. This may include, but is not limited to, service order requests, new services, billing/payment/rate inquiries, and a variety of service-related issues, including outage reporting, new products and services, account review of meter exceptions, account deposit, and a variety of miscellaneous services and information for the District. Responsible for identifying gaps in customer's orders or accounts where balances are questionable based on normal monthly billing totals. Maintain collection process from the time customer becomes delinquent until payment is received or disconnect order has been generated. This includes, but is not limited to, Accounts Receivable review, contacting delinquent customers, generating disconnect service orders, processing requests for reconnect, and must have a working knowledge of different types of metering equipment. Responsible for analyzing multiple technical reports which ensure the integrity of the billing system and various other systems. Ensure the integrity of financial transactions by following daily cash handling processes and completing necessary daily reporting of financial processes. Complete daily reporting to after-hours utilities on the contact load handled for each utility.


Respond to internal and external customer requests using written and oral communications. Customer inquiries include, but are not limited to, emergency 911 calls for utilities, District-wide billings, after-hours utility customers, Cooper Nuclear Station rumor control and testing, Corporate District emergency service notification protocols, Corporate project inquiries, after-hours call answering for Corporate departments, discount and rebate programs, monetary aid programs for end-use customers, District interpreter services, preplanned outage communications to customers, outbound customer service surveys, seasonal responsibility for contact with Retail irrigation customers for load control synchronization, and point of contact for other District departments.


Provide proficient use and extensive knowledge of District systems to record, identify, and generate necessary documentation and tickets for District Retail and after-hours utilities. Responsible for supporting the Customer Web Access system for on-line payment processing, which handles an estimated $1 million in credit card transactions per month. Responsible for monitoring, answering, filing, and forwarding contacts received through Responsible for administering and maintaining emergency customer data, including life support, disconnect for non-payment, load management, and key accounts. Responsible for creating and maintaining the electronic resource tool used to house all procedures that must be followed within the center. Monitor, review, and document information for District compliance in accordance with established criteria.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (Continued)

Provide outage and emergency call management support. This includes, but is not limited to, 911 operator calls, line technician emergency trouble calls, outsourced call volume support, emergency communication activation for the District, security monitoring for District assets, emergency line for law enforcement personnel across the state, emergency call-outs for after-hours utilities, and environmental spills.

Accountable for other duties as assigned.

Core Competencies

Customer Focus
Employees & Teamwork/Diversity & Inclusion
Public Service/Environmental Stewardship

Salary Information - Nebraska Public Power District offers a competitive starting salary with opportunities for growth. 

Pay Grade - 6

Typical Pay Grade Starting Salary Range: $20.84 per hour


Travel Required:   Travel required may fluctuate by business need. This is an estimate and will be discussed further with candidates that receive an interview.


Nebraska Public Power District offers a competitive starting salary and an excellent benefits package including medical and dental insurance, 401K retirement plan, paid holidays, paid vacation, paid medical, training opportunities and more.

If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation as part of the employment selection process, please contact Human Resources at Nebraska Public Power District.

Nebraska Public Power District is an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer who values the contributions of its diverse work force. We are only legally able to hire persons who are 1) a United States citizen or national, 2) a lawful permanent resident of the United States, or 3) an alien legally authorized to work in the United States.

Hiring Philosophy
Know Your Rights
E-Verify Participant
Right to Work
Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision