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Customer Contact Specialist I


Norfolk, NE, US, 68701

Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) has an immediate opening for a Customer Contact Specialist I located at the Centralized Customer Care Center in Norfolk. The position closes September 25, 2019. This position will report to a Customer Service Leader.



Incumbent will work a 5x8 hour shift from Noon to 8:30 p.m. Minimal weekend and holiday shift work is a requirement of the position.



Position Summary

This position has primary responsibility for all NPPD 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 NPPD Retail customers and Corporate customer inquiries.  Incumbents provide outsource call answering and emergency monitoring services to partner utilities.  Incumbents are 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


Requires a High School Diploma/GED plus two years of experience in customer service or operational support is required.  Excellent keyboarding skills (minimum of 35 wpm) and the ability to present self 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 (35 wpm minimum).  Experience in Windows-based software applications is required. Experience in public speaking is desired. 


Licenses and/or Certifications


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 NPPD'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 were 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, A/R review, contacting delinquent customers, generation of disconnect service orders, process 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-hour 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 hour utility customers, CNS Rumor Control and testing, Corporate NPPD Emergency Service notification protocols, Corporate project inquiries, after hour call answering for Corporate departments, Discount and Rebate Programs, monetary aid programs for end use customers, District Interpreter Services, pre-planned 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 NPPD departments.


Provide proficient use and extensive knowledge of NPPD Systems, to record, identify, and generate necessary documentation and tickets for NPPD retail and after hour 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 the creation and maintenance of 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.

Accountable for other duties as assigned.

Incumbent is responsible for other duties as assigned. 

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


Salary Information: $17.40-$21.53 per hour.  

Travel Required: None  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.

Hiring Philosophy
Federal EEO
E-Verify Participant
Right to Work

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.

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