·       LAST FILING DATE:          OCTOBER 11, 2017

·       WRITTEN TEST DATE:     NOVEMBER 4, 2017            

·       COUNTY ANNUAL SALARY $34,921                                                       

·       GRADE 14






The application processing fee is $40. Application may be made via the internet at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/civilservice.  Payment must be made by VISA or MasterCard credit card and there will be an additional convenience fee of $1.95.  An acknowledgement of receipt of application will be sent to all internet applicants via e-mail.  Application may also be made using the Suffolk County application for promotional examination (Form CS-203). Make your check or money order payable to the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service.  Do not send cash.  Please indicate the examination title and the last four digits of your social security number on the face of your check or money order.  A separate application and processing fee are required for each examination (identified by examination number) for which you are applying.  The application processing fee is non-refundable and non-transferable. 


The application processing fee may be waived for Suffolk County residents who are veterans, auxiliary police, members in good standing of a local fire district or ambulance company and volunteer CERT members.  Internet applicants should complete the “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification” form on-line. All other applicants should complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification” form and submit it with your application (Form CS-203).  All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification. 




An employee in this class performs the more difficult specialized work of maintaining comprehensive employee and retiree health insurance benefits in the Employee Benefits Unit (EBU) of the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service/Human Resources. Incumbents in this position perform the more complex evaluations, calculations, eligibility determinations and problem solving tasks and are expected to work at a higher level of independence than employees in the Employee Benefits Representative class. Incumbents in this class train lower-level staff and guide them in proper procedures and in problem solving. Incumbents advise and provide information to members, dependents, third-party administrators and HMOs on issues, procedures and requirements of the various health benefit plans in accordance with the Employee Medical Health Plan (EMHP) Benefit Booklet and various federal legislation such as, COBRA, HIPAA and the PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) and others. Work requires initiative and judgment and is performed under general, technical or administrative supervision.  Does related work as required.




To be eligible, a candidate must now be serving and have served on a continuous basis with permanent or contingent permanent competitive status as an Employee Benefits Representative in the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service/Human Resources for at least two (2) years immediately preceding the written examination date.




The written test will cover knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as:


            1.         Understanding and interpreting Employee Benefits written material;

            2.         Preparing and maintaining records;

            3.         Clerical operations;

            4.         Preparing written material.




1.               Should it become necessary to amend any part of this announcement, the Civil Service Department reserves the right to make such amendment on the Department’s web page without notification to applicants.  The most current copy of this announcement is available during the filing period at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/civilservice.

2.               Candidates who apply for this examination and who have not heard from the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service by November 1, 2017 are advised to contact the Civil Service Department before the written test date at 853-5500.

3.               You can view your room assignment and exam site on our home page at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/civilservice under “Candidate Exam Room Assignment Search” seven days prior to the examination date.




DATE PREPARED: September 6, 2017






1.     Candidates must submit Suffolk County Application form CS-203 (Blue).  Applications are available at the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service in Hauppauge and at the Riverhead County Center display, or by sending a stamped, self-addressed 9 1/2" x 4" envelope for each title to:  Suffolk County Department of Civil Service, P.O. Box 6100, Hauppauge, New York 11788-0099.

2.     Applications postmarked after midnight of the last filing date may not be considered eligible for this examination.

3.     Unless otherwise stated, candidates must meet the minimum qualifications by the date of the written test, or last filing date in the case of training and experience evaluations.

4.     Candidates found ineligible to compete in a written examination may appeal to the Department of Civil Service for reconsideration prior to the written test date appearing on this announcement.  Appeals received on or after the announced written test date will not be considered.

5.     Candidates who fail the examination, or who fail to appear for the examination as scheduled, will be eliminated from further consideration for purposes of the competition.  Unless otherwise specified, the final rank order of the eligible list will be determined on the basis of the scores received on the written test, plus seniority and veterans’ credits where appropriate.

6.     Eligible applicants will be notified when and where to appear for examination.  If an application is rejected due notice will be sent.

7.     Unless specifically prohibited by the examination instructions, candidates are permitted to use quiet, hand-held, solar or battery powered calculators.  Devices with typewriter keyboards, spell-checkers, personal digital assistant, address books, language translators, dictionaries and any similar devices are prohibited.

8.     Eligible lists resulting from promotional examinations are only certified to the jurisdiction in which a candidate is employed.

9.     In accordance with Section 52 of the Civil Service Law, for County Service, first consideration in appointment will be given to employees in the department where a vacancy occurs, after which appointments will be made from the general list.

10.  When the examination is prepared and rated by the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service, the provisions of the Suffolk County Civil Service Rules dealing with the rating of examination will apply.

11.  When the written examination is prepared and rated by the New York State Department of Civil Service in accordance with Section 23-2 of the Civil Service Law, the provisions of the New York State Civil Service Rules and Regulations which deal with the rating of examination will apply.

12.  The eligible list established as a result of this examination will remain in force for at least one year and may be extended by the Civil Service Department for a maximum of four years.  Changing conditions may make it necessary to certify to future vacancies at higher or lower salaries than those announced.

13.  Information regarding eligibility for veterans’ credits appears on the promotional application form.

14.  For each six months of continuous permanent competitive service within the jurisdiction, to a maximum of 20 years, .10 credits for seniority will be added to the scores of passing candidates only.

15.  Candidates must be medically, physically and psychologically capable of performing the duties of the job.  Candidates who are appointed to positions in the Suffolk County service may be required to pass qualifying medical and/or physical and/or psychological evaluations.

16.  Saturday Sabbath Observers and handicapped persons:  If special arrangements for testing are required, indicate this on your application.

17.  No smoking is permitted in the building or on the grounds of the examination site.

18.  If you will be on active military duty with the armed forces of the United States on the date of this test, please contact the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service before the last filing date appearing on this announcement for alternate test date information.

19.  Multiple Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day:  If you have applied to take a written test announced by either one or several local jurisdictions (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must notify each of the local jurisdictions no later than two weeks before the test date, so they can make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site.  All examinations for positions in State government will be held at a State examination center.  If you have any questions please call the Suffolk County Department of Civil Service at (631) 853-5500.

20.  For information regarding a weather related cancellation of this examination, please refer to our website at www.suffolkcountyny.gov/civilservice click on the “Weather Related Exam Cancellations” link.  Civil Service Announcements are shown at the bottom of that page.  The following stations will broadcast notice of cancellation:


                                                            WALK            PATCHOGUE                          97.5 FM

                                                            WBAB            BABYLON                                         102.3 FM

                                                            WBLI              BABYLON                                         106.1 FM

                                                            WLNG            SAG HARBOR                                     92.1 FM

                                                            WBZO FARMINGDALE                                103.1 FM

                                                            WRCN            MEDFORD                                         103.9 FM

                                                            NEWS 12 LONG ISLAND     TV CHANNEL 12             website:  www.news12.com





Announcements and Applications Also Available At




WILLIAM J LINDSAY COUNTY COMPLEX, BLDG. #158                                                                                                                                                                                            Information Display Unit,

P.O. BOX 6100, HAUPPAUGE, NY  11788-0099  Phone:  853-5500                                                                                                                                                                                County Center, Riverhead