Financial Services Examiner 1

Grade 18

New York State has approximately 382 positions* in this title statewide. You may view a breakdown of positions by county. This position exists in Financial Services, Department of. View links to all New York State agencies including agencies that have this title. For more information, New York State employees can contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322. If you are not a current New York State employee, you can use the Department of Civil Service Web site to explore possible employment opportunities.

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Career Ladder

A listing of titles that are most commonly used as steps for upward mobility for this title series. The salary schedule for this career ladder is also available.

  1. Financial Services Examiner Trainee 1

    Similar to Grade 14

  2. Financial Services Examiner Trainee 2

    Similar to Grade 16

  3. Financial Services Examiner 1

    Grade 18

  4. Financial Services Examiner 2

    Grade 23

  5. Financial Services Examiner 3

    Grade 25

  6. Financial Services Examiner 4

    Grade 27

Summary of Job Description

These positions require excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively perform the duties. As a Financial Services Examiner, you would be assigned to a field or office position. In the field, you would be part of a team assigned to perform bank reconciliations, test unearned premium reserves, examine stocks and bonds, and review other facets of insurance operations to determine their financial condition and treatment of policy holders. Field positions require extensive travel. If assigned to the office, you would assist in the review of annual statements, the investigation of violations and/or complaints against licensees, and the examination and review of underwriting and rating practices.

Extensive travel may be required, including overnight travel. Appointees must possess a valid license to operate a motor vehicle in New York State or otherwise demonstrate their ability to meet the transportation needs of the job in carrying out their responsibilities in any location to which travel is required, including some locations not accessible by public transportation. Field work and travel expenses will be reimbursed on a fixed schedule.

Appointment to these positions requires a one-year probationary period. During this probationary period, appointees will be required to successfully complete the Department of Financial Services' training program consisting of classroom instruction, seminars, workshops, relevant examinations, and one professional designation course.

View the classification standard for this title, on the Classification and Compensation webpage.

The NYS Title and Salary Plan provides additional information regarding other titles. If there is a classification standard available there will be a link under the column labeled STD. NO. If no link is available there is no classification standard available at this time for that title.

Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a civil service examination in order to be considered for this position.

On or before the date of filing an application, the candidate must have:

a bachelor's degree and (24 semester credit hours in accounting/auditing) OR a master's degree in accounting, auditing, business administration, economics, finance, or taxation, including or supplemented by (12 semester credit hours in accounting and/or auditing.) Certain courses such as business law and accounting information systems, although taken as a part of an accounting curriculum, cannot be counted toward the required 24 credit hours;


two years of post degree experience in a professional position in claims, underwriting, ratemaking, or accounting/auditing with an insurance company; or as an insurance adjuster, agent, and/or broker; or as an auditor with a CPA firm with verifiable experience in auditing insurance companies; or in a professional regulatory position with a government insurance department/agency.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.


How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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