This entry-level position is responsible to provide excellent service to customers by answering inbound and making outbound calls regarding products and services to respond to public inquiries on the selection and availability of services, carrying out orders to establish or change service, collecting payments, and resolving basic product or service problems. This position assists customers in placing and receiving telephone calls, connecting to the Internet, and providing related services. All customer interactions must comply with industry regulations and established Company procedures for customer verification and documentation. Customer interactions will generally be limited to basic telephone, Internet, and technical-related topics.

CUSTOMER CARE ASSOCIATE

NOTE: These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this position, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list. In addition, they do not establish an employment contract, as employment with Sierra Tel is always at-will.

COMPANY:Sierra Telephone
DEPARTMENT:Customer Care
FLSA STATUS:Non-Exempt
REPORTS TO:Customer Care Supervisor
LOCATION:Oakhurst or Mariposa as required by business and training needs and scheduled according to rotating shifts.
DEADLINE:Open Until Filled
HOURS:The work schedule will include rotating shifts covering daytime, evening, and weekends. This position may be required to work overtime as needed.
NUMBER OF POSITIONS TO BE FILLED: Two

GENERAL SUMMARY

This entry-level position is responsible to provide excellent service to customers by answering inbound and making outbound calls regarding products and services to respond to public inquiries on the selection and availability of services, carrying out orders to establish or change service, collecting payments, and resolving basic product or service problems. This position assists customers in placing and receiving telephone calls, connecting to the Internet, and providing related services. All customer interactions must comply with industry regulations and established Company procedures for customer verification and documentation. Customer interactions will generally be limited to basic telephone, Internet, and technical-related topics.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

General Responsibilities

  • Answer incoming telephone calls and place outbound calls in a friendly, professional manner.
  • Maintain accurate records of all customer interactions and transactions by documenting information in customer accounts.
  • Understand and comply with industry regulations for telephone and Internet services, including Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) and Red Flags procedures.
  • Prepare for customer inquiries and requests by maintaining up-to-date knowledge of Company products, services, technology and procedures.
  • Regular and predictable on-site attendance is an essential function of the job.
  • Provide prompt, courteous, knowledgeable support for customer inquiries and requests regarding telephone service, Internet service and billing. Research information and customer accounts as needed, and provide follow-up in a timely manner.
  • Assist customers with troubleshooting, diagnosing, and repairing internet-related problems.
  • Utilize a complete understanding of Company products and services to promote sales based on customer needs.
  • Perform front desk duties, including greeting and assisting customers in person and over the phone. Take customer payments and balance cash drawer daily.
  • Work with customers to demonstrate products such as telephones, Whole Home Wi-Fi, and modems, and assist customers with product testing as needed.
  • Process retail sales of telephone and Internet services, including taking payments and making payment arrangements.
  • Assist customers with complaints about the telephone and Internet products or services. Issue credits, and take other actions in accordance with Company procedures.
  • Correctly and consistently apply Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regulatory requirements.
  • Take requests and prepare appropriate documents for new customer accounts, changes in service, and connection/disconnection issues.
  • Accurately prepare service orders for telephone and Internet services.
  • Assign orders and schedule field technicians to facilitate on-site installation and repair visits.
  • Answer incoming repair and technical support telephone calls and create trouble tickets.
  • Dispatch field technicians to repair reported out of service incidents.

OTHER RELATED JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Refurbish used end-user equipment, including telephones, modems, Whole Wi-Fi equipment, and other items. Follow established procedures for tracking and storing inventory.
  • Perform monthly inventory counts as requested. Maintain organized storage of all inventory items.
  • Perform collections responsibilities as requested, including contacting customers, making payment arrangements, and documenting accounts to be written-off.
  • Review and correct records for Telephone Directory Publishing.
  • Assist in improving customer service quality by providing feedback regarding customer interactions, recommending process improvements, and identifying new product and service applications.
  • Proactively identify and participate in educational opportunities in accordance with Company procedures.
  • Perform other job duties and projects as requested. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Education and/or Experience

  • High school diploma or General Education Degree (GED) preferred.
  • Up to six months related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

  • Must have a valid Class C California driver’s license with a minimum of three years of driving experience.
    • Driving experience must have occurred after having passed a traffic laws and signs test.
    • If relocating to California from another state or country, must have, at a minimum, a valid driver’s license issued by the home state equivalent to a California Class C. The employee will be required to obtain a California driver’s license within ten days.
    • Must be insurable via the Company’s standard auto insurance policy procedures.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of
    • Company policies, procedures, products, and services.
    • Industry regulations related to telephone and Internet service.
  • Skill to
    • Proficiently operate general office equipment including personal computer, fax machine, and telephone system.
    • Proficiently use software programs including Microsoft Word, Excel, Skype, Outlook, and basic Internet operations.
    • Perform basic math calculations.
    • Effectively communicate with customers and coworkers in English verbally and in writing.
    • Proficiently read, write, use proper grammar, edit, and proofread.
    • Plan and organize multiple tasks under deadline pressure.
    • Analyze and solve problems related to specific job tasks.
    • Use listening and coaching to facilitate positive outcomes of customer concerns.
  • Ability to
    • Adapt to changes in procedures and responsibilities.
    • Project a professional image in conduct, attire, grooming, and manner of speech.
    • Maintain the highest degree of confidentiality regarding customer and Company information.
    • Maintain paperwork in a neat, organized manner.
    • Calmly and professionally, work with a variety of people and personalities.
    • Attend to detail in all work areas and maintain consistency of Company image.
    • Follow instructions completely and accurately.
    • Travel for Company business needs as required.
    • Work assigned schedules including day, evening, and weekend hours.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Seeing:  must be able to read a computer screen and paper documents.75 – 100%
Hearing: must be able to hear well enough to communicate in person and over the telephone with customers, coworkers, and industry contacts.75 – 100%
Standing/Walking0 – 24%
Climbing/Stooping/Kneeling0 – 24%
Lifting/Pulling/Pushing0 – 24%
Fingering/Grasping/Feeling: must be able to write, type, and use phone system.75 – 100%
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Wearing a telephone headset is generally required.
  • The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to ten pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

SAFETY COMPLIANCE

Safety is an integral part of our business and the responsibility for safety extends to every employee. Your responsibility toward safety at the workplace includes, but is not limited to:

  • Proactive involvement in the Company’s Safety Program, including compliance with all rules and regulations.
  • Use safe work practices while performing all duties.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The position is normally indoors in a controlled office environment.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Local travel may be required.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Please submit a resume or application and cover letter to careers@sierratel.com. For faster response, please include the job title in the subject line of your email.  For additional information, call 559-642-0200.

This position is open until filled.

CCPA Disclosure Employees and Applicants.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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