This is counseling work at the full performance level advising and informing individuals of the provisions and application of the Municipal Retirement Ordinances. 

            Employees in this class calculate pension payments, repayments and survivors' benefits.  Interviewing and counseling employees, pensioners, survivors, beneficiaries and their representatives is a significant aspect of the work.  Employees at this level are also responsible for representing the Board of Pensions at orientation sessions for new hires and at retirement planning seminars.  Employees in this class report to a technical superior.


ALLOCATING FACTORS:  (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)


•           The position must perform full performance level pension counseling work advising and informing individuals of the provisions and application of the City’s pension program.

•           The position must be located in the Board of Pensions and Retirement.




            Interviews and counsels employees, pensioner, beneficiaries, survivors and their representatives regarding the scope and provisions of the Municipal Retirement Ordinances, as well as its health and welfare program.

            Computes payments, repayments, health and welfare benefits and survivors' benefits; examines personnel history folders to verify employees' employment and pension contribution histories and to obtain necessary data for computations; verifies the calculations of other Pension Counselors.

            Computes the equitable distribution of marital pension property under the Pennsylvania Divorce Act.

            Examines applications for pension and survivors' benefits for completeness and accuracy; investigates and secures facts necessary to process pension and survivors' applications; recommends approval or disapproval of applications; prepares case histories pensioners and survivors' applications for Board meetings.

            Composes correspondence requesting and replying correspondence for information for such matters as payment of death claim, repayments, leaves of absence, and changes in pension options; corresponds with employees, pensioners, survivors, beneficiaries and their representatives in obtaining and verifying information necessary to ensure compliance with the ordinances.

            Contacts personnel in other City agencies to obtain data and to advise them on the proper methods for processing pension cases and applications.

            Advises disability applicants on the provisions of the City's Disability Reform Program.

            Assists pensioners with federal income taxes as they pertain to the pension system; performs tax calculations.

            Represents the Board of Pensions at orientation sessions for new hires and at retirement planning seminars; appears as an expert witness in court proceedings as it relates to the City's pension program.

            Performs related work as required.






•           business English, spelling and arithmetic

•           standard office practices and procedures

•           the principles and practices of pension systems

•           the techniques involved in interviewing and counseling individuals and groups

•           the principles and provisions of the Municipal Retirement Ordinances

•           the various pension programs and the employees who are covered

•           the Internal Revenue Services tax laws and regulations as they pertain to pension benefits

•           the laws and regulations governing the pension program

•           computer software as it relates to the pension program




•           apply the provisions of the City’s pension program

•           analyze facts and exercise sound judgement

•           prepare and maintain reports and records

•           use and adapt to computer systems as it relates to the City’s pension program

•           compute quickly and accurately pension payments, repayments and survivors’ benefits

•           interpret and explain the various retirement plans, laws and regulations

•           understand and apply medical terminology

•           express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing

•           establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, employees, pensioners, beneficiaries, survivors and their representative

•           adapt to changes in the City’s pension laws and apply them to each case


MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE  (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.  Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved 4/12.)




            Completion of an associate degree program at an accredited college or university.





            Two years of Pension Counselor 1 experience interviewing and counseling individuals or groups on the provisions of the City’s pension program.




            An equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources that has included the specific experience.


NOTE: Four years of advanced level clerical or administrative experience at or above pay range 11 or EP 7 may be substituted for the education requirement.




            Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.


Class Established - 4/59


Latest Spec. Revision:

CSC – 3/12

Ad. Board – 4/12