New York State of Opportunity

New York State Department of Civil Service announces Continuous Recruitment Examination Open to All Qualified Individuals

Principal Actuary Casualty

Applications Accepted
Tests To Be Held


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title and Agency Salary Grade Beginning Salary Job Rate
20-118 Principal Actuary Casualty - NYS Department of Financial Services G-28 $89,649 $110,105
20-119 Principal Actuary Casualty - NYS Insurance Fund G-28 $89,649 $110,105


Appointees who work in the five boroughs of New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, or Westchester Counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment.

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before the date of filing your application, you must have all of the following:


  1. Transcripts from the Casualty Actuarial Society MUST be converted to the most current system. For information contact: Casualty Actuarial Society, Tom Downey, (703) 276-3100,, 4350 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 250, Arlington, VA 22203, Preliminary test results will not be accepted.
  2. Your degree must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. If your degree was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the NYS Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. You must pay the required evaluation fee.
  3. New York State residence is not required.
  4. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  5. Experience limited to teaching actuarial courses is NOT qualifying experience.

The Positions

These positions exist in the NYS Department of Financial Services and the NYS Insurance Fund in New York City only.

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As a Principal Actuary (Casualty) in the NYS Department of Financial Services, you would apply intermediate and advanced loss reserving techniques, analyze reinsurance agreements, and provide recommendations regarding actions to be implemented; modify/create databases; critique statutory documents; and assist in training subordinate staff. You would determine whether rates are reasonable and consistent. You would assist the Supervising Actuary (Casualty) in determining basic policy decisions and the manner in which Department rate regulations are administered. You might collect statistics to determine if rates are reasonable and consistent, and represent the Department in its contacts with property/casualty insurance companies.

As a Principal Actuary (Casualty) with the NYS Insurance Fund, you would head a division within the department and be responsible for the output of the various units in the division. You would be directing ad hoc research projects, overseeing the preparation of various periodic reports for analyzing numerous aspects of the Fund operation, representing the Fund in its contacts with the business world, supervising lower-level actuaries, and assisting the Supervising Actuary (Casualty) and the Director of Actuarial Services.

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Subject of Examination

The examination requires completion of an application/supplemental questionnaire (Forms NYS APP-3 #20-113 with SUPP#20-113). There will be no written test. The application/supplemental questionnaire is the test. Your completed application/supplemental questionnaire will be the only basis for rating your training, education, and experience.

Failure to complete the application/supplemental questionnaire correctly may result in disqualification. If disqualified, candidates must wait six months to re-apply.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, your training, education, and experience will be evaluated against the general background/critical activities of the position. Your completed application/supplemental questionnaire will be the only basis for rating your training, education, and experience. Your score will be based on the following: education, advanced degree, actuarial experience, and completion of examinations through the Casualty Actuarial Society, and reading and following instructions. It is essential that you describe your training, education, and experience as completely as possible. Ambiguity, vagueness, or omissions will not be decided in your favor. If you need more space, attach additional 8??" x 11" sheets, following the same format used on the application/supplemental questionnaire. Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of a completed application/supplemental questionnaire.

Your final score must be 70 or higher in order to pass. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans??? and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to your final passing score.

Important: The Department of Civil Service and other state agencies may communicate with you through email correspondence. This may include the notification of your examination results and canvassing you for interest in appointment. It will be important for you to keep your email address, phone number and mailing address current by logging into

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How to Apply

You must use form NYS-APP-3 #20-113 application form/supplemental questionnaire.

Where to Apply

These examinations are decentralized to the following agencies. You must mail a separate completed application/supplemental questionnaire to one or more of the following:

For Exam No. 20-118:
NYS Department of Financial Services
One Commerce Plaza
Human Resources Management, Room 2016
Albany, NY 12257
(518) 474-2994

For Exam No. 20-119:
NYS Insurance Fund
Personnel Office
15 Computer Drive West
Albany, NY 12205
(518) 437-6176

State agencies have an ongoing need for persons qualified for appointment to these positions. Therefore, the agencies above will accept applications at any time and will rate applications whenever additional eligibles are needed. The agencies above will update the eligible list and notify successful candidates of their final scores and eligibility dates on a periodic basis.

Retest Policy

Qualified candidates may file as frequently as every 12 months, but a new application/supplemental questionnaire is required each time.

Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, arrest and/or criminal conviction record, or any other category protected by law, unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Appointment to many positions in State government require candidates to undergo an investigative screening. This may include a thorough character investigation, a Federal Bureau of Investigation Criminal Record History Check, a Child Abuse Registry clearance, or other similar procedures. Candidates may be fingerprinted and may be required to pay any necessary fees for that procedure. Depending on the nature of the job, the criminal convictions discovered, or any falsified or omitted information revealed, the investigative findings may bar appointment or result in removal after appointment.

Eligibility for Employment

You must be legally eligible to work in the United States at the time of appointment and throughout your employment with New York State. If appointed, you must produce documents that establish your identity and eligibility to work in the United States, as required by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, and the Immigration and Nationality Act.

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

It is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to provide equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their application. Further information is available from the Test Accommodation Unit of the Department of Civil Service at

New York State Residence Is Not Required For Most Positions

However, you must be eligible for employment in the United States.

Continuous Recruitment/Eligible Lists

Candidates who meet the qualifications and pass this examination will have their names placed on the eligible list in the order of final scores, regardless of the date on which they filed or took the test. Generally, the names of qualified candidates will remain on the eligible list for one year. Appeal of ratings will not be allowed as the opportunity for retest exists. The Department of Civil Service reserves the right to terminate this special recruitment program.

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Reissued: 10/16

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