Customer Support Advocate I

July 19, 2021
Iowa City, IA
Job Type



We are seeking to fill Customer Support Advocate I positions for customer service work that we are bringing in-house at ACT as we strive to fulfill our mission of helping people achieve education and workplace success. 

The Customer Support Advocate I provides quality, front line customer service by handling phone, chat and email contacts from our customers through to resolution or, when needed, to escalation. In this role, you will work to resolve customer issues in a way that reduces their effort and values their time.    We are looking for people to join our team who are passionate about customer service, want to fix problems, and are excited to take on new challenges.

Preference is to have these positions located at the ACT Headquarters in Iowa City, Iowa with team members working either full-time onsite or a combination of onsite and remote upon successful completion of training and demonstrated competency of customer service support.  We are also considering candidates outside of the area who will work 100% time remote. We are looking to fill these positions starting in August and will be filling positions through the October time frame and then again after the first of the year.Starting Pay is $16/hour with competitive benefits and generous paid time off.

Standard hours are either 8 am to 4:30 pm or 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, with hours on 7 Saturday test dates and expanded hours during peak periods.

What you will be working on:

  • Resolves customer inquiries by clarifying the customer's issue, determining the cause of the problem, selecting and explaining the best solution to solve the problem, expediting correction or adjustment, and following up to ensure resolution
  • Provide solutions for our customers -- students, parents and educators \u2013 who contact us via phone, chat and email
  • Determine when it is necessary to escalate customer concerns to next level for resolution
  • Use a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool to maintain records of customer interactions, transaction, comments, and complaints.

This could be the job for you if you have (minimum requirements):

  • At least 1 year of experience in a customer service type work environment
  • Basic experience using office productivity software tools (such as Microsoft Office) or other computer technologies
  • Familiarity with multiple Web browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari), utilizing multiple tabs, window navigation, and Internet messenger tools
  • Collaboration \u2013 ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with customers and team members, and to proactively manage customer relationships
  • Initiative \u2013 uses self-starter approach, ability to multi-task, proactively anticipates and acts on information and details needed, completes tasks with little to no direction
  • Communication \u2013 ability to listen, seek understanding, and be responsive through clear and effective communication skills with customers and within the organization as well; ability to handle phone calls, with high frequency during high volume periods, consistently throughout the day
  • Change management \u2013 ability to be flexible and adapt; manage change and navigate positively in an environment experiencing change at a fast pace
  • Ability to effectively resolve issues in a timely manner using sound judgment, critical thinking, decision-making, logical problem solving and influencing skills
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to effectively prioritize and multi-task
  • If you aren't at work, our customers don't get the support they need - regular and reliable attendance is essential
  • High School Diploma, or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired

 It's a plus if you have:

  • Fluency in Windows Operating Systems and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Customer service experience in a call center environment
  • Experience working with individuals with disabilities
  • Experience with or knowledge of Customer Relationship Management platforms and tools

Your Work Makes a Difference

ACT team members are part of an organization dedicated to an important mission:  Helping people achieve education and workplace success. 

Everything we do contributes to this mission, including team member events, professional development resources, community outreach opportunities and solid benefit offerings.  Helping team members achieve education and workplace success of their own advances the ACT mission on a daily basis.

Our Customer Care team.... You will be joining a newly structured team that includes both remote and on-site team members.  This team works with team members and leaders across the department and organization with a focus on providing the very best learning opportunity for the students, parents, and educators we support.Our Accommodations team - You will be joining a caring, compassionate, and dedicated group of team members in assisting examinees with disabilities, their families and schools official, by providing a positive experience on their ACT journey.We seek to mirror the diversity of our student population to better understand how we can provide support through their scholastic journey and are looking for talented, committed individuals to join these teams and help us deliver our products and services to our many customers across the U.S. and around the world.

About ACT

When ACT was founded in 1959, it disrupted the assessment industry with a new approach to helping students better understand their readiness so they could take steps to improve it.  By leveraging our expertise and authority in assessment and research, we will again disrupt the industry\u2014helping more people learn, better measure their progress, and improve their navigation through life's transitions. 

More than ever before, ACT is fulfilling its mission of helping people achieve education and workplace success. We're doing it by pushing the boundaries of learning innovation through the work of our people, who we call team members because we're all in this together.

We know transformation does not come without challenge. That's why ACT invests in a variety of experiences for team members to strengthen their connections, explore ideas, learn from customers, and celebrate success.

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