1) Under general supervision, administers the Universityâ™s Health & Welfare, and Retirement benefits. 2) Benefits Specialist counsels staff, faculty, retirees, and their families in their initial plan enrollments, making changes to their benefits during the year (family status changes), during open enrollment, and at retirement/termination of their employment at the University via telephone, e-mail, and one-on-one contact. 3) Reviews, approves, processes/finalizes the enrollment/disenrollment of medical, dental, vision, flexible spending, health savings accounts, life disability and retirement benefits for active staff, faculty and retirees via Workday, while ensuring they meet specific policies and guidelines. 4) Serves as the primary resource for interpretation of all benefits. 5) Assists with the resolution of health and welfare benefit issues for active staff/faculty, retirees and health plan providers regarding enrollment and coverage matters via e-mail and phone. 6) Interacts with unit administrators regarding employee benefits for new hires and current employees. 7) The Benefit Specialist may manage and/or administer one or more designated benefit plans. 8) Conducts benefit presentations for employees and new hires and additional projects as needed per the Director of Benefits and Benefits Manager.
1) Ability to work in a high call and email volume environment. 2) Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 3) Presentation skills. 4) Interpersonal skills. 5) Excellent customer service skills. 6) Analytical skills. 7) Ability to work independently and as part of a team. 8) Ability to maintain confidentiality. 9) Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously, set priorities, and meet deadlines. 10) Knowledge of Microsoft Office. 11) Maintain broad-based knowledge of all benefits plans offered by the University. 12) Communicate information that may not be well received. 13) Research, analyze and present data and recommendations in an organized and logical manner. 14) The administrative endeavors associated with this position require the highest level of confidentiality, judgment, discretion and diplomacy while working with various individuals at all levels of the organization.
1) Bachelorâ™s degree in business, finance, or a related field
Experience 1) A minimum of one year of experience in benefits, human resources, or business related experience 2) Two years experience in benefits, human resources, or business related experience 3) Previous work experience in a variety of benefits services (i.e., health and welfare, medical, and retirement)
1) Resume 2) Cover Letter 3) Reference Contact Information
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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