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Benefits Specialist

Company: Hope
Location: Springfield
Posted on: November 22, 2020

Job Description:

JOB SUMMARY : To research, implement, coordinate, and evaluate benefit programs for The Hope Institute. Ensure the best possible rates and programs are available to the agency and its employees. Ensure a quality, cost effective benefit administration program is delivered and maintained for The Hope Institute and its employees.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Processes and maintains health, dental, disability, life, flexible spending accounts, and 401(k) plan transactions, and legally mandated benefit information, enrollment documentation and dependent changes.
  • Assists the Chief HR Officer in researching and proposing new benefit packages in relation to the needs and budget of the agency.
  • Conducts benefits orientation and training activities for new hires, employees newly eligible for benefits and annual open enrollment.
  • Plans and coordinates informational meetings for employees regarding benefit plans, employee assistance program and 401k plan.
  • Monitors and audits insurance invoices for accuracy.
  • Participates in regular meetings with various staff to discuss and address
    Issues concerning benefit administration, leaves of absence etc.
  • Administers all FMLA activities. Tracks and ensures compliance with federal FMLA regulations.
  • Ensures the preparation of all required and requested reports within established time frames. Ensures acceptable completeness, clarity, and accuracy in the preparation of such documents.
  • Ensures compliance with all federal programs such as HIPPA, COBRA, FMLA, VESSA, ADA, ACA etc.
  • Answers questions related to benefit eligibility, amounts of coverage, and claims procedures for employees.
  • Provides timely response to all employee inquires and complaints to ensure quick, equitable, and courteous resolutions.
  • Administers all employee Leaves of Absence (military, medical, general, VESSA).

    MARGINAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Assumes responsibility as a mandated reporter concerning incidents of alleged abuse/neglect of individuals we serve, as outlined in the Agency Policy/Procedures.
  • Completes all other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties enumerated above.

    WORKING CONDITIONS:
    Work is performed primarily in an indoor office or classroom environment, free from extreme weather conditions. Work may include walking tours, close physical interactions and the requirement to drive. Work may include a moderate amount of noise (business office with computers, phone and printers).

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

    TRAINING, ACADEMIC AND EXPERIENTIAL REQURIEMENTS:
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent experience in the Human Resources or business-related field.
  • Minimum of two years' experience working in Human Resources, insurance or benefit administration.
  • Possess basic knowledge of relevant laws and regulations applicable to plan administration, FMLA, ADA and Affordable Care Act.
  • Demonstrated track record of good judgement and leadership skills which include the ability to work cooperatively with administration, staff, and other persons external to the program
  • Proficient in MS Office products and other benefit software as needed.
  • Successful background clearance, physical and drug/alcohol screening
    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Previous experience with benefit administration.

Keywords: Hope, Springfield , Benefits Specialist, Other , Springfield, Illinois

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