Anixter Center is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving people of all ages with disabilities and related challenges. Each year Anixter Center and its division—Chicago Hearing Society (CHS)—help more than 8,000 children, teens and adults by providing residential, educational, employment, socialization and health services.
Job Title: Benefits Manager
Department/Program: Human Resources
Reports To: Director of Human Resources
Position Summary: Coordinate and manage all aspects of employee benefits. Organize and maintain HR databases and reports. Update all management policies, agency procedures and calendars.
Serve as resource to employees by answering HR-related questions and providing forms.
Coordinate annual open-enrollment process for benefits while comparing existing benefits programs to selected benchmarks.
Design materials that accurately and creatively communicate benefits changes, additions and enhancements to employees.
Administer benefits including Medical, Dental, Life, Disability, FSA, and 401(k) plans.
Coordinate Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) operations to implement agency policy; compliance efforts include sending notices and tracking usage.
Coordinate employee wellness program.
Act as liaison between employees and vendors/brokers.
Oversee review of all billing to ensure accuracy; reconcile and submit invoices to Accounting for payment.
Answer all unemployment claims; audit Ben. 118 quarterly reports.
Process all workers Compensation claims including investigations and reports to the insurance carrier.
Audit files for pertinent information.
Complete 5500’s as appropriate.
Review Property and Liability Insurance policies and obtain certificates of insurance.
Share and exchange payroll information with the Accounting Department.
Run employee reports and labels for other departments as requested.
Manage HR databases. Work with HR Manager to enter all new hire information; update employee information including salary, address and status changes and evaluations.
Track statistical data for surveys, EEO reports, Veterans Reporting; maintain the agency’s Affirmative Action Plan.
Maintain driver’s license and insurance card information.
Maintain Employment Eligibility Verification.
Maintain Easy Clocking System and Data Base.
Update Management Policies, Agency Bad Weather Procedures and Agency Holiday Calendar.
Other duties as assigned.
Essential Skills and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university in Human Resources, Business Administration, or a closely related field.
Minimum of five years’ experience in progressively responsible Human Resources Employee Benefits.
Must be experienced in the interpretation of union contracts.
Leadership skills: a demonstrated ability to lead people and get results through others.
Planning skills: an ability to think ahead and plan over a given time span.
Management skills: the ability to organize and manage multiple priorities.
Problem analysis and problem resolution at both a strategic and a functional level.
Must be attentive to detail, customer service, interpersonal and communication skills.
Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in Windows and the Microsoft Office; advanced Microsoft Excel skills, and intermediate skills in Microsoft Word, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook.
Familiarity with ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, FMLA, ADA, and other state and federal laws pertaining to employee benefits.
Commitment to company values.
Nonessential Skills and Experience:
Experienced in HRIS systems.
Work experience involving administration of retirement benefit program is desired.
Previous experience working in a non-profit.
Reporting to this Position: None.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
ABOUT ANIXTER CENTER:
Anixter Center is one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the Chicago area serving people of all ages with disabilities and related challenges. Each year Anixter Center and its three divisions - CALOR, Chicago Hearing Society (CHS) and Lekotek - help more than 7,300 children, teens and adults by providing residential, educational, employment, socialization and health s...ervices.
What makes us truly unique are the array of services we offer plus our ability to help people at every stage of life—children, teens, young adults and older adults.
As the parent organization, Anixter Center itself provides a broad range of programs for those who have physical, developmental, cognitive, psychiatric or sensory disabilities. These Anixter Center programs include: a literacy program for adults with disabilities; 24-hour supervised residential homes; substance use disorder programs for those who are deaf; and employment programs to help people with disabilities find jobs.