BENEFITS SPECIALIST - TEMPORARY
|Req #: ||137437 |
|Department: ||BENEFITS OFFICE - HUMAN RESOURCES |
|Job Location: || University District |
|Job Location Detail: ||UW Tower |
|Posting Date: ||09/09/2016 |
|Closing Info: || Open Until Filled |
|Salary: || |
Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
| The University of Washington (UW) is proud to be one of the nation's premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoy outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty. |
The Benefits Office, a division of Human Resources, centrally administers all University of Washington benefits, including retirement, healthcare, life, specialized disability products, and a wide range of other optional and voluntary benefits programs for over 30,000 UW faculty, staff, and students. We provide premier benefits services, supporting the campus community in maintaining a versatile and competitive environment for hiring, retaining and promoting staff while exercising best benefits practices.
The University of Washington's Benefits Office has TWO outstanding TEMPORARY opportunities for Human Resources Benefits Specialists.
This individual will be responsible for independently managing benefits eligibility for all benefits programs; provide expert guidance and education to all levels of faculty, staff and students; evaluate benefits eligibility for all programs; independently resolve complex customer service issues; communication of eligibility changes both directly to the customer and/or department; works with outside agencies and vendors to coordinate benefits programs and eligibility as needed.
Additionally, the person in this role will perform the following key duties:
Respond to customer questions via phone and email to the Benefits general phone line and email customer management system.
Create and provide presentation of benefits package at new employee orientation.
Prepare and coordinate responses to requests for benefits audits
Serve as a resource to the HR Operations teams and department clients on matters related to all levels of benefits questions.
Coordinate benefits for FMLA, leave of absence, layoff, etc. with employee, department, and other parts of HR to ensure appropriate administration of benefits.
Maintain current knowledge of applicable state and federal laws/regulations that pertain to benefits changes and practices. Includes providing training and counseling on issues pertaining to federal tax law, ERISA; state law; and maintaining UW compliance with such.
Develop communications for benefits including web information, publications, business correspondence and reports. Lead research projects to develop information requested by faculty councils, administration or other committees.
As part of the Benefits team, interact, provide suggestions and implement changes to work processes; assist in the development for plans and implementation of enhancements to the benefits package.
Perform special projects as assigned.
Competitive candidates will possess excellent writing and oral communications skills as well as demonstrated experience in customer service. Inherent to success in this position is the ability to work with complex organizational structures.
| Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of experience and education. |
Two years of progressively responsible para-professional level work in human resources, insurance, pensions or related field.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with complex organizational structures.
Excellent written and oral communications skills.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
|CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:|
| Position is funded until June 30, 2017, with possible extension contingent upon continued funding. |
The Benefits Office is a business office, with public hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Occasional work outside these hours is required for seminars, presentations and other responsibilities to the campus community, etc. Normal office conditions apply.
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our website,
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