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Supporting HR Services Team members, the Benefits Specialist coordinates with appropriate parties to assist with complete and timely decisions regarding health insurance enrollment, Extended Coverage/COBRA, and retirement related options. This position provides a key coordinating role prior to and during Open Enrollment, as well as other periods of heavy activity within HR Services; provides assistance with the retirement distribution process for Defined Contribution Plans and VRS/Advantage 65 Plan, and coordinating responsibilities with the administration of optional benefits programs such as Legal Resources and Aflac programs; handles various reconciliation functions, and provides backup in HokieMart and Orientation presentations. This position will be tasked with producing accurate and timely reports for a variety of purposes, and possibly handling large amounts of data. The role requires strong communication skills to convey information both verbally and written to/from employees, team members, vendors and others, and will be required to provide occasional administrative support.
- Benefits experience such as working with group health care plans, retirement plans and/or other benefits programs. - Experience working with human resources policies and procedures. - Experience providing administrative and/or program support in an academic or professional environment. - Proficiency in software applications such as MS Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and with creating and preparing a variety of professional documents such as letters, announcements, and company communications. - Experience utilizing HRIS databases. - Ability to navigate the web for research/information gathering. - Ability to work within the guidelines of government regulations relating to benefits. - Ability to independently organize, plan, prioritize work, and handle multiple tasks simultaneously. - Ability to effectively interpret and disseminate policies and procedures to the public. - Ability to analyze data, draw conclusions, exercise sound judgment, and prepare reports. - Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and ability to interact comfortably with all individuals in a diverse multicultural environment.
- Bachelor's degree in human resources, business or a related field or equivalent level of training and/or experience. - Experience working with Benefits and/or Retirement programs within a university or state agency setting. - Experience with COBRA regulations and notices. - Experience with mail merge. - Previous experience with databases such as Banner.
Employee Category: Staff (Salary)
Appointment Type: Regular
Percent Employment: Full-time
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