Company: University of Chicago
Posted on: August 17, 2019
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80704 Human Resources
ABOUT THE UNIT
The University of Chicago offers a wide variety of benefits
programs and resources to its employees. From our health plan
options and wellness programs, to our continuing education
opportunities and competitive retirement plans, the University is
committed to providing benefits that matter to you at each stage of
University Human Resources
Designs and implements strategic human resource programs and
policies for staff to ensure talent alignment with University
mission and goals. Serves as strategic thought partners throughout
campus to enable high performing talent. Collaborates with unit and
divisional leadership on organizational strategy, talent
acquisition, learning and development, performance management,
compensation, benefits, and employee and labor relations.
CAREER TRACK AND JOB LEVEL
Health & Welfare
Responsible for campus-wide design, administration and management
of health and welfare programs, and leave administration for all
current and retired faculty, academic staff, and staff employees.
Implements and maintains processes and procedures to ensure
programs are cost effective, valued by employees, and administered
in compliance with plan documents by working with service
providers, legal counsel, and internal resources. Note: limited to
central roles only that have campus-wide impact.
B3: Has developed specialized skills or is multi-skilled developed
through job-related training and considerable on-the-job
experience. Completes work with a limited degree of supervision.
Likely to act as an informal resource for colleagues with less
The job provides specialized business support for the development,
implementation and administration of cost-effective benefits
programs such as pension plans and life, health and disability
1) Supports staff, faculty, retirees, and their families in their
plan enrollments, making changes to their benefits during the year
(especially during open enrollment), and at termination of their
employment at the University via telephone, e-mail, and one-on-one
contact., 2) Following established policies and procedures,
administers employee benefits programs. Assists employees with
benefit questions and problems. Assists in the maintenance of
benefits records and documents., 3) Has limited knowledge of
federal and state laws pertaining to a specific subject area., 4)
Performs other related work as needed.
1) Under general supervision, administers the University 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
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
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
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.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND CERTIFICATIONS
Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships
or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically
required to have a four-year degree).
Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through
5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.
1) Bachelor s degree in business, finance, or a related field
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
3) Previous work experience in a variety of benefits services
(i.e., health and welfare, medical, and retirement)
2) Cover Letter
3) Reference Contact Information
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under
the RESUME/CV section of the application.
Depends on Qualifications
SCHEDULED WEEKLY HOURS
DRUG TEST REQUIRED
HEALTH SCREEN REQUIRED
MOTOR VEHICLE RECORD INQUIRY REQUIRED
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