The Human Resource Benefits Specialist performs tasks and services to support effective and efficient operations of the overall HR department in some or all of the following functional areas: benefits administration, data research and analysis, ad hoc reporting, SURS, database records, billing, employee inquiries, claims assistance, benefits eligibility, COBRA, leaves of absences, disability and worker’s compensation administration. The Specialist will assist in enforcing policies and procedures, and the administration of five (5) collective bargaining agreements.
Specific Job Duties
Research, analyze and administer healthcare plans and wellness programs
Perform quality checks of benefits-related data
Manage ADA, LOA, and FML requests
Advise employees, answer questions and enroll staff in benefit programs
Process employee benefit change requests, life event changes, terminations, COBRA and leaves of absence, LTD, FML and worker’s compensation
Assist with onboarding processes and new hire paperwork
Manage and coordinate open enrollment and benefit fairs (coordinating with external vendors and benefit brokers)
Managing the enrollment, renewal and distribution process
Process inquiries related to verification of employment
Assist with all special events hosted by the office of Human Resources
Administer various human resources plans and procedures; assist in the development and implementation of personnel procedures; prepare and maintain the employee handbook and procedure manual
Track and ensure compliance surrounding mandatory trainings
Research and recommend updated to policies and procedures to comply with federal, state, and local legal requirements
Assist with submitting reports to various state and federal educational agencies, including ICCB and ACA reporting
Coordinate with the Dean’s office in processing faculty salary adjustments, lane advancement and step placement and other processes
Provide assistance with processing inquiries from SURS.
Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field, and three years of human resource experience. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Excellent interpersonal and conflict resolution skills. Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to handle multiple priorities and confidential assignments, and function independently. Thorough knowledge of employment-related laws and regulations. Experience with Microsoft suite and the ability to learn Colleague and other systems. Ability to work well with others in a multicultural environment.
Must be able to demonstrate the Morton College core values of compassion, fairness, respect, responsibility, tolerance and truth.
Master’s degree, SHRM-CP, and experience in related field. Experience with union environment and/or higher education. Experience with Colleague. Ability to communicate in English and Spanish.
Morton College, the second oldest community college in Illinois, was founded in 1924 to meet the educational demands in the growing communities of Berwyn, Cicero, Forest View, Lyons, McCook, Stickney and other near western suburbs which were a national hub of economic activity. As a comprehensive community college, recognized by the Illinois Community College Board, Morton College's mission is: To enhance the quality of life of our diverse community through exemplary teaching and learning opportunities, community service, and life-long learning.