Benefits and HRIS Specialist

New England College of Optometry
March 18, 2023
Offerd Salary:Negotiation
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The New England College of Optometry (NECO) prepares the next generation of eye care providers, educators, and innovators through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experience. Located in the heart of Boston, NECO is a small, independent graduate institution that currently enrolls students from 34 states and 8 countries.

The Benefits and HRIS Specialist reports to the Executive Director of Human Resources and is responsible for a range of hands-on duties within the 4-person HR department at NECO. This is an exempt, 35-hour per week position. Primarily, this position is our in-house HRIS and benefits resource.

NECO offers medical, dental, and vision plans, life insurance, STD/LTD, FMLA/MPFML, retirement, and other varied benefits.

This position requires technical knowledge in order to maintain and update our HRIS benefits platform and feeds on Paylocity for employees. This position will also assist employees with completing the self-service enrollment process for benefits onboarding and may also be involved in rollouts of other modules of our HRIS as needed. This position requires constant communication with our benefits broker and benefits vendor representatives.

Duties Include:

  • Educating employees on all benefits available to them, on leave of absence processes, and with other HR related issues
  • Conduct new hire benefits onboarding and assist with enrolling employees into benefit selections and with leave applications
  • Audit benefits and payroll reports to ensure benefits are accurately deducted
  • Resolve benefits, billing, and leave issues with vendors and/or our benefits brokers
  • Set-up, manage, and troubleshoot data feeds to brokers and vendors
  • Complete benefits reporting and audits
  • Communicate with managers and employees regularly
  • Ensure benefits and leave policies are compliant with federal and state regulations
  • Conduct annual open enrollment process to ensure employees are properly signed up for benefits for the new plan year
  • Run established reports and create new ad-hoc reports as required
  • May be required to post jobs, screen applicants, and support hiring managers throughout the selection and onboarding process via the use of the HR/Payroll software
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with 4-5 years of experience in benefits administration and some experience in recruitment and onboarding of new hires
  • Proficient knowledge of state and federal regulatory laws pertaining to benefits and employment OR Certification in Human Resources
  • Solid knowledge of enrollment processes of health, dental, life, optional life, LTD, and STD, and others
  • Minimum 1-2 years' experience with on-line benefits open enrollment process for employees and related data feeds
  • A working knowledge of HRIS/payroll systems and benefits administration
  • Experience working with benefits brokers on annual benefits renewal process
  • Prior work in higher education or healthcare strongly preferred
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Must work exceptionally well as part of a small HR team
  • This position offers hybrid work at home/in office hours after satisfactory completion of training.

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