Title InformationMinimum Salary or Salary Range $40,000 Position Details
Position InformationPosting Number NC2322023
Working Title Benefits Specialist Department Org 501000 - Human Resources Why should you work at UCA?
We are excited that you are considering joining the UCA Family—the faculty, staff, students and alumni who make the University of Central Arkansas a great place to work!
At the University of Central Arkansas, we value our employees striving to maintain a work-life balance. We realize that this affects the overall well- being of employees, while learning to prioritize challenging work and the ability to make a difference. Participation in university-wide remote work days may be available for certain positions. Training is provided on systems or job-specific software, and tools are available supporting professional and personal development. The benefits package allows you to customize your benefits to meet your current needs, and the ability to adjust them as your priorities change. This includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, 80% tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a retirement program with university contributions of 10% of employee salary. Also available are health and wellness incentives, as well as access to sports and cultural activities on campus for the family, free gym membership (HPER) and equipment rentals.
The Benefits Specialist is responsible for analyzing and completing agency/institution human resources program goals and objectives, policies, and procedures. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
This position is a high functioning, high paced role. The Benefits Specialist reviews and processes qualifying life events related to health, dental, and vision insurance. Approves all new hire benefit enrollments, manages pending tasks and documentation in online benefits system, Benefitfocus. Processes full-time employment terminations. Audits the semi-monthly benefits deduction file then loads it into Banner for payroll processing. Performs all necessary benefit deduction overrides. Meets with employees to serve as a customer service role to help identify and solve any insurance related issues. Helps prepare any open enrollment or benefits related events or on-campus meetings. Runs semi-monthly and ad hoc reports for benefits processing accuracy. Maintains employee benefit records and checks the employee benefits email account on a daily basis. Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
The applicant must be very efficient, highly motivated and know how take initiative when it comes to researching, analyzing and finding answers related to benefits, reporting, and other related human resources issues. This includes proficiency in the knowledge of excel. The applicant must possess knowledge of the principles and practices of human resources. Knowledge of state and federal personnel laws, policies, and procedures. Knowledge of payroll and benefits processes. Ability to analyze information and recommend appropriate action. Ability to prepare and present oral and written information and reports.
Skills Considered Essential for Success
-Knowledge of the organization and administration of higher education. -Knowledge of state, federal, and university rules, regulations and procedures. -Ability to work in a diverse and dynamic environment. -Ability to work collaboratively and independently with common goals as a part of a team. -Ability to make sound judgments. -Effective interpersonal communication, writing, and organizational abilities. -Civility in all interactions. -Demonstrate effective follow-up. -Banner and Benefitfocus Software knowledge is preferable. -Proficient in Excel and Microsoft Office.
Required Education and/or Experience
The formal educational equivalent of a bachelor's degree in human resources, public administration, or a related field. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.
Preferred Education and/or Experience University, Campus, and Community Description
Thank you for your interest in employment at the University of Central Arkansas.
Founded in 1907, UCA has an enrollment of nearly 10,000, of which more than 20% are graduate students. The university offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate certificate and degree programs, including doctoral programs in six disciplines. The undergraduate student body consistently scores above the national average on the ACT exam. UCA is proud of its tradition of teaching excellence and its contributions to research, scholarship, and creative activities. UCA seeks to attract students and employees that are dedicated to building a culture of diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity.
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Physical Demands Checklist Sitting Physical Exertion Administrative Work - Exerting up to 10 pounds
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Background Check Statement
This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal, sex-offender registry, financial history background check and drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
UCA EEO Statement
The University of Central Arkansas is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution dedicated to attracting and supporting a diverse student, faculty and staff population through enhanced multicultural learning environments and opportunities. In keeping with its nondiscrimination policy in employment, admissions and other functions and programs, the university considers employees and students on the basis of individual merit and will not discriminate against a person on the basis of gender, race or color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, familial status, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, disability, political beliefs, intellectual perspective, genetic information, military status, or other factors irrelevant to participation in its programs.
Open Date 08/18/2023 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to ApplicantsPosting Supplemental Questions
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