Benefits Specialist, Human Resources & Inclusive Community

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Human Resources

The Human Resources & Inclusive Community division is responsible for developing and delivering a broad range of services in support of the University’s mission, vision and strategies. HRIC is evolving from a traditional operational and service orientation into a highly effective strategic unit advancing the broader strategic initiatives of the University. This role serves as part of the University’s Human Resources & Inclusive Community team, reporting to the Benefits Program Manager.

Position Summary

This position is responsible for performing a variety of complex and technical duties in the administration of the University’s Employee Benefits Program.

The Benefits Specialist maintains frequent contact with employees, retirees, payroll and human resources personnel, benefits carriers and third-party administrators.

Essential Functions

  • Assists with the day-to-day administration of the benefits programs including medical, dental, vision, life, disability, tuition waiver and retirement.
  • Assists employees and retirees with benefit related matters, arranges and conducts information presentations including new hire benefits orientation, coordinates open enrollment activities and other benefits related events.
  • Provides information and guidance to help employees strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the University’s benefits and retirement plans and programs.
  • Administers all benefit plans according to the applicable policies, plan documents and regulatory requirements.
  • Processes benefit enrollments, changes and terminations timely including new hire enrollment elections, qualifying life event changes, and other changes that may occur outside of the annual open enrollment period.
  • Processes and coordinates payroll deductions timely and makes corrections and adjustments as necessary.
  • Ensures the accuracy of all benefits enrollments in the HRIS to provide vendors with correct eligibility and coverage information.
  • Reviews carrier reports, enrollment records and payroll deductions to identify and resolve discrepancies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong oral and written communication skills. 
  • Knowledge of employee benefits programs and procedures
  • Knowledge of policies and laws necessary to process benefit-related documents.
  • Knowledge of HRIS systems
  • Ability to process data and documents in accordance with prescribed procedures.
  • Ability to audit and reconcile benefits discrepancies.
  • Ability to make basic arithmetic calculations quickly and accurately.
  • Ability to interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.

Required Qualifications

  • Associate Degree.
  • Two to four (2-4) years of HR, general administration and/or benefits experience.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office with emphasis on Excel.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • Two to four (2-4) years of experience in a higher education setting.
  • Experience with Banner HRIS.
  • Knowledge of regulations such as: ERISA, HIPAA, COBRA, FLSA, FMLA, Medicare.

Working Environment

1. Standard office environment.
2. Unexpected interruptions occur often, and stress level is moderate to high.
3. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to sit in front of a computer for an extended period.
2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule
Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) September 25, 2023.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is 8.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $53,000 - $60,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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