The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), Office of Human Resource Services is seeking a Senior Benefits Specialist or Benefits Specialist to assist in the coordination and communication of benefits programs (medical, life, disability, dental, retirement, education benefits, etc.) for the University. This position will provide direct counseling to s employees on types of benefits coverage, including retirement. The Specialist will work with appropriate state agencies to resolve benefit issues regarding eligibility, claims, and retirement benefits and ensures compliance with legal and tax requirements.
UMB offers a generous benefits package, which includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.
The ideal candidate will personally connect with the Administration and Finance Guiding Principles, which closely mirror UMB's core values: Accountability, Civility, Collaboration, Diversity, Excellence, Knowledge, Leadership, Communication, & Work/Life Balance.
In the Fall of 2021, UMB will require all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be processed through Human Resources.
Provides direction and counseling to employees related to benefits offered by the University. Responds to inquiries about benefits and deferred compensation. Follows up with employees as necessary.
Counsels employees in retirement planning and actual retirement from the University's retirement plans (pension or ORP). Ensure documentation is accurately completed and submitted in timely manner to appropriate agencies. Provides employees assistance in understanding retirement plans, Medicare, and Social Security.
Administers benefit processes and policies according to USM/UMB as directed and prescribed by the respective state agency. Ensures benefit action compliance with state rules and laws. Identifies issues and provides recommendations to correct.
Acts as a liaison with state central benefits, state agencies, University System of Maryland (USM), service providers and participants. Advocates with benefit agencies on behalf of employees.
Assists in developing, presenting, and disseminating communications information about open enrollment, new employee onboarding, and/or other key benefit events, including the benefits fair.
Participates as a member on committees, projects, or initiatives. Assists in development of project plans and defining scope of work.
Performs benefits analysis, identifies issues, and provides recommendations for efficiency and/or corrections. Follows up with customers to ensure data is accurate.
Advises and instructs customers on benefits and payroll policies and procedures.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Leads benefit initiatives, such as the benefits fair, and may lead special benefit issues such as executive and leadership retirement.
Participates on multi-disciplinary teams/projects and complete long or short-term goals including contributing to the planning, scoping, and completion of projects. Coordinates resources and ensures project or initiative is delivered on-time.
Serves as liaison to community and campus. Supports Human Resources management in the development of strategies, objectives, budgets, and in fostering improvements in policies and procedures. Develops and maintains appropriate metrics/tracking mechanisms to measure results.
Education: Bachelor's degree.
Specialist: Two (2) years of experience in Human Resources functions with at least one (1) year in Benefits. May consider a combination of directly related benefits experience and education.
Senior Specialist: Four (4) years of experience in Human Resources functions with at least two (2) year in Benefits.
The selected candidate must obtain the State of Maryland Retirement Coordinator Certification within two (2) months of hire.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Knowledge of all applicable benefits requirements, regulations, and laws.
Skill in effective use of applicable technology/systems.
Ability to communicate both verbal and written thoughts, ideas, and facts.
Ability to work cooperatively with others and independently.
Accomplishes responsibilities by applying specialized and theoretical benefits knowledge, principles.
Resolves issues and significant matters on behalf of management by utilizing independent judgment, discretion, creativity, and analytical thinking.
Contributes to development and evaluation of human resource and benefit offices goals and objectives.
Creates solutions to ensure legal and policy compliance.
May independently manage or administer programs, processes, projects, or resources.
Applies intermediate level knowledge, concepts, principles, and skills.
Decision-making requires significant interpretation, analysis, and evaluation of various alternatives. Independently anticipates needs and requirements to resolve non-routine matters.
Ability to demonstrate, understand, apply, and adhere to the UMB Core Values of Accountability, Civility, Collaboration, Diversity, Excellence, Leadership, and Knowledge.
Salary Range: Commensurate with education and experience
The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an Equal Employment/Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate in hiring on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religious creed, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
If you need a reasonable accommodation for a disability, for any part of the employment process, please contact us at HRJobs@umaryland.edu and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. Please note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.
Job: Reg or CII Exempt Staff - E1539f
Employee Class : Exempt Regular
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: Day Job
Financial Disclosure: No
Organization: Human Resources
Job Posting: Mar 23, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing
Internal Number: 169321
About University of Maryland, Baltimore
The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is the State's public health, law and human services university devoted to excellence in professional and graduate education, research, patient care, and public service. As a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students, and using state-of-the-art technological support, we educate leaders in health care delivery, biomedical science, global health, social work and the law. We emphasize interdisciplinary education and research in an atmosphere that explicitly values civility, diversity, collaboration, teamwork and accountability. By conducting internationally recognized research to cure disease and to improve the health, social functioning and just treatment of the people we serve, we foster economic development in the City, State, and nation. We are committed to ensuring that the knowledge we generate provides maximum benefit to society and directly enhances our various communities.