Benefits Administrator Job Description

A benefits administrator has numerous responsibilities within a company’s human resources department. The job description of a benefits administrator involves overseeing the systems of compensation and benefits of a company.

Position Description

Benefits administrators perform tasks related to job analysis, pension research, attendance monitoring and workers’ compensation as well as other benefits.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of a Benefits Administrators

  • Assists in creating compensation packages that meet employees’ needs while helping the company control costs and remain competitive in the market.
  • Administers the company’s benefits program.
  • Reviews benefits programs particularly after mergers and acquisitions.
  • Establishes best practices in recruitment, orientation, training, benefits and compensation.
  • Analyzes existing wage and compensation policies especially in regards to government regulations.
  • Chooses the benefits the company offers to employees.
  • Knows the details of all benefits choices offered by the company.
  • Explains employees’ health, dental and vision insurance as well as flexible spending accounts.
  • Makes sure employees understand retirement plans and other benefits programs.
  • Processes leave requests from employees.
  • Facilitates affirmative action laws.
  • Posts federal and state labor regulations in prominent places in the building.
  • Recommends changes to employment policies to improve practices and methods.
  • Communicates employee job descriptions.
  • Performs employee evaluations.
  • Performs employee background checks.
  • Investigates references of applicants.
  • Keeps meticulous records on each employee.
  • Reviews proposals and chooses vendors that provide the best value for the company.
  • Deals with physicians, insurance companies, attorneys, drug companies, third party administrators, workers’ compensation companies, consultants and other benefits vendors.
  • Stays up-to-date on changing policies, technologies, services and state and federal regulations.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must have experience with Microsoft Office, Access, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Must be detailed oriented and precise.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organization skills and the ability to multi-task.
  • Must be able to work under pressure to meet deadlines.
  • Exceptional leadership and team management skills.
  • Strong analytical skills.
  • Must have knowledge of benefit contract language.
  • Must have clear understanding of compliance requirements and federal and state regulations pertaining to programs like ERISA, COBRA, FMLA, ADA, Workers’ Compensation, Medicare and Social Security.

Education and Experience

  • High School Diploma.
  • Associate’s degree in Human Resources, Accounting or other business related field.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Management, Business Administration, Public Policy, Finance, Statistics or Compensation and Benefits.
  • Master’s degree in Human Resources, Labor Relations, Business Administration or Management.
  • Juris Doctor of Law degree may be required by very large companies.
  • Knowledge of computer programs and relevant computer skills
  • PHR or Professional in Human Resources designation.
  • CEBS or Certified Employee Benefits Specialist designation.

Work Environment

  • Time is spent, for the most part, in a climate controlled office environment either in a private office or shared office space.
  • Must work traditional hours of Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Must be able to work more than 40 hours a week, particularly during renegotiation of various contracts.

Salary

  • Salaries range from $34,000 to $55,000 in small to mid-size companies.
  • Salaries range from $60,000 to $80,000 in larger companies.
  • Salaries can be as high as $160,000 in Fortune 500 companies where a law degree is required.

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