Benefits Specialist

Kansas City, MO

Post Date: 07/11/2018 Job ID: EB-1279274989 Industry: Human Resources Pay Rate: $60000.00

Morgan Hunter is one of the largest and most recognizable recruiting firms in the Kansas City area. We specialize in locating and evaluating high-performing professionals for direct hire, temporary and temp-to-hire positions on behalf of local and national organizations.

Our client is seeking a Benefits Specialist. This position is responsible for the delivery and administration of the organization’ s benefits programs, processes and policies in accordance with the company’ s objectives and strategy. This is a hands-on-position that will report to the Senior Director of Human Resources and work closely with the company’ s HR departments to ensure all benefit programs are effectively communicated, managed and implemented.

Benefits Specialist responsibilities include:
  • Oversee and manage all the organization’ s benefit programs such as Medical and Dental plans; Defined Benefit and Defined Contribution Retirement plans; HSA, HRA, Flex Spending plans; Life Insurance; Accidental Death & Dismemberment plans; Short Term Disability and Long-Term Disability plans and 401(k) plans.
  • Act as liaison with various insurance carriers and foster effective relationships with client representatives; review benefit contracts, legal documents, government forms, policies, regulations, and laws to ensure legal compliance for benefit plans.
  • Serve as first point of contact for employees with questions or concerns regarding their benefits; resolve routine benefit plan problems and clarifies benefit plan eligibility, benefit levels, and administrative procedures.
  • Review vendor invoices and administer benefit plan billing.
  • Compile and coordinate data and Schedule A’ s for annual Form 5500 filings.
  • Assist in preparing Summary Plan Descriptions.
  • Coordinate all aspects of the annual open enrollment of benefits and conduct new employee benefits orientations to ensure employees gain an understanding of benefit plans and enrollment provisions.
  • Administer leave programs and prepare and track Affordable Care Act (ACA) reports and support distribution of 1094/1095 reporting.
  • Coordinate wellness initiatives.
  • Assist in evaluating job positions for classification, status and salary requirements and conduct analysis of the job market and relevant pay surveys.

Benefits Specialist requirements include:
  • Bachelor’ s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration or a related field.
  • 3 years of experience in benefits administration.
  • Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) or Certified Benefits Professional (CBP) is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of FMLA laws, LTD, child support, benefit enrollment, ADA, DOL, EEOC, and all other federal and state laws governing the workplace.
  • Proficient in utilizing Excel, Word, and other MS Office products.


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