Community Health Center

  • Benefits Specialist (Temp)

    Job Locations US-CT-Meriden
    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3 weeks ago)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Human Resources /HRIS
  • Overview

    Community Health Center, Inc. (CHC) is one of the country’s most creative and dynamic providers of primary medical, dental, and behavioral health services, and a leader in practice-based research, health professionals training, and use of innovative technologies to advance health and healthcare. CHC is designated as a federally qualified health center and a patient-centered medical home by HRSA, the Joint Commission, and NCQA, respectively. We deliver more than 500,000 patient visits per year from primary care hubs and community clinics across the state of CT, all connected by technology and common standards for quality. We employ several hundred medical, dental, and behavioral health providers who are engaged in practice, teaching, and research. Our Weitzman Institute is devoted to research and practice transformation and is recognized around the country as one of the premier research institutes focused on improving health care and health outcomes for special and vulnerable populations. In addition, the organization has developed three wholly owned subsidiaries from the original pilot developments within the Weitzman Institute: the National Nurse Practitioner Residency and Fellowship Training Consortium (NNPRFTC), the National Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement, and the Community eConsult Network.


    This is a temp position (could be six months or longer) to assist the current specialist while going through a Workday implementation.

    • The Benefits Specialist has full HR responsibility for administering CHC’s Employee Benefits Programs. This includes having primary responsibility for benefits planning, analysis and administration of the organizations program which includes oversight over: all medical plans, voluntary benefits plans, COBRA, retirement plans, workers compensation, wellness initiatives, and leave of absences programs including long and short-term disability. This position is responsible for actively maintaining all resources related to employee benefit programs and is responsible for educating the HR Team, management and employees on those programs.



    • Benefits Administration
      • Oversees all benefit programs including health, dental, vision, short and long term disability, life insurance, workers compensation, HAS and FSA programs, voluntary benefits, COBRA, 403(b), 457(b)
      • In conjunction with Benefit Brokers, ensure that CHC’s section 125 benefits are in compliance with Federal and State statutes and regulations.
      • Participates in all benefit design projects.
      • Maintain and continuously improve all employee materials including, but not limited to, the employee intranet, HRIS web portal, newsletters (Did You Know? Campaign), etc.
      • Responsible for maintaining internal benefits email mailbox
      • Main contact for all benefit vendors
      • Responsible for oversight of all benefit invoice reconciliation and processing
      • Responsible for executing annual open enrollment process in its entirety
    • Leave of Absence Management
      • Manager relationship with third party leave administrator
      • Main internal contact for employees/managers seeking leave of absence information 
      • Participate in educating HR Team and managers around leave of absence process
      • Participate in discussion around Leave policy and processes
      • Manager benefit repayment process with Payroll and third party vendor
    • Wellness
      • Manage Wellness System, including design, reporting, notification and vendor relationship(s)
      • Lead Wellness Committee
      • Manage all wellness activities/events
      • Maintain all communications and documentation regarding wellness program participation
    • Retirement Plan Administration
      • Oversee Human Resources function of 403(b) and 457(b) plan
      • Act as retirement plan liaison for payroll and external vendors when necessary
      • Manage employee education around retirement plans
      • Responsible for all adhoc and compliance reports
      • Ensure CHC compliance with Summary Plan Descriptions
    • HRIS Administration and Oversight
      • Partners with the HRIS analyst to coordinate functionality within the HRIS system as it pertains to benefits programing
      • Maintain all benefit communication in HRIS system
      • Work with external vendors as necessary regarding benefits in HRIS
    • Workers Compensation
      • Vendor Relationship Contact
      • Work with Payroll regarding annual reporting
      • Assist in managing leaves of absence as they relate to Workers Compensation
      • Assist in policy creation around workers compensation
    • Overall responsibility for providing excellent customer service to vendors and employees
    • Provide input to the Benefits and Compensation Team Lead regarding benefit strategy, wellness initiatives, CHC’s total rewards program and any related policies
    • May perform other duties and responsibilities as necessary


    Required Skills and Education

    • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field
    • Minimum of three (3) years’ experience working with Benefits Experience working with compensation modeling, incentive plans and market data
    • Experience working as part of a human resources team
    • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills
    • Proven ability to independently initiate and execute projects with a strong attention to detail and deadlines
    • Proven customer service, organizational and team collaboration skills
    • Ability to manage multiple tasks, efficiently prioritize projects and embrace new challenges
    • Strong technology aptitude with excellent MS Office suite skills and HRIS systems




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