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Benefits Analyst

Northwest Permanente is welcoming applications for a Benefits Analyst to join our Benefits Team. This position will be responsible for benefit administration activities and serve as the primary benefit resource for Northwest Permanente employees. Using experience and knowledge of benefit/FMLA/OFLA related laws, this position will provide best practice advice and operational improvement recommendations. Daily duties may include benefits administration, implementing and conducting audit procedures, customer service, reconciliation of benefit plan bills, and support management of vendor relationships.

Job Post Date: 2018-01-19
Office: Kaiser Permanente Bldg
City: Portland
State: Oregon

Description:

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. As the largest integrated care delivery organization in the United States, Kaiser Permanente, founded in 1945, is recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and nonprofit health plans. Our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve.

Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW)— made up of over 11,000 employees, more than 1,300 physicians and 150 dentists — provides and arranges medical care exclusively for health plan members. In the Portland-Vancouver area, Kaiser Permanente operates 34 medical offices and 2 hospitals. Today, the Northwest Region serves more than 576,000 medical and 244,000 dental members whose care is largely provided by Northwest Permanente, P.C., (NWP) and Permanente Dental Associates (PDA).

Northwest Permanente is welcoming applications for a Benefits Analyst to join our Benefits Team. This position will be responsible for benefit administration activities and serve as the primary benefit resource for Northwest Permanente employees.  Using experience and knowledge of benefit/FMLA/OFLA related laws, this position will provide best practice advice and operational improvement recommendations.  Daily duties may include benefits administration, implementing and conducting audit procedures, customer service, reconciliation of benefit plan bills, and support management of vendor relationships.

MAJOR ACCOUTABILTIES / ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Responsible for new hire on-boarding associated with benefits orientation
  • Assist in annual benefit open enrollment process participating in vendor meetings, internal communications, updating new elections.
  • Monitor compliance of benefit plans and recommend necessary changes: annual filings, file feeds, plan documents, SPDs and other legal notices.
  • Responsible for understanding, interpreting and complying with all state and federal laws related to health and welfare plans.
  • Responsible for life event changes by providing customer service to employee and implementing changes
  • Subject matter expert on employee benefits for internal customers, vendors, auditors, etc.
  • Administration of all health and welfare plans, fringe benefits, life & disability insurance and Cobra.
  • Responsible for the reconciliation of all benefit accounts. Responsible for reconciling discrepancies and determining solutions to resolve issues.  Responsible for benefit related audits.
  • Work collectively with Payroll to ensure the proper deductions are taken for final pay processing
  • Assist and complete special projects as assigned

MINIMUM EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree in HR or related field.  Required education may be substituted by additional years of experience.
  • Five (5) years of benefits administration experience.
  • Proficient with MS Excel
  • Strong analytical skills with attention to detail
  • Familiarity with automated file transfers to vendors
  • Experience with Benefits Administration to include medical and dental plans, health savings account, flexible spending accounts, life, AD&D, short and long-term disability
  • Knowledge of benefit plan cost drivers and plan designs
  • Knowledge of various laws such as ERISA, FMLA, OFLA, ACA, etc.
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Extensive knowledge of HRIS systems/benefit tracking systems
  • Self-motivated and proactive

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Certified Benefit Professional (CBP) or Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) status
  • Professional Human Resources (PHR) Certification
  • Experience with Ultimate Software
  • ACA compliance