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Company: Kern Community College district
Job Title: Benefits Specialist
Job Category: Human Resources/Recruiting/Safety
Job description:  
Benefits Specialist

Kern Community College District

Position Number: 02081

Posting Date: 05/25/2017

Initial Screening Date: 06/08/2017

Open Until Filled: No

Position Type: Classified


Work Week: 40

Minimum Salary: $4,283.06

Maximum Salary: $6,051.84


Our competitive benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision insurance; life insurance coverage; long-term disability insurance, and an employee assistance program (EAP ).

In addition, employees have the option to purchase:

Flex 125
AFLAC Policy
Supplemental voluntary life insurance
403b Tax Shelter Annuity

All coverages begin on the first day of the month following the hire date. Employees are covered under the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) and are vested 100% after five years of full time service.

College/Site: District Office

Location: DO-KCCD Bakersfield Downtown

Basic Function:


Under the direction of an assigned supervisor, perform a variety of complex duties in the administration of the Districts employee benefits plans; administer State and federal benefits programs.


Determine eligibility of active and retired employees and their dependents for a variety of insurance plans; explain benefits to employees; collect premium payments for insurance from employees; assist employees in resolving insurance claims; advise representatives or beneficiaries of deceased active or retired employees regarding insurance continuation, claim forms and release of final warrant.
Develop written communications to notify employees of insurance enrollment periods; distribute enrollment materials, identification cards and insurance information; prepare routine correspondence to employees regarding insurance eligibility and coverage; advise District staff of changes and updates to benefits coverage and materials for distribution to newly hired staff.
Compile statistical information regarding a variety of insurance rates, benefits and costs; attend informational meetings as required; maintain direct contact and meet with insurance carriers and agents regarding rate renewals, contract changes and administration of contracts.
Maintain billing records for a variety of voluntary payroll deduction insurance plans and TSA accounts; implement employee payroll deductions for voluntary plans as requested including District paid benefits; review and balance billings for District paid benefits and voluntary plans; post related data into appropriate software program.
Prepare monthly claims analysis; review and balance billings and files with insurance providers; assist in resolving claims problems for employees.
Complete quarterly reports and assure payment of unemployment insurance and workers= compensation taxes in a timely manner.
Work with agents regarding open enrollments as they become due; notify employees in writing of open enrollment periods and distribute related materials.
Provide assistance to employees regarding tax sheltered annuities; implement employee payroll deductions for annuities as requested; assemble earnings data from payroll records for insurance agencies; supervise reconciliation and payment of employee contributions on monthly company billings.
Maintain billing records for a variety of voluntary payroll deduction insurance plans; supervise reconciliation and payment of employee contributions.
Provide periodic employee orientation at colleges and the district office; update employee benefit information packets as necessary to incorporate newly negotiated benefits or benefit contractual changes.
Serve as the alternate representative to the appropriate insurance administrator in the absence of the authorized representative; serve as a contributing member and resource for the District fringe benefit committee; assist in compiling information, developing agenda and presentation of written and oral material to the committee.
Train and provide work direction to clerical and accounting staff.
Perform related duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:


Any combination equivalent to: Associate degree in accounting or related field and three years increasingly responsible experience in benefits administration and financial record-keeping.

Knowledge and Abilities:

Principles of accounting and financial record-keeping.
Health, dental, vision, life, employee assistance, long term disability, retirement and tax shelter plans.
District policies regarding retirees and employee benefits.
Bookkeeping principles and procedures.
Laws, rules and regulations relating to assigned activities including COBRA and ERISSA .
Tax laws applicable to employee fringe benefits.
Modern office practices and procedures.
Basic math computations.
Operation of a computer and assigned software.
Interpersonal skills including tact, patience and courtesy.
Record-keeping techniques.
Oral and written communication skills.

Perform a variety of complex duties in the administration of the District=s employee benefits plans.
Administer State and federal benefits programs.
Apply pertinent laws, rules and regulations of bookkeeping and accounting, including IRS codes related to employee fringe benefits.
Maintain record-keeping systems for a variety of complex employee classifications.
Plan and organize work.
Meet schedules and time lines.
Develop and prepare financial and statistical reports.
Read, interpret and explain District and Board terminology to staff.
Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
Train and provide work direction to assigned staff.

Salary Grade: 44.5/1

Special Instructions to Applicants:

First Review of Applications:
Complete application packets will be accepted until the position is filled; but those received by 5:00 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) on June 8, 2017 are assured consideration. The College reserves the right to extend time limits or reinitiate the recruitment/selection process at any point.
Completed application packet must include:
Completed Online Application for Employment form
Current resume
Letter of interest (Cover Letter)
Copy of legible transcripts, if applicable
List of six (6) professional references Listed on application form
Applicants who require reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection process should contact Human Resources to make the necessary arrangements.
Recruitment Status (tentative):
Application Screening: TBD
Interviews: TBD
The District does not provide sponsorship for authorization to work in the United States. Work authorization should be established at the time of application submission.

All applicants must apply online at http://apptrkr.com/1019832. Emails will not be accepted.

As an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, the Kern Community College District encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply.

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Employment type:
  • Full Time
Salary Range: Unspecified
Other Information
Degree: Unspecified
Experience (year): 0
Job Location: Bakersfield - California - USA
Zipcode: 93305
Post Date: 05/30/2017
Contact Information
Company: Kern Community College district
Contact Name: Kern Community College district
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