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Woodland Park Zoo

General Information


Job title: Benefits Coordinator
Job location: Seattle, WA 98103 United States
Requisition code:
Date posted: 10/01/12
Job type: Full-Time

Job Classification

Job Category:Benefit Specialist

Job Description

Job description:
Accredited by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, award-winning Woodland Park Zoo is famed for pioneering naturalistic exhibits and setting a standard for zoos all over the world. The zoo is helping to save endangered species in Washington State and around the world. By inspiring visitors and others to learn, care and act, Woodland Park Zoo is making a difference in our planet’s future.

This is your opportunity to join the dynamic Human Resources team at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. Applications are now being accepted for Benefits Coordinator in the Human Resources department. There is one full-time, regular, benefited position to be filled at this time. Compensation is based on experience.

This position supports benefit operations administered by the zoo’s Human Resources department. Under limited supervision from the Vice President of Human Resources, this position performs complex administrative duties following established procedures in the following areas: benefit administration, records maintenance, managing workers compensation claims, and organizational safety objectives.

•Administer staff benefits program including medical and dental insurance, accident and disability, life and other group insurance, flexible spending accounts, 403(b) retirement plan, vacation and sick leave. Communicate benefit changes to employees.
•Verify the calculation of the monthly premium statements for all group insurance policies. Resolve any administrative problems with the carrier representatives.
•Maintain COBRA compliance efforts by preparing communications to current and former employees. Receive and record COBRA insurance premium payments.
•Prepare and distribute informational materials including benefits and employee policies and procedures.
•Use software report creation tool (Crystal Reports) to compile reports from databases as needed.
•Act as back up to Payroll Coordinator with the preparation and administration of payroll as needed. May be needed to independently process bi-weekly payroll on a periodic basis.
•Work with claims management vendors and the Department of Labor and Industries and Employment Security Department to administer workers compensation and unemployment compensation claims.
•Serve as focal point for coordinating organization-wide safety program efforts, including act as Human Resources representative on the zoo’s Safety Committee.
•Provide strong customer service by responding to employee and supervisor requests for information and services in a timely and helpful manner.
•Maintain confidentiality at all time and conduct daily duties in a professional appearance and manner.
•Assist communication of zoo Core Values to employees.
•Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements

Education, training, experience:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
•Proven experience successfully administering employee benefit plans
•Thorough understanding of HRIS systems and applications
•Excellent verbal and written communications skills
•Attention to detail, timeliness, and productivity
•Enjoys working independently and as part of a team
•Reliable and punctual
•Commitment to the mission of the zoo and the institution’s Core Values

Four-year Bachelor’s (B.S. or B.A.) or two-year Associate's degree (A. A.) in Human Resources, accounting, business administration, or related field or equivalent from an accredited college or university; three to five years benefit administration experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Payroll processing experience preferred.

Proficiency with the Microsoft Office products (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint) and experience with HRIS systems (e.g. Sage Abra, PeopleSoft). Experience with Crystal Reports a plus.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is occasionally required to walk; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and color vision.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The workspace is open, informal and communal in
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