Human Resources Consultant Assistant 2 (Benefits)

Highline Community College - Des Moines, WA4.4

Full-time$3,000 - $3,900 a month
Highline College is situated in a diverse community just 20 minutes south of Seattle where we serve a student population of over 70% students of color, representing over 35 nations and more than 100 languages. The college embraces equity, inclusion, and social justice, with core goals of Student Attainment, Diversity, Community Engagement, and Sustainability. Highline received a distinguished Award of Excellence from the American Association of Community Colleges in 2014, as well as the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award in 2013 and 2014. The college was also named one of the Chronicle of Higher Education's Best Colleges to Work For in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

Working independently under general supervision, the incumbent will determine employee benefit eligibility and complete any related documentation. The incumbent will assist the payroll coordinator with calculations, entries and adjustments. The incumbent will participate in special projects and research related to the employee benefits function, payroll function and the Human Resources operations.

This position is a classified full-time position and is eligible for overtime. Schedule: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Salary Information:
The above salary range reflects the starting step of Range 41 (Step A) and ending step (Step L) salary for this classified position. As a new classified employee, based on annual increments, it will take 5.5 years to reach Step L on the salary schedule. This does not reflect any contractual changes, legislative mandated salary increases or Cost of Living Increases (COLA's) that may be approved in the future.

Essential Tasks
Under the direction of the Payroll and Benefits Manager, this position will:

Determine employee benefit eligibility;
Using multiple systems, accurately enter and maintain employee benefit information;
Provide for the dissemination of benefit plan information to current employees and retirees;
Audit payroll and benefit documents for accuracy;
Coordinate benefit coverage with other WA state colleges and generate billing documents as needed;
Confer with providers and third–party administering agencies;
Interpret plan policies, coverage documents, and procedural requirements;
Respond to employee questions and complaints;
Monitor changes in laws and/or contracts and their impact on the college's benefit administration;
Arrange group benefit information presentations as required;
Lead the college's annual Benefits Fair;
Oversee the archiving process for the Human Resources Department;
Perform work in support of the college's Human Resources Department, as assigned.

Ability to:
Communicate effectively and persuasively (verbally and in writing) with a variety of individuals from various socio-economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds about benefits-related issues, which may be of a sensitive nature and difficult to discuss/manage;
Compile and maintain accurate, highly confidential, records and files;
Read, interpret, apply and explain applicable laws, codes, regulations, policies and procedures;
Use initiative, independent judgment and problem solving with established procedural guidelines;
Prepare clear and concise reports, correspondence (letters and email), procedures and other written materials;
Organize work, set priorities in alignment with management directives, and meet critical deadlines;
Prepare and make effective public presentations for groups of staff and/or faculty.

Knowledge of:
Principles and practices of employee benefit provision;
Department of Retirement System plans, laws and regulations;
Approaches to be used when dealing with employees, retirees, and benefit provider representatives in person and over the phone;
Outlook and MS Office Suite;
Automated/integrated personnel/payroll systems;
Basic accounting practices, for reconciliation and auditing purposes.

Associate's Degree; AND
Two (2) years of increasingly responsible experience in benefits, employee compensation structures or human resources administration.
High School Diploma; AND
Four (4) years of increasingly responsible experience in benefits, employee compensation structures or human resources administration.
Supplemental Information
Your online application must include the following attachments in order to be considered complete:
  • Current Resume;
  • Letter of Interest (Cover Letter) describing how your skills and abilities relate to this position;
  • A one page Diversity Response to the following statement. Upload your document as your Diversity Response attachment as part of the online application requirements.
  • National Criminal Background Check may be required;
  • This position is covered under the the Washington Public Employees Association (WPEA) bargaining agreement.