Benefits Administrator

Job Type

Full Time



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201 East Capitol Street, SE
United States


The Folger Shakespeare Library, located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., is seeking a Benefits Administrator to join a busy and innovative HR department. This position is ideal for someone who thrives in an active environment, enjoys benefits administration, and has HR generalist knowledge. The Folger has a three-person HR team which supports 115-120 full time and 20-45 part time staff. More information on the Folger may be found on our website at

The Benefits Administrator (BA) will manage the day-to-day aspects of the benefits programs for the Folger, including the enrollment, billing, and problem resolution related to health and dental insurance, COBRA, an HRA plan, pre-tax transit, education reimbursement, workers compensation, and retiree insurance. The BA will also coordinate coverage for life insurance, disability, retirement benefits, and more, with our parent organization, Amherst College. The BA assists with the development and implementation of training and education plans, participates in recruitment activities, and works closely with the team to ensure accuracy of payroll. Additional duties include working with the Head of HR on benefits renewals and initiatives, assisting in the development of policies and procedures, participation in safety initiatives, working with the HR team on the annual anniversary party, coordinating health fares, and processing paperwork. This is a full time salaried position excellent benefits. 

This role requires at least 3 years of experience with benefits administration and a BA degree, or equivalent experience. Experience with benefits billing and account review is needed. The ability to maintain strict confidentiality, a strong attention to detail, familiarity with HRIS, and solid computer and database skills are required. Must have excellent customer service skills, be able to communicate complicated information clearly, meet deadlines, and be highly organized. A sense of humor is required, as is a willingness to pitch in when necessary. Basic knowledge of D.C. employment law is useful but not required. Applications instructions are below.


The Folger Shakespeare Library wants to attract and retain the highest quality staff. Accordingly, we are committed to providing a competitive benefits package, including: an extensive range of health, dental, life and disability insurance benefits; considerable retirement contributions through TIAA-CREF; educational assistance programs for staff members and their dependents; generous sick and annual leave; and other programs and services. You can find an overview of these benefits below, and more detailed information will be provided during the recruitment process. 

Health and dental benefits

We provide comprehensive individual health and dental coverage, free of cost to all eligible employees. Employees have the option to purchase coverage for their families, or buy up to a different plan. All plans include coverage for prescription drugs, vision insurance, and mental health coverage. 

Retirement savings plan

We offer a retirement savings plan through TIAA-CREF. Employees are eligible to contribute electively immediately upon hire, and after two years of credited service the Folger will match employee contributions of 3% with a 9% contribution. Pre- and post-tax options are available.

Time off and leave

We offer eligible employees sick and safe leave, annual leave, personal leave, and paid holidays. In addition, the Folger offers multiple leave options to accommodate individual circumstances. 

Educational assistance and professional development

All employees who are seeking to earn a degree or professional certificate are eligible to apply for educational assistance from the Folger Office of Human Resources. Professional development opportunities are available institution-wide, and through individual departments. In addition, tuition assistance is available to the dependent children of eligible employees who are seeking higher education. 

Life, disability, and long-term care insurance

We provide group life insurance and disability insurance to all eligible employees free of cost. Employees may buy additional life insurance for themselves, their spouse or domestic partner, and their dependent children. Employees may also purchase voluntary long-term care insurance, with payroll deduction for premiums.

Other benefits

Working at the Folger Shakespeare Library has many benefits, including free and discounted tickets to our performances, access to exciting and unique lectures and scholarly programming, a collegial and collaborative environment with many opportunities for socializing, and valuable services like our Employee Assistance Program. We also have financial options—such as pre-tax accounts for transit, medical costs, and dependent care—that help our employees make the most of their money. 

Level of Language Proficiency

English required, Spanish helpful.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

No phone calls or staffing agencies please. Please submit both a resume and a cover letter on our website at Applications submitted without a cover letter will be considered incomplete and will be automatically rejected. The Folger is an Equal Opportunity Employer.