The Benefits Specialist is responsible for assisting with the administration of all benefits and retirement programs, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability, workers compensation, FSAs, and 403(b) plan.
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Ensures the accuracy of all benefits enrollments in the HRIS to provide vendors with accurate eligibility information.
- Assists Benefits Manager with new-hire orientations.
- Performs quality checks of benefits-related data.
- Determines eligibility and distributes all benefits enrollment materials.
- Enrolls employees and maintains online database information for vendors/partners
- Responds to benefits inquiries from managers and employees on plan provisions, benefits enrollments, status changes and other general inquiries.
- Processes and administers all leave-of-absence requests and disability paperwork: medical, personal, disability, FMLA, and Worker’s Comp.
- Effectively interprets FMLA and ADA implications as they relate to leaves of absences/disabilities.
- Maintain spending accounts internal and vendor database for commuter, health, and dependent care programs.
- Maintain employee and employee funding for Health Savings Accounts.
- Responds to 403(b) inquiries from managers and employees relating to enrollments, plan changes and contribution amounts. Manages the annual catch-up contribution enrollment.
- Assists Benefits Manager with the open enrollment process.
- Provides necessary reports and support for allocation/billing charges and invoice payments.
- Assists in the exit process of employees by conducting exit interviews, calculating final benefits, and processing all COBRA communications and enrollments.
Required Skills & Abilities:
- Knowledge of employee benefits and applicable laws.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Excellent organizational and time management skills.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.
Education & Experience:
- Associate’s degree in HR or related field, but experience and/or other training/certification may be substituted for the education.
- 2-3 years’ experience in HR and/or benefits administration.
- Experience with Lawson preferred.
- Experience working with unionized workforce preferred.
- The Metropolitan Opera is a performance venue that requires employees working in the building to be fully vaccinated. Due to the nature of this role, you must be fully vaccinated and receive a COVID-19 booster shot, if you are eligible, at the time your employment is scheduled to start.
- Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
- Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at a time.
The Metropolitan Opera believes that diversity is critical to our success and growth as a leading performing arts institution and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve.
The Metropolitan Opera is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and existing employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, citizenship status, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.