Senior Leave & Benefits Specialist

Washington, DC
Sep 08, 2022
Sep 17, 2022
Full Time
Job Description

The Washington Post is looking for an energetic, thorough, and forward-looking team player to revitalize our leave practices and wellness initiatives. You will spend the majority of your time administering and streamlining leave processes and will also have a large focus on helping administer other benefits (such as health and retirement plans, FSAs, HSAs, etc.), conducting new employee orientation and executing wellness initiatives. This position reports to the Manager, Benefits Administration.

  • You like the challenge of balancing day-to-day whirlwind with project work.
  • You pride yourself in a high level of accuracy, attention to detail, and discretion.
  • You strive for excellent customer service, can explain complex concepts to non-technical audiences, and enjoy helping employees maximize their benefits.
  • You are exceptionally organized and thorough, yet capable of moving quickly, managing several projects at the same time, and meeting deadlines.
  • You constantly reengineer your day-to-day processes to increase speed, efficiency, and effectiveness.
  • You enjoy performing a variety of benefits-related tasks.

  • Drive successful resolution of leave cases by reporting and monitoring claims, drafting leave agreements, liaising with employees, managers, and vendors, administering accommodation requests, and coordinating return-to-work activities.
  • Ensure proper pay and benefits coverage for employees on leave by preparing advice to pay for Payroll and coordinating benefits premium collection with a third-party administrator.
  • Process contractual comp time, vacation, and sick time payouts for unions-covered employees.
  • Educate employees and managers about leave, benefit and wellness programs by answering questions, developing and maintaining communication materials, designing employee workshops, and updating the company intranet.
  • Research best practices and develop recommendations for implementing new or enhancing existing leave programs.
  • Develop and streamline processes for efficiency while ensuring positive employee and manager experience, consistency, and compliance.
  • Ensure timely payment of vendor invoices by processing, reconciling, and tracking bills.
  • Execute wellness initiatives by coordinating with insurance carriers, scheduling events, developing employee communications, and driving engagement metrics.

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources Management, Finance, Business Administration, or a related field
  • A minimum of five years of experience in benefits administration, with at least one year of experience in workers' compensation and leave of absence administration
  • Strong Excel and data manipulation and presentation skills
  • Excellent written skills, including ability to develop HR documentation, forms, templates, and communication materials
  • Excellent interpersonal and verbal communication skills, including ability to establish credibility and trust with management/leadership and handle difficult situations with diplomacy and professionalism
  • Experience working in a union environment preferred
  • Experience with Workday and Workday leave configuration is preferred.
  • CDMS (Certified Disability Management Specialist) or CCM (Certified Case Manager) preferred.


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