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Senior Leave & Benefits Specialist

The Washington Post
Washington, DC
Closing date
Dec 14, 2022

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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.


Wherever you are in your life or career, The Washington Post offers comprehensive and inclusive benefits for every step of your journey:
  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Company-paid pension and 401(k) match
  • Three weeks of vacation and up to three weeks of paid sick leave
  • Nine paid holidays and two personal days
  • 20 weeks paid parental leave for any new parent
  • Robust mental health resources
  • Backup care and caregiver concierge services
  • Gender affirming services
  • Pet insurance
  • Free Post digital subscription
  • Leadership and career development programs

Benefits may vary based on the job, full-time or part-time schedule, location, and collectively bargained status.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

The innovation doesn't end in the Newsroom - dozens of teams power The Washington Post. We are now hiring the next innovator - how will you Impact Tomorrow?



Thank you for your interest in a career with The Washington Post. We invite you to review all of our open positions to find the one that's right for you. We look forward to receiving your resume!

Since it first began publication more than 130 years ago, The Washington Post has grown into one of the most storied and respected news organizations in the world. A subsidiary of The Washington Post Company, today's Post is the indispensable guide to Washington. In print, we enjoy the highest penetration of any major metropolitan newspaper in the United States. On the web, we have the third largest news website with 17 million unique visitors each month, and have recently launched a celebrated news app for the iPad. We serve Washington in all media, on any platform, including paid products, events, and tailored content.

More broadly, The Washington Post Company delivers quality products to today's students, readers and viewers. What unites our company is the immediacy of our products and services, created by teachers and tutors at Kaplan; reporters and editors at our media properties; and associates at Cable ONE.
Washington Post Media views its employees as its most valuable asset and provides a comprehensive benefits package to promote healthy and balanced lives at work and at home. We offer competitive salaries, opportunities for training and career advancement and an outstanding, progressive benefits package including:
Health and dental benefits
Flexible healthcare and dependent care spending accounts
401(k) and company-funded cash balance plan
Life and disability insurance
Tuition reimbursement
Adoption assistance
Domestic partner benefits
Employee assistance program
Employee referral program

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1301 K Street, N.W.

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