Benefits Specialists

Rockville , MD
May 19, 2023
Jun 15, 2023
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat is committed to building a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity, belonging and equity for all. We believe that our greatest strength draws on the different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and experiences of our employees.

Job Summary: 
Westat has opportunities for Benefits Specialists to join our Human Resources team. In this role you will bring your experience to support the benefits administration for our 1800+ employee population, support open enrollment, leave administration and compliance activities. You will co-lead Westat's internal wellness program initiatives and work collaboratively with the Total Rewards team as well as Westat's internal stakeholders. This position has a flexible work arrangement schedule to work 2 days from your home office and 3 days onsite at our corporate office in Rockville, Maryland. 

Job Responsibilities:
•     Day to day administration of benefits and respond to employee inquiries.
•     Lead Open enrollment activities such as presentations, open enrollment materials, testing the HRIS benefits configurations and related activities. 
•     Administration of Leave: FMLA, Disability, Paid Parental Leave, etc.
•     Co-Leader of Wellness Program: Compile wellness articles, Organize meetings and activities and maintain the internal wellness website.
•     Liaison between the Field employees and the Cobra vendors for Direct Billing and Cobra administration. 
•     Conduct New Hire Orientations.
•     Collaborate with Business Partners, Recruiters and the legal team with any benefits/leave related issues or questions.
•     ACA compliance related projects including 1095c's, Federal and State mandated filings, etc. 
•     Provide back up support for Workers Compensation
•     Streamline and automate processes and other projects as assigned. 

Basic Qualifications:
•     Typically requires a bachelor's degree and a minimum of 4 years of corporate benefits administration experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 
•     Demonstrated knowledge of federal and state leave laws impacting benefits administration.
•     Proven experience using Microsoft software including Excel for data analysis (pivot tables); PowerPoint presentations (creation) and virtual platforms such as Zoom, Teams (meeting administration). 
•     Experience with Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS).

Preferred Qualifications:
•     CEBS/PHR/CP Certification preferred.  
•     Workday HRIS experience. 

Other Required Qualifications: 
•     Demonstrated communication skills. 
•     Collaboration with teams, managers and/or clients.
•     Organization skills, including time management ability. 
•     Detail oriented.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Subject to plan requirements, employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave (15 days per year)
  • Sick Leave (10 days per year)
  • Holiday Leave (7 government holidays and 2 Floating holidays)
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.


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