Compensation and Benefits Specialist I

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
Washington D.C
Closing date
Dec 6, 2023

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Opening Date:
November 7, 2023

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As a Compensation and Benefits Specialist I, you will enhance your knowledge, experience, and training to ensure that all Airports Authority employees and managers are properly compensated for their efforts through properly performed job evaluations and classifications, as well as advise on the Airports Authority benefits processes and retirement planning.

Compensation and Benefits Specialist I

This is a developmental level position and may lead to the full performance Compensation and Benefits Specialist II position.

After 18 months of successful performance and upon achieving two of the following certifications (one Compensation certification and one Benefits certification): Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) from World at Work; Certification as a Compensation Management Specialist from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans or a fully equivalent certification; Certified Benefits Professional (CBP) through WorldatWork or an equivalent certification; Certification as a Group Benefit Associate (GBA); Certification as a Retirement Plan Associate (RPA); Certification as an Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS); SHRM People Analytics Specialty Credential, a one grade increase is awarded non-competitively and the incumbent moves to the Compensation and Benefits II job profile (SCBS20A).

After 12 months of successful performance and upon achieving one of two certifications listed above, a five percent increase is awarded non-competitively and the incumbent remains on this job description.

Serves in the Compensation and Benefits Department of the Office of Human Resources and Administrative Services at the Headquarters Office.

Performs progressively more complex and responsible compensation and benefits duties to include job/grading evaluation, conducting desk audits, compensation and benefits studies, benefit and retirement programs, and performance pay and base pay program development and administration. Performs related functions.


Assists in administering the Airports Authority's performance pay programs and base pay systems, ensuring legal compliance and administration consistency.

May conduct job evaluations to determine pay grades.

Participates in third party salary and benefits surveys and conducts compensation studies to include data analysis and report writing.

Administers premium pay programs.

Conducts new hire salary reviews using industry tools, software and salary survey reports, analyzing data and making recommendations.

Prepares monthly, annual and ad hoc compensation reports.

Develops KSAs for job descriptions to reflect standardized language for job skill and complexity levels, and occupational questionnaires for assessing and screening job candidates. Assists in validating these requirements.

Performs a full range of benefits staff work for new hire and incumbent employees, including for medical, dental, life, and long-term disability insurance; flexible spending; donated and family medical leave; and defined benefit and defined contribution plans.

Conducts desk audits to determine appropriate information to use in preparing or editing job profiles and in developing the selection criteria.

Assists in coordinating with plan administrators, insurance carriers, and the payroll office.

May advise employees, retirees, and dependents, individually or in groups, on specific benefit program features, including integration of plans with Social Security benefits.

Answers questions, determines eligibility, calculates deferral amounts, and provides financial estimates for employees in retirement and benefits programs.

Prepares and produces a variety of benefits reports; assists in preparation of annual benefits statements. Performs numerous, complex data manipulations for statements.

Enters, reconciles, and corrects data in the Human Capital Management System (HCMS). These actions include, but are not limited to, change job, edit job profiles, move workers, create position, etc.

Performs periodic audits of various payroll reports to ensure correct employee deductions.

May calculate distribution payments for non-vested separated employees.

Maintains files on pension plan history and data and submits data and documents to appropriate committee, trustee, or actuary, including for actuarial valuation of benefit plans.

Assists in processing long-term disability benefits applications; notifies employees of eligibility and maintains files and active cases.

Assists in preparation of case files for investigations under HR and benefits statutes.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Four years of progressively responsible experience in human resources activities with emphasis on benefits and/or compensation program administration, and job analysis and evaluation and A bachelor's degree in human resources, or related field. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Knowledge of benefits and retirement programs and the ability to apply it to program administration.

Knowledge of and ability to apply job classification principles in the development of job profiles and qualification requirements.

Knowledge of and ability to conduct job analyses, documentation, evaluations, and construct job worth hierarchies, to develop base pay structures.

Knowledge of job evaluation approaches and practices and ability to slot jobs within a job worth hierarchy.

Basic knowledge of Federal laws and regulations pertaining to HR, particularly to benefit programs; the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as it pertains to compensation; and Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1991, and the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection procedures as they pertain to developing selection standards and minimum qualifications.

Ability to perform detailed analyses of data and information and make recommendations.

Ability to maintain strict confidentiality regarding compensation and employee information.

Ability to use computer hardware and modern office suite software, with emphasis on spreadsheet software.

Ability to speak and write effectively and make presentations.

Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with employees, managers, and others.


Substantive experience in compensation and benefits program administration.

Experience working with Workday enterprise software.


A state driver's license in good standing.


Work is typically reviewed in progress and upon completion for quantity, quality, timeliness, teamwork, customer service, and other factors.

A background security investigation will be required for all new hires.

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.| Follow us on Twitter @MWAAcareers.


The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority operates a two-airport system that provides domestic and international air service for the mid-Atlantic region. The organization consists of approximately 1,700 employees in a structure that includes central administration, airports management, and police and fire departments. In addition to operating Ronald Reagan Washington National and Washington Dulles International Airports, the Airports Authority is responsible for capital improvements at both airports and management of the Dulles Toll Road.


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D.C. Metro
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