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Senior Benefits Specialist

Company: Hugo Enterprises
Location: Denver
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

Hugo Enterprises is seeking a Benefits Specialist to serve the workforce of various closely held business and non-profit ventures, including Hugo Specialty Foods, a distributor of premium underdog food brands; the Jackson Fork Ranch, an upscale resort in western Wyoming; Straight Arrow News, a newsroom that strives to deliver content free from bias or agenda; Opportunity Education, an educational foundation that empowers students worldwide with growth-oriented learning programs from primary school into college and career; Quest Forward Academy, with high schools located in Omaha, NE and Santa Rosa, CA; The Cloisters on the Platte, a world-class religious retreat center located between Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska; and other business and not-for-profit ventures.

Primary Responsibilities of the Benefits Specialist:
--- Benefit plan coordination and maintenance.
--- Administrative duties and recordkeeping.

Benefit Plan Coordination and Maintenance
--- Coordinate with management on development and administration of company benefits strategy.
--- Negotiate with third-party service providers and insurance carriers in a timely fashion.
--- Assist employees with enrollment information, selections and alternatives.
--- Monitor group retirement and health and welfare benefit plans to ensure the plans are properly maintained and comply with applicable rules, regulations, audit and IRS filing requirements.
--- Liaise with employee and benefit providers to address and resolve employee benefit issues and concerns.

Administrative Duties and Recordkeeping
--- Assist as needed with new hire processing including eligibility-to-work validation, background checks, benefit plan orientation and enrollment.
--- Implement and maintain integration of benefits with payroll (currently Paychex suite of services) and benefits third party administrators, troubleshoot issues related to benefits integration.
--- Ensure compliance with Employer Shared Responsibility obligations for variable hour workforce.
--- Lead annual benefit enrollment process, informing employees of election options, deadlines and changes from prior year programs.
--- Lead policy development and documentation.
--- Lead market research to establish competitive benefit practices that help to recruit and retain superior staff.
--- Lead company health and safety programs; as applicable, monitor and track OSHA-required data.

Desired Skills, Education and Expertise
--- Must be experienced in a wide-ranging, full functioning Human Resource environment; Benefits Specialist will have a hands-on, "get into the weeds" approach. This will require a high detail orientation and commitment to meeting deadlines in an orderly manner.
--- Proven success in administration of general HR duties including specifically benefits administration.
--- Minimum of a Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Human Resources, Business, Organization Development, or related field.
--- Ability to communicate confidently and effectively, both in speaking and in writing, with all levels in an organization.
--- Demonstrated ability to serve as a knowledgeable resource to the executive management team that provides overall company leadership and direction.
--- General knowledge of various employment laws and practices and experience working with a corporate employment law attorney.
--- Specific experience in developing and rolling out a successful health and welfare benefit plan a strong plus.
--- Specific experience administering retirement plan compliance requirements a strong plus (e.g. routine plan communications, internal plan audits, etc.)
--- Specific experience in overseeing third party administration of health and welfare and retirement benefits a strong plus (e.g. internal audit of benefits integration with payroll).
--- Specific experience overseeing third party administration of COBRA benefits a plus.
--- Excellent organizational management skills.
--- A minimum of three years of progressive experience in Human Resources responsibilities required, five years preferred.

Compensation includes salary commensurate with experience. Employee benefits offered include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, and 401k with employer match. Office centrally located in south Denver near I-25 and Santa Fe Blvd. Please email cover letter and resume to with the subject heading "Senior Benefits Specialist" or fax to 303-865-5962.

Keywords: Hugo Enterprises, Denver , Senior Benefits Specialist, Other , Denver, Colorado

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