Benefits Specialist

Human Resources · Juneau, Alaska
Department Human Resources
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level
Compensation $23.79 - $27.58

Benefits Specialist


Job Class: Specialist Class Status: Active
Department: Human Resources

Type of Position: Non-Exempt
Location of Work: Juneau, AK

Covered Position: Yes
Salary Grade(s): 8/9

Prepared by: L. Jim/J. Wise
Hours of Work: M-F, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm  
Employment Category: Regular, Full-Time

Effective Date: 4.1.2021


The Benefits Specialist is responsible for assisting with the administration of benefit and retirement programs offered by the Tribe. The incumbent will be the primary contact for employees and providers regarding issues involving health insurance, employee assistance, and retirement plan(s).


Reports To: Human Resources Director
Supervises: None
Liaison To: Employees, Retirement and Benefits Providers


• Oversee employee health insurance plans
• Administer Employee Assistance Program
• Assist employees in filling out paperwork
• Assist in facilitating Benefits fair
• Explain benefit plans in a one-on-one or group setting
• Distribute benefits enrollment materials and determine eligibility
• Enroll employees with carriers and process life status changes
• Respond to benefits inquiries from employees on plan provisions, benefit enrollment, status changes, and general inquiries
• Process and administer all leave-of-absence requests and disability paperwork: medical, personal, disability, WC, FML, and PALE
• Respond to retirement inquiries from managers and employees and assist with desired enrollment, plan changes, and contribution amounts
• Assist with open enrollment process
• Provide necessary reports for allocation/billing charges


Spending Authority: N/A
Other Authority: N/A


• Maintain current knowledge of employee benefits options
• Remain current on applicable laws
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent organizational and time management skills
• Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
• Ability to work independently and prioritize workload
• Ability to organize, plan, and maintain confidential records
• Ability to search, select, compile, and summarize data and information
• Ability to compare data for completeness, identify any discrepancies or inaccuracies, and make the necessary corrections


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education, experience, skills)
• Associate Degree in HR or related field
• 2 years related experience


Substitution for Associate
• 4 years related experience


The majority of work is performed in a professional office setting and is generally sedentary, requiring routine walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items weighing less than 40 lbs. Travel on small aircraft or ferry may be required.


• All employment at Tlingit & Haida is “at will”. This means that the employee or Tlingit & Haida may terminate employment at any time and for any reason. Unless specified in writing, no term of employment is expressed or implied for this position.
• Tlingit & Haida is a no tolerance workplace. All regular employees may be required to pass a pre-employment and subsequent random drug and alcohol screening to be eligible for and maintain employment.
• Tlingit & Haida requires a criminal background check be conducted on all employees. All employment offers are conditional until federal criminal background check results verify your eligibility to work for Tlingit & Haida.

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  • Location
    Juneau, Alaska
  • Department
    Human Resources
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation
    $23.79 - $27.58