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NATURE AND SCOPE OF JOB
We have an opening for a Benefits Specialist in the Benefits Office. You will work as a subject matter expert overseeing the administration of benefit programs to Laboratory employees, their dependents, and retirees in the areas of health and welfare benefits, leave management, and retirement and savings plans. You will also work in a service-oriented environment with a high level of discretion and tact in handling extremely personal, confidential, and sensitive issues as well as vendor management of third-party administrators and various vendor representatives. This position is in the Strategic Human Resources Management Directorate within the Operations & Business Principal Directorate.
- Oversee day-to-day administration of all LLNS benefits programs as a primary subject matter expert; serve as a resource, interpret and provide guidance on the full range of benefit plans and programs to customers and coworkers; ensure compliance with Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations of retirement and health and welfare plans
- Contribute to the design and development of new employee benefits, policies, programs, features and services and make recommendations for management decision-making
- Consult with management and third-party administrators, consultants, actuaries, legal counsel, and vendor representatives for resolution of escalated issues and questions relating to all areas of benefits
- Develop and conduct audits to ensure compliance with LLNS Summary Plan Descriptions, plan document, ERISA, and Federal and State laws
- Provide benefit-related information and counseling (including retirement plans) in a one-on-one and/or group setting to LLNS employees/retirees and their dependents on the full range of benefits programs (retirement, survivor benefits, disability, group insurance plans or a variety of financial savings plans)
- Interpret and communicate complex policies and regulations; research and resolve complex benefits issues
- Conduct and oversee custom reporting and in-depth analysis, working with management to identify reporting needs
- Develop workshops, create training material and conduct training and orientation sessions on pension, 401(k), and health and welfare benefits
- Designated as technical lead and may mentor team members
- Perform other duties as assigned
- Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business, Management or related field or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
- Extensive experience working with benefit providers and an understanding of benefits program regulatory requirements
- Expert knowledge and understanding of complex benefits administration theories, principles, concepts, practices, standards, processes and systems
- Extensive knowledge of and experience with defined benefit plans and defined contribution plans
- Significant experience understanding and interpreting complex Summary Plan Descriptions, Retirement Plan documents and Personnel Policies and Procedures as well as relevant IRS and ERISA Regulations
- Knowledge of financial investment concepts and terms
- Excellent customer service skills including responsiveness to customer needs and requests, commitment to excellence, and experience maintaining effective working relationships
- Excellent communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written
- Leadership, problem-solving, and decision-making skills; experience working independently and as an effective team member
- Effective interpersonal skills necessary to advise, counsel, recommend and approve actions on a variety of benefits issues
- Expert knowledge and experience using automated business tools and specialized applications, including MS office applications
- Recognized as an expert in retirement and Health & Welfare laws, regulations, rules and plans.
- Knowledge of the PeopleSoft system
- Graduate degree or professional certification
Pre-Employment Drug Test: External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.
Security Clearance: This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.
If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing. Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.
Note: This is a Career Indefinite position. Lab employees and external candidates may be considered for this position.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE). LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance. The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.3 billion, employing approximately 6,900 employees.
LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.