Benefits Specialist

Job Locations US-NY-Rochester and surrounding areas
Job ID
Human Resources


To administer employee benefits to Heritage Christian Services and Expressive Beginnings Child Care employees. To assist in answering employee inquiries, assist in the communication, management and development of policies and procedures related to benefits.  To support the mission, vision and values of Heritage Christian Services, Inc. and its affiliates. 


Pay rate for this position:  $21.39 /hr - $28.39 / hr


The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The above range represents the organization's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting


Benefits Management

  • Work with third party vendors to administer various benefit programs pertaining to health, dental, FSA, HSA, GTL, Retirement Plan, 403(b), long- and short-term disability, paid family leave and voluntary benefit offerings.
  • Conduct benefits orientations and explain benefits self-enrollment system.
  • Maintain employee benefits filing systems and ensure benefits changes are entered appropriately in payroll system for payroll deduction.
  • Review and respond to unemployment claims with appropriate documentation. Review monthly unemployment statements.
  • Coordinate system administration for all benefits.
  • Notify and counsel employees regarding benefit eligibility and filing appropriate forms.
  • Conduct open enrollments, including communication, meetings and follow up.
  • Verify the calculation of the monthly premium statements for all group insurance policies and maintain statistical data relative to premiums, claims and costs. Resolve administrative problems with the carrier representatives.
  • Prepare check request to pay for 403(b) payroll deductions on a timely basis and audit bills for accuracy.


Retirement Administration

  • Provide all necessary employment information to actuaries.
  • Coordinate quarterly educational seminars with AF rep.
  • Coordinate annual retirement audit.


Other Functions

  • Prepare and set up meetings designed to help employees obtain information and understand company benefits and other related incentive programs. Ensure distribution of required employee notices.
  • Assist in completing benefits reporting requirements
  • Coordinate workers compensation audit.


  • Strong communication and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize and adapt to changing situations on a daily basis
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office programs and good working knowledge of various payroll and benefits programs
  • Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Good aptitude with figures
  • AS degree in a Human Resources - related field and a minimum of three years’ experience in Human Resources
  • SHRM professional designations preferred.

Our Commitment to Equity and Justice


We believe that people are entitled to dignity, respect, equity and justice. We champion a society that removes barriers. We reject racism and discrimination of any kind. We protest systemic and political inequities that marginalize people, recognizing that there is a history of structural racism in the United States. We will continue to learn and change to achieve justice. We know that strength comes from unity.


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