• Benefits Specialist

    Job Locations US-TX-Dallas
    Posted Date 2 months ago(1/2/2019 12:36 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Human Resources
  • Overview

    HKS is a team of more than 1,400 architects, interior designers, urban designers, scientists, artists, anthropologists and other professionals working together across industries and across the globe to create places that delight, heal and stimulate peak performance. We have nurtured a culture of extraordinary people with curious and creative minds who are passionate about delivering elegant solutions that solve our clients’ challenges. Our research teams dig deep to discover processes and ideas that improve outcomes--then they share them freely for everyone’s benefit. In all we do, we are mindful of the fragility of all life and of the planet.


    The Benefits Specialist supports the overall administration and communication of the employee benefit programs at the corporate level. This role also responds timely to a high volume of employee inquiries, evaluates eligibility for benefits coverage based on policies, and regulatory guidelines to maintain accurate benefits-related records and enrollments and generates reports to process benefits plan billings and vendor requirements.


    • Effectively utilizes HRIS system to process and maintain all benefits administration including benefit enrollments, terminations, dependent changes and legally mandated benefit data.
    • Ensure compliance will all federal programs such as HIPAA, COBRA, Health Care Reform, etc.
    • Identifies, manages and resolves errors resulting from benefit administration, HRIS system and enrollment processes.
    • Serve as direct contact for questions regarding benefit eligibility and respond timely to all employee inquiries to ensure quick, equitable, and courteous resolution.
    • Assists with annual open enrollment period each year including working with benefits broker. Arranges for distribution of materials from carriers; assists with communicating changes to employees. Processes changes within deadlines.
    • Processes monthly billings from insurance providers. Reviews billings for accuracy and advances for payment. Resolves discrepancies with carriers and payroll.
    • Conduct benefits orientation and training activities for new hires, managers, related to qualifying events, open enrollment, etc.
    • Maintains employee confidence by keeping benefit information confidential.
    • Serve as day-to-day contact for benefit plan providers to inquire and resolve benefits enrollment and eligibility issues.
    • Effectively utilizes HRIS system to run reporting for audits and manage benefits elections
    • Proactively identifies process improvements and work with appropriate persons to modify procedures as needed.
    • Prepares monthly benefit vendor invoices for payment.
    • Performs special projects and all other assignments efficiently and effectively.
    • Oversee wellness committee with planned initiatives and activities to increase wellness awareness and participation in efforts to reduce overall claims costs.


    • High School Diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience. College degree is preferred.
    • 3-5 years’ work related in benefits administration.
    • Knowledge of Leave Management is a plus.
    • Excellent customer service skills.
    • Ability to work independently and with a team.
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with attention to detail.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication.
    • Strong computer literacy with HRIS and Microsoft Office programs including Excel.            
    • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects.
    • Experience with expats or international benefits is a plus.


    HKS is an EEO/AA Employer: M/F/Disabled/Veteran




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