Benefits Coordinator at Kitsap Transit in Bremerton, WA

Kitsap Transit
September 18, 2020
10 Washington Ave, Bremerton, WA
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Benefits Coordinator


Position Summary: We are looking for a qualified and experienced individual to join our Human Resources team.

  • The person in this position will provide benefits information and enroll employees in insurance benefits programs including medical, dental, flexible spending account, short and long term disability and life insurance programs; collect information and prepare materials for open enrollment; conduct group orientation and/or individual sessions; coordinate COBRA; and reimbursement and incentive programs.
  • This person will respond to and follow up on benefits-related questions and research problems; process enrollment change forms; maintain various records, track, schedule and distribute materials; analyze benefits data, prepare reports and make recommendations for revising and/or developing new programs, policies and procedures.
  • The successful candidate will receive, review and process short and long term disability claims; communicate with and coordinate claims processing with insurance companies; review and approve/deny employee applications for the self-insured portion of long term disability claims.
  • This person will also maintain the Human Resources database and employee personnel records, working closely with Payroll to ensure employee pay and benefits are administered accurately and in a timely manner.
  • This person will be responsible for preparing HR related statistical reports and documents as required; conduct benefits orientation for new employees; explain policies and programs; and assist in completing forms. The person in this position will also assist with the administration of Wellness Committee activities.
  • The successful candidate will support and participate in collaborative benefit and wellness efforts with other employers in the community; serve on internal and external committees as assigned; and attend meetings & workshops.
  • This person will also assist the Drug & Alcohol Program Manager (DAPM) in administering the Drug and Alcohol Program. As a back-up Designated Employer Representative (DER), and in accordance with 49 CFR Part 40, the successful candidate will act as the liaison with drug and alcohol testing service agents in the absence of the DAPM.
  • This position coordinates the maintenance and retention of all Human Resources records and provides functional and technical assistance to other staff.
  • This position reports to the Human Resources Director.

Salary Range: The range for this position is $31.03
- $41.73 per hour, commensurate with experience. With rare exception, initial appointments are usually made at Step 1 ($31.03).

Benefits: Full-time employees receive a generous benefits package including subsidized medical insurance and fully paid dental insurance for employee and dependents, as well as disability insurance and life insurance. This position participates in the Washington State Public Employees Retirement Plan with the option of participating in a state administered deferred compensation plan. Employees receive a generous general leave accrual and 11 holidays for which pay is pro-rated based on the number of hours worked per pay period up to a maximum of 80 hours per pay period.

Kitsap Transit also provides employees and certain dependents with a free transportation pass on Kitsap Transit.

Hours of Work: Work is conducted during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. May require occasional evening or weekend work.

Kitsap Transit employees who wish to apply must have a satisfactory performance and attendance record. Kitsap Transit Operators with any of the following criteria in the last twelve months are excluded from recruitment opportunities:

  • a current Decision Making Leave or higher in the Safety category
  • more than two held customer complaints
  • more than four unscheduled absences
  • more than two late reports

Education and Experience: An Associate s degree and a minimum of four years of increasingly responsible administrative/technical experience in development, planning, and implementing programs; including a minimum of two years of experience in benefits administration. Experience in records and database management is considered a plus. An additional two years of experience in benefits administration will be considered in lieu of the Associate s degree.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Following are some highlights of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to be successful in this position.

  • Principles and practices of insurance benefit administration
  • Principles and practices of project management
  • Principles and practices of program planning, organizing and implementation
  • Promotional techniques and strategies including advertising and presentation
  • Advanced office practices and administrative procedures

Skill in:

  • Performing benefits coordination
  • Project/program development, implementation and evaluation
  • Designing and implementing promotional campaigns
  • Analyzing, evaluating and recommending improvements to operations, programs and services
  • Maintaining detailed information and complex records
  • Conducting research and preparing clear, concise and comprehensive reports
  • Understanding and applying complex regulations, procedures and guidelines
  • Interpreting and explaining programs, regulations, procedures and guidelines
  • Communicating effectively orally and in writing
  • Using personal computers and office software including word processing, spreadsheets and database programs in a Windows-based operating environment
  • Working under pressure, addressing problems & tasks that arise simultaneously and/or unexpectedly
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other Kitsap Transit employees and representatives of other organizations

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements: Positions in this class typically require: Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard and other equipment, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions. Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met. Occasional evening work and travel required.

Selection Process: After evaluating the completed application packets, we will invite the most qualified applicants to the next step in the recruitment process. We will not make any hiring decisions until all steps in the selection process are completed, including reference and background checks.

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Closing Date: Your completed application must be submitted online by 4:00 PM, Friday September 25th 2020. You may include a resume; however, it may not be used in lieu of a completed application.

  • Selective certification may be used to achieve affirmative action goals.
  • Kitsap Transit is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and employment for individuals with disabilities.
  • If you qualify for the Veterans Scoring Criteria under RCW 41.04.005 and 41.04.010, you must answer all questions regarding Veterans Scoring Criteria Status Declaration in the application and upload a copy of the substantiating document as listed in the application.
  • Kitsap Transit is subject to the requirements of the Federal Drug-Free Workplace Act and CFR Part 40 & Part 655, which prohibits the use of marijuana at any time while employed by Kitsap Transit.


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Job Expires: 2020-12-17
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