Benefits Specialist

Colorado State University Pueblo
Colorado, United States
$40,000.00 - $56,000.00
Jun 14, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
The Office of Human Resources & Institutional Equity (HRIE) nurtures a dynamic work and learning environments through a commitment to respectful, diverse, and inclusive practices. We strive to build a culture of excellence by applying our expertise in recruiting, retaining, developing, and supporting each member of our Pack community.


 Description of Job:   The Benefits Specialist is responsible for the administration of all benefits and retirement programs, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short- and long-term disability. Additionally, the position develops benefit procedures, provides guidance to campus constituents, and manages leave and workers compensation programs for the University’s employee types: Faculty, Administrative Professional, Classified, and student interns. The Benefits Specialist maintains current knowledge of State and Federal rules/laws as they relate to employee benefits and leave programs and assures the University’s compliance.  

Primary Duties
  • Administers employee benefits including insurance (medical, dental, life, vision, COBRA, unemployment, short- and long-term disability), annual and sick leave, flexible spending accounts, and retirement and transitional retirement programs. 
  • Conducts potential/new employee benefits briefings, new hire orientations, and open enrollment for Faculty, Administrative Professional, and Classified employees. 
  • Enters all benefit changes into the associated vendor system. 
  • Coordinates the annual employee Health and Benefits Fair. Regularly attends Colorado Higher Education Insurance Benefits Alliance (CHEIBA) meetings and is the University expert on benefits provided through CHEIBA for Faculty and Administrative Professionals as well as State Benefits for Classified employees.
  • Coordinates Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) program and associated paperwork, leave tracking, reporting, advising, and employee and University compliance. 
  • Works with employees to solve eligibility issues and resolve application issues.
  • Coordinates workers compensation program from first report of injury to return to work. This includes coordinating care, tracking leave, contesting claims, preparing for/appearing in court, and communicating with insurance carriers and State Risk Management.
  • Advises the Executive Director of potential issues, provides analyses of claims and their impact on University costs. 
  • Provides guidance to supervisors on work restrictions and other claim provisions.
  • Manages all employee leave, including tracking both electronically and manually, interpreting relevant rules, and researching and resolving leave issues.
  • Compiles and reports statistical information for the U.S. Census Bureau
    (i.e. Health Insurance Cost Study). Files mandatory reports such as Medicare disclosure, FSA Discrimination Testing, 1095 C tax forms for ACA, and annual life insurance renewals.
  • Processes employee terminations for Faculty, Administrative Professionals and Classified staff. 
  • Administers tuition discount and reimbursement program for employees/dependents and other miscellaneous benefits.
  • Other duties as requested and assigned.


 Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights: Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Human Resources, Public Administration, or related field.
  • Capacity for independent work and problem solving.
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities, prioritize, pay close attention to detail, and follow up in a timely manner.
  • Excellent written, spoken, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Five years of increasingly responsible human resources experience.
  • Five years of verifiable experience working with employee benefit programs.
  • Two years of experience managing FMLA and/or workers compensation
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree or higher in Human Resources or related field.
  • Experience working in an HR office in an institution of higher education of state government.
  • Verifiable experience administering State of Colorado Classified employee benefits.


 Supplemental Information: All interested candidates must apply through the on-line application system. No other format of application materials will be accepted.

Applicants must attach the following documents, in order to be considered for this position: 
  1. a letter of intent (cover letter);
  2. a current resume or CV;
  3. unofficial or official transcripts showing degree conferred; and
  4. three professional references with contact information to the on-line application.
Applications submitted without the required attachments above or an application not completed in its entirety will be considered incomplete and will not move forward in the selection process. Once submitted, applicants will not be able to make changes or add information to their application packet, with the exception of their personal contact and demographic information.

Early submission of application materials is encouraged. Screening of application materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled, though all applications received by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on Thursday, July 1, 2021 will be given full consideration.

About Colorado State University Pueblo
Colorado State University Pueblo is a comprehensive state university with an enrollment of 4,000 students.  CSU Pueblo provides relevant professional coursework and superior instruction with a small student-to-faculty ratio for an ever-changing global economy.  Students can choose from 35 undergraduate programs with 81 fields of study in the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; the Hasan School of Business; the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; and the College of Health, Education, and Nursing; and 13 graduate programs.
 CSU Pueblo is dedicated to interdisciplinary learning and entrepreneurship that elevates our people and our community, creates educational opportunities, fosters unique collaborations, and supports inclusion, access, and affordability as a gateway to the world. CSU Pueblo is equally committed to serving the diverse population of the region; this emphasis is reflected in the demographic characteristics of the student body. Because more than 25 percent of our students are Hispanic, the Federal Government has designated CSU Pueblo a Hispanic Serving Institution.  Besides reflecting our commitment to serve this critically important and rapidly growing segment of the student population, that designation also allows the University to compete for certain federal grant funds to support its ability to better serve all students.  
 Among its unique features, CSU Pueblo is one of seven schools in the nation to offer a degree in mechatronics, which combines electrical and mechanical engineering. The Hasan School of Business ranks among the top 15 percent of all business schools internationally with graduate and undergraduate programs in business administration accredited by the AACSB International Board of Directors. The College of STEM houses an undergraduate engineering program that was ranked in the nation's top 100 by U.S. News and World Report.  CSU Pueblo has an ever-changing campus landscape that features a newly renovated Library, a new general academic classroom building, and a newly renovated and expanded student center.
 At CSU Pueblo, Student Life offerings have increased significantly with the transition of the campus from a commuter environment to a more traditional collegiate experience.  Competing at the NCAA Division II level, CSU Pueblo is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and offers 22 varsity intercollegiate sports and also has active intramural and club sports teams that allow students to get involved in campus life.

Colorado State University Pueblo offers a comprehensive benefits package including:
  • Medical Insurance and Prescription Drugs 
  • Dental Insurance 
  • Vision Insurance 
  • Flexible Benefit Plan 
  • Basic Term Life Insurance 
  • Voluntary Term Life and AD&D Insurance 
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance 
  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) 
  • Travel Accident Insurance 
  • Voluntary Critical Illness and Accident Insurance 
  • Wellness Incentive Program
  • Annual & Sick Leave 
  • Retirement Plans
  •  About Pueblo, Colorado 
     The city of Pueblo is a historically and culturally rich, diverse city of more than 100,000, located in the southern part of the state along the Arkansas River near the Wet Mountains and the majestic Sangre de Cristo range. Pueblo enjoys ideal year-round climate with four distinct mild seasons, crisp mountain air and 300+ days of sunshine per year. Pueblo attracts outdoor enthusiasts to a full slate of summer and winter recreational activities, encompassing water sports at Lake Pueblo, biking or running along Pueblo's beautiful river trail system, golfing, tennis, hiking or skiing in the mountains to the west.  The region is heavily agricultural, with large and small-scale farming and ranching, and a diverse mix of service, manufacturing, and technology industries.
     CSU Pueblo is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history (felony and misdemeanor), national sex offender search, and/or motor vehicle history. Candidates who are extended an offer of employment must submit to and pass a background check prior to beginning employment. Some positions depending on the job duties may be required to complete a DMV and/or credit check.
     The University reserves the right to check additional references, with prior notification given to the candidate.
     Note: The successful candidate must provide official transcripts of academic work completed and, under U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services regulations, be able to submit evidence of the ability to accept work in the U.S. by the day employment begins.
     It is the policy of Colorado State University Pueblo to provide reasonable accommodations for employees and applicants with disabilities.  If you need accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources and Institutional Equity at (719) 549-2441 or
     In compliance with the Clery Act of 1990, the University's annual security report is available at: 
     Colorado State University Pueblo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Additionally, the University complies with all other relevant, federal, state, and local laws regarding employment practices.