Benefits & Compensation Specialist

Curry College
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jun 24, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Human Resources Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

About Curry College:

Founded in 1879, Curry College is a private, four-year, liberal arts-based institution in Milton Massachusetts. In addition to the main campus classes for adult learners are also offered at our campus at Cordage Park in historic Plymouth. Curry College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Curry College offers 22 undergraduate majors, over 60 minors and concentrations, as well as five graduate programs.

The Curry College mission is to educate and graduate students prepared to engage in successful careers and active citizenship with a global perspective. We are an inclusive community of diverse learners and educators, committed to continuing our legacy of developing effective communicators with reflective and critical thinking skills. We mentor and empower our students, building meaningful relationships that inspire them to achieve their ambitions.

Curry College provides rigorous and relevant academic programs to undergraduate and graduate students, and our rich blend of liberal arts and career-directed programs is enhanced by practical field experiences and co-curricular activities. Learning at Curry extends beyond the classroom and is embedded in all that we do.

Diversity and a culture of equity and inclusion among students, faculty and staff are crucial to the mission statement of Curry College.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, sex identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state and federal law, including Title IX.


Job Description:

Under the supervision of the Vice President of Human Resources, the Benefits & Compensation Specialist is responsible for the administration of all benefits programs, including enrollment, communication and administration of plans.  The incumbent will assist with selection of vendors, plan design, audits, institutional committee participation, benefit budgets, regulatory compliance, administration of salary program, position reviews, maintenance of job grading system, benchmarking analysis, benefit and salary surveys, reporting, and annual salary adjustments.

Essential Functions:

1. Benefits Program Management:

  • Explains benefits programs to new hires and ensure timely enrollment. Assures proper payroll deduction. Processes changes in benefits and terminations. Administers COBRA through outside vendor. Administers DECAP and Medical Expense Reimbursement Plans;
  • Processes all claims for Life Insurance and long term disability insurance. Assures timely completion. Assists employees with Health, Dental, and Medical Expense Reimbursement problems. Contacts vendor(s) when needed. Reviews and approves insurance bills for accuracy;
  • Designs and implements programs to communicate benefits to employees, including but not limited to retirement education, health and wellness events, Curry employee newsletter, and annual reports; partners with VP of HR to manage the administrative design of the Employee Wellness Program;
  • Assist the Vice President of Human Resources with addition of new benefits and recommends changes in programs, participates as an active member on the Health Insurance Committee, Retirement Plan Oversight Committee, Employee Wellness Program, and follows-up with brokers, on cost-effective, high quality vendor selection. Oversee vendor management of FSA, HRA, retirement plan reporting and other outsourced services;
  • Prepares annual benefits budget. Monitors expenses to remain within budget. Participates in benefit surveys for benchmark analysis;
  • Assure regulatory compliance with plan documents and makes necessary changes to remain in compliance and works with broker and/or attorney on any restatements; responsible for SAR's; prepares data for annual 403b discrimination testing; compiles data for 5500 filing; monitor on a monthly basis actual work hours for employees pursuant to the Affordable HealthCare Act (ACHA); provide notification to employees for medical coverage eligibility with ACHA; and partner with Payroll and work with outside vendor to review, upload, and verify data to forms 1094-C and 1095C filing;
  • Administer all leaves of absences and according to College's policies, labor contracts, and insurance policies. Ensures that proper certification has been received, send letters of approval / decline with accurate information by working in conjunction with the payroll department.  Communicate with the employee's supervisor to ensure adequate coverage during leave.

2. Compensation Program Management:

  • Administers all employee compensation programs, including data integrity, audits, analysis, research, instruction, preparation and training. Works with HRIS to ensure that salary increase information is accurate for data entry into employee records; prepare documents to assure correct data is sent to payroll;
  • Research salary structure and merit increase trends for non-aligned structure and salary program and recommended changes or adjustments;
  • Complete annual published salary surveys to determine market rates and trends in general and within higher education and conduct custom surveys and survey projects as requested or when needed.

3. Position Classification Program Management:

  • Responsible for conducting compensation analysis of all positions, including, by way of illustration only, selection of appropriate benchmarks, bench auditing, structure and operations affect, and market and internal equity studies; assignment of job grades, Fair Labor Standards Act categorization, employment basis, position type, salary compensation and benefit program(s) participation;
  • Compose job descriptions, ensuring all positions are clearly and adequately described;
  • Maintain job description files, Job Code Table and review audits to keep information current.

Additional Functions

  • Perform such other duties and provide such project leadership or support for the Office of Human Resources as assigned and within the Benefits & Compensation Administrator learned capacities.



Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in business administration, human resources or related discipline or relevant life experience.
  • At least five to seven years of related professional experience in a role that relies heavily on benefits administration and compensation analysis.
  • Highly developed written and verbal communication skills with an emphasis on employee communication of HR programs.  Ability to develop clear and effective multi-layer communication plans.
  • Strong project management skills to design and execute simple and complex projects such as research and implementation of a new plan, policy or deliverable.
  • Demonstrable advanced Microsoft Office skills, with an emphasis on Excel and Word and the ability to learn and use other software related to HR and/or compensation and benefits.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Coursework in Benefits (CEBS), and Compensation preferred.
  • Banner experience is a plus.


Additional Information:

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, Curry College will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

At the College's discretion, the education and experience prerequisites may be excepted where the candidate can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the College, an equivalent combination of education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for success in the position.

Employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of all required pre-employment background checks.

Inquiries about the application of Title IX can be directed to the College's Title IX Coordinator, Rachel King at, (617) 979-3516, or King Academic Administration Building, 55 Atherton St, or US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights ("OCR") - Boston Office, 5 Post Office Square, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02109-3921, (617) 289-0111.


Application Instructions:

Please apply online at for consideration. Interested applicants must submit the following:

  • a cover letter;
  • a resume; and;
  • a list of three professional references, one of which must be a former or current supervisor, including complete contact information and professional titles.


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